February 4, 2014

In Other News, Feb. 4




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 with 14 DUI convictions found passed out at stoplight, sheriff says

A man who had been convicted 14 times of driving under the influence was arrested again. Lee Edward Collins, 73, smelled of alcohol and was passed out in his vehicle at a stoplight in northwest Lincoln about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday when deputies approached him. — Omaha.com



Maryland girl impaled by metal rod while sledding

Authorities say a 10-year-old girl is in serious condition after she was impaled by a metal rod while sledding in Jarrettsville, north of Baltimore. — WTOP



Virginia wife charged after allegedly shooting husband during domestic dispute

The huge gash on 68-year-old Mary Jane Betts’ forehead is startling to see, but even more bizarre to hear is how deputies believe it got there. “We believe that she inflicted some wounds upon herself to make it look like she was acting in self-defense, but it appears that’s not the case,” said York-Poquson Sheriff J. D. Diggs. — WTKR



Screaming male pig concerns neighbor in Maine

The screams of delight from a male pig placed with five receptive sows led to an erroneous report of an assault last week. A  woman in China, Maine called police Jan. 27 after hearing what she believed to be a fight coming from a home separated by woods just a short distance away. The caller feared she had overheard domestic violence at the home. — Morning Sentinel



Ancient ash volcanoes entombed Chinese dinosaurs

The dinosaurs, birds, and early mammals found in the fossil beds of northern China are famous—both for their exceptional preservation and for their incredible diversity. But no one knew how they died or why hundreds of creatures from different habitats were buried together on ancient lake floors. Now researchers say they were likely killed by a series of volcanic eruptions more than 120 million years ago. — National Geographic



Cheers, jeers erupt for “Jeopardy” player Arthur Chu

If you've been watching Jeopardy lately you've seen Arthur Chu tear up the game and stir up chatter. And if you haven't, here's what you missed. Chu, 30, an insurance compliance analyst and aspiring actor, has won $102,800 in four Jeopardy! appearances. — USA Today



Why Hollywood stars turn to Heroin

Philip Seymour Hoffman. Cory Monteith. Janis Joplin. River Phoenix. John Belushi. Those are some of the Hollywood names that will forever be attached to heroin, after all five of the performers overdosed and died after taking heroin or a combination of heroin and cocaine. — ABC News



Fewer kids die in crashes but it's still too many, CDC says

Better car seats, air bags and seat belts have helped cut the number of children who die in car crashes by 43 percent since 2002, federal researchers say. But more than 9,000 children died in car crashes over the past decade and fully a third of them weren’t wearing seat belts. — NBC News



Parents often underestimate children's weight

Half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new review of past studies. In 69 studies of more than 15,000 children, researchers found many parents with an overweight child thought their son or daughter was at a healthy weight or below. Others with an obese kid thought the child was normal or just a bit heavy. — Reuters



California educator accused on YouTube of sexual abuse charged with 16 felonies

A California educator who authorities say is the person accused in a YouTube video of sexual abuse by a former student was charged Monday with 16 felony counts of child sex abuse, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office said. — CNN



Obama's internet plan for schools speeds up

President Barack Obama touted progress Tuesday on his push to provide classrooms with high-speed Internet connections as he announced public and private funds that will give more students access to educational technology and the next generation of broadband and wireless networks. — The Wall Street Journal



45 arrested, 16 juveniles rescued in Super Bowl prostitution bust

Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday. — Reuters



Target data breach went on longer than thought

Target’s big holiday data breach wasn't quite over when the company originally said it was over. In testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan said the company has learned software on another 25 checkout machines continued to steal payment card data three days after Dec. 15, the date by which the discounter had said the malware was removed from its system. — The Wall Street Journal