March 20, 2014

In Other News, March 20

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.

Fred Phelps Sr., anti-gay Westboro Baptist founder, dies

Fred Phelps Sr., a fierce opponent of homosexuality whose protests at military funerals prompted two federal laws, died shortly after midnight Thursday, his daughter Margie Phelps says. She didn’t give the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care. He was 84. — USA Today

Texas ICE agents find 100 immigrants

Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced on Thursday that the 108 immigrants from Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras found in a Houston stash house included two children and at least one pregnant woman. — Headlines & Global News

‘Wheel of Fortune’: Guy makes unbelievable correct guess

We don’t blame Pat Sajak for patting down contestant Emil, looking for wires, after his incredible correct guess on the “Wheel of Fortune.” Emil had an “N” and an “E” and managed to guess ... well, you have to watch to find out. — Fox News

Boston Marathon bombing survivor dances again

A professional dancer has taken the stage for the first time since losing part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing last year. — ABC News

Small victory for Florida tree house owners

HOLMES BEACH, Fla. — In the battle of a tree house of epic proportions and the city, a small victory for its owners Wednesday. What stands outside Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran’s home on Holmes Beach can only be described as a Swiss Family Robinson fantasy tree house, complete with 360-degree windows made of hurricane-proof glass. — 10 News Tampa Bay

Will a rough winter mean worse spring allergies?

Thursday is the first day of spring and after a tough winter you may be breathing a sigh of relief. However, if you’re one of the 40 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies, it’s possible that you may already be feeling the effects. — CBS News

Cord cutting: Cable TV subscriptions fall, for the first time

The U.S. pay-television market is passing its prime. The number of Americans who pay for TV through cable, satellite or fiber services fell by more than a quarter of a million in 2013, the first full-year decline, according to research firm SNL Kagan. If the slide continues in the coming years, that means 2012 was the industry’s high point. — The Oregonian

Obama targets Putin allies as Russia races to complete Crimea annexation

President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region. — Reuters