May 17, 2014: Weluree Ditsayabut, center, poses with two runner-ups Pimbongkod Chankaew, left, and Sunnanipa Krissanasuwan, right, after the Miss Universe Thailand beauty pageant competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Weluree has resigned less than a month into her reign after being harshly criticized on social media over her political comments and looks. (AP)
BANGKOK – Miss Universe Thailand has resigned less than a month into her reign after being harshly criticized on social media over her political comments and looks.
Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, tearfully announced she was giving up the title that would have allowed her to compete in the international Miss Universe pageant.
The actress and former talk show host said Monday she was initially pleased to have won the title, but that the hail of brutal comments on social media blasting her outspoken political views and calling her fat had hurt her family.
Weluree was criticized for comments she posted on Facebook attacking the "Red Shirt" supporters of the former government, whom she accused of opposing Thailand's monarchy, and calling for the execution of their leaders.
"You Red Shirts, you get out of here," she wrote in mid-November, before winning her title. "Thailand's soil is dirty because of anti-monarchy people like you."
Weluree said that because of the criticism, "the happiness we used to have disappeared totally."
"When I saw my mom not being able to sleep at night, I couldn't either," she told a news conference. She didn't specify which remarks she found most hurtful.
Weluree's comments struck at the heart of Thailand's long-running political crisis, expressing the attitude of the country's educated elite and royalists toward the government of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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Jun 10 2014
STRATFORD, Conn. – The mother of an 11-year-old Connecticut boy has been arrested after police say her son brought a grenade to school for a show and tell related to World War II lessons.
Lisa Miguel of Stratford was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive.
Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown Friday. Students were sent to the back of the school until a bomb squad determined the grenade was a simulator used for training.
The 44-year-old Miguel didn't immediately return a message Tuesday seeking comment. Police say she told them the grenade had been a gift from her father, a war veteran, who had told her it was a dud.
State Police say simulator grenades can combust and cause injuries within a 20-foot radius.
Rescuers in rafts and boats were searching a Himalayan river Monday for dozens of Indian students swept away when a dam released a rush of water without warning, and police said four bodies had been found.
The 25 students from the southern city of Hyderabad had been taking photographs Sunday evening on the banks of the Beas River when they were hit by the rush of water from the Larji hydropower station near the mountain resort town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
They had been part of a larger field trip of some 48 students spending 10 days near Manali. Some students at the river managed to scramble to safety.
"We saw a wall of water hit those who were on the banks. They fell flat and disappeared under the waves," a student identified only as Sumiran told The Indian Express newspaper.
Kiran Kumar, a professor who was accompanying the students, said he saw the water level rising and told the students to step back from the bank. But "within one or two seconds, the water level increased all of a sudden. Some of the students were washed away right in front of me," he told the AP.
Police in Manali said four bodies were recovered Monday morning after the search resumed at dawn. They said a shortage of boats and divers was hampering the operation.
"Officials there are fearing the chances of finding survivors were slim," said Anurag Sharma, police director general in Telangana state, where Hyderabad is located.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded the dam's engineer be suspended while the incident is investigated.
Telangana's government on Monday sent police officials and parents of the missing to the search site, 330 miles north of New Delhi.
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DETROIT – Authorities say a child was hurt in Detroit after being attacked by a dog and shot by a man who was trying to fire at the animal.
The Detroit Free Press, WWJ-AM and WXYZ-TV report the 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Sunday night. He was listed in temporary serious condition.
Police say the boy was shot in the buttocks on the city's west side by a neighbor who apparently was attempting help the child. A police spokesman says investigators want to talk to the man but it's unclear if he'll be charged with any crime.
The Detroit News reports that officers found the dog had died of an apparent gunshot wound.
The pair who fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and one civilian before taking their own lives Sunday are believed to be a married couple who possessed white supremacist paraphernalia and spoke of targeting police officers.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported late Sunday that officers were searching a small apartment complex about four miles from the Cici's Pizza restaurant where the officers were killed and the Walmart where the two killed one other person before executing an apparent suicide pact.
The identities of the suspects have not been officially released, but a law enforcement official close to the investigation told the Review-Journal that the suspects were married, in their 20s, and new to the area. The paper reported that investigators found swastika symbols during their search of the apartment. Several neighbors the paper spoke to said the man's first name was Jared, while one person gave the women's name as Amanda.
Neighbor Krista Koch described the couple as "militant," saying they talked about planning to kill police officers, as well as "going underground" and not coming out until the time was right.
Another neighbor, Brandon Monroe, said the man who lived in the apartment often talked about conspiracy theories and often dressed in camouflage or as Peter Pan to work as a street performer. Monroe added that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.
Monroe, according to another neighbor, Jessica Anderson, was told by the gunman that he was kicked off Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada while protestors gathered there during the Bureau of Land Management's roundup of Bundy's cattle.
The rancher's wife, Carol Bundy, told FoxNews.com she was trying to determine if the suspect had been part of the standoff in April, but she was adamant that no one was kicked out because ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
BREMERTON, Wash., June 6 (UPI) --A Washington man may have to cancel some of his tee times after he was arrested for allegedly stealing $9,200 worth of clubs and other gear.
The "golf addict" is accused of taking more than 50 clubs from the pro shop at Gold Mountain Golf Course.
