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The skinny: Mexico City claims that its water is safe

Drink up

Mexico City claims that its water is safe

"Drink the water." It's a suggestion alien to Mexico City residents who have long shunned tap water in favor of the bottled kind and to the throngs of tourists who visit the city each year, bringing with them fears of "Montezuma's Revenge." But a law recently approved by Mexico City's legislators will require all restaurants to install filters so they can offer patrons free, drinkable water that won't lead to stomach problems and other ailments. Bad tap water accounts in part for Mexico being the world's top consumer of bottled water and — worse — soda, some 43 gallons per person a year. With an obesity epidemic nationwide, the city's health department decided to back the water initiative.

What's your fantasy

Supreme Court all fun and games

It started as a lark. What odds would Las Vegas give on the next Supreme Court decision? What if you could compete with others on what the nine judges were going to decide — like players in a fantasy football league? FantasySCOTUS, now in its fourth season and with 20,000 players online, is the brainchild of Josh Blackman, a 29-year-old professor at Houston's South Texas College of Law. "It's free to sign up, it's free to play and the prize is bragging rights," Blackman said. In September 2009, Blackman said he and a friend joked about what oddsmakers might say about an upcoming decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. FantasySCOTUS is appealing because it takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master. A player just drags and drops a photo of each justice into boxes to either affirm, reverse or recuse for each ruling.

Emergency plan

911 call faked to avoid ticket

Authorities say a New Mexico woman called in a fake report of a gunman near a convenience store to help a friend avoid a traffic ticket over a taillight. Roswell police say 22-year-old Savana Jimenez called 911 Sunday morning hoping the officer who pulled over the car she was a passenger in would get dispatched to the fake crime. Authorities say Jimenez called 911 while the officer was checking her friend's information. Jimenez was arrested and charged with obstruction.

Bovines start blast

Dairy cows blamed for barn explosion

A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion. Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt. Police say 90 cows are kept in the shed and it wasn't clear why quantities of methane had built up. Bovine belching and flatulence releases large quantities of the gas.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Mexico City claims that its water is safe 01/28/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:42pm]
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