In brief: Fur flies over sale of squirrel meat
A GROCERY store is committing "wildlife massacre" by selling squirrel meat, campaigners claimed. VIVA (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals) accused Budgens of supporting a "barbaric cull" by allowing a branch in London to sell squirrel meat.
A spokesman for Musgrave, which operates Budgens, said: "As our retailers are independent, they have the right to secure products within their individually-owned stores."
New York targets bedbug scourge
BEDBUGS are spreading at an unprecedented rate in New York City and health officials have launched a campaign to combat them.
The pests have rapidly multiplied throughout many US cities in recent years. In New York they have been discovered in theatres, clothing stores, office buildings, housing projects and luxury apartments.
Obama's nominee clears first hurdle
PRESIDENT Barack Obama's nominee to be chief of US intelligence, James R Clapper, has been unanimously approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Mr Clapper's nomination now goes to the full Senate, where his confirmation may face delays from some Republican politicians. The director of national intelligence oversees the 16 US spy agencies.
Man's estate sues after his suicide
THE estate of a man allegedly abused by a priest in the 1980s is suing the Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh, alleging he committed suicide this year after the diocese stopped paying for his mental health treatments following two other suicide attempts.
Michael Unglo (39) had alleged he was molested while an altar boy. He committed suicide last May.
Drugs raid fingers Mexican cartels
US FEDERAL and state agents said nearly 100 people were arrested in an ongoing sweep of marijuana-growing operations that netted more than $1.7bn (€1.3bn) worth of pot in California's Sierra Nevada.
Sheriff Margaret Mims said several Mexican drug cartels were involved and that most of the 97 people arrested were Mexican nationals.