Nov 27 2014
A woman was arrested after allegedly attacking her boyfriend in a heated argument over a game of Monopoly.
Police were called to a home in Hooksett, New Hampshire, after a report of domestic disturbance relating to the classic board game.
According to officers, Alyssa Ferraro, 21, told them "she got into an argument with her boyfriend over a game of Monopoly and open hand slapped him in the face".
The alleged victim did not require medical attention and was not seriously hurt, reports CBS Boston.
Ferraro was released on $2,000 bail after failing to produce a "Get Out of Jail Free" card and has been ordered to appear in court on December 31.
A Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main suspect in a series of goat deaths in China's northeast, state media reported Chinese local authorities as saying on Tuesday.
Siberian tiger experts have pegged Ustin, one of three tigers freed by Putin, as the killer of two goats, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Three goats are still missing.
According to a Xinhua witness, the dead goats' skulls had been crushed with puncture holes "the size of a human finger clearly visible".
Ustin crossed into China in October with another of Putin's tigers, both of which carry tracking devices, Xinhua said, adding a warning from a wildlife protection expert not to throw food at the tiger if spotted.
The lead singer of an up-and-coming Argentinian rock band died after being electrocuted onstage as he opened the group’s set to promote its first album.
Agustín Briolini, 21, guitarist and leader singer of the Krebs, received a massive electrical shock to the head as the band performed at the Theatre of the Sun in the central Argentinian city of Villa Carlos Paz. Briolini was apparently moving toward the microphone during the first song of their set when he was electrocuted.
Officials are still investigating what went wrong, but initial reports cited faulty wiring on a microphone as the cause of the electric shock.
After he was shocked, medics quickly rushed to Briolini and attempted to revive him, but after trying unsuccessfully for an hour, the medics took him to a local hospital where he was declared dead.
His bandmates, drummer Diego Regali, 21, and guitarist Gustavo Escober, 22, said they could not believe what they saw on stage or that that their friend was dead.
Pico Moyano, the lead singer of the band Iceberg, which was also performing that evening, said he was shocked that an accident like that could occur.
"It really defies belief," he said, according to the Daily Mail. "We are in the 21st century and these sort of things simply should not happen. I find it absolutely incredible."
Right before Briolini died, he opened up onstage about his love for music and about how the band name comes from the Krebs cycle, which is a part of cellular respiration.
"For us, making music is a cyclical process," he said. "The music we make we give to people who get energy as a result, they accept that energy and they transform it, and what they create to be sent back to us, we in turn except and throw it back again with even more ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
BEIJING – At least 11 people were killed Thursday in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit China in two days, pointing to continuing safety issues in the industry despite a major decline in deaths among miners in recent years.
The official Xinhua News Agency said 19 people were working in a mine in the southern province of Guizhou when an explosion ripped through the shaft early in the morning. There was no immediate word on the condition of the eight survivors.
Xinhua said investigators are looking into the cause of the blast at the Songlin mine in the Guizhou town of Songhe. The mine's phone number wasn't listed and calls to government and work safety commission offices in Songhe, surrounding Pan county, and the nearby city of Liupanshui rang unanswered.
Thursday's blast follows an explosion and fire early Wednesday morning in the northeastern province of Liaoning in which 26 miners were killed.
Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. Of those, 30 had serious burns, eight were in intensive care and four were still in danger of dying. Despite the generally better safety reputation of state-owned mines, a number of deadly accidents have struck Fuxin's mines in recent years, including a 2005 blast that killed 214 people.
China's mines are the world's deadliest, although a push to boost safety has considerably lowered death tolls in accidents. Just over 1,000 deaths in 604 coal mining accidents were reported in 2013, down from more than 6,000 per year a decade ago.
At the same time, demand for coal has plateaued as the Chinese economy decelerates from the headlong rush of the last decade.
A 30-year Harlem resident who suffers from incontinence has been evicted from his apartment by a New York City judge who said the stench of his urine jeopardized the safety of other tenants.
Civil Court Judge Sabrina Kraus in Manhattan said on Friday that while she had empathy for Michael Edmonds, the other tenants were entitled to live in a building that did not smell of urine or expose them to bio hazards in the common areas.
According to the court, not only did the smell of urine emanate from Edmonds' apartment, but he also sometimes urinated in public areas of the building, and was also fired from his job because of his incontinence.
Edmonds claimed he had suffered from the condition since 2011 and was seeing new doctors and taking medication, but Kraus said he appeared to be unable to handle the condition on his own. Furthermore, three cleanings by a city agency had been unable to get rid of the stench.
Edmonds did not have an attorney. His court-appointed guardian, Roger Moore, did not return a request for comment. Nor did a lawyer for the landlord.
Kraus based her decision in part on a 2007 ruling in which the Appellate Division, First Department, said that a woman who used a bucket to transport her urine to a communal bathroom 90 feet from her apartment had created a nuisance warranting her eviction.
The case is West 141 Street LP v. Michael Edmonds, New York City Civil Court, No. 80375-13.
For the landlord: Peter Rose of Rose & Rose.
For Edmonds: Pro se.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She never had the time or money to go to a beach.
That changed this month, just a few weeks shy of Holt's 101st birthday.
