Aug 07 2014
A video of hundreds of commuters pushing a train to free a trapped passenger is proving a viral hit online.
More than 2.4million people have watched the clip of the heartwarming rescue operation in Perth, Australia.
The CCTV footage shows the unlucky man slip and fall, getting stuck in the gap between the train and the platform.
Before emergency services could arrive, hundreds of commuters managed to push the train, tilting it to give the man enough room to escape without serious injury.
Perth Transport spokesman David Hynes said: "There were lots of them, off the train, and we organised them to sort of rock, tilt the train backwards away from the platform so they were able to get him out and rescue him."
NAPLES, N.Y. – Authorities say a 46-year-old man is hospitalized with serious injuries suffered when he fell about 40 feet while hiking near waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region.
The Ontario County Sheriff's Office tells local media that Philip Defranco of Farmington was hiking with friends Wednesday afternoon in Grimes Glen in the town of Naples, on the Steuben County line 40 miles south of Rochester.
Deputies say Defranco lost his footing at the top of the waterfall and fell some 40 feet, landing on a ledge and injuring his head and chest. He then fell into the water and began drifting downstream before his friends pulled him out.
Defranco was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he's listed in guarded condition Thursday.
Jul 31 2014
A motorist and passenger escaped unscathed after an axe hurtled through their car's windshield along a busy stretch of Massachusetts highway.
The axe became dislodged from the back of a truck just north of Boston and broke the glass of the car behind it before becoming lodged in the dashboard, state police said.
A photo posted on the department's Facebook page showed how close the axe came to hitting the vehicle's passenger.
"Thankfully, the axe only went halfway through the windshield," the post said.
Authorities said the passenger was "shaken up" but not injured. The motorists were not identified.
State police said it was fortunate the driver of the car was obeying the 65mph (105kph) speed limit at the time of the accident.
"If he had been speeding, the increased velocity of his car would have increased the power of the axe's impact, meaning it could very well have gone through the glass and injured his passenger," the Facebook post said.
The driver of the landscaping truck was cited for failure to secure cargo, which carries a $200 fine.
Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia's Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated northernmost area, a local paper reported.
The Siberian Times, an English-language newspaper, published pictures of two new giant holes discovered by reindeer herders, one located in the Yamal and the other in the Taymyr peninsula, both above the Arctic circle.
The paper said that theories of their origin range from meteorites or stray missiles to aliens or an underground gas explosion. The report could not be confirmed independently.
Russian state TV reported earlier this month that a giant hole had appeared in the gas-rich Yamal peninsula where temperatures plummet below -50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sun barely rises in winter.
A Russian scientific expedition arrived at the site to inspect the first crater, nicknamed the "Yamal black hole", earlier this month, according to a recent report by state-run Vesti.ru website.
Yamal, inhabited by indigenous reindeer herders, is one of Russia's richest regions in natural gas.
A meteorite, which weighed about 10 metric tonnes, hit central Russia last year, injuring more than 1,000 people.
Experts drew comparisons with an incident in 1908, when a meteorite is thought to have devastated an area of more than 2,000 sq km (772 square miles) in Siberia, breaking windows as far as 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the point of impact.
(This version of the story corrects conversion in paragraph 8 of 2,000 sq km to 772 square miles (not 1,250 miles))
Jul 31 2014
MONTEREY, Calif., July 30 (UPI) --A California restaurant owner doesn't want children in his establishment, so he posted a sign about two years ago informing customers that he won't provide highchairs or booster seats.
Now, Old Fisherman's Grotto in Monterey has three such signs.
In addition to informing patrons about those rules, the signs also reads: "Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and are not allowed in the dining room."
The restaurant also doesn't allow baby strollers.
People who don't like the restaurant's policies are advised to take their business somewhere else.
"If a place has the rules, that's what the rules are, you go in and abide by the rules or you find a place that's more suitable to your dining," Chris Shake told KSBW.
Despite the prohibitive policy, Shake said business is doing just fine.
"Well, let's put it this way -- I haven't had a down year for over 20 years and our business continues to grow," Shake said.
NEWPORT, Del., July 22 (UPI) --A Delaware man who didn't get the cheese when he attempted to rob a pizzeria has filed a federal lawsuit against the Newport restaurant for preventing his attempt to steal their dough.
In addition to Seasons Pizza, Nigel Sykes' lawsuit also names six pizzeria employees and the two Newport police officers who arrested him.
During the robbery attempt, pizza shop employees took a gun away from Sykes and wrestled him to the ground. He alleges that they treated him in a way that was "unnecessary" and is seeking about $260,000.
A bullet was discharged from the 23-year-old's gun during the robbery attempt, narrowly missing a Seasons employee.
