U.S. Government threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data

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Date: September 11th, 2014

bigWashington DC – The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA’s controversial PRISM program.

The documents, roughly 1,500 pages worth, outline a secret and ultimately unsuccessful legal battle by Yahoo to resist the government’s demands.

The company’s loss required Yahoo to become one of the first companies to begin providing information to PRISM, a program that gave the National Security Agency extensive access to records of online communications by users of Yahoo and other U.S.-based technology firms.  More

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Burglar Makes Daring Heist Before Falling Asleep

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Date: September 11th, 2014

burgNOKOMI, Florida – Talk about a heavy sleeper.

Police say an accused burglar continued snoozing next to a bag of jewelry he was allegedly planning to swipe even after deputies began snapping pictures of him.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a cleaning lady discovered 29-year-old Dion Davis on a bed inside the victim’s home Monday.

Deputies say they took several photographs of the sleeping Davis, but he didn’t wake up.  More

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Citizen poll watchers expose need for scrutiny of elections

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Date: September 11th, 2014

Town MeetingVermont – Counting votes behind closed doors, letting uncertified voters vote, stacking wards with majority party poll workers — questionable activities at Burlington, Vt., polling places reveal a need for greater scrutiny of elections, two citizen poll watchers say.

On Aug. 26, Wendy and Jim Robert spent the day at Burlington’s Ward 7 voter precinct to get a closer look at how elections work in the Queen City.

As voting rolled on, the Burlington residents became disturbed by what they saw — and in one case, what they weren’t allowed to see.

“Jim was told he had to leave at 7 p.m. and that no one could stay that was not an official poll worker. Everyone who was not a poll worker was escorted out of the building and the doors were then closed,” Wendy Robert told Vermont Watchdog.  More

Over 300 People Wake Up During Surgery Each Year

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Shoplifter Used Walmart Motorized Wheelchair Cart As Her Getaway Vehicle

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Date: September 11th, 2014

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shirley maemasonMichigan – After stealing $600 worth of merchandise from Walmart, a Michigan woman made her getaway on one of the store’s motorized wheelchairs, according to cops who collared her two miles from the retailer.

Shirley Mae Mason, 46, was arrested Monday night and charged with the theft of the $1,200 electric cart and six bags stuffed with clothing.

During questioning by police, Mason said that she decided to swipe the motorized cart after failing to secure a car ride from the store.

Mason, according to a police report, said she just “didn’t feel like walking.”  More

 

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School bans birthday cupcakes – Bring carrots

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Date: September 11th, 2014

carrotsHERSHEY, Pennsylvania – If Derry Township School District board member Andrea Abruzzo had her way, kids would celebrate their birthdays with carrots.

Abruzzo’s district is putting a greater emphasis on “non-food rewards,” including birthday treats.

To that end, Derry Township schools have banned cupcakes or “other snacks.”

“We’re trying to encourage non-food rewards for students. So that applies to birthday parties, successes they may have in the classroom,” Dan Tredinnick, the district’s director of school and community information, tells Fox 43.   More

Utah teacher accidentally shoots self in leg at school

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Teens who Smoke Marijuana Daily Seven Times More Likely to Commit Suicide

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Date: September 11th, 2014

teens smokeNew South Wales - Teenagers who start smoking cannabis daily before the age of 17 are seven times more likely to commit suicide, a study has found.

According to the paper, published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, youths who smoke marijuana on a daily basis are also 60% less likely to finish high school.

Researchers led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales analysed results of three large, long-running studies from Australia and New Zealand involving nearly 3,800 people.

They examined the connections between the frequency of cannabis use before age 17 – ranging from never to daily – and seven developmental outcomes assessed up to age 30, including frequency of suicide attempts, high-school completion and attainment of university degree by age 25.  More

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Pedestrians told to wave red flag

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Date: September 11th, 2014

red flagsFlorida – Pedestrians in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have been told to wave a red flag when crossing the road.

