January 6, 2014

In Other News, Jan. 6


Editor’s note: “In Other News” is a list of state, national and global headlines compiled by The Daily Citizen news staff. To suggest a story, email the appropriate link to inothernews@daltoncitizen.com. The deadline is 3 p.m.

Man who slapped baby gets eight months

An Idaho man was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday for slapping a toddler on an Atlanta-bound jet last year, a tougher than expected punishment. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Husband says Texas law shouldn’t restrict life support decision for pregnant wife

A Haltom City man was unable to fulfill his wife’s wishes not to be kept in a vegetative state because of a 1999 Texas law that prevents hospitals from ending life support to a pregnant woman. — Star-Telegram

Missing N.Y. man reunites with family after they spot him in AP photo

A young man who vanished New Year’s day from his parents’ home in upstate New York was found Sunday in the District after a set of circumstances and coincidences so unexpected that his mother could only call it a miracle. — The Washington Post

Science teacher loses 37 pounds on a three-month McDiet

An Iowa science teacher lost 37 pounds while eating only McDonald’s for three months to show that it’s people’s choices, not fast food, to blame for obesity. As a bit of a counter-experiment to Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” John Cisna ate only McDonald’s for three months. — The Washington Times

No performance bonus this year for kids’ enrollment

After two years of receiving a bonus, Georgia is not included in the latest round of federal performance awards for enrolling eligible children in government health insurance programs ... A year ago, Georgia received a bonus of $1.9 million, after gaining almost $5 million for fiscal 2011, the first year that the state received an award. — Georgia Health News

Savannah mother withdraws guilty plea in child’s death

Anitra Hicks on Monday withdrew her earlier guilty pleas to reduced charges in the 2011 death of her newborn child and elected to go to trial. — Savannah Morning News

Most fail test for Nevada driver privilege card

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles officials have advice for immigrants seeking a driver authorization card: study. They estimate 75 percent of applicants have failed the written test needed for the card under a new law that made the state the 11th nationally to offer driving privileges to people in the country illegally. — Nevada Appeal

Execution set for killer of guard, Miami couple

A man convicted of abducting and killing a Miami couple and later stabbing a prison guard to death is set to be executed after nearly four decades on Florida’s death row. — Miami Herald (Associated Press)