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NATION IN BRIEF: Biden eulogizes mother, calls her courageous

Biden eulogizes mother, calls her courageous

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Jean Finnegan Biden, mother of Vice President Joe Biden, was remembered Tuesday as a strong-willed woman of unshakable faith who instilled a sense of loyalty and courage in her children.

The matriarch known to the Biden family as ''Mom-Mom'' died Friday at the age of 92 after a brief illness.

A crowd of about 700 people gathered in the sanctuary at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for a funeral Mass. The guest list included President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, several Cabinet officials and members of Congress.

Biden thanked Obama for treating his mother ''with warmth and personal affection.''

TSA: Unruly flight passengers held, questioned

ROMULUS, Mich. -- The Transportation Security Administration said unruly passengers on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit were interviewed by Customs and Border Protection officials after the plane landed.

But the TSA said the passengers were released and no arrests were made.

Delta Air Lines spokeswoman Susan Elliott said the crew of Northwest Flight 243 requested that authorities meet the plane Tuesday after it landed because four passengers didn't follow their instructions. She said nobody was injured but wouldn't describe what the passengers were doing.

Chicago police to look into 1939 gang-style slaying

CHICAGO -- Chicago police have agreed to look into the 1939 gangland-style slaying of the father of the city's most famous war hero.

Deputy Chief Al Wysinger said Tuesday his cold case unit would investigate the slaying of businessman Edward J. O'Hare at the request of Alderman Edward Burke. O'Hare was the father of World War II hero Edward ''Butch'' O'Hare, after whom the city's busiest airport is named.

Edward J. O'Hare had ties to the notorious mobster Al Capone.

Burke and some historians contend that Edward J. O'Hare was a police informant who helped put Capone in prison for income tax evasion.

No one was arrested in Edward J. O'Hare's killing.

Punxsutawney Phil to text his prediction

PITTSBURGH -- Punxsutawney Phil will text his weather prediction this year.

Mickey Rowley, Pennsylvania's deputy tourism secretary, said he realizes that not everyone can come to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day, so this is a good way to get the word out.

Those who want to find out whether the famous groundhog predicts an early spring or six more weeks of winter can text ''Groundhog'' to 247365. They will get a text message with the prediction on Feb. 2.

Each year, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania to find out whether Phil sees his shadow.

2nd chain pulls cadmium-tainted kids' jewelry

LOS ANGELES -- A second international chain store said it is pulling from shelves jewelry that lab tests show contained high levels of the heavy metal cadmium, and Chinese regulators said they will investigate dangerous levels of the toxin in children's jewelry being exported to the United States. Also, a U.S. senator called for hearings.

The jewelry and accessories store Claire's, with nearly 3,000 locations in North America and Europe, on Tuesday joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in saying it would stop selling any item cited in an Associated Press investigation of the presence of cadmium in cheap bracelets and charms.

Charms on a ''Best Friends'' bracelet sold at Claire's contained 89 and 91 percent cadmium, according to testing organized by AP, and shed alarming amounts in a procedure that examined how much cadmium children might be exposed to.

PETA pulls ads featuring Michelle Obama

McLEAN, Va. -- An animal-rights group is pulling an ad campaign that used the likeness of first lady Michelle Obama without her permission.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals used photos of Mrs. Obama in an anti-fur campaign because the first lady does not wear fur. But they never received authorization from her.