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  • Los Angeles Jury Convicts 'Grim Sleeper' of 10 Murders

    05/05/2016 9:54:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu May 5, 2016 | Scott Glover and Paul Vercammen
    Lonnie David Franklin, Jr., a one-time garbage truck driver and LAPD garage attendant, was found guilty Thursday of murdering nine women and one girl over a span of three decades, making him one of the most prolific serial killers in California history. Jurors took less than two days to convict Franklin of all charges against him, including the attempted murder of a woman who survived a 1988 attack. He was dubbed "The Grim Sleeper" because of a 13-year gap between slayings attributed to him. Franklin, who has close-cropped hair and wears glasses, stared straight ahead and remained silent during the...
  • Girl Born Without Hands Wins Penmanship Award

    05/05/2016 9:50:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KITV ^ | May 05, 2016
    A Virginia first-grader born without hands has received the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship. App users, click here to watch the video.
  • Dallas Hamburger Legend Jack Keller Dies at 88

    05/05/2016 9:25:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    KITV ^ | May 05, 2016 | Chris Skupien
    On Tuesday, Dallas lost a hamburger legend. Jack Keller, who spent over half a century selling burgers at Keller's Hamburgers, died at the age of 88. "My dad was the smartest, coolest man I ever met," Jack Keller, Jr. told NewsFix. "He was my hero. Dad always wanted to give a consistently very good product, at a very good price. He loved being a hamburger man." "He was good to me," said Vicky Cobb, who's worked at Keller's for the last 35 years. "I have nothing bad to say about him. It's a sad day for all of us." Keller's...
  • ISIS Militants Seize Gas Field in Eastern Syria

    05/05/2016 8:00:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 5 May 2016
    ISIS militants on Thursday captured the main Shaer gas field in eastern Syria in the first gain for the ultra hardline fighters in the Palmyra desert area since they lost the ancient city in March, rebel sources and a monitor said. Amaq, a news agency affiliated to the militants, said they had taken over the gas field area and its facility where Syrian troops were stationed and killed at least 30 soldiers and gained large caches of heavy weapons including tanks and missiles.
  • Yazidi Women Leave Behind Lives, Family to Fight ISIS

    05/05/2016 7:57:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 5 May 2016 | Ahmed Jadallah with Emily Wither
    When ISIS swept into the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in 2014, a few young Yazidi women took up arms against the militants attacking women and girls from their community. “They took eight of my neighbors and I saw they were killing the children,” Asema Dahir told Reuters last month at a checkpoint near a front line north of Mosul. Dressed in military fatigues, the 21-year-old is now part of an all-female unit in the Kurdish peshmerga forces, which have played an important role in pushing back ISIS in northern Iraq.
  • Meet NextEV, the Biggest EV Startup You’ve Never Heard Of

    05/05/2016 1:21:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 3 May 2016 | Mark Harris
    “Nobody has ever done a global startup before, have they?” muses Martin Leach, co-president of NextEV, an EV startup that intends to launch an electric supercar later this year and a mainstream vehicle in 2017. Founded in late 2014, NextEV has its design headquarters in Munich, a software hub in San Jose, and most of its engineers in Shanghai. “This time last year we were less than 10 people,” said Leach in an exclusive interview with IEEE Spectrum. “Now we’re over 1000, and by the end of this year, we’ll be over 2500. Probably by the end of 2017, we’ll...
  • Captain America, Aaron Burr, And The Politics Of Killing Your Friends

    05/05/2016 12:18:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | May 5, 2016 | Linda Holmes
    When you first wrap your head around its plot, the new film Captain America: Civil War seems to have abandoned most of the pointed political content of Marvel's 2006 comics series Civil War, on which it's based. ("Loosely based"? Let's say "semi-loosely based.") In the books, the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man is fundamentally about the Registration Act that would require superheroes to abandon their secret identities, be registered and tracked, and become government employees subject to oversight. The Act follows a tragic series of events that are not actually the fault of The Avengers; in a way...
  • KFC Unveils Edible, Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish In Hong Kong

