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Jan 14, 2014

Beanie Babies creator gets probation for tax evasion

CHICAGO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The billionaire creator of
Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, will serve two years of probation,
including mentoring high school students, following his guilty
plea on a tax evasion charge, but no jail time, a federal judge
ruled on Tuesday.

Warner, 69, who pleaded guilty in October, told U.S.
District Court Judge Charles Kocoras in Chicago that he was
sorry, and called it the biggest mistake of his life. Warner
already had agreed to pay a civil penalty of nearly $53.6
million.

Jan 14, 2014

Beanie Babies creator faces sentencing for tax evasion

CHICAGO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The billionaire creator of
Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, could face up to five years in prison
when he is sentenced in Chicago federal court on Tuesday on his
guilty plea for tax evasion.

Warner, 69, who in 2013 was ranked as the 209th richest
American by Forbes, “went to great lengths” to hide from his
accountants and the Internal Revenue Service more than $3.1
million in foreign income generated in a secret Swiss bank
account, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago.

Jan 13, 2014

One dead, one missing in Chicago River after man drops phone

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An effort to retrieve a dropped cell phone ended in tragedy on Monday when a 26-year-old man died after falling into the icy Chicago River near downtown Chicago, and a 21-year-old woman who was with him was presumed dead after also going into the river, police said.

Another man who was with the two young adults was pulled from the river by rescue workers and was hospitalized, Chicago Police Officer Mike Sullivan said.

Jan 13, 2014

Two die after falling into river in Chicago after dropping phone

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An effort to retrieve a dropped cell phone ended in tragedy on Monday when a 26-year-old man died after falling into the icy Chicago River near downtown Chicago, and a 21-year-old woman who was with him was presumed dead after also going into the river, police said.

Another man who was with the two young adults was pulled from the river by rescue workers and was hospitalized, Chicago Police Officer Mike Sullivan said.

Jan 10, 2014

West Virginia chemical spill triggers widespread tap water ban

Jan 10 (Reuters) – - President Barack Obama issued an
emergency declaration for the state of West Virginia on Friday,
ordering federal aid in the aftermath of a chemical spill that
has left up to 300,000 people without tap water, closed schools
and businesses.

The spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used
in the coal industry, occurred Thursday on the Elk River in
Charleston, West Virginia’s capital and largest city, upriver
from the eastern U.S. state’s largest water treatment plant.

Jan 10, 2014

West Virginia chemical spill cuts water for up to 300,000

Jan 9 (Reuters) – A chemical spill along a West Virginia
river on Thursday has resulted in a tap water ban for as many as
300,000 people, shutting down bars and restaurants and forcing
residents to line up for bottled water at stores.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for
nine counties as a result of the spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane
Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry. The spill
occurred along the Elk River in Charleston, the capital and
largest city of the eastern U.S. state.

Jan 7, 2014

Judge rules Chicago ban on gun sales is unconstitutional

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago ban on gun sales within the city, aimed at reducing gun violence, is unconstitutional because it goes too far in barring buyers and dealers from engaging in lawful sales, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang found that the U.S. Constitution’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms must include the right to acquire them, within limits.

Dec 24, 2013

New state laws will affect marijuana, voting, shark fins

CHICAGO (Reuters) – “What brand are you smoking?,” could become a more routine question among Coloradans in January, when anyone 21 or older will be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana from a state-licensed retail store for recreational use.

In Illinois, a new law will prohibit anyone from using a drone – an unmanned aircraft – to interfere with hunters or fishermen. Delaware, meanwhile, is banning the sale of shark fins.

Dec 20, 2013

How much for that Degas? Detroit appraises priceless art collection

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – For decades, visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts have been amused, inspired and perhaps warned of the dangers of overindulgence by the peasant revelers of 16th century painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Now, as a result of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, “The Wedding Dance,” considered priceless by lovers of the world-famous city collection, has a price tag of $100 million to $200 million, according to a Christie’s auction house report made public on Thursday.

Dec 18, 2013
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Most Americans celebrate Christmas, half see it as mostly religious holiday: poll

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(People carrying shopping bags leave a shopping store advertising sales in New York, December 24, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford )

Nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate Christmas – including 80 percent of non-Christians, according to a poll released on Wednesday. But only half of Americans view Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while a third view it as more of a cultural holiday, according to the poll by the Pew Research Center.