Toxin cited in horse deathsWELLINGTON, Fla. — The sudden death of 21 polo horses at a championship event in Florida may have been caused by a toxin in the animals’ feed, vitamins or supplements, veterinarians said Monday. The deaths shocked this affluent equestrian and golfing community in central Palm Beach County, where the International Polo Club Palm Beach hosts the U.S. Open Polo Championship every year.
Horse attack investigatedANZA, Calif. — Authorities have arrested a Southern California man after determining that a dead horse on his property had been struck repeatedly in the head with a sledge hammer and decapitated with a chain saw. Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela said Monday that Jack Ziniuk summoned deputies to his Anza home Sunday and told them his horse was having seizures after being attacked by dogs and needed to be put down. GEOGRAPHY
Four Corners may miss markSALT LAKE CITY — Tourists who think they’re putting a hand or foot in each of four states at the Four Corners area are apparently missing the mark — by about 2.5 miles. National Geodetic Survey officials say the Four Corners marker showing the intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah is about 2.5 miles west of where it should be. DISASTER
Town tries to fix sewersVALLEY CITY, N.D. — Valley City officials are trying to hold down traffic in the city while they fix a broken sewer system and wait for the Sheyenne River to retreat. Mayor Mary Lee Nielson is telling businesses to stay closed for at least this week, unless they are absolutely needed. With the city’s bridges closed, emergency vehicles have to have a way to get around to places that need them, she said. MILITARY
11 countries begin exerciseMAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. — Navies from the United States and 10 other countries on Monday launched two weeks of war exercises off Florida’s Atlantic coast that will include training in combatting piracy and drug smuggling. UNITAS Gold, which is now in its 50th year, is the Navy’s longest-running yearly exercise. CRIME
Suspect held in Boston deathBOSTON — Boston police say they have a man in custody in connection with the death last week in a luxury hotel of a woman who advertised massage services on Craigslist. Julissa Brisman of New York City was found dead Tuesday at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. From Wire Services