Local officials have placed buckets of flags and instructions at a pedestrian crossing on Las Olas Boulevard in a road safety experiment.

The flags are designed to make people more visible to motorists. They are supposed to be waved as people cross, then placed in a bucket at the other side.

Shortly after the program launched in Fort Lauderdale, three of the four flags had been stolen.  More

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September 11, 2001

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Date: September 11th, 2014

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septIn 2001, Islamic terrorists attacked the United States, crashing two hijacked airliners into the twin towers at New York’s World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon outside Washington.

A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently en route to Washington, after passengers attacked their captors.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed, most of them in the two towers, which collapsed.

U.S. President George W. Bush pledged to destroy the responsible terrorist organizations and the regimes that supported them.

Osama bin Laden, a wealthy anti-American Saudi exile operating out of Afghanistan and leader of al-Qaida, a shadowy, far-flung terrorist organization, was identified as the ringleader of the attacks.

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D.C. Public Schools homework assignment asks 6th graders to compare Bush to Hitler

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Date: September 11th, 2014

McKinley Tech Middle SchoolWashington DC – A D.C. public school gave a sixth grade class a homework assignment that required students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

The assignment was given out this week at McKinley Tech Middle School in Northeast and has angered at least one parent who complained about the homework.

A spokeswoman for D.C. Public Schools said the two readings were among suggested curriculum the school system had previously approved but that the texts were not meant to be compared in the manner assigned by the teacher.

“The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way,” spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz said.  More

Judge: Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murder

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Justin Bieber Gets Naked At ‘Fashion Rocks’ – Crowd Boos

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Date: September 10th, 2014

beiberFashion Rocks was all about music and clothes — or, in Justin Bieber’s case, lack thereof.

During the CBS live telecast on Tuesday night, the singer hit the Barclays Center stage with model Lara Stone to present performer Rita Ora and the corresponding Calvin Klein fashion show.

Though he was welcomed by an overwhelming slew of boos from the arena’s audience, he went on to shed his blue blazer, black top and pants, ending up only in a pair of black and red boxers, and noting that he’s only comfortable in his “Calvins.”  More

School disciplines student for displaying Confederate flag at football game

Video: Black Gang Viciously Attacks Couple – Hate Crime in Springfield, MO 

 

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Fifth-grade girl fights school ChapStick ban

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Date: September 10th, 2014

Grace KaraffaVirginia – When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn’t use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl — who’d been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips — decided she’d had enough.

The fifth-grader at Stuarts Draft Elementary School created a petition and presented her case before the August County school board last week, arguing that a ban on the most commonly used remedy to treat chapped lips was “inappropriate,” her father told FoxNews.com.

“Grace was told in the second grade she couldn’t use ChapStick, but we didn’t look into why,” David Karaffa said. “When Grace asked if she could use ChapStick while out in the cold last year, she was told again, ‘No, you’re not allowed.’”

Her lips then started to bleed in class, according to her father, but the girl was still refused ChapStick by a teacher who said it was against school policy. Grace was forced to go into the bathroom and wet her lips to relieve the cracking and bleeding, Karaffa said.  More

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Armed Patriots: private citizens out to secure the U.S. border

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Date: September 10th, 2014

borderBROWNSVILLE Texas – With binoculars in hand, an assault rifle slung over his chest and a Glock pistol on his hip, a man named Will scans the banks of the Rio Grande looking for anyone trying to cross from Mexico into Texas.

Will is a member of the Patriots, a group of heavily armed private citizens who use displays of force to intimidate people attempting to cross the border illegally. Since early summer the Patriots have patrolled an area near Brownsville, Texas.

“If you spot them and shine your light on them, that lets them know that you’re there,” said the 25-year-old construction worker from Indiana who flew to Texas for a stint with the Patriots. “Nine times out of 10, they’re not going to come over.

