March 1, 2013 |
Lynette Blue says she thinks her prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show earlier this month, causing it to die several days later. "The timeline adds up. There's no other scenario we can come up with other than poison," Blue told the Associated Press. Blue said her dog, a 3-year-old Samoyed named Cruz, died on Feb. 16, four days after competing, and that certain symptoms were consistent with dogs who ingest rat or mouse poison.
February 9, 2013 |
BOSTON - The snow fell and fell, and when it stopped, New Englanders climbed out of their homes, got out their shovels, and started digging out from one of the biggest blizzards in a generation. By the time the sun peeked out of the clouds Saturday afternoon, the winter storm had dumped more than 2 feet of snow in cities across the Northeast, forced evacuations in some coastal communities, contributed to more than half a million customers losing power across six states and grounded thousands of flights.
February 9, 2013 |
A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy died Saturday of carbon monoxide poisoning after warming himself in a running car while his father shoveled snow. Boston's mayor promptly issued a new warning of the perils associated with the massive Northeast blizzard. The boy had been helping his dad shovel snow Saturday near the family's sedan, and hopped into the running car to warm up, Boston fire spokesman Steve MacDonald told The Times. But a mound of snow had blocked the exhaust pipe, preventing the poisonous carbon monoxide from escaping, MacDonald said.
January 30, 2013 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned 12 rodent poisons made by the United Kingdom-based Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because the products failed to abide by safety regulations, the agency announced Wednesday. The agency said in a statement it has worked with rodent poison makers to ensure they comply with safety standards, but Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of other products such as Woolite laundry detergent and Clearasil face wash, has refused to abide by regulations. The British company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
January 21, 2013 |
Urooj Khan, the Chicago lottery winner who likely died of cyanide poisoning, has been buried for a second time, but it could be a long time before the mystery around his death is put to rest. Khan, 46, was reburied Monday afternoon following his exhumation Friday morning. He died in July, weeks after winning $1 million in the Illinois lottery. Officials reclassified his death as a homicide after a blood sample showed cyanide. Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina's office conducted an autopsy on Khan on Friday to take hair, fingernail and organ samples from his remains.
January 18, 2013 |
Authorities on Friday morning began an autopsy on the exhumed body of a lottery winner from Chicago who officials say died of cyanide poisoning. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office was expected to hold a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the case that prompted authorities to exhume the body of Urooj Khan, who died unexpectedly on July 20, weeks after winning after winning a $1-million jackpot from the Illinois lottery. Khan was exhumed Friday and will be re-interred at Rosehill Cemetery on Monday, medical examiner spokeswoman Mary Paleologos said.
January 18, 2013 |
Officials with the medical examiner's office finished an autopsy Friday on the Chicago lottery winner who authorities say died of cyanide poisoning. The results, which could confirm that finding, are expected in a few weeks. Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina told reporters Friday afternoon that the autopsy, conducted a short time after Urooj Khan's body was exhumed Friday morning , lasted a few hours. Doctors took samples of hair and fingernails as well as organs from the 46-year-old who died July 20, just weeks after winning a $1-million jackpot in the Illinois Lottery.
January 7, 2013 |
Urooj Khan gushed that hitting it big meant everything to him. But he didn't live to enjoy his winnings. He'd won a $1-million jackpot from the Illinois Lottery over the summer. The idea was that he'd pay off his debts and his mortgage, then invest the rest in his dry cleaning business -- after making a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He was a generous guy. “I scratched the ticket, then I kept on saying, 'I hit a million!' over and over again," Khan, 46, of Chicago's north side, told lottery officials later.
December 12, 2012 |
D-CON kills rats and mice, the label reads. And, according to state and federal officials, it can kill hawks, owls, eagles, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions and other non-targeted wildlife too. So can competing brands. Pesticide manufacturers have been selling a new generation of more potent anticoagulants because mice and rats have built up some resistance to the old standby warfarin. These super-toxic rat poisons have a longer half-life before they break down, meaning they are more effective at working their way up the food chain -- not only killing rodents but their natural predators.
November 27, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Forensic experts from Switzerland, France and Russia on Tuesday took 20 samples each from the remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat after his grave in the presidential headquarters here was opened. The experts will take the samples to their respective countries to carry out tests to determine if Arafat, who died on Nov. 11, 2004, at a military hospital in France, was killed by polonium, a poisonous radioactive material. French hospital reports at the time said he died from a massive brain hemorrhage, but gave no details on what caused a related blood condition, giving rise to Palestinian suspicions he was killed by Israel.