World briefs – November 19

Baltimore police say two brothers aged 11 and 14 have been charged as juveniles with stealing about a dozen reptiles and a hissing cockroach from a city-run nature centre.

Brothers accused of stealing cockroach, exotic reptiles

BALTIMORE — Baltimore police say two brothers aged 11 and 14 have been charged as juveniles with stealing about a dozen reptiles and a hissing cockroach from a city-run nature centre.

Police spokeswoman Officer Nicole Monroe said Thursday that the boys will face charges including theft and breaking and entering. They’ve been released into their parents’ custody.

Police said an iguana, geckos, chameleons, turtles and a wingless insect called a Madagascar hissing cockroach were taken in separate thefts from Baltimore’s Carrie Murray Nature Center.

Police say the suspects entered the nature centre at night through unlocked doors or windows and spirited away the critters. All were recovered.


Twin double-shooting was suicide pact

AURORA, Colo. — Investigators in Colorado say the double shooting of Australian twin sisters was a suicide pact.

The sheriff’s office made the announcement Thursday after interviewing the surviving sister.

The Arapahoe County sheriff’s office said the 29-year-old sisters had been in the Denver area for five weeks before going to a shooting range on Monday.

Both were shot in the head. One died and the other was critically injured.

The women are from Victoria state in southeast Australia. The women’s relatives are set to arrive in Colorado on Friday afternoon.


Censure recommended for Rangel

WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee’s chief counsel has recommended that Rep. Charles Rangel be censured for being engaged in improper financial and fundraising conduct.

Chief counsel Blake Chisam called for this punishment despite the New York Democrat’s plea to his colleagues for “a drop of fairness and mercy.”

If Chisam’s recommendation is carried out, this would be the most serious punishment, short of expulsion, which is highly unlikely.

Chisam and Rangel argued their positions Thursday in a public hearing on sanctions held by the ethics committee. Before Chisam commenced his remarks, Rep. Jo Bonner told committee colleagues that Rangel need only “look in the mirror to know who to blame” for his predicament.

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