U.S.: Syr­ian forces likely fired tear gas on civil­ians

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Wash­ing­ton — The U.S. is ac­cus­ing forces backed by the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment and Rus­sia of fir­ing tear gas at civil­ians and falsely claim­ing it was a rebel chem­i­cal weapons at­tack.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred Nov. 24 amid fight­ing near the gov­ern­ment-held city of Aleppo and re­port­edly left dozens in­jured.

A State Depart­ment spokesman says the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad and Rus­sia had falsely ac­cused op­po­si­tion groups of a chlo­rine at­tack. Robert Pal­ladino says the U.S. has “cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion” that pro­gov­ern­ment forces likely fired tear gas.

He says Rus­sian and Syr­ian per­son­nel were in­volved and are us­ing the at­tack as an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­mine con­fi­dence in a cease-fire in Idlib, an anti-gov­ern­ment strong­hold.

Le­mur sur­prises trooper in DUI ar­rest

San­ford, Florida — A le­mur sur­prised a Florida High­way Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer be­ing pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driv­ing er­rat­i­cally and hit­ting other cars.

Dash­cam video shows the le­mur peek­ing out of the trailer be­fore hop­ping to the ground and leap­ing around the trooper who was talk­ing to the driver along In­ter­state 4 in San­ford on Satur­day night.

Twenty-seven-year-old driver Shane Taylor warned troop­ers that the le­mur named Miko “bites.” Taylor was ar­rested on sev­eral charges in­clud­ing DUI. State wildlife of­fi­cers took cus­tody of the le­mur and other ex­otic an­i­mals in­clud­ing a tor­toise, a goat, a par­rot and a wal­laby.

OSU adds ba­con vend­ing ma­chine

Columbus, Ohio — Ohio State Univer­sity stu­dents can fuel up on pork as they study for fi­nals.

A ba­con vend­ing ma­chine has been in­stalled at the Col­lege of Food, Agri­cul­tural, and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences on the univer­sity’s Columbus cam­pus. It of­fers cooked ba­con strips and ba­con bits for $1.

Pro­ceeds from the ma­chine will go to­ward Ohio State’s meat sci­ence pro­gram. Mem­bers of the pro­gram will be re­spon­si­ble for ma­chine main­te­nance. The ma­chine will re­main on cam­pus un­til Thurs­day.

May’s min­is­ters try to sell Brexit deal

Bri­tish Prime Minister Theresa May sent 30 mem­bers of her gov­ern­ment around the coun­try Fri­day to rally pop­u­lar sup­port to pres­sure law­mak­ers to ap­prove her Brexit agree­ment on leav­ing the Euro­pean Union.

The Brexit deal is prov­ing a tough sell, and May is com­ing un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure to de­lay a par­lia­men­tary vote sched­uled for next week in hopes of wring­ing con­ces­sions out of the EU. An anal­y­sis by Bri­tain’s Press As­so­ci­a­tion showed that just 27 of the 163 law­mak­ers who have spo­ken out in­di­cated they would back the deal, com­pared with 122 who say they will vote against it. That lat­ter num­ber in­cludes 29 mem­bers of May’s own Con­ser­va­tive Party.

12 dead in Brazil bank shootout

Rio de Janeiro — At least 12 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were killed Fri­day when po­lice en­gaged in a shootout with bank rob­bers, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties in north­east­ern Brazil. News por­tal G1 re­ported that the rob­bers blocked off a road into down­town Mi­la­gres and took hostages as they be­gan en­ter­ing two banks on the same street. When po­lice re­sponded, a fire­fight en­sued, lead­ing to sev­eral deaths.

Nor­mando So­r­a­cles / AFP/Getty Im­ages

Foren­sic ex­perts carry a corpse to be trans­ported to the morgue Fri­day af­ter an at­tempted bank rob­bery in Mi­la­gres, Brazil.


A pa­trol­man pulls over a driver in San­ford, Florida, on Dec. 1, earn­ing a close en­counter with a le­mur, bot­tom right.

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