The Patriots Information Hotline, a networking call center, estimates that 22 groups of “armed patriots” have sprung up along the border from Texas to California this year.  More

Father charged with murder after bodies of 5 missing South Carolina children found in Alabama

Elvis the rooster causes ruckus in Maine

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Heavy Sleepers: 26 Zimbabwe women wake to find panties stolen

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Date: September 10th, 2014

zimGOKWE CENTER, Zimbabwe – A Zimbabwe chief is calling on villagers to “desist from evil practices” after 26 women woke up to find the panties had been stolen from their sleeping bodies.

Chief Njelele of the Gokwe region said the 26 women reported waking up to find their panties had disappeared during the night and the undergarments were later found discarded in a bushy area.

Some of the missing panties were returned to their owners, while some women, fearing witchcraft, decided to burn the nicked knickers instead.

Njelele said the suspicions of supernatural involvement may not be far off, as he witnessed an owl carry off an adult dog while he was discussing the stolen panties issue with a village leader.  More

It’s OK, lefties, the Apple Watch is for you, too

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Firefighters Sent Home for Refusing to Remove Patriotic Stickers

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Date: September 10th, 2014

ban_flagChicago – Four suburban Chicago firefighters say they were suspended after refusing to remove patriotic stickers posted on their helmets and lockers.

The Maywood firefighters say they were ordered to go home for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after their fire chief implemented a ban on all stickers.

“I’m floored that he would even consider this two days before 9/11,” said firefighter Dan McDowell. “It’s ridiculous.”

Some said the stickers were sentimental. ”My dad served here for 26 years, an ex-marine, ex-Vietnam vet,” said Dave Flowers, Jr. “I took his locker.” Flowers said he was ordered to take a sticker off his locker or he would face discipline.  More

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NH Teacher Accused Of Playing Kissing Game With Students

Gallery shows Missouri grandma’s quilted penises

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Feds Force Public Schools To Enroll Illegal Immigrant Children With No Medical Screening

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Date: September 10th, 2014

600Washington DC – Since October 2013, 50,303 “unaccompanied children” from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have crossed America’s porous Southern border to claim green cards via the immigration courts.

The Obama administration has sent none of these children home. Instead, federal officials have chosen to set aside normal immigration practices and to allow this wave of young illegal immigrants to apply for green cards via asylum applications and to disperse across the country. 

With school now in session, these kids have enrolled in public schools nationwide.

In the event that any of these thousands of Central American children are carrying communicable diseases, experts claim, any subsequent health crisis will likely first manifest itself within a public school environment.  More

Boy Charged For Desecration Of Jesus Statue

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Why Did a Military-Style Helicopter Land in Downtown Dallas Tuesday Evening?

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Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine admits illegal immigrants

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Date: September 10th, 2014

loyolaChicago – Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine appears to be the first – and so far only – medical school in the country to openly admit illegal immigrants – and has seven such students currently enrolled, a campus official tells The College Fix.

Under Stritch’s admission policy, illegal aliens who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, also known as DACA and “DREAMers,” are eligible to be admitted to the medical school.

DACA was created in 2012 when President Obama signed an executive order that stated, in effect, that illegal immigrant children who were brought to the United States before their 16th birthday, are currently no older than 31, and have completed a certain level of education or military service, can obtain work permits and Social Security numbers.  More

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More schools dump Michelle O’s lunch rules

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School Security Guard to US Army Officer: You Can’t Come In While Wearing Your Uniform

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Date: September 10th, 2014

rochesterMichigan – Rachel Ferhadson and her husband, Lt. Col Sherwood Baker, had stopped at Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills during the day to clear up an issue with his daughter’s class schedule.

But when Baker tried to go in, a security guard told him that he could not enter wearing the uniform because it could offend people, Ferhadson recounted.

“They told him some kids might not understand and might be offended. So they gave him a choice, told him he could phone in to the office or go home and change his clothes,” said Ferhadson.

