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Communities trying to bring feral cat populations under control

It’s Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats — rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. “Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty,” said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined…

Mt. Gox founder won’t appear in U.S. for questions about bankruptcy case

By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) – Mark Karpeles, the founder of Mt. Gox, said he would not come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange’s U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday. In the court filing, Mt. Gox lawyers cited…

White supremacist charged with hate crimes in Kansas Jewish center killings

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) – The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of hatred for Jews, law enforcement officials said on Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces…

Mini-sub aborts first search for MH370

A mini-sub hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 aborted its first search of the remote Indian Ocean seabed after just six hours because the water was deeper than its operating limits, officials said Tuesday. The unmanned submarine loaded with sonar to map the ocean floor deployed Monday night from the Australian…

California lawmaker scraps plan to replace carbon market with tax on fuels

By Rory Carroll SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A top Democratic lawmaker in California on Monday backed off an unpopular plan to tax gasoline and diesel fuels and instead proposed a less controversial plan to spend up to $5 billion a year from the state’s fledgling carbon program on affordable housing and…

Fourth person charged in Oklahoma killing of Australian athlete

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – An Oklahoma man was charged on Monday as an accessory after the fact in connection with the killing last summer of an Australian athlete who had been attending a state university, prosecutors said. Oddesse Barnes, 22, was the fourth person charged in the…

Malta legalizes civil unions and adoption rights for gay couples

Malta’s parliament passed a law Monday legalising same-sex civil partnerships and giving gay couples the right to adopt. The Mediterranean island country’s parliament passed the bill by a vote of 37-0. The opposition abstained because it opposes gay adoption but not gay unions, said its leader Simon Busuttil. Thousands of…

Researchers: ‘Thunder god’ herb better for rheumatoid arthritis than widely-prescribed drugs

A Chinese herb called thunder god vine works better than a widely-prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing rheumatoid arthritis, a study published on Monday said. The herb has long been used in China to treat this potentially crippling autoimmune disease, which typically strikes hand and foot joints. It is known in…

New York convict gets life sentence for plot to decapitate federal judge and prosecutor

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) – A convict was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for plotting to have a judge and a prosecutor decapitated and their heads preserved in formaldehyde as souvenirs, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of…

California man accused of beating his boss to death out of fear of being replaced

A 32-year-old California man is accused of beating his boss to death out of fear that he would lose his job to a former colleague, KFMB-TV reported on Monday. Prosecutors in San Diego began making their case against Higinio Salgado, saying an April 2013 confrontation with the victim, 56-year-old Graham…

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