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Craigslist ad leads to armed robbery

TEMPLE CITY, Calif., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Authorities in California said a man robbed at gunpoint behind a fast food restaurant was lured by a Craigslist.org posting promising an iPhone.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Martinez said the victim arranged to pay $500 for an iPhone from a Craigslist seller and met the man at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday behind a Carl's Jr. restaurant in Temple City, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Martinez said the seller pulled a semiautomatic pistol on the victim and fled on foot with his money.

The sergeant said it was difficult to offer advice to the public on how to avoid similar incidents.

"Broad daylight in a public place -- you really can't ask for anything more than that," Martinez said.

"This is so new, we don't really have guidelines on it," he said of criminals using online sales to lure victims. "Just be careful."


Confederate descendants mark 150th

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Sons of Confederate Veterans is marking the 150th Civil War anniversary with events including an Alabama march and a "Secession Ball" in South Carolina.

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The organization held a march Saturday in Montgomery, Ala., to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederate President Jefferson Davis's inauguration and a "Secession Ball," a Confederate-themed party, was held in December in Charleston , S.C., The Washington Post reported Monday.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi wing of the Sons is campaigning to have the state issue license plates honoring Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an infamous Confederate soldier who went on to help found the Ku Klux Klan, the report said.

Other sesquicentennial events being planned by the Sons nationwide include re-enactments of Confederate-won battles, re-enactments of Davis's inauguration and membership drives.


Poll: Young Quebecers prefer English music

QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Canadian pollster said young French-speakers in Quebec tend to prefer English-language music over French tunes.

The Association for Canadian Studies said the survey, carried out by Leger Marketing, found 75 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 24 agreed with a statement saying they "listen to more music in English than in French," The (Montreal) Gazette reported Monday.

The association said the number dropped to 20 percent for the respondents over the age of 65.

Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies, said the cause of the trend is unclear.

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"Is the growing importance of such genres as rap and techno and the music-video craze making it more a challenge to compete with the dominant English language artists? It is premature to offer a conclusion," he said.

The online survey of 1,000 Quebec residents had an error margin of 2.9 percent, 19 times out of 20, the Gazette said.

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