Sep 16 2014
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday he will work with allies to defeat the terrorist group Islamic State, and that countries must “drain this poison from our society,” after the militants released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.
Cameron, who was attending a wedding on Saturday, raced back to London overnight to chair a meeting of his security Cabinet, including his advisers, officials and intelligence chiefs. The Prime Minister described the murder of Haines as "an act of pure evil" in a tweet from his official account.
The 44-year-old Haines was abducted in Syria in 2013 while working for an international aid agency. The British government had managed to keep his kidnapping secret out of concern for his safety until another video recently released by Islamic State, also known as ISIS, identified him as a captive.
The British Foreign Office had said late Saturday that it was "working urgently to verify the video," but Cameron's statement left no room for ambiguity. Fox News confirmed that the tape is being examined by the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington.
"We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes," Cameron added.
In a statement released late Saturday, President Obama condemned the murder as "barbaric."
"The United States strongly condemns the barbaric murder of UK citizen David Haines by the terrorist group ISIL. Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Haines and to the people of the United Kingdom. The United States stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve," the statement read.
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REDDING, Calif. – A Northern California man has been arrested after his ex-girlfriend said he cooked her dog and fed it to her.
Ryan Watenpaugh of Palo Cedro was arrested Thursday. He remains jailed Friday.
Watenpaugh's ex told police he had repeatedly struck her while they were dating and that after one assault, she left her Redding apartment and returned to find her Pomeranian, "Bear," missing.
Police say the couple briefly reconciled last week and Watenpaugh cooked the woman a meal. But she told police he later texted her and asked how her dog had tasted.
On Tuesday, Watenpaugh allegedly left two of the dog's paws outside her door.
Police say Watenpaugh has denied killing or cooking the dog.
He was booked for animal cruelty, domestic violence, stalking and false imprisonment.
Sep 11 2014
An Ohio man fell 60 feet off a cliff while sleepwalking in a national forest in Kentucky, but suffered only minor injuries, officials said on Wednesday.
Ryan Campbell, 27, was camping with his friends in the northern part of the Daniel Boone National Forest early last Thursday when he plummeted down a steep incline a few yards into his nighttime stroll.
It took several hours for emergency crews to rescue him.
"He had facial trauma and a head laceration, but his mood was very good. He was responding to our instructions," said John May, with the Wolfe County search-and-rescue unit and one of the first responders to reach Campbell.
Campbell fell on a bush, which broke his fall and saved him from potentially more serious or fatal injuries.
Wolfe County's volunteer squad was called in for its experience rescuing hikers and climbers from the forest's steep cliffs. That part of the forest, near Red River Gorge, a recreational area, draws thousands of tourists annually.
May said he had responded to falls where a person fell 160 feet and survived or fell 30 feet and died.
"It really just depends on how you hit and what you hit," he said.
OKOMI, Fla. – Talk about a heavy sleeper.
Police say an accused burglar stayed snoozing next to a bag of jewelry he was swiping from a home despite deputies 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.
The Herald Tribune reports Davis was charged with burglary and booked into jail on $10,000 bail.
Sep 11 2014
DENVER – A Denver sheriff's deputy caught on video provoking a fight with an inmate by using a taekwondo kick has been suspended for 90 days.
The Denver Post reported Wednesday it obtained a disciplinary letter saying Roberto Roena received his suspension July 29 for the April 2013 fight with inmate John Cardenas.
Investigators determined Roena provoked the fight after Cardenas taunted him. Roena is seen throwing a fully extended sidekick toward the inmate's head before putting him in a headlock.
After the fight, Roena wrote in a mandatory report that Cardenas was the aggressor and he threw the kick to defend himself. But investigators said in the letter the inmate did not initially pose a threat.
Attempts by the Post to reach Roena's attorney were unsuccessful.
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 Augusta 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.
"They told her at the time that some kids might be allergic to ChapStick," he said.
When Grace started the fifth-grade last month, she decided she'd approach the matter in a way most 11-year-olds would not -- delivering a carefully outlined speech before the school board in support of overturning the ban.
"She said, 'Dad, I want to get rid of this ChapStick ban thing.' I said, 'Okay, you have to speak to your teacher and the principal, who both advised she write a letter to the Augusta County school board," he said.
