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Man clings to windshield wiper for free tram ride

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Date: February 17th, 2019

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rideA traveler on a British road captured video of a man hitching a free tram ride by clinging to the windshield wipers at the rear of the vehicle.

The video, recorded by Howard Keast, shows the man walking behind the tram while it is moving slowly in Rochdale, England.

The man grabs onto the windshield wiper and hoists himself up as the tram picks up speed.

It was unclear for how long the man took his free ride outside the tram.

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Man, horse escorted out of supermarket

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Date: February 17th, 2019

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horseA surprised shopper at an Irish grocery store captured video of a man and his horse being escorted out of the store by staff.

Katie Boyd recorded video at the Tesco store in Finglas, Dublin, when she spotted a man leading a piebald horse by the reigns around the supermarket.

The video shows the man and his unusual pet being escorted out of the store by Tesco workers.

It was unclear why the man brought the large animal into the store.

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Jet Ski launch ends with Porsche in the water

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Date: February 17th, 2019

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waterAn Australian boat instruction business shared a cautionary video showing the aftermath of a failed launch that ended with a Porsche in the water.

The Perth Boat School posted a video showing what happened when the Porsche Cayenne attempted to launch a Jet Ski at a Woodman Point pier in Perth.

The sports car ended up being pulled into the water with the Jet Ski, leaving it half-submerged.

The boat school said the video seemed like “a good time to say that we can also train people how to launch boats.”

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Firefighters rescue woman from air vent of Houston house

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Date: February 17th, 2019

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airFirefighters were called to a home in Houston where a woman was trapped in an air vent after crawling in through the roof.

Witness Arthur Reyes said he heard screaming sounds coming from the vacant home just before 4:30 a.m. and he shouted to the woman from outside the Houston home.

Reyes said he asked the woman if she was trying to break in, but her only response was to ask for a bottle of water.

The man called 911 and firefighters spent about 20 minutes cutting through the vent to rescue the woman.

The woman was taken to a local hospital with minor leg injuries. Firefighters said she told them she did not remember how she ended up in the vent.

It was unclear whether charges were being sought.

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Dog’s head gets stuck in wall hole for dryer vent

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Date: February 17th, 2019

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headFirefighters in Alabama came to the rescue of a good boy in a bad spot when the dog stuck his head through a hole meant for a dryer vent.

The Albertville Fire Department said firefighters responded to a home Wednesday morning where they found a dog’s head sticking out through a small hole in a wall.

Fire Capt. Shane Nash said the dog had stuck his head through a hole meant for a dryer vent.

Nash said the dog did not need to be sedated during the rescue.

“The dog was tickled to death. It never barked,” Nash told WAFF-TV. “It never tried to bite us. It was just ready to get back in the house.”

Firefighters used a beaching tool to chip away brick and increase the size of the hole until the canine could be freed.

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Blood transfusions from younger people won’t slow the aging process

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Date: February 5th, 2019

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bloodPatients ask me all the time if I know if they are receiving old blood or young blood, and I reassure them that either will be effective.

At the same time, there is no convincing evidence that the use of transfused blood from younger patients has magical anti-aging properties to it. As a matter of fact, studies have shown no benefit in terms of outcome or survival when fresher red blood cells are transfused as opposed to older red blood cells.

Nevertheless, a new startup, known as Ambrosia, started by a Stanford University Medical School graduate, is charging thousands of dollars to transfuse younger blood into older patients veins with the unproven promise of slowing the aging process.

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College student finds man in closet wearing her clothes

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Date: February 5th, 2019

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clothesA college student says she found a man in her closet wearing her clothes.

The University of North Carolina-Greensboro student heard strange noises coming from her closet in her off-campus apartment on Saturday. The student told WFMY-TV she asked who was in there and was told “My name’s Drew.”

The student, who asked only to be identified as Maddie, opened the door to find the man sitting on the floor in her clothing with a bag full of clothes, shoes and socks. She talked to him for about 10 minutes and texted photos to her boyfriend.

The man left when the boyfriend arrived.

Police arrested the 30-year-old at a nearby gas station. He was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.

Maddie thinks the man has been in her closet before.