    05/05/2016 12:15:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | May 5, 2016 | Dana Farrington
    Finger-lickin' good? KFC in Hong Kong is marketing edible nail polish that tastes like — wait for it — chicken. "Yes, it is actually a real thing," the agency running the campaign tells The New York Times. Kfc Hk YouTube KFC designed the polish "to appeal to young consumers' love of food and fashion," according to a press release sent to the fashion site Racked. "Simply apply and dry like regular nail polish and then lick — again and again and again to taste why the world's favourite chicken is Finger Lickin' Good," the company says. The product comes in...
  • 'I'm Sorry,' Says Man Who Claimed To Be Bitcoin's Creator

    05/05/2016 11:54:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | May 5, 2016 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Days after he published a lengthy blog post in which he claimed to be "Satoshi Nakamoto," the alias used to create the bitcoin cryptocurrency, Australian Craig Wright has erased the post and replaced it with one that says he doesn't "have the courage" to prove his claim. Here's what seems to be the central paragraph in the new post: "When the rumors began, my qualifications and character were attacked. When those allegations were proven false, new allegations have already begun. I know now that I am not strong enough for this." The mysterious short posting, which replaces one in which...
  • PHOTOS: Chinese Buddhist Monk Is Mummified And Covered In Gold

    05/05/2016 11:19:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | April 28, 2016 | Merrit Kennedy
    In the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou, a well-known Buddhist monk named Fu Hou has been mummified and encased in gold leaf. According to The Associated Press, it's "a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions" and was done to honor Fu Hou's dedication to the religion. Li Ren, the Chongfu Temple's abbot, said that after the 94-year-old's death in 2012, "the monk's body was washed, treated by two mummification experts, and sealed inside a large pottery jar in a sitting position," according to the wire service. Video published by The Daily Telegraph showed the...
  • New Owner of McLaren 650S Crashes 10 Minutes After Delivery

    05/05/2016 11:13:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    Automobile Mag ^ | May 3, 2016 | Conner Golden\
    Reportedly celebrated his new car with a bottle of champagneA newly minted McLaren owner in England became a little over-excited following the delivery of his brand-new supercar. Telegraph reports that the owner of a McLaren 650S stuffed the coupe into a tree just 10 minutes after the car arrived at his house for the first time. The report states that neighbors spotted the owner celebrating supercar ownership with a bottle of champagne right after the car arrived at his doorstep. Not 10 minutes later, the owner introduced the front end of his $265,000 supercar to the ever-sturdy trunk of an...
  • Oklahoma Man Discovers WWI ‘Bomb’ While Mowing

    05/05/2016 11:09:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 5, 2016 | K. QUERRY
    An Oklahoma homeowner got quite a surprise while trying to do yard work on Wednesday. Around 12:30 p.m., officers were called to the 3800 block of N.W. Arlington after a man said he found a “bomb” while mowing his backyard. Officers found a large shell that was about one foot long. It was immediately handed over to investigators from Ft. Sill, who believe it is a World War I 75 MM explosive ordnance.
  • 'GRIM SLEEPER' SUSPECT HAD CONVICTION FOR GANG RAPE IN GERMANY, DA DISCLOSES

    - The jury has begun deliberations in the murder trial of accused "Grim Sleeper" serial killer Lonnie Franklin, even as new information was disclosed Wednesday about the defendant's record out of the jury's presence. In a hearing held while the jury was behind closed doors, prosecutor Beth Silverman disclosed that Franklin has a conviction for a sex crime outside the United States on his record - a gang rape in Germany when he was in the Army. Silverman told the court that Franklin and two friends borrowed a car, drove to a nearby village, dragged a woman to the car...
  • Pacific Castaways Survive Four Weeks Adrift

    05/04/2016 9:36:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 5 May 2016
    Four men have been rescued after spending nearly a month adrift in the Pacific surviving on fish after their boat was blown off course by a storm. The men, given a clean bill of health on arrival in the Marshall Islands, were dropped off in the capital Majuro by a fishing trawler which found their small wooden boat several hundred kilometres (miles) south of the city. Tatika Ukenio, Boiti Tetinauiko, Bonibai Akau and Moamoa Kamwea told officials they left their home in Kiribati, an island nation more than 650 kilometres (400 miles) from the Marshalls, on March 23.
  • This Woman May Be Next to Be Shot to Death in Indonesia