Following her speech, Grace was cross-examined, her father said -- with one board member asking the girl if using ChapStick at school might be seen as a distraction.
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A prophetic warning from then-President George W. Bush before he left office about what would happen if the U.S. withdrew troops from Iraq too soon is getting new attention in light of the Islamic State’s gains, as each of his predictions appears to be coming true.
Bush made the remarks in the White House briefing room on July 12, 2007, as he argued against those who sought an immediate troop withdrawal.
“To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States,” Bush cautioned.
He then ticked off a string of predictions about what would happen if the U.S. left too early.
“It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to Al Qaeda.
“It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale.
“It would mean we allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan.
“It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen says all these predictions have come true.
“Every single thing that President Bush said there in that statement is happening today,” he told Fox News.
To Bush’s first warning, the Islamic State terror group is effectively the successor to Al Qaeda in Iraq – and they’ve overrun several major cities in Iraq’s north while claiming broad swaths of territory in Syria. Further, the group has been behind mass killings of Iraqi civilians as well as the recent execution by beheading of two American journalists.
The Obama administration has warned that the group’s violence threatens to approach genocide levels.
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Fake casts for pretending you have an injured arm to evade having to help prepare holiday meals have become brisk sellers in South Korea ahead of the Chuseok festival.
"We have been selling this for 10 years now, but sales increased drastically starting last week," said a sales manager at an online vendor who declined to be identified.
Both men and women were buying the bogus casts, he said.
During Chuseok, a three-day thanksgiving holiday, women traditionally do most of the work in preparing and cooking elaborate ceremonial dishes while the men of the family chat, drink and watch television.
The holiday gender divide is so entrenched that it has spawned the term "daughter-in-law holiday syndrome", with many young women suffering post-holiday stress and fatigue.
But getting away with the phoney cast ruse may be difficult this year after several media outlets reported on brisk sales of the devices in the run-up to the holiday starting on Sunday.
Data from the Ministry of Gender, Equality, and Family in 2010 showed only 4.9 percent of people surveyed said both genders shared holiday chores, while the rest said women do most of the work.
"Although an increasing number of women are actively engaged in economic activities, a perception remains that only women are responsible for holiday preparation," said Na-Young Lee, a sociologist at Chung-Ang University.
"We need to try to understand that both men and women are equal beings in working and raising children in a family," she said.
A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia -- the third American aid worker sickened with the virus -- arrived Friday at a Nebraska hospital for treatment.
Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha have said Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, will be treated at the hospital's 10-bed special isolation unit on the seventh floor, the largest of four such units in the U.S.
Sacra, from the Boston area, headed to Liberia after hearing that two other missionaries were sick. He served with the North Carolina-based charity SIM. Sacra delivered babies but was not involved in the treatment of Ebola patients, so it's unclear how he became infected with the virus that has killed about 1,900 people.
Local media reported shortly after 6 a.m. that a plane carrying Sacra landed at Offutt Air Force Base, south of the Omaha suburb of Bellevue. He arrived at the hospital in an ambulance about 40 minutes later, but media were unable to see Sacra as he was hustled into the facility.
Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Omaha unit, said a team of 35 doctors, nurses and other medical staffers will provide Sacra with basic care, including ensuring he is hydrated and keeping his vital signs stable.
The team is discussing experimental treatments, including using blood serum from a patient who has recovered from Ebola, Smith said.
"We've been trying to collect as much information on possible treatments as we can," Smith said.
There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the disease, but about half a dozen are in development. None has been tested on humans, but an early trial of one vaccine began this week in the United States.
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Aug 29 2014
Police are investigating after pills were found among Jelly Tots at a sweet factory in Newcastle.
Staff at the Nestle factory in Fawdon discovered the unidentified pink tablets on the production line, reports the Evening Chronicle.
Police were spotted carrying away packets of sweets seized as evidence from a store at the plant after the batch was found to be contaminated.
A Nestle spokesman said: "The incident involved the discovery, in product prior to packing, of a standard prescription tablet, commonly prescribed to both adults and children.
"We can confirm that due to our rigorous quality procedures and immediate action, the incident was isolated and contained within our control."
As well as Jelly Tots, other popular brands manufactured at the plant include Fruit Pastilles, Rolo, Yorkie, Drifter and Caramac.