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Navajo push for junk-food tax fails

Navajo push for junk-food tax fails

An effort to resurrect a junk-food tax on the Navajo Nation to combat a high prevalence of diabetes failed on Tuesday. The Navajo Nation Council earlier this year approved an additional 2 percent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas. Tribal President Ben Shelly vetoed the measure, saying it was unclear how the tax would be enacted and enforced. A bill to override that veto came before tribal lawmakers on Tuesday but fell three votes short. But the measure still has widespread support, and advocates plan to revive it. Supporters hope to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food and turn to healthier lifestyles.

Twitter photo request backfires

A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality. The police sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photos on its Facebook page. The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photo of police battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.

Father strangles son over gaming

A man in southern France was in custody Tuesday after killing his 23-year-old son, reportedly in a disagreement over the son's addiction to Internet gaming. The incident took place Monday evening in the village of Luc-sur-Orbieu, about 100 miles southwest of Montpellier. Investigators told local media the father grabbed his son by the throat and choked him, the Midi Libre newspaper reported.

By the Numbers

$489,000 Amount Danik Kumar, 21, of Sandusky, Ohio, must pay to U.S. and Canadian agencies for making a false distress call that triggered a massive, 21-hour search on Lake Erie in 2012, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Times wires

Navajo push for junk-food tax fails 04/22/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:15pm]

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