    05/04/2016 9:24:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | MAY 5, 2016
    Indonesia is preparing to execute several prisoners, a police official said on Wednesday, though authorities have not said if foreigners will be among them, a year after the execution of foreign drug traffickers drew widespread condemnation. President Joko Widodo’s administration has pledged to resume executions by firing squad at a prison on Nusakambangan Island, despite criticism from rights groups and foreign governments. “We have had a warning since last month to prepare the place,” said Central Java provincial police spokesman Aloysius Lilik Darmanto.
  • Holy Ka’bah to Be Washed Once a Year on Muharram 15

    05/04/2016 8:43:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | May 5, 2016
    For the safety of worshipers and visitors to the Grand Mosque in Makkah and to facilitate carrying out the rites, the Holy Ka’bah will be washed once a year on Muharram 15 due to the ongoing projects and expansion works. Royal approval has been issued in this regard, SPA reported Wednesday quoting Ahmed Al-Mansouri, spokesman of the presidency for the affairs of the two holy mosques as saying.
  • 20-Year-Old Texan With Down Syndrome Becomes Youngest Business Owner in Town W/ Shaved Ice Start-Up

    05/04/2016 7:21:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | BRIAN LISI
    20-year-old Texan with Down syndrome becomes youngest business owner in town with shaved ice start-upSnow yeah! May 7 marks the official opening of Blake's Snow Shack, in Sanger, Texas, making founder Blake Pyron the youngest business owner in town at the age of 20. Despite being born with Down syndrome, Pyron continues to rack up accomplishments, from being named prom king to acting as the captain of his football team, thanks in part to parents who refused to have their son denied any opportunities. "When you're handed a child with special needs, society doesn't tell you to expect a lot,"...
  • German Jews Divided Over Fears of 1 Million Muslim Newcomers

    05/04/2016 4:11:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 3 May 2016
    When the leader of Germany’s Jews spoke out against the flow of Muslim migrants to Europe, a rabbinical student denounced his views as racist — and ignited a debate over whether Jews are right to fear unprecedented levels of immigration from Muslim lands traditionally hostile to Israel. The student, Armin Langer, was kicked out of the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam after he wrote that the leader of Germany’s Central Council of Jews was wrong to seek a cap on Muslim immigration. Langer, a founder of an inter-faith group called Salaam-Shalom committed to fostering dialogue between Muslims and Jews, said...
  • Saudi King Salman Cries During Son’s Graduation in Riyadh

    05/04/2016 4:05:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 4 May 2016
    Saudi King Salman could not hold back his emotions as he attended the graduation of one of his sons, Prince Rakan who finished high school studies in Riyadh. “I attend this graduation not only as Rakan’s father, but a father to all the students,” King Salman said during a speech he delivered. King Salman has made a habit of attending all his sons' graduation ceremonies, a sign of the importance the king places on education. Before the ardha (sword dance) ceremony, Prince Rakan presented a sword to his father, which caused the King to get emotional seeing his last son...
  • Dad Seeking Bride for Son; Marries Himself

    05/04/2016 2:20:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    Son’s bid to marry was rejectedA Saudi father who accompanied his son for a planned marriage, himself married after the son’s plan bogged down, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. The father went with his son to the would-be bride’s home but the girl’s mother rejected the proposal on the grounds she wants her elder daughter to marry first. “The son was mad and stormed out of that house. His father stayed behind and asked to marry the elder daughter. Her mother quickly agreed,” Sada newspaper said in a report from the Southern Saudi province of Jazan.
  • Discovery of New (Glowing)Jellyfish Species In Mariana Trench Proves There Is Much To Know

    05/04/2016 12:54:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Tech Times ^ | May 3, | Ted Ranosa
    Marine researchers have discovered a strange alien-like creature while exploring the underwater world found in the deepest ocean trench on Earth. A team of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spotted the hydromedusa jellyfish during an expedition to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. The sea creature was captured on film after it swam close to the surface of the ocean near the agency's research ship, the "Okeanos Explorer." Based on the team's observations, this new jellyfish species shares similar features with those of Crossota genus, which are known to spend the majority of their existence gliding...
  • Whistleblower Speaks Out About Food Stamp Fraud

