Thursday, January 29, 2015

International

Kangaroo surviving alpine winter hops his way to dispelling ‘No kangaroos in Austria’ slogan

VIENNA, Austria — A kangaroo is on the loose in frigid and snowy Austria, hopping his way toward dispelling a famous slogan.
“No kangaroos in Austria” T-shirts and souvenirs have been big-sellers for years in the alpine nation, since some people confuse Austria with Australia.

US announces charges in Russian spy ring case, say 3 defendants tried to recruit New Yorkers

NEW YORK — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said.

New Orleans’ oldest cemetery to bar solo tourists, citing vandalism of above-ground crypts

NEW ORLEANS — A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans’ tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has announced.

Leaders, survivors mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation by Soviets, but without Putin

BRZEZINKA, Poland — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.

EPA: Over 4M gallons of water, brine, oil pumped from site of North Dakota saltwater spill

More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota’s current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Overhaul of anti-terror law coming

OTTAWA—The Conservative government’s overhaul of anti-terrorism legislation will be introduced by the end of week and will make it crime to promote terrorism, Stephen Harper told party faithful yesterday.
The measures, which also are expected to give police greater ability to restrict the movements of purported extremists, will not be an assault on civil liberties, the prime minister said.

Angry with your ex? Zoo offers scorpion, cockroach adoptions for Valentine’s Day

SAN FRANCISCO — Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to “adopt” a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honour of that special ex-someone for Valentine’s Day.

Cuba leaves talks on US ties insisting it won’t make major changes to its system

HAVANA, Cuba — The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro’s government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the country’s struggling economy.

Naked violinist files $1.1 million lawsuit over arrest outside Portland courthouse last year

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland last year is suing police.

Police: Man trying to break into Texas store falls through ceiling, lands in front of officer

HOUSTON — Authorities say a man’s plans to break into a Houston store fell through, after he crashed through the ceiling and landed in front of police.
Houston police say the man climbed a tree and onto the roof of a Family Dollar store early Sunday morning, then managed to break a hole in the roof and enter the building.
But after making his way into the store, the man

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