According to the Bremerton Police Department, the man tried to sell some of the stolen gear online, leading to his arrest.
The 26-year-old's apartment allegedly contained "golf paraphernalia, photos of himself playing golf and a hat reading "Born to Golf, Forced to Work" in addition to some of the stolen equipment.
He was booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of trafficking in stolen property and burglary.
"Burglaries are often the result of addictions -- drugs, alcohol or gambling," Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan said in a press release. "I think this is the first one we have seen that looks like a golf addiction."
The unemployed suspect has played golf at Gold Mountain at least eight times in the past year.
MANISTEE COUNTY , Mich., June 6 (UPI) --A Michigan father has a new hero in life -- his 4-year-old son.
Grant Groenwald was chopping wood behind his Manistee County home when he got stuck under a tree.
"I cut, shot out the limb I was cutting shot out from underneath it and this whole thing came rolling down on top of me," Groenwald said.
Groenwald's shoulder and elbow were injured in the accident and he was completely pinned down. Luckily, his son Quillan was nearby.
"I said Quillan, you need to help daddy, daddy's trapped. And he says, I can't daddy, I just can't, there's no way I can," Groenwald told 9&10 News.
Despite what he said, Quillan was able to drag a heavy chainsaw 30 feet to his dad. "I was able to finish cutting it and then once it popped off, once I got that one cut all the way through, I was able to get my foot picked up out of there," Groenwald said.
His left ankle was broken in the accident, but it could have been much worse were it not for Quillan's heroics.
TEMPERANCE, Mich. – A 14-year-old Michigan boy set out on a 40-mile trek on Saturday with his 7-year-old brother strapped to his back, hoping to raise awareness about the muscular condition that prevents the younger boy from being able to walk without help.
Hunter Gandee, with 50-pound Braden securely strapped to his back, left shortly after 8 a.m. from the parking lot of Bedford Junior High School in Temperance, which is near the Ohio border. They hoped to arrive Sunday at their destination, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Surrounding the Gandees were dozens of family, friends and community members, many of whom released balloons into the sky as the walk commenced.
Called the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, the trek's goal is to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that afflicts Braden and to grab the attention of the next generation of leaders, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs and show them the face of cerebral palsy and the need for new ideas in mobility aides and medical procedures.
The walk has already gained quite a bit of attention.
"We've gotten contacted by the lead singer of Megadeth, and he's supporting us and donating. We've gotten contacted by the Detroit Tigers, and they're on board and supporting us. Whole bunches of different people," Hunter said.
Even students from a rival middle school, Jefferson, raised $700.
The family is not asking for donations, but for those interested, they are being directed to the University of Michigan Cerebral Palsy Research Program. Hunter raised $350 for the program through the sale of green wristbands at his school in March.
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An Indiana woman is under investigation after her husband's corpse was left in their home for more than nine months and fed on by birds, authorities said on Thursday.
Gerald Gavan Jr., 89, whose body was found on May 3 on the living room floor of his house in Lafayette, Indiana, had been dead since at least last July 15, Tippecanoe County coroner Donna Avolt said.
Investigators are trying to determine if Gavan's wife, Ila Solomon, had a financial motive for not reporting the veteran's death, Lafayette Police Sergeant Brian Phillips said. There are also laws that require prompt reporting of deaths, he said.
Avolt said the man's body had shriveled to skeleton form and was becoming "partly mummified." Gavan was identified because he had a steel plate in his ankle from an old injury, she said.
Solomon told Avolt her husband had been dead only a few days, the coroner said.
The cause of his death is unknown, but results of toxicology tests that are due back late in June might determine if there was any foreign substance in his body, she said.
Solomon also told Avolt she sometimes left the doors of the house open so birds could come in and feed on the corpse in a Tibetan tradition, at his request, Avolt said. Tibetan Buddhists call the practice a "sky burial."
Avolt said the decaying body would have emitted a strong odor in the house. But Solomon also owned a house next door that she had purchased in February 2013, according to property records provided by a Tippecanoe County official.
A phone number listed for the Gavan home in Lafayette was not in service on Thursday.
Jun 03 2014
A California man who found a bag containing $125,000 said he returned the cash to the armored truck company that accidentally dropped it because it was the "right thing to do."
Joe Cornell, 52, told the Fresno Bee newspaper he saw the bag of cash fall out of the back of a Brinks armored cash transport car as it drove over railroad tracks in downtown Fresno on Thursday afternoon.
Cornell, who was working in the lot of a Salvation Army location as part of a substance abuse rehabilitation program, told the newspaper he recovered the bag and found it stuffed with hundred dollar bills.
"I started crying and shaking," Cornell said. "Everything was going through my mind, the good devil/bad devil thing," he said.
Cornell made up his mind to alert his boss at the Salvation Army and the pair called Fresno law enforcement authorities who helped facilitate the bag's return to Brinks.
The Virginia-based company could not be reached for comment Friday, but a spokesman told the Fresno Bee it had thanked Cornell for his honesty with a $5,000 reward and another $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army.
For Cornell, deciding to give back the cash became a simple decision.
"They're going to back-track," he said of Brinks officials when they realized the money was lost. "There are cameras everywhere now. You'd be doing federal time. And it's the right thing to do."