UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Hosni Mubarak steps down after nearly 30 years as president of Egypt, Whitney Houston drowns in her bathtub … on this date in history. Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2016 with 324 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars …

Quote of the Day

“A new post, Minister of State for Happiness, will align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction.” ~SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL-MAKTOUM, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, on a new office established amid a sweeping government reorganization. Source: Quotation of …

Celebrity birthdays for Feb. 11, 2016

Actor Burt Reynolds is 80. Actress Tina Louise (“Gilligan’s Island”) is 78. Actor Sonny Landham (“48 Hours,” ”Predator”) is 75. Musician Sergio Mendes is 75. Actress Catherine Hickland (“One Life to Live”) is 60. Drummer David Uosikkinen of The Hooters is 60. Actress Carey Lowell (“Law and Order”) is 55. …

The big fight | The Economist

The handling of disputes between companies and their customers is done better in Europe than in America T-MOBILE touts itself as America’s mobile-phone “Uncarrier”, having vowed to shake up its industry with customer-friendly ideas like ditching annual service contracts. In January, though, a complaint was lodged with regulators alleging that …

Elephant rampages in west Indian town, smashing homes

KOLKATA, India (AP) — A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing cars and homes and sending panicked people running before the animal was tranquilized to be returned to the forest. As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of people gathered …