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Britannica ending print editions

– Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. says it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia.

The Chicago-based company announced Tuesday that the encyclopedia won’t be available in book form for the first time in 244 years. The company will continue to publish digital versions.

Encyclopaedia Britannica President Jorge Cauz says ending the print edition of the 32-volume encyclopedia is the latest step in a move toward digital publishing and expanding the company’s range of educational products.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica was first published in Scotland in 1768. Cauz said the top year for the printed encyclopedia was 1990, when 120,000 sets were sold.

Exec admits bribing Army Corps officials

A former executive is admitting his role in a $28 million government contracting fraud scheme.

Harold F. Babb, 60, pleaded guilty in Washington’s federal court on Tuesday to charges of bribery and unlawful kickbacks.

Babb and three other men were arrested in October and charged with a scheme to submit fraudulent and inflated invoices for government contracting work. Two of the men were employees of the Army Corps of Engineers, and Babb was the director of contracts for a company that did business with the government

Prosecutors say the proceeds of the $28 million fraud were spent on personal luxuries, including cars, homes and high-end watches.

Girl, 9, accused of shooting brother

A 9-year-old girl was responsible for the shooting death of her 7-year-old brother at the family’s Arkansas apartment while their parents briefly left to sign paperwork at a nearby leasing office, police said Tuesday.

The girl initially told police two men entered the Little Rock apartment Monday and shot her brother, but detectives didn’t find any signs of forced entry and nothing in the apartment was missing, according to a police report.

The children’s father told officers his daughter has autism but is high-functioning. It’s unclear whether that played a role in the shooting.

Little Rock Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis said conversations with the girl led investigators to believe she was responsible for the shooting.

Authorities are not releasing the girl’s name because she is a juvenile.

Child’s fingers in Honolulu trash bin

For Gina Rose Vendegna, the horror of finding six tiny fingers in a trash bin behind a Honolulu apartment complex didn’t sink in until a day after she turned the plastic bag over to Honolulu police.

“Then I broke down thinking about the child,” the mother of five said.

The fingers, which Vendegna found last month, are likely from a girl who’s 2 1/2 to 4 years old, police said.

There have been no reports of missing children, according to police.

Authorities have interviewed area residents and checked missing reports, but have no leads.

Police have made public pleas for clues, but so far no one has called in, Sgt. Kim Buffett said.

“The hard part is you can’t determine the age of it, whether it’s new or old,” Buffett said. “It can be a child from back then. We really don’t know.”

Toto’s breed can’t win over lawmakers

There may be no place like home, but don’t tell Toto.

A Kansas House committee quashed a bid Monday to make the cairn terrier, a breed perhaps best known as that of Dorothy’s canine sidekick in “The Wizard of Oz,” the state’s official dog.

Democratic state Rep. Ed Trimmer said he plans to reintroduce the bill next year.

Members of a kennel club that initiated the proposal said they would use the summer to drum up support.

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