Mar 29 2014
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties Friday night, authorities said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 9:11 p.m. and was centered near Brea in Orange County -- about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It was felt as far south as San Diego and as far north as Ventura County, according to citizen responses collected online by the USGS.
About an hour earlier, a 3.6 quake hit nearby in the city of La Habra.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it was looking for signs of damage or injuries. Callers to KNX-AM reported seeing a brick wall collapse, water sloshing in a swimming pool, and wires and trees swaying back and forth.
The Los Angeles Times reported that residents in La Habra posted pictures on social media showing broken vases, topped furniture and other items scattered in their homes.
Power outages were reported in some neighborhoods near the epicenter, according to the report.
Broken glass, gas leaks, a water main break and a rockslide were reported near the epicenter, according to Twitter updates from local authorities.
Minor injuries were reported as a result of a rockslide that caused a vehicle rollover and closed a portion of Carbon Canyon Road in Brea, authorities said.
"A lot of the glass in the place shook like crazy," he said. "It started like a roll and then it started shaking like crazy. Everybody ran outside, hugging each other in the streets."
A helicopter news reporter from KNBC-TV reported from above that rides at Disneyland in Anaheim -- several miles from the epicenter -- were stopped as a precaution.
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A Michigan high school student was banned from competing in his school track meet unless he got rid of the pink Mohawk he’s sporting to honor his mother who has breast cancer.
Mike Barker, a junior at West Iron County High School in Iron River, Mich., told FoxNews.com he was told his new hair style did not meet the school’s grooming and appearance policy, and was told by his coach and then the school principal that he could not compete in his team’s meet on Thursday.
“[My coach] told me I can’t have pink hair with Mohawk to support my mom with breast cancer,” Barker, 17, told FoxNews.com. “I want this to change. That’s my goal.”
Barker said the idea began when he and his mom were talking at the start of football season in the fall.
“She said, ‘You know what you should do for me? You should dye your hair pink and make a Mohawk for me,’” he said.
By the time basketball season came around, his hair was long enough for a Mohawk and finally on Wednesday he bleached his hair to prepare for dying it pink.
His mother, Wendy Pawlicki, told FoxNews.com she was all the more outraged because her son had been to track practice for weeks with his Mohawk—it was only when he dyed it pink that he was suddenly not allowed to compete in his sport.
In response to FoxNews.com’s email request for comment, West Iron County High School principal Mike Berutti emailed back the following statement from the superintendent:
“The West Iron County Public Schools supports the needs of the students to express themselves, as long as their expression does not interfere with the educational process. We also strive to balance individualism of athletes ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
March 26 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman reportedly got so upset about the song selection during her 30th birthday party that she attacked the disc jockey, broke his gear and then left.
Madison police were called to a local pub early on Sunday morning after the irate woman allegedly threw a glass at the DJ following an assault on his laptop, headphones and microphone. The woman also punched him several times in the head and left him bloodied.
“The DJ's laptop computer, headphones and microphone had been smashed, tossed or broken by the suspect," police spokesman Joel DeSpain told Madison.com. "Witnesses told police she grabbed a glass and threw it at the DJ's head. He ducked and the glass sailed into a window overlooking the State Capitol. The DJ told police he was very thankful he hadn't been hit by the glass.”
Apparently the 32-year-old’s song choices weren't to the younger woman's liking.
"Partygoers were able to pull her away from the DJ's table after the equipment was damaged, but she broke free and rushed the DJ, punching and scratching him on the face," DeSpain said.
The woman fled with her uncut birthday cake before police arrived.
"What had been a very happy birthday ended on a really bad note," DeSpain said. The woman will likely face charges if police are able to locate her.
Mar 26 2014
For months, 11-year-old Amit Vigoda has wanted just one thing: to have his right leg amputated.
And after a very long decision making process, Amit’s mother and father have agreed to make their son’s wish a reality.
“We hope it will give him great mobility and a life without limitation,” Amit’s mother, Zimra Vigoda, told FoxNews.com. “He’ll be able to do all the things he wants to do with maximum function and minimal pain.”
Amit was born with a very rare condition called congenital pseudarthrosis of the fibula and tibia, combined with osteofibrous dysplasia. According to the National Institutes of Health, congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia alone affects between 1 out of every 140,000 to 250,000 births. The conditions cause some of the bones in the leg to be very weak, having a greater tendency to fracture.
And when the bones are broken, they do not heal properly.
Having lived with this condition his entire life, Amit has had very limited mobility, since he cannot place much – if any – weight on his right leg. To move around, he must use crutches or a wheelchair, and the pain from his fractures can be very intense at times.
So now, he is ready to move on without his leg.
"I’ve thought about it for a long time," Amit told FoxNews.com. "Me and my parents and my family sat down and talked about it. I asked a lot of people questions, and I decided I want to amputate."
A leg that won’t heal
Vigoda recently detailed her son’s struggles with his condition in a blog post on Kveller.com. She said she was first faced with the decision of amputation when Amit was a newborn, after her mother-in-law ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
An Illinois playground was bobby-trapped with straight-edged razors glued to equipment frequented by children, WQAD.com reported.
The sharp razors were discovered by parents at Millennium Park in East Moline, near the state’s western border with Iowa. The parents say their 2-year-old son was cut by one of the blades on the monkey bars.
"He said, 'Ouch,'" Sally Jenks, the boy's mom, told the station. "He started bleeding and we looked and they [the razors] were everywhere."
Police in the area are collecting the razor blades and other evidence, the report said.
Jenks reportedly said razors were glued to the park’s monkey bars, fire pole and the bottom of the slide.
The boy's father told the station that the blades were facing up, so when someone grabbed the bars, a person could hit their wrist or hands.