Thanks to a partnership between the assisted living center where Holt lives and an organization that grants wishes to the elderly, Holt got to see the ocean for the first time during an all-expenses-paid trip to the Gulf of Mexico.
Holt laughed and grinned as cool Gulf waters hit her feet for the first time, and she walked across the white sand with the help of aides from the home.
She said she'd never seen anything as big as the ocean. But in the November chill she kept saying over and over: "It's cold."
"I've heard people talk about it and how wonderful it was and wanted to see it, but I never had the opportunity to do so," Holt said.
The trip was made possible by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, where Holt lives in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Wish of a Lifetime organization.
Mark Davis, executive director of Brookdale's Sterling House, said two workers filled out the application for Holt after learning she'd never seen the ocean and wanted to go.
"They did a water gun fight out in the courtyard during the summer and water got brought up, the beach, and that's what she told the girls, that she had never been," he said.
Debbie Surgeon and Tracy Marcy helped fill out the application, and Holt's wish was granted in early November. The trip was planned as soon as possible because Holt turns 101 on Dec. 13.
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Nov 11 2014
A 12-year-old boy who ran away after being told off by his mother was found by police six days later in IKEA.
Peng Yijian is said to have survived on free samples handed out by supermarkets while he was 'on the run' in Shanghai.
When police discovered him he was weak with hunger and had to be placed on an intravenous drip in hospital.
His mother Liu said her son had run away before, but never for so long.
Yijian was reported missing last Tuesday and officers spotted him on CCTV wandering around Shanghai South Railway Station.
The next day's footage showed him at a nearby Carrefour outlet.
"We thought there might be other places he likes to visit, so we asked his mother. She gave us eight or nine names, including Caoxi Park, Nanfang Shopping Mall, In Center and IKEA," said Sun Miao, a police officer in Xuhui District.
Officers were dispatched and the boy was spotted by a surveillance camera at the IKEA outlet on Caoxi Road.
After a 40-minute hunt, during which exit doors were blocked, police found Yijian near an escalator on the ground floor.
A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months.
The molten rock hit the house just before noon, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The home's renters already had left the residence in Pahoa, the largest town in Big Island's isolated and mostly agricultural Puna district.
It took about 45 minutes for the 1,100-square-foot home to burn down, Oliveira said.
"The house has been destroyed," he said.
Earlier in the day, lava burned down a small corrugated steel storage shed on the property, Oliveira said. A garage or barn structure still remained on the property, but it was possible that the lava would also consume it.
The home's nearest neighbor is about a half-mile away, Oliveira said.
The lava from Kilauea volcano emerged from a vent in June and entered Pahoa Oct. 26, when it crossed a country road at the edge of town. Since then, it has smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a garden shed. It also burned tires, some metal materials and mostly vegetation in its path.
Firefighters will basically let a structure burn, but they will fight any wildfires that spread or threaten other structures, Oliveira said.
A relative of the home's owners, who live on the mainland, arrived at the site to watch the house burn, officials said. That family member drove from another part of the island about two hours away and used an iPhone to take video of the house burning.
The county estimates the value of the home at about $200,000, Oliveira said.
Oliveira said officials would make arrangements for homeowners to watch any homes burn as a means of closure and to document the destruction for insurance purposes.
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Oct 28 2014
A British train station plagued by reports of hauntings has hired a "supernatural liaison officer" to deal with complaints of nuisance apparitions.
Chiltern Railways announced Nick Rees, 58, has been hired to serve as the "supernatural liaison officer" for the Leamington Spa, England, station, which was built in the 1800s and has been the subject of numerous ghost encounter reports from passengers and staff.
"I get on with people and I can make anyone smile. I suppose that's why I can go about my duties as a supernatural liaison officer. I respect them and they respect me," Rees said.
"One of the haunted areas is a disused basement on platform three which has a partially blocked off staircase that seemingly leads to nowhere," he said. "The other area is the upstairs office building where staff regularly see and hear things including doors slamming and electrical equipment turning on and off."
Stephen Herbert, a security officer working the night shift at Leamington Spa, said ghosts are a fact of life at the station.
"Leamington Spa station is one of the most haunted places I have been to and I've been to many," he said. "I often see and hear ghosts on both platforms but from what I have seen they are nice ghosts and have good energy."
Oct 23 2014
CHENGDU, China, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A woman getting over a breakup in China nursed her broken heart by spending a week eating chicken and sleeping at a 24-hour KFC near her home.
Tan Shen, 26, of Chengdu, said she decided to stop into the KFC at the train station near her home shortly after she and her boyfriend broke up and she ended up staying at the fast food restaurant for a week.
"I hadn't planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings," she said. "But once I got in there and started eating I decided I needed time to think."
Tan said she decided to end her weeklong stay at the eatery and catch the next train toward her parents' house when she started attracting attention from local media.
"And I was getting sick of the taste of chicken so there was no point in staying there anymore," she said.
Jiang Li Lung, a worker at the train station KFC, said it took some time before employees noticed the woman wasn't leaving.
"At first no one really noticed her," the worker said. "But after a few days I began thinking she looked really familiar. Then I realized we had been serving her for the past three days and that she hadn't actually left."
Jiang said workers decided to allow Tan to stay, as she wasn't causing a disturbance and was paying for her meals.
"She was after all a paying customer, even if a bit of an odd one," he said.