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April 4, 2013 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

Dead pig mistaken for human

AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in Texas said a dead body reported by a jogger near a trail turned out to be a deceased pig.

A spokeswoman for the Austin Fire Department said the jogger called 911 around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and reported seeing a naked dead body by a trail near Perez Elementary School, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported Wednesday.

Police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene and soon discovered the body was that of a pig, not a human. The scene was cleared about 10:30 a.m., the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman and police did not have immediate information on how the pig came to be dead at the side of the trail.


Deputy leaves gun in Macy's dressing room

NORFOLK, Va., April 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in Virginia said disciplinary action is being taken against a deputy who forgot his gun in a Macy's dressing room.

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office said the deputy, whose name was not released, accidentally left his gun at the Macy's in Norfolk and immediately informed his superiors Monday, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday.

"The deputy realized as soon as he returned home that he had left his weapon behind and immediately notified the store and the Norfolk Sheriff's Office's Professional Standards Division," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The Norfolk Sheriff's Office considers this a very serious and unacceptable situation and has taken immediate and appropriate disciplinary action against the deputy."

Sheriff's spokeswoman Paula Miller said the gun was recovered.

The disciplinary actios taken against the deputy were not revealed by the sheriff's office.


Senator's office calls police on caller

SALT LAKE CITY, April 3 (UPI) -- A Salt Lake City woman said she was called by U.S. Capitol Police after calling the local office U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, to ask about whether he'd be in town.

Elise Lazar said she called the Salt Lake City office of Hatch, R-Utah, March 25 to ask if he would be in town during spring break and whether any town hall meetings had been scheduled, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.

Lazar said she explained she and some friends wanted to discuss issues with Hatch but was reluctant to reveal the issues because she didn't want Hatch to refuse to meet with her.

She told the newspaper she wanted to voice opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Lazar said the receptionist told her Hatch would be too busy to meet with her while in town.

The woman said she received a phone call the following day from the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington. She said they told her a complaint had been filed by Hatch's office and they felt she might be a suspicious person.

Hatch spokeswoman Heather Barney said the receptionist was concerned due to Lazar's lack of clarity on the purpose of her call and kept pushing on the "comings and goings of Senator Hatch."


Poll: 13 percent say Obama the Antichrist

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- More U.S. voters believe President Obama is the Antichrist than think that the moon landing was a hoax, a poll released Tuesday said.

Public Policy Polling took a look at some conspiracy theories, National Journal reported. Pollsters said 13 percent of respondents said Obama is the Antichrist and another 13 percent are unsure.

Only 7 percent think NASA faked the moon landings and 4 percent believe reptilian people are living in disguise on Earth, preparing to take over.

While 11 percent said they believe Osama bin Laden is still alive, 15 percent believe television broadcasts contain mind-controlling technology.

The institute took a look at some more serious issues. Respondents were evenly split on whether President George W. Bush misled the public before the Iraq invasion with 44 percent saying yes and 45 percent no.

More than one quarter, 28 percent, said Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but 51 percent disagreed.

And 28 percent say there is a secret conspiracy by a global elite to establish a "new world order."

The automated telephone poll surveyed 1,247 registered voters March 27-30.

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