JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Ashley Habat is angry after a post on her private Facebook page resulted in the expulsion of Will, her 4-year-old son, from Sonshine Christian Academy.
She posted a complaint on her Facebook page saying the school did not notify her about picture day for her son and rhetorically questioned the intelligence of the staff. The post was on her private page, but she made one mistake: she tagged the school in the piece.
The school then expelled Will and accused her of "sowing discord," which Habat promised not to do when she signed a handbook upon Will's enrollment.
Aug 29 2014
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A bus carrying Asian tourists rolled over on a mountain highway in British Columbia on Thursday, leaving dozens of people injured, six of them critically, police say.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Norm Flemming said Thursday that all 56 passengers were injured in the bus crash, which happened about 18 miles south of Merritt, British Columbia.
Police say along with the six in critical condition, 15 more have serious injuries.
NEW YORK – A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.
New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said Monday they submitted Sunday's record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared. It's believed to be the highest price ever paid for a comic book, surpassing $2.1 million for a similarly high-quality copy of the same book in 2011.
"It's hard to believe that a kid's 10-cent comic could be worth that much money, but it is Superman. That's an iconic thing," Fishler said. "It's the first time anybody saw what a superhero was like."
EBay confirmed the price but said it couldn't yet disclose the buyer's name.
Created by Cleveland teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Action Comics No. 1 introduces the Man of Steel's Kryptonian backstory, earthly role as reporter Clark Kent and identity as a champion of the oppressed. It's seen as the dawn of the comic book superhero, paving the way for a roster of now-famous characters.
About 100 to 150 copies are believed to exist, only a handful of them in top condition. The book just sold got a seldom-seen 9.0 on a 10-point scale used to measure vintage comic books' condition.
It was kept for decades in a cedar chest in the West Virginia mountains by a man who had bought it off a newsstand, seller Darren Adams recently told The Washington Post. Adams, a Federal Way, Washington-based collectibles dealer, didn't immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.
After the original owner died, a collector bought it from his estate and built a similar cedar chest to store it, Adams told the Post.
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Police are trying to learn why a 13-year-old boy was shot to death in his bedroom in west Georgia, hours after celebrating his birthday.
Police say witnesses heard gunfire between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday. They said relatives later discovered Nizzear Rodriguez with gunshot wounds when they awoke and called 911. Police say relatives were trying to take the boy to a hospital when officers arrived, but it was too late to save him.
Police originally believed he was killed in a drive-by shooting, but they now believe the suspect went into the boy's room and shot him in the head while in bed, 11Alive.com reported.
WSB-TV reports that Nizzear was an eighth-grader at Carrollton Junior High School. Police say the school planned to have grief counselors on the campus Monday morning.
Police charged a 17-year-old with murder. The teens mother convinced him to turn himself into police, 11Alive.com reported.
Police have not named any suspects. Detectives say they are interviewing witnesses and following up on several leads.
Carrollton is about 45 miles west of Atlanta.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man awoke to a rude surprise Tuesday morning, when he found a bloody stranger drunkenly sleeping in his family's living room.
Around 4:30 a.m., the unidentified Marlborough homeowner woke up to discover 30-year-old Timothy Francis Benway passed out and covered in his own blood on a couch. The homeowner and Benway had never met prior.
The father of two rounded up his children, wife and father-in-law and removed them from the house before contacting police.
Police arrested Benway and determined he broke into the house through an attached apartment where the father-in-law was living.
Although Benway had no recollection of how he sustained his injuries, arresting officer Peter Richardson described the cuts and bruises as consistent those incurred when a "highly intoxicated" individual falls down in a wooded area.
Benway is charged with vandalism for bleeding on the couch, entering a building at nighttime and putting a person in fear.
Aug 20 2014
BANGKOK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Kim Kardashian has competition as the queen of selfies.
Instagram user Mortao Maotor of Bangkok has posted more than 12,000 selfies on the social media website.
Mortao, which is not her real name, has 20,000 followers and snaps an average of 200 selfies per week. She is not the stereotypical selfie-taking teenager but a married Thai woman in her 40s, Time reports. Mortao did not speak English but said through her husband's daughter that her reason for the high number of self-portraits is "quite personal."
TOKYO – A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.
Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records at a ceremony Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.
The world's oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.
Momoi was born Feb. 5, 1903, in Fukushima prefecture, where he became a teacher. He moved to the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, after World War II and served as a high school principal there until retirement.
At the televised ceremony, Momoi wore a dark suit and silver tie, with his white hair neatly combed back. He stood up from his wheelchair and moved to a chair next to it with little assistance.
Asked how he felt about the record, Momoi pushed his back upright and said he wants to live longer.
"Say, another two years," he said.
Momoi, who said he enjoys reading books, especially Chinese poetry, has five children and lives at a nursing home in Tokyo.
FLORENCE, Ariz., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A prison inmate currently residing in a correctional facility in Arizona has filed about 6,000 lawsuits and is seeking $10 trillion in cash or gold.
Dale Maisano has filed the majority of the suits about prison food because it allegedly hurts his stomach.
"Stop the torture and give me food that will not make me ill," he claims in one suit. "Daily I'm given a diet that causes the plaintiff to be severely ill," the 62-year-old wrote in another.
Maisano, who filed 249 lawsuits on Jan. 24 of this year alone, has specifically filed 5,813 federal lawsuits to date.
"I don't have any delusions I'm going to get that kind of money. I don't have any delusions I'm going to get any money," Maisano told the Tennessean. "A lot of them are just nuisance suits. We're trying to get our point across."
He is currently serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault.
"Inmate Maisano has access to appropriate health care and his diet needs are met," said Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Doug Nick. "The sheer volume of the lawsuits he has filed and the financial demands he makes speak for themselves."
Maisano began filing the lawsuits, most of which are dismissed on the same day they are filed, in 1986.
Aug 16 2014
An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients.
Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
The notices were the result of an inadvertent change to the templates the hospital sends to doctors once a patient has been discharged, operator Austin Health said in a statement.
"We apologized unreservedly to affected clinics who, for the most part, were very understanding about the error," it said.
Patient care had not been affected, the company stressed.
The Australian Medical Association said the error was unacceptable and potentially distressing to family doctors, while an opposition lawmaker said it was symptomatic of an overworked health system.
FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Police named Darren Wilson as the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown on Saturday, bowing at last to mounting pressure for transparency in the high-profile investigation.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson was a six-year veteran of the police force and had no disciplinary issues during his tenure.
Thomas also released some details about a strong arm robbery that occurred at a convenience store moments before Brown was killed. Police said they will release CCTV video of the robbery in progress, which may contain footage of a person whose description matches Brown.
Authorities initially refused to release his name, citing numerous death threats and fearing for the officer's safety. Others worried releasing his name and other details of the investigation would compromise a potential future trial.
On Thursday, hacktivist group Anonymous released the name and photo of a person they claimed to be the officer who had shot Brown. St. Louis County police later said they had named the wrong person.
Five days of growing frustration and violent clashes between law enforcement and protesters finally took a turn for the better Thursday after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon removed St. Louis County Police and installed state troopers in their place.
State Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who grew up in the Ferguson area, moved among crowds gathered into Thursday evening, addressing protesters' concerns, giving hugs and generally spreading a sense that someone -- finally -- was listening to their voices.
The release of the incorrectly identified officer's name remained a main concern overnight, and demonstrators chanted "what's his name? What's his name?" Police fielded accusations of selectively releasing information after they revealed the officer had been treated at a hospital for swelling in his face, but have given no details on Brown's autopsy.
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