    05/04/2016 12:43:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 05/02/2016 | Ryan Luby
    There are mounting concerns about how the state processes food stamps. State workers say their bosses ordered them to falsify records, which left the poorest New Mexicans without the help they need. One state whistleblower who testified in federal court spoke with the 4 Investigates team about claims of a cover-up. Angela Dominguez works for the Human Services Department as a case processor for food stamps, and she and other case workers from all across the state say they were ordered to find ways to make emergency food stamp cases into non-emergencies. “Whatever it would take to not make the...
  • Man Follows Woman Into Restroom Over 'Perceived' Gender

    05/03/2016 4:29:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | May 1, 2016 | Reginald Hardwick
    "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter," man saysA North Texas woman said she was followed into a public restroom at a hospital by a man who didn't believe she was female. Jessica Rush said it happened last Thursday while she was being treated for an injured arm at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco. Rush, who is from The Colony, said she was about to enter a stall when she noticed a man following her into the restroom. "It scared me at first," said Rush. "My first thought was I'm about to be attacked because...
  • Yearbook Prank Lands High School Student Felony Charge

    05/03/2016 4:11:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    KRQE ^ | 5/3
    An Arizona high school student is facing a felony charge after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in the school yearbook. Mesa police say 19-year-old Hunter Osborn was arrested after they were alerted to the picture over the weekend. A police document says the Red Mountain High School team photo shows Osborn exposing his penis through the top of his waistband.
  • Dogs Rescued From Dog Meat Farm in South Korea

    05/03/2016 4:03:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 5/3
    The six dogs are now with SPCA of Texas in Dallas.Six dogs who were rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International arrived at the SPCA of Texas in Dallas just after midnight Tuesday. The pups will be evaluated and treated for any medical issues before eventually being put up for adoption. The six dogs in Dallas are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by HSI's Animal Rescue Team from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. All of those dogs are now with shelters that are part of...
  • Russian Man Dies in ICE Custody

    05/03/2016 3:56:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/3 | R. Stickney
    Federal officials say Igor Zyazin was discovered “unresponsive”in his bunkA Russian man died Sunday while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement near the U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego, officials confirmed Tuesday. Igor Zyazin, 46, had been in U.S. custody since April 24, while trying to enter the country through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Zyazin had been deported in 2009, officials said. Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, paramedics were called to the Otay Mesa Detention Center. ICE employees say they found Zyazin “unresponsive”in his bunk and attempted CPR to revive him, according to a news...
  • Navy SEAL Killed in ISIS Attack in Iraq

    05/03/2016 3:33:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 5/3 | Bridget Naso, R. Stickney
    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed in combat in Iraq was based in Coronado, California, NBC 7 San Diego has confirmed. "It is a combat death," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters in Germany Tuesday. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the SEAL was killed near Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been in the hands of ISIS militants since 2014, according to The Associated Press.
  • Meet the Arab-American Muslim Who Supports Trump!

    05/03/2016 12:30:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 3 May 2016 | Tarek Ali Ahmad
    You don’t come by a lot of Arab Muslims who support US presidential candidate Donald Trump these days. With a cloud of controversy following his campaign trail, Trump has gathered a mass of hate and dislike from Arabs and Americans alike. One person that stands out is Lebanese-American Nedal Tamer, who immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1997, and is a full-on Trump supporter. “If you love this country [USA], then you support this man. I will say this to any Arabic Muslim; if you love this country then you support this man,” Tamer told Al Arabiya English....
  • Wives to Have Copy of Marriage Contract

    05/03/2016 12:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    Move aims to protect wife’s rights Wives in Saudi Arabia will be given a copy of their marriage contract for the first time to protect their rights, newspapers reported on Tuesday. Justice Minister Waleed Al Samaani instructed courts in the Gulf kingdom to issue two copies of the marriage contract so wives will also get one. “This will guarantee wife’s rights as she needs such a document when there is a dispute in court with her husband,” Samaani said.
  • Bangkok Racist Tape That Changed Leicester's Fortunes