"It's pretty sick. Psychotic. Luckily, it wasn't deeper. He wasn’t old enough to put his weight on the monkey bars," Jason Kenney, the boy's dad, reportedly said. "What if he didn't cut his hand and he slit his wrist?"
Malaysia Airlines officials on Tuesday defended their decision to notify relatives of missing passengers of Flight 370's presumed fate via text message, as China demanded that Malaysia turn over satellite data it used to conclude the jet was lost with no survivors.
Malaysian Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a press conference that the company's "sole motivation" for informing passengers' family members of their findings through text message was to ensure "the families heard the tragic news before the world did."
"My heart breaks to think of the unimaginable pain suffered by all the families," Yahya told reporters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. "There are no words which can ease that pain."
Nearly 100 Chinese relatives of the missing marched Tuesday to the Malaysia Embassy, wearing white T-shirts that read "Let's pray for MH370" as they held banners and chanted, "Liars!"
"Tell the truth! Return our relatives!" they shouted. There was a heavy police presence at the embassy when the group arrived, and journalists were being kept away.
Family members of the missing passengers have complained bitterly about a lack of reliable information. Many have said they suspect they are not being told the whole truth -- a not-uncommon mindset among ordinary Chinese accustomed to dealing with their own opaque and single-party communist state.
Monday's announcement that a thorough analysis of satellite data no longer left any reasonable doubt that the plane went down in the Indian Ocean sparked mournful, angry and chaotic scenes at the Beijing hotel where many relatives had gathered.
Malaysia Airlines officials said Tuesday that families have received $5,000 in compensation and that the company was preparing to offer additional payments as the search continues.
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March. 24 (UPI) -- According to a post on French website DansTonChat, a math teacher threatened his students with Games of Thrones spoilers if they did not start behaving.
The teacher thought of the punishment after he asked how many of his 70 students watched the popular HBO show and nearly 75 percent raised their hands.
“Well, I’ve read all the books,” he told the class, according to a rough translation. “If there is too much noise, I will write the names of the dead on the board. They are enough to fill the whole year, and I can even describe how they die.”
There was some giggling, so the unnamed teacher proceeded to list the names of the characters who died in season three of the show.
The fourth season of the show will debut on April 6.
The student who posted about the situation wrote that there was a “religious silence” after the teacher wrote the names on the board and referred to the teacher as a “genius.”
GENEVA – Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the U.N. weather agency says.
The World Meteorological Organization's annual assessment Monday said 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century.
A rise in sea levels is leading to increasing damage from storm surges and coastal flooding, as demonstrated by Typhoon Haiyan, the agency's Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said. The typhoon in November killed at least 6,100 people and caused $13 billion in damage to the Philippines and Vietnam.
Australia, meanwhile, had its hottest year on record.
"Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change," Jarraud said.
He also cited other costly weather disasters such as $22 billion damage from central European flooding in June, $10 billion in damage from Typhoon Fitow in China and Japan, and a $10 billion drought in much of China.
Only a few places -- including the central U.S. --were cooler than normal last year, but 2013 had no El Nino, the warming of the central Pacific that happens once every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the world.
Jarraud spoke as top climate scientists and representatives from about 100 governments with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met in Japan to complete their latest report on global warming's impact on hunger, disease, drought, flooding, refugees and war.
Speaking in Geneva, Jarraud drew special attention to studies and climate modeling examining Australia's recent heat waves, saying the high temperatures there would have been virtually impossible without the emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
A 9-year-old Colorado girl was kept out of school on Monday after shaving her head to support a friend battling cancer.
KDVR.com reports that officials at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction told the student, Kamryn, she couldn't come back to class without a wig or until her natural hair grew back because her shaved head violates the school's dress code.
With her parents' approval, Kamryn shaved her head in support of her friend, 11-year-old Delaney, who is battling neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, and recently started chemotherapy.
"It felt like the right thing to do," Kamryn told 9News.com.
Delaney's mom, Wendy Campbell, told the station she was surprised Caprock Academy refused to let Kamryn in because of the dress code.
"I didn't realize that hair was such an important aspect of a child at school," Campbell said. "For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement and it builds character in a child,"
In a statement to 9News.com, Catherine Norton Breman, president and Chair of the academy's board of directors, said the dress code "was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school's students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted."
Delaney said she was happy to have her friend's support.
"It makes me sad because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what she did, but now that she didn't get to, she's kind of sad," Delaney told 9News.com.
Kamryn's mother told the station the school's board of directors will meet Tuesday night to discuss this situation and the policy. Kamryn has also been invited back to school Tuesday.
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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – A man who recently traveled to West Africa is seriously ill and being kept in isolation in a Canadian hospital with symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever resembling the Ebola virus, Saskatchewan health officials said.
The man fell ill after returning from the West African nation of Liberia, Dr. Denise Werker, Saskatchewan Province's deputy chief medical health officer, said Monday. She said tests have been sent to the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Results are expected Tuesday, but Werker said they may be inconclusive.
"All we know at this point is that we have a person who is critically ill who traveled from a country where these diseases occur," Werker said. "There is no risk to the general public at all about this."
In West Africa, health workers are trying to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus which is believed to have killed at least 59 people in a remote forest region in the south of Guinea. In neighboring Liberia, health officials are investigating five deaths after a group of people crossed the border from Guinea in search of medical treatment.
Werker said health workers caring for the man at a hospital in the city of Saskatoon were taking precautions by wearing masks, gowns, gloves and boots. She said hemorrhagic fevers are not easily spread.
Hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola can be transmitted through direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person, or objects that have been contaminated with infected secretions. The Ebola virus leads to severe hemorrhagic fever and internal bleeding and has no vaccine or specific treatment.
Werker said the man showed no signs of illness while he was traveling. The incubation period for hemorrhagic fever is up to ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)