March 9, 2014

In Other News, March 9

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 The deadline is 3 p.m.

Skydiver, pilot survive airborne collision

Two men were hurt Saturday morning when a plane collided with the parachute of a skydiver in Mulberry, Fla. — My Fox Tampa Bay

Man admits to smuggling sea cucumbers

A man has admitted to smuggling thousands of dollars’ worth of dried sea cucumbers into the U.S. from Mexico, according to federal officials. — NBC San Diego

Are you smarter than a preschooler? New research suggests not.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Ever wish things were just simpler? Preschoolers generally don’t. In their minds, things are already simple. Whereas adults overcomplicate, kids keep it elementary. — UPI

‘Miracle machine’ turns water into wine at home

Wine connoisseurs will be happy to know a new gadget will allow them to turn water into wine — literally. It’s called The Miracle Machine, and its creators claim with just a couple of affordable ingredients and a few days, it can create wine just as good as any bottle found at the store. — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Toddler uses FaceTime to help mom after dog bite

TUCSON, Ariz. — A 2-year-old in Arizona leapt into action in a surprising way after seeing his mom get badly hurt. — ABC 30

University of Massachusetts latest to deal with rowdy St. Patrick’s Day parties

AMHERST, Mass. — The chaos at the University of Massachusetts over the weekend during a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration brought new attention to an old problem affecting colleges across the country: How to deal with alcohol-fueled revelers during the March festivities. — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Suicide bomber kills at least 45 at checkpoint in southern Iraq

A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with explosives attacked a security checkpoint in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla on Sunday, killing at least 45 people and wounding more than 100, security officials said. — The New York Times

13 nuns freed by kidnappers in Syria

Thirteen nuns and three workers kidnapped in late November from a Greek Orthodox monastery in Syria were freed Sunday, a pro-Syrian government news network and Lebanese state media reported. — CNN