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POSTED January 30, 2014 8:30 p.m.

REPORT:  BIEBER HAD POT, XANAX IN SYSTEM AT ARREST: MIAMI (AP) — A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida.

The report released Thursday also shows no presence of other illicit drugs in Bieber’s system, such as cocaine or oxycodone. The 19-year-old pop star was arrested last week on Miami Beach on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and having an expired driver’s license.

Bieber has pleaded not guilty but told police after his arrest last week that he had been smoking marijuana and took a prescription drug.

A previous police report found that breath tests placed Bieber’s blood-alcohol content below the .02 level considered intoxicated for under-21 drivers. Bieber was stopped after police suspected he and another driver were drag racing exotic sports cars.



ARIZONA SHELTER HAS 36-POUND CAT: PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona animal shelter has a rather large cat on its hands.

The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control recently received a 36-pound cat at one of its shelters in the Phoenix area.

The cat named “Meatball” is temporarily staying in an office at the shelter because he’s too large to fit into a standard kennel.

The shelter says Meatball is extremely friendly and says he can comfortably walk despite his weight.



JURY DELIBERATING FATE OF MOM WHO LEFT BOYS IN SUV: GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A jury is deciding whether a western Colorado woman understood the risk of leaving her sons in her running SUV with the heater on.

The jury of eight women and four men began deliberations in the Heather Jensen case Thursday.

Two-year-old William and 4-year-old Tyler died of hyperthermia after Jensen left them in her SUV last November while she had sex and smoked marijuana in another vehicle nearby.

The 25-year-old Palisade woman is charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death and false reporting to authorities.

Mesa County forensic pathologist Rob Kurtzman testified that dying of hyperthermia is very unusual. Jensen’s lawyer says she couldn’t have foreseen the risk of leaving her sons in the vehicle.



PARAPLEGIC MAN STEALS CAR FROM FLA. DEALER: OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a paraplegic man stole a vehicle from a Florida dealership before leading officers on a brief chase.

He was arrested a short time later Wednesday when Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies spotted him at a gas station.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1a3lkww ) reports that police say the man went to Ford of Ocala to purchase a vehicle. A salesman showed him around and he decided on a white 2009 Pontiac G6.

Police say the salesman helped the man into the car so he could see how the car felt. But once inside, he locked the doors, turned on the vehicle and put the end of a folding cane on the gas pedal. He drove away.



BEYONCE BY THE BOOK: RUTGERS OFFERS COURSE ON STAR:  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Beyonce is one of the world’s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia.

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called “Politicizing Beyonce.”

Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the class, tells the university’s online news site that he is using Beyonce’s career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics.

The class supplements an analysis of Beyonce’s videos and lyrics with readings from Black feminists. Allred says he’s seeking to help students think more critically about media consumption.

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