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Archive for January, 2012

Police find four floors of pot plants

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) — New York police said they found a vertical marijuana farm, taking up four floors of a five-story Bronx apartment building.

Police broke down the door of the building Monday and discovered 600 potted marijuana plants filling …

Former RBS chief loses knighthood

LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) — Sir Fred Goodwin, former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, became plain Mr. Goodwin when his knighthood was taken away Tuesday.

The action was taken by Queen Elizabeth II on the recommendation of a forfeiture committee of fi…

GOP lawmakers: Cordray appointment invalid

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) — Republican U.S. senators told Richard Cordray Tuesday his appointment by President Obama as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was invalid.

At Cordray’s first Senate hearing as CFPB head, GOP lawmakers sa…

Bonamici wins Oregon special election

SALEM, Ore., Feb. 1 (UPI) — Suzanne Bonamici won a special election in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District Tuesday night, keeping the seat in the Democratic fold, election returns showed.

The Oregon secretary of state’s Web site showed unofficial re…

Dogs maul toddler in back yard

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 31 (UPI) — An 18-month old Fort Worth, Texas, boy was hospitalized after he crawled through a pet door into his back yard and was mauled by four dogs, officials said.

The mixed-breed Boxers bit and chewed the ears and face of…

Texas mom accused of prostituting daughter

HOUSTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — “A monster” is how a Texas woman allegedly described herself after her arrest for allegedly forcing her teenage daughter into prostitution, court records show.

The girl, who was 14 at the time, accompanied her 34-year-old mo…

Michelle Obama: Husband sings all the time

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told Jay Leno Tuesday night her husband, the president, sings to her “all the time.”

In an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” Obama said her husband favors Al Green songs — like t…

Chief IDs suspect in attacks on police

JUAREZ, Mexico, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The police chief in Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday released the identity of a drug cartel member he said was responsible for killing police officers.

Chief Julian Leyzaola said he identified Johnny Morales Gonzalez, a member…

Last-minute confession of two murders

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A man executed for murder in Texas last week confessed moments before his death to a separate murder in Michigan, authorities in Michigan said.

Rodrigo Hernandez died Jan. 26 by lethal injection in Huntsville (Texa…

Pakistan investigating pills in 117 deaths

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Pakistani authorities said they were awaiting results of tests of samples of a drug blamed for the deaths of 117 heart patients.

The samples of the drug Alfagril have been sent to Switzerland, Belgium and England…

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