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The skinny: Most pet owners see a sixth sense

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Majority of pet owners see a sixth sense

Lassie could always sense when Timmy was in trouble. Black Beauty knew the bridge was out. Now two-thirds of U.S. pet owners say they can relate — their pets have a sixth sense about bad weather. Forty-three percent say the same about bad news, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. Seventy-two percent of dog owners said they've gotten weather warnings, to 66 percent of cat owners. For bad news, 47 percent of dog and 41 percent of cat owners said they've been alerted by pets, according to the poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. How do pets convey their concerns? Sixty-four percent said their pets tried to hide in a safe place, 56 percent said they whined or cried, 52 percent said they became hyperactive, erratic or made unpredictable movements and 36 percent said they barked or meowed persistently.

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City officials add insult to injury

Three present and former Bell city leaders facing public corruption charges now want the cash-strapped California city to pay their legal bills. Attorneys for Mayor Oscar Hernandez, council member Teresa Jacobo and former council member George Cole have filed court documents saying the city should cover their legal expenses for a lawsuit filed by the California attorney general's office. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Jacobo and Cole also want Bell to pay their defense costs on criminal charges. Rocked by scandals and sky-high salaries, Bell is near bankruptcy, state auditors say.

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Why ruin a good story with facts?

Tour guides in Philadelphia want a federal appeals court to decide if they can be required to pass a history test and be licensed. But judges hearing arguments Tuesday believe the free-speech case may be premature. That's because city budget cuts have stalled any efforts to enforce the 2008 law, which stems from complaints that tour guides were spinning twisted yarns about Philadelphia's historic area. Three tour guides are challenging the law on grounds the city can't restrict legal speech — no matter how inaccurate.

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Heavy hand of the law in Dubai

Dubai's highest court has upheld the deportation of a Pakistani man for a case of road rage that included the widely recognized insult of a raised middle finger. The Court of Cassation — last stop in the appeal process — confirmed that the United Arab Emirates' indecency codes cover hand gestures and the deportation sentence would stand. In March, a British couple was sentenced to a month in jail and deportation for what was described as exchanging a provocative kiss in a restaurant. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on the beach got three months in jail, a sentence later suspended.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Most pet owners see a sixth sense 01/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:12pm]
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