At that point, the couple called the superintendent’s office from the parking lot and a staff member came out to let him in the school.  More

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Dying from a broken heart is possible in elderly

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Date: September 10th, 2014

brokenUK – The elderly really can die of a broken heart because grief weakens their immune systems,The Telegraph reported.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK found grieving in the elderly causes stress hormones to become unbalanced, which can lead to a reduction in immune system cells.

The younger patients were found to have a more robust immune response to heartbreak, according to The Telegraph.  More

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17-Year-Old Owner of Naughty Girls Donut Shop Calls Threatened Boycott “Misguided”

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Date: September 10th, 2014

naughtyVirginia – The Naughty Girls Donut Shop made national news when it opened several month ago in a local shopping center. It was a dream come true for 16-year-old Tiana Ramos, who has a talent for baking sophisticated pastries and an affection for the glamour of 1950s pin-up girls.

Armed with a business plan and a commitment from investors who also believed in her dream, Tiana opened Naughty Girls Donut Shop. It was a triumph of youthful enthusiasm and dogged determination.

The name of the shop has proven to be controversial, however, and a strong Conservative Alliance group in the town is threatening to lead a boycott.

Although the name of the donut shop is admittedly edgy, the shop itself is like its donuts wholesome and fun. The decor is bright pinks and reds, and adorned with posters of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Paige and their contemporaries. The young, upbeat staff both boys and girls are dressed in modest rockabilly-style outfits.  More

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Baby born with four arms, four legs has successful surgery

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Date: September 10th, 2014

successfulKAMPALA, Uganda – A baby born with eight limbs in Uganda has undergone a successful surgery to remove the additional body parts.

Paul Mukisa was born May 27 with what doctors diagnosed as “parasitic twinning.”

The extra limbs were part of a conjoined twin who never fully developed, and had neither heart nor head.

Ugandan doctors also discovered baby Paul was born with his heart on the right, not the left, side of his body, and his liver was on the left and not the right side of his body.  More

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Political calls dodge the ‘Do Not Call’ list

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Date: September 10th, 2014

roboUSA – There is no way of avoiding political calls.

Unfortunately, consumers can’t do anything about it but simply hanging up the phone,” says Felicia Thompson with the Better Business Bureau. She says people get angry because they’re on the Do Not Call list, but they’re still getting political calls.

Well, there’s a reason for that. “Unfortunately, the FTC’s rule does not apply to politicians and political calls, when it comes to robo-calls,” she says.

This robo-calling exception happened back in 2003, when federal lawmakers voted to exempt themselves from the do not call list.

“Even if you’re signed up for the Do Not Call list, you will still likely get those calls,” says Thompson.  More

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Exclusive golf clubs would not let Obama play over Labor Day weekend

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Date: September 10th, 2014

golf laborNew York – Some of New York’s most exclusive golf clubs would not let President Barack Obama play over Labor Day weekend, according to a report.

The Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge rejected requests to let Obama tee off, which may have required the clubs to close their doors to regular members, WNBC reported.

White House staffers allegedly gave just a day or two of notice to golf courses in the area where the president was scheduled to stay on Friday evening after attending fundraising events in New York and Rhode Island.

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times for golf courses, and courses may not have wanted to inconvenience members, who pay as much as $100,000 a year, it was reported.  More

 

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Memphis attack: Father weeps over video of badly beaten son

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Date: September 10th, 2014

mobMemphis – Mark Sauser is a man not prone to show his emotions. But when he saw the video, he wept.

The video showed a rampaging black mob attacking people indiscriminately in the parking lot of a Kroger supermarket in Memphis, Tennessee. A white bag boy saw the advancing crowd and sought shelter.

He tried to escape but within a matter of moments the young man found himself swept up in the violence and chaos. “Hold on, they got a white dude,” the person filming said.

