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World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■UNITED STATES

LA tries for No Cuss Week

Pay no attention to that eerie silence in the most populous county this week; it will simply be the sound of 10 million people not swearing. At least that’s the result McKay Hatch is hoping for once his campaign to clear the air is recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, the board is scheduled to issue a proclamation by Supervisor Michael Antonovich making the first week in March No Cussing Week. That would mean no blue language from the Mojave desert, where it gets hot as %$#! in the summer, to the Pacific Ocean, where on a winter’s day it can get colder and nastier than &#!%. Not that 15-year-old Hatch expects complete compliance.

■MEXICO

Woman arrested with cash

Authorities on Sunday confiscated more than US$700,000 from a woman who was carrying the cash in two suitcases as she traveled by bus in the southern state of Oaxaca, the defense ministry said. The cash was found wrapped in “43 transparent nylon packets that contained US$716,830” inside the suitcases, the defense statement said. Federal authorities took 54-year-old Rosalva Rojas in for questioning, it said.

■UNITED STATES

Cop pleads not guilty

A police deputy has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a case that has stunned many with the release of a surveillance video of the incident, US media reported on Sunday. Deputy Paul Schene, 31, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault and went on paid administrative leave, reported KING5 TV in Seattle, Washington. “The video shows the young auto theft suspect in a holding cell at SeaTac City Hall on Nov. 29, 2008. The girl is seen being led into the cell, then kicking her left shoe out the door in the direction of Schene and another deputy,” the TV said. “Two deputies are then seen storming into the cell. The girl ends up facing a wall next to the toilet. Schene is then seen apparently pulling the girl’s hair as she falls to the ground, face first. It then appears that Schene hits the girl twice while she is on the ground,” it said.

■UNITED STATES

Muslims thriving

A Gallup poll of Muslims in the country has found that they are far more likely than people in Muslim countries to see themselves as thriving. In fact, the only countries where Muslims are more likely to see themselves as thriving are Saudi Arabia and Germany, the poll showed. And yet, within the country, Muslims are the least content religious group when compared with Jews, Mormons, Protestants and Roman Catholics. Gallup researchers say that is because the largest segment of local Muslims are African-Americans, and they generally report lower levels of income and education.

■UNITED STATES

East gets heavy snow

A massive snowstorm ravaged eastern states early yesterday, snapping power lines, closing schools and snarling the morning commute amid freezing temperatures from Maryland to Maine. More than 30cm of snow was possible in some northern states, the National Weather Service said as the winter storm began to unleash its furor on the upper portion of the country late on Sunday. New York City residents stocked up on groceries while city officials deployed extra snowplows and salt trucks to fend off the snow piles, which were expected to hit a height of up to 36cm by daybreak.

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