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Man charged in elderly mom’s death says she asked for it

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Date: April 24th, 2014

mathewsFlorida – Palm Coast man who told detectives his 88-year-old mother asked him to kill her has been charged in her death, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Jail records show 62-year-old Richard Guyton Mathews of Ellsworth Drive was arrested Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter.

Deputies were initially called to Mathews’ home Feb. 21 after he reported finding his mother dead on a living-room chair, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Days later Mary Shaw Mathews’ funeral home called the Sheriff’s Office about her son saying she had asked him to kill her.  More

 

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‘Bachelorette’ contestant dies after paragliding mishap

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Date: April 24th, 2014

hill ericEric Hill, who was a contestant in the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette,” died this week from injuries suffered in a paragliding accident.

Hill, 31, was an adventurer with a goal of setting a world record by visiting every country on Earth in 1,200 days, but he interrupted his journey this spring to participate in the ABC reality competition.

He was gliding off a steep hill in Draper, Utah, Sunday when his parachute partially collapsed and “swung him into the hillside like a pendulum,” Salt Lake County Unified Fire spokesman Brian Anderton told CNN.

Although he was not far above the ground when he fell and he was wearing a helmet, Hill “hit with quite a bit of velocity,” causing severe injuries, Anderton said.  More

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Woman Arrested In Corn Dog Dispute

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Date: April 24th, 2014

CharmelleMIDLAND – A Carrollton woman has been arrested for allegedly threatening employees with a knife in a cooked corn dog dispute at a West Texas business.

Midland County jail records show 45-year-old Charmelle Henry was being held Thursday on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Bond was set at $100,000 for Henry, who was arrested Saturday by Midland police after allegedly flashing a knife and threatening store workers.

Investigators say Henry paid 75 cents for a corn dog but became upset when she was handed a microwaved version.  More

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Tree branch impaled Wang Yang through the groin

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Date: April 24th, 2014

wangChina – A Chinese farmer was pinned to a seat in his farm vehicle after a tree branch speared through the front of his vehicle, and impaled him through the groin.

Wang Yang, 43, had been driving back home after delivering farm produce to a local market in the city of Wuhu, Anhui province.

When Wang suddenly found himself heading towards a tree that had toppled across the road, he found his brakes were faulty and was unable to avoid it.

One of the branches that already had the end cut off by road workers, who were clearing the way, speared into the cab impaling the driver to the seat.

Firemen said that when they had opened the door to try and take the man out they realized he was pinned tight, and that the branch had speared all the way through his groin.  More

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Woman Saves Daughter From Pit Bull Attack By Biting Off Dog’s Ear

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Date: April 24th, 2014

Chelsi CampHOUSTON – A suburban Houston woman fought back against the dog attacking her 2-year-old daughter, reports KHOU-TV.

Last month, Chelsi Camp was dog sitting for a friend in Alvin, which seemed friendly until the dog approached her daughter, Mackenzi Plass.

“The dog came up and he was just curious,” Camp told the station. “When he smelled her, that’s when you saw it flip because I think he smelled my dog on her.”

When the dog attacked, Camp’s own animal instincts kicked in. She put her fist into the dog’s mouth and even bit off its ear.  More

 

 

 

 

 

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Nursing home resident killed two with arm of wheelchair

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Date: April 24th, 2014

GuillermoHouston – Antonio Acosta had been scared of Guillermo Correa (picture), his roommate at a northwest Houston nursing home, since soon after they met.

The 77-year-old man pleaded with his daughter – as recently as Tuesday – to get Correa out of the room at Lexington Place Nursing & Rehabilitation the two shared with two others.

Correa frequently made aggressive threats, bullied his roommates and appeared mentally unstable, Acosta’s family members said.

“Mi hija, is there any way we can please move this person out of the room,” Irma Chavez said her father asked her Tuesday.

That night, her father and another roommate were dead – killed, police said, when Correa beat them with a wheelchair armrest.  More

 

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United States President Barack Obama Bows to Japanese Robot

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Date: April 24th, 2014

bow robotTokyo – ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, exchanged bows with the president before demonstrating that it could kick a soccer ball.

“How about that, that was pretty impressive,” Obama marveled after the demonstration.

Later, during a meeting with students Obama mentioned his meeting with ASIMO.

“We saw some truly amazing robots — although I have to say the robots were a little scary,” he said. “They were too lifelike. They were amazing.”  More

 

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PETA wants memorial to turkeys killed in Sioux City crash

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Date: April 24th, 2014

peta memDES MOINES – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked the Iowa Department of Transportation for permission to erect a 10-foot-tall memorial to the turkeys that perished in a Sioux City truck crash on April 12.

“The (Department of Transportation) doesn’t permit memorials at all,” Iowa Department of Transportation Director of Traffic and Safety Steve Gent said.

“When they go up, we try to contact people to remove them to the right-of-way fence line.”

Alex Moore, a PETA staff member from Ankeny, wrote the proposed memorial would “remind commuters that the best way to prevent tragedies such as this one is to go vegan, because turkeys shouldn’t have to make terrifying trips to slaughterhouses at all.”  More

 

 

 

 

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Raven’s nest stalls $1.5M water tower project, causing weeks of delays

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Date: April 24th, 2014

ravenNew Jersey officials are not saying “nevermore” to a town’s $1.5 million project to paint its water tower, but they are ordering the community to wait until a family of ravens vacates a nest atop the structure – which could take months and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Officials in Fair Lawn, N.J., have put the repainting project on hold for several weeks after a resident saw a nest on the rusting tower and notified state officials.

