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Appeals court vacates ban on US horse slaughter

Saturday, 14 December 2013 08:00 Published in Local News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to resume domestic horse slaughter.

In an order Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver removed an emergency injunction that had blocked the plants from opening.

The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups appealed after a federal judge in Albuquerque rejected their lawsuit alleging the Department of Agriculture failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits for the slaughterhouses.

An attorney for Valley Meat Company of Roswell, New Mexico and Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Missouri says by lifting the stay, the appellate court is saying it's unlikely the protection groups would win their appeal.

Still, attorney Blair Dunn says it could be months before the court makes a final ruling on the animal protection groups' appeal.

Franklin County man accused of murdering father

Saturday, 14 December 2013 07:57 Published in Local News

ST. CLAIR, Mo. (AP) — Police have charged a 33-year-old Franklin County man with first-degree murder in the death of his father.

The St. Louis-Post Dispatch reports that worried relatives found the body of 57-year-old William J. Osborn Thursday afternoon after forcing their way into his Lonedell home.

Franklin Sheriff Gary Toelke says William Patton Osborn had a volatile relationship with his father and had sold one of the elder Osborn's guns in St. Clair after the killing.

He is also charged with armed criminal action for allegedly stealing his father's truck, a motorcycle and firearms.

Osborn was jailed with a cash-only bond of $100,000. Online court records don't list an attorney on his behalf.

Sheriff: Suspect in Colorado school shooting dies

Friday, 13 December 2013 14:31 Published in National News
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban Denver student shot at least one other student at a high school Friday before he apparently turned the gun on himself.
 
   Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the student was wounded when he confronted the gunman at Arapahoe High School in Centennial.
 
   He said officers found another injured student while securing the school.
 
   Littleton Adventist Hospital spokesman Jason Dunkel said a student was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
 
   Students were seen walking toward the school's running track with their hands in the air. Television footage showed students being patted down.
 
   The school is about 8 miles east of Columbine High School in Littleton, where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.

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