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POSTED November 5, 2012 8:41 p.m.

FAT CAT 'SKINNY' DROPS WEIGHT, DOWN TO 37 POUNDS: DALLAS (AP) — An overweight stray cat found nearly two months ago in North Texas has slimmed down to 37 pounds but is still too fat to be adopted.

A Dallas veterinarian on Monday said Skinny seems healthy, is on special food and gets exercise.

Dr. Brittney Barton says Skinny, who topped out at about 41 pounds, probably needs to reach 30 pounds before being considered for adoption.

The orange tabby was discovered Sept. 13 in Richardson. The creature was dubbed Skinny by shelter officials, who at first said the cat was male, then female.

Skinny was taken to East Lake Pet Orphanage, where Barton determined he's a neutered male. Barton says Skinny didn't tolerate much handling due to muscle soreness associated with his size so it was difficult to confirm his gender.

MAGNITUDE-3.3 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES OFF LA COAST: MANHATTAN BEACH  (AP) — A small earthquake has struck off the Southern California coast near Los Angeles, but there are no reports of damages or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.3 quake struck at 6:39 p.m. 10 miles west of Manhattan Beach and 22 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Hundreds of people reported feeling the earth move on the USGS website, but there have been no reports of quake-related damage or injuries.

BOY CHARGED WITH NEO-NAZI DAD'S DEATH WAS ABUSED: RIVERSIDE (AP) — A defense psychologist says a boy charged with killing his neo-Nazi father has an intense history of severe abuse that began shortly after his birth and never let up.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports psychologist Robert Geffen testified Monday the boy was forced to eat off the floor, beaten with a belt and sexually abused.

The boy is charged with shooting and killing Jeff Hall with a .357 Magnum at point-blank range while he slept in their home.

The boy, who was 10 at the time of the shooting, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Geffen says Child Protective Services made contact with the boy or his family 23 times in his lifetime. He attended nine or 10 schools within four years.

 

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