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Case of Mistaken Identity Led Sister to Pull Life Support for Man Who Wasn’t Her Brother, Lawsuit Claims

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Date: February 5th, 2019

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identityFor nearly two weeks, Shirell Powell stood vigil over her brother’s bedside in a New York hospital, believing there was nothing more doctors could do to save him.

She was told he was brain-dead — the result of a narcotics overdose — so in late July 2018, a grieving Powell gave her permission to take him off life support and her brother was pronounced dead.

A couple of weeks later, Powell was notified that the man she was about to lay to rest was someone with a similar name, Freddy Clarence Williams. Her brother, 40-year-old Frederick Williams, was very much alive.

Powell is suing St. Barnabas Hospital for negligence and is seeking monetary relief. She says she “suffered severe emotional harm and injuries” as a result of the hospital mistakenly identifying the unconscious man as her brother, according to court documents.

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Woman Poses As Walgreens Pharmacist For Years, Hands Out 750K Prescriptions

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Date: February 5th, 2019

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womanA Bay Area woman is accused of posing as a pharmacist and handling out nearly a million prescriptions before she was caught, the California Board of Pharmacy confirmed Wednesday.

According to the Board of Pharmacy, Kim Thien Le told them she’d attended Creighton University, but records revealed she’d never graduated. When the Board asked Le for her pharmacist license number, they said they discovered Le had used the license numbers of two pharmacists with similar names.

During questioning, Le told the Board “me and my son would be very grateful if you could just forget about this.” According to documents filed by the Board, Le handled 745,355 prescriptions in the course of a decade as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager.

She worked at Walgreens in San Jose, Milpitas and Fremont.

“I’m just shocked beyond belief that this would happen here at Walgreens, a place that we trust,” said customer Sandra Cervantez. “It really makes me suspect of how we’re checking pharmacists’ backgrounds.”

Le isn’t the only one in trouble. The Board is looking at revoking Walgreens’s pharmacy license at the stores where Le worked. Walgreens couldn’t tell the Board if they’d requested or reviewed Le’s pharmacist license and couldn’t furnish her employment application during the agency’s investigation.

“Walgreens should’ve done a better job in screening,” said customer Monte Williams.

The Board included Le’s Milpitas address on its documents. However, a KPIX 5 reporter went to the home and the man who answered the door denied Le lived there, although a records search conducted confirmed she did live there.

A Walgreens spokesperson said that Le stopped working for the company in 2017 and that the company “undertook a re-verification of the licenses of all our pharmacists nationwide to ensure that this was an isolated incident.”

When asked how Le was able to work at Walgreens for so long under the guise that she was a pharmacist, the spokesperson did not want to comment.

“Something has to change either with Walgreens or the way people are checked for their backgrounds,” said Cervantez.

The case remains under investigation.

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Man wants to sue his parents for giving birth to him ‘without his consent’

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Date: February 5th, 2019

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man indiaA man is planning to sue his parents in India for giving birth to him ‘without his consent’.

Raphael Samuel said he had a ‘great relationship’ with his parents but has compared having children to ‘kidnapping and slavery’.

The 27-year-old from Mumbai is an ‘anti-natalist’ who believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the ‘rigmarole’ of life for the pleasure of its parents.

The anti-natalist movement is gaining traction in India as younger people resist social pressure to have children.

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This Vegan Bride Tried to Ban Meat-Eating “Murderer” Guests from Her Wedding

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Date: February 2nd, 2019

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meatIn today’s dose of alarming/unpractical/hilarious viral wedding news, one vegan bride in Australia is getting slammed for not inviting meat-eating family members to her nuptials. Her reasoning? Because they’re “murderers.” (That’s one way to narrow down your guest list.)

News.com.au reports that the bride, whose name remains unknown, sought solidarity regarding her troublesome wedding ban in a vegan Facebook group, Vegan Revolution, Tuesday night. In a now-deleted post, the plant-enthusiast explained the sitch to fellow herbivores.

“When your ‘family’ tries to guilt trip you into letting them come to your fully vegan wedding, even though they’re omnivores,” she wrote via social media with two laughing-crying emojis. “Just for some context, some family members were told they are not invited to my wedding because we don’t want to host murderers. Our wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives.” Ugh, don’t you just hate when people who don’t share your dietary principles ruin your wedding!?

