Surgeons remove tiger's basketball-sized hairball

It’s not unusual for a cat to get a hairball, but a 400-pound tiger needed help from veterinary surgeons in Florida when he couldn’t hack up a basketball-size hairball by himself. The 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent the procedure Wednesday at a veterinary center in the Tampa Bay area community of Clearwater. Doctors said in a statement that they safely removed the 4-pound obstruction from Ty’s stomach. The tiger, which is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Seminole, was brought to veterinarians after not eating for nearly two weeks. Doctors said they detected the hairball using a scope with a camera. Continue Reading

FBI arrest 37-year-old in ricin letter investigation

A 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a case in which a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin were discovered in Washington state last week. A grand jury indictment accused Matthew Ryan Buquet of mailing a threatening communication to U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle at the federal courthouse on May 14. The indictment did not mention ricin. However, the U.S. Postal Service said last week that two letters were intercepted — one addressed to the courthouse and the other to the downtown post office — and they contained ricin in a crude form that did not immediately pose a threat to workers. Buquet appeared in federal court in Spokane after the FBI said agents arrested him Wednesday afternoon. Continue Reading

FBI: Arrest made in Wash. ricin scare last week

The FBI says a 37-year-old man has been arrested following last week’s discovery in Washington state of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin. Matthew Ryan Buquet was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Spokane following his arrest Wednesday afternoon. The letters were postmarked in Spokane and addressed to the downtown post office and the adjacent federal building. They were intercepted by the Postal Service, and no one was injured. Investigators in hazardous materials suits spent most of Saturday executing a search warrant at a three-story apartment building downtown but said there was no public health risk. Continue Reading

Ex-PSU prez seeks dismissal of criminal charges

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has asked a county judge to throw out charges accusing him of helping cover up abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier’s lawyers filed the motion last week, citing his allegation that the university’s former top lawyer, Cynthia Baldwin, violated attorney-client confidentiality when she gave prosecutors information about him. He also argued that some of the charges were filed after the statute of limitations had run out. His attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, said Wednesday the criminal case remains on hold while Spanier’s co-defendants, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, ask the state Supreme Court to review a recent decision by the grand jury judge that he did not have jurisdiction to throw out their charges. “We’re waiting for the Supreme Court to decide the issues that are very similar to our issues,” she said. Continue Reading

Surgeons remove tiger's basketball-sized hairball

It’s not unusual for a cat to get a hairball, but a 400-pound tiger needed help from veterinary surgeons in Florida when he couldn’t hack up a basketball-size hairball by himself. The 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent the procedure Wednesday at a veterinary center in the Tampa Bay area community of Clearwater. Doctors said in a statement that they safely removed the 4-pound obstruction from Ty’s stomach. The tiger, which is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Seminole, was brought to veterinarians after not eating for nearly two weeks. Doctors said they detected the hairball using a scope with a camera. Continue Reading

FBI arrest 37-year-old in ricin letter investigation

A 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a case in which a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin were discovered in Washington state last week. A grand jury indictment accused Matthew Ryan Buquet of mailing a threatening communication to U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle at the federal courthouse on May 14. The indictment did not mention ricin. However, the U.S. Postal Service said last week that two letters were intercepted — one addressed to the courthouse and the other to the downtown post office — and they contained ricin in a crude form that did not immediately pose a threat to workers. Buquet appeared in federal court in Spokane after the FBI said agents arrested him Wednesday afternoon. Continue Reading

FBI: Arrest made in Wash. ricin scare last week

The FBI says a 37-year-old man has been arrested following last week’s discovery in Washington state of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin. Matthew Ryan Buquet was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Spokane following his arrest Wednesday afternoon. The letters were postmarked in Spokane and addressed to the downtown post office and the adjacent federal building. They were intercepted by the Postal Service, and no one was injured. Investigators in hazardous materials suits spent most of Saturday executing a search warrant at a three-story apartment building downtown but said there was no public health risk. Continue Reading

Vt gov signs novel law against false patent claims

Vermont’s governor has signed the first-in-the-nation law aimed at protecting companies from so-called patent trolling — the practice of making deceptive claims of patent infringement in the hopes of collecting licensing or settlement money. The law, signed Wednesday by Gov. Peter Shumlin, allows courts to consider if a claim is deceptive and specifies other factors that can be considered as evidence. Courts can award damages or relief to Vermont companies wrongly pressured into paying licensing fees or a settlement, and the Vermont attorney general can conduct civil investigations and bring civil action against violators. Intellectual property law professor Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University in California said Vermont’s law is a novel approach but he said it’s unclear if Vermont has the authority to regulate patent activity. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

Ex-PSU prez seeks dismissal of criminal charges

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has asked a county judge to throw out charges accusing him of helping cover up abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier’s lawyers filed the motion last week, citing his allegation that the university’s former top lawyer, Cynthia Baldwin, violated attorney-client confidentiality when she gave prosecutors information about him. He also argued that some of the charges were filed after the statute of limitations had run out. His attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, said Wednesday the criminal case remains on hold while Spanier’s co-defendants, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, ask the state Supreme Court to review a recent decision by the grand jury judge that he did not have jurisdiction to throw out their charges. “We’re waiting for the Supreme Court to decide the issues that are very similar to our issues,” she said. Continue Reading