The delay, which will last until the baby ravens hatch and fly away, will cost $20,000, Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove told FoxNews.com.

The project, which was slated to be completed by the end of summer, could now be delayed up to six weeks, since it takes between 4-6 weeks for the raven hatchlings to fly, Cosgrove said.  More

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73-Year-Old Woman Last To Finish Boston Marathon

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

joan priceBOSTON – Boston was a marathon within a marathon for one older runner from Hull.

She stepped off from Hopkinton at 11 in the morning and crossed the finish line at 7:30 at night.

And even though she was the last regular runner to finish, today she’s ecstatic, and only a little sore.

Seventy-three year old Joan Price is still beaming.

Yesterday was her first Boston Marathon, but her 21st marathon, having run them in New York and in her native Ireland in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, though she hadn’t run one in 12 years.  More

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Woman threatens husband with car after argument about her driving skills

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

saraiCLARKSVILLE, Tennessee – A Tennessee  woman was arrested on Sunday after Easter services when she allegedly tried to  hit her husband with a car following an argument they had about her driving  skills.

Sarai Longhenry’s husband told Clarksville Police that she was “driving  erratically with him and their daughter in the car” while they were on the way  to the First Baptist Church of St. Bethlehem.

After Easter services, he refused to get in the car and Longhenry allegedly  “turned the vehicle in his direction and accelerated toward him,” according to the Leaf-Chronicle.  More

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Woman files $275,000 lawsuit after duck attack

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

duck attackWashington – A Washougal woman is suing the owner of a pet duck in Estacada, Ore.

Cynthia Ruddell claims Lolita Rose’s duck attacked her after it wandered down the street.  Ruddell’s attorney, Gregory Price, told KATU, “… The duck flapped its wings at her and knocked her back and she fell down on an outstretched hand and fractured her wrist in two spots.”

The incident happened May 7, 2012. Ruddell broke her right wrist, sprained or strained her elbow and shoulder, and suffered a rotator cuff injury.

The lawsuit claims Rose knew the duck had, “Abnormally dangerous propensities in attacking people.”

Rose is accused of “needlessly endangering the public” because she didn’t keep the duck contained and didn’t warn neighbors about the danger.  More

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Cheerleaders sue over pay, say they were subjected to ‘jiggle test’

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

Minnesota Vikings v Cincinnati BengalsBUFFALO, New York - Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were.

The state Supreme Court lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by cheerleaders.

The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals also have pending wage battles.

The cheerleaders are identified only by their first names and last initials in the lawsuit, which cites a provision that allows plaintiffs to remain anonymous “where identification poses a risk of retaliatory physical or mental harm.”  More

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Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

ChelseaLEAVENWORTH, Kansas – An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

The decision clears the way for official changes to Manning’s military records, but does not compel the military to treat the soldier previously known as Bradley Edward Manning as a woman.

That includes not being moved from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, where Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence, to a prison with a woman’s unit, or receiving the counseling and hormone treatment she seeks.

Manning wasn’t present at the hearing before Leavenworth County District Judge David King, which lasted just about a minute, but issued a statement after the ruling calling it “an exciting day.”  More

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TSA Reaches Settlement In Breast Milk Lawsuit

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

StaceyLOS ANGELES – The United States Transportation Security Administration has reached a tentative settlement in the highly publicized lawsuit filed by a mother who was allegedly harassed by TSA officers when she requested her breast milk not be x-rayed, authorities announced Tuesday.

The TSA again apologizes to Stacey Armato for the incident that took place at the Phoenix Airport on Jan. 25, 2010 and also agreed to clarify its internal procedures for screening breast milk in the tentative deal.

“We brought this lawsuit for one reason — to bring clarity and policy change for breastfeeding mothers traveling with breast milk,” Armato said. “Hopefully what I experienced at the Phoenix Airport in 2010 will never happen to another mother traveling with her breast milk.”

TSA is expected to update its public website to better guide breastfeeding mothers traveling with breast milk and train its screening officers on the new policies if the agreement is finalized.  More

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Fines for poor aim in public toilets

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

toilet policeChina – People with a poor aim are to be fined if they miss their mark when using public toilets in the Chinese city of Shenzen, provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced.

The penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in the southern boom town neighboring Hong Kong.

Draft regulations reportedly don’t specify a minimum quantity of spillage required to be classed as a violation.

“Such uncouth use of a public toilet will be fined 100 Yuan ($16) by authorities” from next month, a city government official told AFP news agency.

Users of China’s Weibo social networks poured scorn on the measures, raising the prospect of hordes of toilet inspectors being deployed to inspect performance.  More

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Man Was Fatally Shot Because He Was Driving Red Car

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Date: April 23rd, 2014

TaurusonDOWNEY – Police believe a 34-year-old man was shot and killed in Compton earlier this year because he was in a red car.

Tauruson McMillian was driving home around 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 when deputies said several shots were fired into his vehicle.

One of the bullets hit McMillian in the head.

Authorities believe the victim, who worked for the city of Pasadena, was targeted because of his red Chevy Monte Carlo.

Pam Adel, McMillian’s girlfriend of nine years, said she was on the phone with her boyfriend when the violence erupted.  More

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