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■UNITED STATES

New calculator for US debt

The national debt is so large, it doesn’t even fit on most calculators. Western Colorado real estate developer Matt Miles says he was concerned that no one in government, nor most Americans, had ever seen the number. So he made a new calculator. The “Big Red” calculator displays 16 digits. That’s enough to show all the numbers in the national debt, which totaled nearly US$11.8 trillion — or US$11,792,918,170,836.43 — at the start of this month. Miles says he wants to get people thinking about how much the US owes.

■UNITED STATES

Stranger ‘slaps’ crying kid

Police say a 61-year-old man annoyed with a crying two-year-old girl at a suburban Atlanta Walmart slapped the child several times after warning the toddler’s mother to keep her quiet. A police report says after the stranger hit the girl at least four times, he said: “See, I told you I would shut her up.” Roger Stephens of Stone Mountain is charged with felony cruelty to children. It was unclear if he had an attorney and a telephone call to his home on Wednesday was unanswered. Authorities say the girl and her mother were shopping on Monday when the toddler began crying. The police report says Stephens approached the mother and said: “If you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you.” Authorities say Stephens then grabbed the child and slapped her.

■UNITED STATES

Husband drops charges

A domestic battery case against porn star and potential Louisiana senate contender Stormy Daniels has been dropped after the alleged victim chose not to prosecute. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Gregory Clifford, was arrested in Florida in July and charged after her husband told Tampa police that she hit him several times in a dispute about laundry and unpaid bills. A spokeswoman with the local state attorney’s office says prosecutors could not determine who was the aggressor in that situation.

■UNITED STATES

Pit bull euthanized

A pit bull that chewed the toes off of a four-month old baby in North Carolina has been euthanized, while the child’s mother and her boyfriend remain in custody, charged with felony child abuse. The one-year-old dog was put down and tested negative for rabies. A spokeswoman for Onslow County Animal Control said that to test for rabies, animals must first be euthanized. Messages left for the attorneys of the mother, Robie Lynn Jenkins, and her boyfriend, Tremayne Spillman, were not returned on Wednesday.

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