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Utah soccer referee punched by player dies

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — A Utah soccer referee who slipped into a coma after being punched by a teenage player during a game a week ago died Saturday night, police said. Ricardo Portillo, 46, of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following an assault, Unified police spokesman Justin [...]

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Chinese police bust million-dollar rat-meat ring

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have broken a crime ring that passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton, authorities said, in a food safety crackdown that coincides with a bird flu outbreak and other environmental pressures.               Authorities have arrested 904 suspects since the end of January for [...]

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Bill would require dog owners to undergo criminal background checks

North Carolina – A North Carolina lawmaker says he was caught off guard by the angry responses he got to a bill that would require the owners of pit bulls, mastiffs and  Rottweilers and other large breeds to undergo criminal background checks. Rep. Rodney Moore, a Charlotte Democrat who sponsored the bill, tells Law Blog [...]

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‘Penmanship’ is now ‘handwriting’ as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes

  SEATTLE – Washington state’s governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as “fisherman” and “freshman” with “fisher” and “first-year student.” Lawmakers have passed a series of bills since 2007 to root out gender bias from Washington statutes, though [...]

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George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81. Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with [...]

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