    05/03/2016 11:14:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    Offending video featured three young players engaging in explicit actsIt was billed as a goodwill trip and a chance to unwind after a heroic relegation escape, instead Leicester City's close-season Thai tour became the turning point in their improbable title charge - all thanks to a racist sex tape. The offending video featured three young players including James Pearson, son of then manager Nigel Pearson, engaging in explicit acts with a group of Thai women in a Bangkok hotel. Filmed by the players in May 2016, the footage of the sniggering men soon ended up in the British tabloid...
  • The Gun Problem at Miramar College (Professor Was Told to Hush About Missing Firearms)

    05/02/2016 4:02:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    San Diego Reader ^ | May 2, 2016 | Dorian Hargrove
    Lawsuit claims professor was told to hush about missing firearmsA part-time professor at Miramar College is suing the school for retaliating against him after he complained that several guns used for police training courses were unregistered, not stored properly, and in some cases turned up missing. Adjunct professor Jim Soeten, who taught courses in the Administration of Justice Department since 2002, says problems began in October 2014 when his colleague Jordan Omens brought a loaded gun to a faculty meeting. Omens, says the lawsuit, was upset with Soeten and other department members over accusations that he had fudged his time...
  • App Lets You ‘Try On’ Fattoo Before You Ruin Your Body Forever

    05/02/2016 3:36:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jacob Siegal
    Virtual reality has (justifiably) been the biggest story in the tech world over the past few weeks. Oculus launched the Rift, HTC launched the Vive and gamers are finally getting the chance to see how much potential VR has. But you don’t have to spend $600 on a headset to digitally alter the world around you. Augmented reality (AR) has been around in various forms for years, allowing consumers to see what furniture might look like in their homes, or to bring virtual figures into the real world, where they can interact with the environment.
  • Korean War Hero Tells 'Top Secret' Story 63 Years Later

    05/02/2016 2:27:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Matt Rascon and Brie Stimson May 1, 2016
    Williams single-handedly shot down four Russian fighters, a record-breaking feat never recognized or even known until recentlyRetired U.S. Navy Cpt. E. Royce Williams will never forget November 18, 1952. “Here came four of them from the front side all firing and the others were coming around from the other side…We came in head on,” Williams remembered. “I saw bullets go over me and under me then over me… So the fight went on and on and on.” Williams, who fought in the Korean War, single-handedly shot down four Russian fighters – a record-breaking feat never recognized or even known until...
  • French Jet Skier Franky Zapata Smashes World Hoverboard Flight Record

    05/02/2016 1:53:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 02, 2016
    Hoverboard Air by Zapata Racing flew a distance of 2,252 metres, Guinness World Records confirmsThe record for farthest hoverboard flight, set last year by a Canadian, has been smashed by a French Jet Ski champion. Franky Zapata, 37, flew a distance of 2,252 metres aboard the Flyboard Air, reaching as high as 50 metres above the ocean off the coast of Sausset-le-Pins in southern France on Saturday, confirmed Guinness World Records. The Flyboard Air was developed by Zapata's company Zapata Racing. Zapata said he had been dreaming of making such a flight for five years. "But nobody believed it was...
  • Curt Schilling Irate After ESPN Scrubs Him From Red Sox Doc

    05/02/2016 1:23:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 2, 2016 | Howie Kussoy
    Remember the “Bloody Sock Game,” the all-time performance at Yankee Stadium by Curt Schilling in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, which propelled the Red Sox to victory, and eventually, their first World Series title in 86 years? Well, those memories may have to suffice. Prior to Sunday night’s Yankees-Red Sox game on ESPN, the network replayed its “Four Days in October” documentary — looking back at Boston’s unprecedented comeback — but omitted Schilling’s performance and the entire Game 6.
  • How Craig Wright Privately ‘Proved’ He’s the Father of Bitcoin

    05/02/2016 12:18:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Wired ^ | 05.02.16 | ANDY GREENBERG
    WHEN RUMORS SURFACED early last month that Australian cryptographer Craig Wright would attempt to prove that he created Bitcoin, Gavin Andresen remained skeptical. As the chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation, his opinion counts: Andresen is among the earliest programmers for the cryptocurrency, and likely the one who has corresponded more than anyone with Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s pseudonymous, long-lost inventor. Today, Andresen fully believes that Wright is Nakamoto. Now he’ll have to convince the rest of the world, because he’s among the only people to have seen what he claims is the best evidence in Wright’s favor. In an interview...
  • Black Cat Crosses San Jose Sharks' Rink, Brings Team Good Luck

