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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300 gallons of urine found in home

NEWTOWN – Authorities are seeking to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against a Newtown man they say stored as much as 300 gallons of human urine in his home. The man, whose name has not been released because he has not been charged, has spoken with state and local environmental officials, according to [...]

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Want to visit Mars? Applications being taken

At least 20,000 really adventurous people have applied for a crack at a permanent trip to the red planet. After only one week, submissions to the Mars One project are pouring in — 600 from China alone. Although the trip and training sound daunting, the requirements for candidates are wide open: If you show resilience, [...]

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Mother forced daughter, 14, into sperm insemination

LONDON – A mother who persuaded her adopted teenage daughter to become pregnant by artificial insemination because she wanted a baby for herself has been jailed for five years in Britain, in a case that raises concern over how easily donor sperm can be obtained. Previously secret court documents showed that the daughter, a virgin, [...]

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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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