"That is when the assault began," according to Sykes' suit. "All of the Season's Pizza employees participated in punching, kicking and pouring hot soup over my body. I was unarmed and defenseless and had to suffer a brutal beating by all of the employees of Seasons Pizza."
Sykes is currently serving a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to five charges.
"It is a joke lawsuit," Newport Police Chief Michael Capriglione told the News Journal. "It is sad to see this kind of suit being looked at. The court shouldn't waste the taxpayers' money."
After Sykes pleaded guilty to counts of robbery, attempted robbery and three weapons charges, he entered a motion seeking to withdraw his plea because, "I'm not good at making good choices."
Talk about inspiring. Fox News reports that a man paid it forward on July 8th by footing the bill for around a half dozen people at a Concord, California grocery store -- and the total topped a tad more than $600.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the mystery man even donated to the store's food drive, which raised more than $300,000 last year.
Store supervisor Jamie Flores asked the man why he was being so kind.
He replied with, "Why not? Why not?"
Those simple words are leaving many people speechless. It reminded us of a similar act of generosity.
For the last 25 years, an energy supplement company called Gung Ho has paid for family's groceries around the holiday season.
Last year, The Huffington Post reports that the company teamed up with YouTube channel LAHWF in a pseudo prank where customers were told they'd won a store prize.
"Congratulations! You are our free grocery customer of the day."
"You pay nothing –– not a dime, not a penny."
"You made my year."
People everywhere are paying it forward.
The National Philanthropic Trust reports that 95% of American households give to charity, with the average annual contribution being approximately $3,000.
Mountain-climbers have made a grisly discovery in the Mont Blanc range of the Alps - the body of a young climber preserved in ice for 32 years.
The body of Patrice Hyvert, who had been training to be a guide, was found last Thursday by two mountain-climbers, local newspaper Dauphine Libere and other media reported.
Hyvert was last seen alive on March 1, 1982, when aged 23, he took off on a solitary climb up the western side of the "Aiguille Verte" mountain, part of the Mont Blanc massif that straddles the French-Italian border, before bad weather set in in the afternoon.
Another climber was evacuated from the same mountain two days later, but Hyvert was never found.
Local police confirmed to newspapers that the frozen body was that of the missing climber, finding his identity card still in his wallet.
The discovery came as a shock to Hyvert's 82-year-old father, Gerard.
"I'm a mountain man, and I would have preferred him to stay up there," he told RTL radio. "He was better on a mountain than in a coffin. He was in his element."
The dangerous terrain, and inclement weather, of the Mont Blanc range results in scores of deaths of mountain climbers each year. The bodies of the missing are often discovered the following year after the ice thaws.
Jul 10 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo., July 9 (UPI) --The weather on Monday night may have been cloudy for a group of Frontier Airlines passengers, but there was a chance of pizza.
After Frontier flight 719 from Washington, D.C. to Denver was forced to divert to Cheyenne, Wyo., for several hours because of thunder and lightning in the Mile High City, the plane's pilot decided to have some pizzas delivered.
Fifty of them.
Captain Gerhard Bradner was hungry as he piloted his plane to the ground, so he decided to call Domino's. Bradner ordered and paid for pizzas for the entire plane.
"If the need arises you need to take care of your family; you need to take care of your passengers. They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft," Captain Brandner told KUSA.
When Bradner announced over the loudspeaker that the pies were on their way, the entire cabin burst into applause.
"The captain took his own initiative," passenger Logan Marie Torres told KDVR. "He said 'Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the US, but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.'"
The pizzas arrived and everyone chowed down while they waited for the storms to leave the area. When the weather was clear, the plane left Cheyenne and arrived in Denver without incident.
HUEYTOWN, Ala., July 9 (UPI) --A worker at an Alabama construction office found something much worse than an unflushed toilet when he used the bathroom during a break and discovered a four-foot venomous snake.
"So when I was going to use the restroom, I see a snake around the commode and I'm thinking it was a joke," Willie Harris told local reporters. He realized the snake was no fake when it began to flail and slither.
"I pulled the door back a little bit and I said 'wow!'"
Harris' boss immediately called police and Officer Alice Thompson responded with fellow officers.
"He said 'I don't think you understand how big this is,'" Thompson said of Harris' warnings.
"I said 'OK.' He said 'I have a picture of it.' I said 'Well, by all means, let us see. It was so much bigger in person."
Rather than kill the dangerous animal, Thompson concocted a plan to safely return it to the wild.
"She had a baton, and she grabbed the other guy's baton. And she grabbed the snake by the head," Harris explained.
"I was holding it actually on the corners of the mouth where the mouth was actually open at the time," Thompson clarified. "Which for me that was actually the first time I'd ever seen fangs that were folded back in a snake."
Then, as her two male counterparts watched and Harris called her "crazy," Thompson carried the snake like a lone noodle from chopsticks back to the wild.
"I said 'Lord have mercy.'"