    05/02/2016 11:44:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/2 | Rhea Mahbubani
    The cat slipped onto the ice Friday before the Sharks won a big playoff gameThe San Jose Sharks got an unexpected visit Friday. Before the NHL team beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 at the SAP Center, a black cat crept out of the player bench area and scurried onto the ice. As the Sharks warmed up for the first game of their best-of-seven playoff series, fans watched the small feline making a beeline for an oversized, fiberglass shark head, only to escape under the seats at "the Shark Tank," as the arena is known. The venue’s staff was able...
  • Nearly-6kg Whopper Could Be Western Australia's Heaviest Baby Born (13.22)

    05/02/2016 11:36:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    A whopping baby boy, weighing nearly six kilograms, born on Saturday, is fast-becoming an online sensation, and could be Western Australia's heaviest baby. Australian woman Breanna Sykes gave birth to not-so-little Ziad Kadic just after 7.15pm on Saturday. He weighed in at 5.9kg and measured 57cm, which is longer than a loaf of bread. Ms Sykes had to be put under anaesthetic after her waters broke. She was fully dilated, but the pain was too much, News Corp has reported. In the end, baby Ziad was born by caesarean section. While nothing has been confirmed, Ziad could be the biggest...
  • Dogs Get Bathroom Of Their Own At JFK

    05/02/2016 11:33:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 30, 2016
    Dogs and other animals now have a bathroom of their own at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. A new pet relief facility has opened in JFK’s Terminal 4, WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported. It allows service and guide dogs, emotional support animals and pets traveling with their owners to go to the bathroom without having to exit the terminal and go through security again. The tiny room is marked with a paw print on the door. It’s outfitted with a red fire hydrant and a patch of artificial turf, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. A federal regulation says all...
  • Prized Racing Camels Bred for Success

    05/01/2016 2:37:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Tapei Times ^ | Mon, May 02, 2016
    Deep in the Qatari desert, Musharif spends his afternoons “swimming” in a large pool that doubles as a Jacuzzi, just one of the perks of being a racing camel. “It is for his muscles, it is good for the speed,” shouts one of Musharif’s handlers, pointing at the water as the calm three-year-old animal is led by a rope along the length of the pool at the Tharb camel hospital. SNIP In a region where camel racing is big business, Tharb’s work is increasingly important, and the first camels bred at the center are already racing in Qatar. Tibary admitted...
  • ‘She’s Pretty!’ Blind Son Sees Mom For First Time

    04/30/2016 11:40:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 30, 2016 | Dallas Franklin
    It was an unforgettable moment for the mother and son. Chris Ward's eye muscles never fully developed, making it impossible for him to see clearly, WDBJ reports. "It's been an inspiration to me because he's never complained about it," Marquita Hackley said about her son's condition. In the past, doctors told the 12-year-old's mother there was nothing they could do to help her son. Recently, Chris and his mother traveled to Washington, D.C. to test out a relatively new technology called eSight. Using special glasses, Chris saw his mother for the first time. "Well when I saw my mom for...
  • The Link Between Mosquito Spraying and Autism

    04/30/2016 10:49:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    Time ^ | April 30, 2016 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    A new study suggests a connection between the two A new study finds a correlation between the aerial spraying of pesticides to kill mosquitoes and an increased risk of developmental delays and autism among kids. In the new findings, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 meeting, researchers looked at the rates of autism and developmental delays from eight zip codes in a region of New York that is exposed to yearly airplane pesticide spraying to prevent mosquito-borne disease like eastern equine encephalitis virus. They compared those to the rates in 16 zip codes where the pesticide spraying doesn’t happen....
  • ‘I Wish It Was Me:’ Syrian Boy Weeps Over Brother’s Body

    04/30/2016 10:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 29 April 2016
    Tragic footage of a Syrian boy crying over his brother’s dead body has drawn global attention, as the country’s half-decade long conflict continues to escalate. In the video, the boy cries “I wish it was me, not you.” His brother was killed after several airstrikes hit Syria’s second city of Aleppo. The bombing raids on Thursday killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held areas of the city, which include a hospital where more than 50 people were killed. The video also showed the boy stroking his dead brother’s face, calling him “the love of my father” before workers came and took...
  • Parts of India Ban Daytime Cooking as Hundreds Die of Heat