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FLORIDA MAN FINDS GRENADE WHILE MAGNET FISHING BUT DRIVES TO TACO BELL BEFORE CALLING COPS, SPARKING EVACUATION

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Date: February 2nd, 2019

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granadeFlorida man caused an evacuation at a Taco Bell in Ocala this weekend after telling cops he drove there with a hand grenade he found while magnet fishing.

In social media updates yesterday, officials from the Ocala Police Department advised citizens to avoid the area after it was verified that the device was an “authentic WWII hand grenade.”

It appeared that the man, who was not identified by law enforcement, had waited until arriving at the popular fast food restaurant before reporting his discovery to the authorities.

The department said bomb squad experts had to be called onto the scene to remove the grenade, which they fortunately did so without incident. The Taco Bell closed for about an hour.

The police Twitter account wrote earlier: “Be advised that the Taco Bell on East Silver Springs Blvd. has been evacuated, following report of an explosive device located in a vehicle on premises.”

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Austin teen arrested for robbing a bank after using a Jump scooter as his getaway vehicle

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Date: February 2nd, 2019

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scooterscooterscooterThe first rule of robbing a bank in 2019 is apparently not to use your credit card to rent the getaway car. According to Austin, Texas newspaper the Austin American-Statesman, 19-year-old Luca Mangiarano was charged yesterday with robbery by threat after showing up to a BBVA Compass bank on Austin’s Sixth Street and demanding money via a note handed to a teller. He was caught, however, because he allegedly used an Uber-owned Jump electric scooter as his means of escape after leaving with the cash.

The Statesman reports that Austin police contacted Uber about the robbery, and the company handed over Mangiarano’s name, address, and credit card number in relation to his renting of a Jump scooter seen in video footage, a scooter the police had reason to believe featured the suspect. Police were able to further verify Mangiarano’s connection by tracing the scooter from the scene of the crime to outside his apartment, as well as using data from his cellphone provider that indicated he was in the area during the time of the robbery.

So while not the smartest move obviously, the scooter-related arrest illustrates a couple important points about privately-owned transit options. First and foremost, don’t commit a crime and then verify your location, name, and credit card number with an easy-to-access timestamp attached. Secondly, and perhaps more applicable to most regular people, a lot of your public comings and goings are being tracked when you access these private companies’ services with accounts only usable with credit cards, so it’s something to keep in mind if you value maximum privacy.

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Man asks deputies to jump start stolen car, gets arrested

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Date: February 2nd, 2019

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manSpartanburg County deputies arrested a man for possessing a stolen vehicle after he asked investigators for help to start it.

Justin Comer, 32, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office after he was arrested late Thursday night.

A passerby was also arrested by the same deputies for an outstanding warrant during an approximate 10 minute period.

Two sheriff’s investigators were checking a narcotics complaint in the Old Canaan Road area around 10:30 p.m. when Comer approached them to ask for help jump starting his car.

Comer led the deputies to the rear of some property according to the SCSO written report where they saw the 2006 Chrysler 300C. The car engine started after a few minutes, but deputies became say they became suspicious when Comer displayed ignition keys with one appearing to be broken at the tip.

The investigators say they identified themselves as law enforcement officers to Comer, who couldn’t produce any proof of ownership for the car which had a paper car dealership tag.

The deputies ran the vehicle identification number and it came back as a stolen car. Comer was arrested by the investigators who say they contacted the car’s owner who confirmed the 300C had been stolen.

While the deputies were dealing with the reported stolen car, two people approached them according to the written report. Deputies say they identified Michael Lewis, 55, who had an outstanding warrant on a shoplifiting charge in Greenville.

Lewis was also arrested.

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Who’s the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test

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Date: February 2nd, 2019

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daddyA paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.

Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland said Thursday the test showed 5-month-old Padma wasn’t fathered by the male in her enclosure.

Keepers routinely take DNA samples from newborn orangutans because the endangered great apes are part of a breeding program.

Researchers at Basel University’s forensic laboratory compared Padma’s DNA to that of Budi, a 14-year-old male living in the same enclosure as the baby’s mother, Maja.

They found it didn’t match Budi’s DNA. Instead, it matched 18-year-old orangutan Vendel, who lives in the next enclosure.

It appears that for Maja and Vendel, the dominant male at Basel Zoo, the dividing fence was no obstacle to some monkey business.

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