National Briefs: Burger King eyes Hortons

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Burger King World­wide Inc. said Sun­day that it is in talks to buy Tim Hor­tons Inc., the Ca­na­dian dough­nut-and-cof­fee chain, in a po­ten­tial deal that would cre­ate one of the world’s big­gest fast-food chains.

If com­pleted, the deal would mean the burger gi­ant’s cor­po­rate head­quar­ters would move to Can­ada. Burger King would cre­ate a new cor­po­rate par­ent that would house both chains, which would be op­er­ated in­de­pen­dently. To­gether, the com­pa­nies would have a mar­ket value of more than $18 bil­lion.

PlaySta­tion at­tacked

PHOENIX — Sony Corp. said Sun­day its PlaySta­tion Net­work was taken down by a de­nial of ser­vice-style at­tack, and the FBI was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the di­ver­sion of a flight car­ry­ing a top Sony ex­ec­u­tive amid a claim that ex­plo­sives were on board.

The com­pany said in a post­ing on its PlaySta­tion blog that no per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of the net­work was ac­cessed in the at­tack, which over­whelmed the sys­tem with heavy traf­fic.

A plane car­ry­ing John Smed­ley, pres­i­dent of Sony On­line En­ter­tain­ment, was di­verted Sun­day, Mr. Smed­ley said on Twit­ter. USA To­day re­ported the Dal­las/​Fort Worth flight to San Diego landed safely in Phoe­nix. A group called Liz­ard Squad told Amer­i­can Airlines that ex­plo­sives were on the flight and took credit for the net­work at­tack, USA To­day said.

Day care worker charged

NEW YORK — A New York City woman li­censed as a day care pro­vider said she was “wres­tling” with a child be­fore he died, of­fi­cials said.

Athena Skeeter, 40, was charged Sun­day with man­slaugh­ter and en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child in the death Fri­day of 20-month-old Cardell Wil­liam­son in her Bronx home.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, Ms. Skeeter said she “was wres­tling with Cardell” be­fore his death. “I lifted him by one arm and one leg and threw him to the floor,” the com­plaint said. “I stepped on his stom­ach three times. I didn’t use full force.”

Rap mo­gul shot at club

LOS ANGELES — Rap mo­gul and Death Row Records founder Mar­ion “Suge” Knight was in­jured in a shoot­ing early Sun­day in a night­club but was ex­pected to sur­vive, au­thor­i­ties said.

— Com­piled from news ser­vices



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