    04/30/2016 10:14:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Recorder ^ | Friday, April 29, 2016 | NIRMALA GEORGE and INDRAJIT SINGH
    With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people. The eastern state of Bihar this week took the unprecedented step of forbidding any cooking between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., after accidental fires exacerbated by dry, hot and windy weather swept through shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages and killed 79 people. They included 10 children and five adults killed in a fire sparked during a Hindu prayer ceremony...
  • Women More Resistant to Beheading: Executioner

    04/30/2016 9:57:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, May 01, 2016
    Most of those going to execution appear to be in tranceThe executioner denied reports that those sentenced to death are drugged just before their execution. (Supplied) Convicted women sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia have been more resistant to beheading than men, prompting authorities to change the execution method to shooting, a well-known Saudi executioner has said. Abu Bandar Al Bishi, a massive man who has beheaded scores of convicted criminals in public places in the Gulf Kingdom, said most of those brought to the execution area appear to be in “trance” ahead of their death. Quoted by the Saudi...
  • Should Women Take Blame if Daughters Stray?

    04/29/2016 7:35:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Apr 30, 2016
    IN the past, traditions and customs were such that mothers used to be blamed if their daughters went astray and engaged in unethical practices. Viewed as the protectors of their daughters, mothers were expected to take care of and raise them to be good citizens. However, such views have changed today and mothers are no longer blamed for the mistakes of their daughters. Al-Riyadh daily reports on the way modern society views the mother-daughter relationship. Dr. Salih Al-Aqeel, a criminology and sociology expert, said it was unfair for society to blame mothers for the mistakes of their daughters. “In the...
  • Is Texas Next State to Pass Bathroom Law?

    04/29/2016 7:26:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    KSAT ^ | April 28, 2016 | Alec Schreck
    Pastor, lawmakers weigh in on controversial issueLawmakers in North Carolina sparked a national debate when they passed legislation requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds with the gender of their birth. Could Texas follow suit? Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, said he would support passing laws similar to what North Carolina has done. "I'm not interested in the reasons why a man wants to go into the ladies room. It's just not appropriate. There's no merit in this argument," Patrick said. Texas state Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) said she's on the same page as Patrick. "I...
  • Rattlesnake Island: The Facts, Fear and Reality

    04/29/2016 6:59:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    WWLP ^ | April 28, 2016 | Ryan Walsh
    It's a heated yet intriguing debate. Protecting an endangered snake versus the fear of placing potentially deadly vipers on the Quabbin Reservoir. The 22News I-Team went out to the island where these snakes would live beginning next year. We discovered it's not an island at all, you could walk to it. We'll also show you the babies up close and we'll let you decide if the fear of a rattlesnake colony is rational. Timber rattlesnakes can swim and they can be deadly. Now the state wants to put a colony of these venomous vipers on a Quabbin Reservoir island. "I...
  • Mom Did CrossFit Until the Day Before She Delivered Her Baby

    04/29/2016 2:30:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 29, 2016
    Pregnancy can make you sick, slow you down or even leave you bedridden. But some women aren't letting a baby on the way get in the way of their daily CrossFit routine - lifting for two all the way up until the day they deliver. It's 9 a.m, and the day is just beginning for the crew at Vitruvius CrossFit in Provo, Utah. Six days a week, never missing a beat. Barbells, deadlifts, and squats. It's a high intensity workout, not for the weak. Chrisi Hammer has caught the CrossFit craze, and not much can stop her from missing a...
  • Chula Vista’s Joe Kovacs: The World’s Most Explosive Athlete?

    04/29/2016 1:58:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Apr 28, 2016
    There’s no way to know for sure, but Joe Kovacs could be the world’s most explosive athlete. It’s a vague title with subjective criteria, and certainly not one he’d ever give himself, but all things considered, the Chula Vista shot putter has my vote. Kovacs stands 6 feet tall, far from short by the world’s standards. But in a field dominated by large competitors, he often finds himself looking up at the competition. This almost always changes, however, when the scores, standings and rankings come out. Kovacs, the reigning world champion in shot put, can consistantly throw the 16-pound metal...