The first punch came without warning. He was knocked to the ground. Then came another and the boy collapsed. But the angry mob would not let up. They slammed pumpkins into the boy’s battered body. The boy lost consciousness.  More

Police Tackle Female High Schooler for Using a Cellphone in School

Elementary schools join activist ‘Meatless Monday’ movement

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Joan Rivers had surprise throat biopsy that cut off her air supply

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Date: September 10th, 2014

yorkvilleNew York – The routine surgical procedure Joan Rivers was supposed to undergo turned deadly when a doctor who arrived at the clinic with the legendary comic’s entourage performed an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords, a medical source who was briefed on the case told The News.

Such a procedure is not supposed to be performed outside of a hospital, according to medical experts.

The Aug. 28 biopsy at Yorkville Endoscopy, an E. 93rd St. clinic that usually only deals with digestive issues, caused Rivers’ vocal chords to seize — a condition doctors call a laryngospasm — cutting off her air supply, the source said.

“A biopsy like that should only be done in a hospital setting,” the source said.  More

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Welfare recipients can use debit cards for marijuana

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Date: September 10th, 2014

welfareWashington DC – Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday.

The Alabama Republican announced that he was drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards, which replaced food stamps, or other federal benefits.

“The federal government current spends roughly $750 billion each year on means-tested welfare programs across 80 different accounts.

This money is administered by a vast, sprawling bureaucracy with little oversight and no moral vision,” said Mr. Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.  More

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Founder of elephant rehab facility crushed by one of his animals

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Date: September 10th, 2014

James LauritaPORTLAND, Maine – Police say the founder of a Maine facility that cares for retired circus elephants was killed when one of the animals stepped on him.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they found 56-year-old James Laurita unresponsive in the barn on Tuesday morning.

Police say they believe Laurita fell before one of his two elephants stepped on his chest, apparently accidentally.

Laurita was a veterinarian who sold his practice in nearby Camden in 2011 to establish Hope Elephants, where he worked as a caregiver and educator.  More

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Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia

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Date: September 10th, 2014

Mideast Saudi WomenSaudi Arabia - Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America’s help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf.

Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.

“Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy,” Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told FoxNews.com.

“It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country.  More

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Video shows a boy repeatedly throwing a puppy into the street

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Date: September 10th, 2014

puppy videoMichigan – Officials in Michigan are investigating a suspected case of animal cruelty after a video posted online showed a child repeatedly throwing a puppy into a street.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell from Flint says he was ‘very disturbed’ by the video, which he saw after it was shared on Facebook. 

It shows a four-year-old boy carrying the dog toward the street several times as the animal tries to run back into a yard.

The boy was with his mother and grandfather at his grandfather’s home. The puppy belongs to the grandfather.  More   Watch video at Nutty News Videos

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Man arrested for possession, eating threatened turtle species

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Date: September 9th, 2014

andersonLONGVIEW, Texas - A Longview man has been arrested for possession of a threatened species.

Longview Police said Timothy Anderson, 36, was issued a warrant by the Gregg County Game Warden in April 2013 for possessing an Alligator Snapping Turtle. Officials said failure to pay that fine resulted in his arrest Monday night.

The Gregg County Game Warden said that when they arrived at Anderson’s home, the rare turtle was already dead. Anderson had eaten the turtle.

The game warden seized the remaining shell so that it could not be sold for profit on the black market. He said it will be used for educational purposes.  More

 

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Couple charged with holding woman in a dog cage for weeks

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Date: September 9th, 2014

cage weeksIndiana – An Indiana couple accused of holding a woman captive for two months, often locking her in a small wooden cage, was charged Monday with rape, criminal confinement, kidnapping and other felonies in a case one officer likened to “modernized slavery.”

Ricky Roy House Jr., 37, and his girlfriend, Kendra Tooley, 44, were formally charged during a hearing in Posey Circuit Court in Mount Vernon, where a judge appointed public defenders for the pair and entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. They were ordered held on $50,000 cash-only bonds.

Police arrested the couple early Sunday at their mobile home in rural southwestern Indiana about six hours after Tooley’s ex-husband, who was visiting the couple, freed the 30-year-old woman, whose relatives had reported her missing July 12. He took the victim to his Evansville apartment, where she called her mother and police.  More

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