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  • Two professors kidnapped in Kabul: report

    08/07/2016 2:25:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 7, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Two professors, one of them an American citizen, were reportedly abducted at gun point near the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul this weekend, ABC News reported. The other man was Australian, according to ABC. Men wearing National Security forces uniforms reportedly kidnapped the men at about 8:30 p.m. Kabul time, according to the Voice of America. The Kabul police have begun an investigation into the incident. A U.S. State Department official said the department is "aware of reports of a U.S. citizen kidnapped in Kabul." "Due to privacy considerations, we have no information to offer," an official told Voices...
  • Michigan woman loses finger while trying to pet lion, plans to sue zoo

    08/03/2016 5:19:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 92 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | July 31, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    Note to self: do not pet lions. A Michigan woman lost her middle finger to a caged lion after trying to pet the wild cat at a zoo last Saturday — now she might claw for some cash. Renae Ferguson says she learned the hard way that getting close to the ferocious carnivore isn't the brightest idea, but insists she's not to blame. The woman plans to sue Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park near East Tawas in Mid-Michigan for alleged negligence, reported WNEM. "I would like to see more precautions taken to protect the people as well...
  • Suspected burglar dead after homeowner ties him to tree with tape, clothesline

    08/01/2016 7:33:36 PM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    PennLive ^ | 31 July A.D. 2016 | Erin Edgemon
    An accused burglar is dead in an unusual turn of events after a homeowner caught him breaking into his Leroy residence on Friday night, Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer said. In an attempt to stop a string of burglaries at his mobile home, Stringer said Nathanial Johnson, 68, of Spurgeon Road set a trap. Johnson parked his vehicle at a neighbor's place on Friday night, went back to his home and waited. Sometime before midnight, Johnson told sheriff's deputies he heard someone knock on the front door of his home. When he didn't answer, the person went to the backdoor...
  • This Man Will Jump Out of a Plane With No Parachute

    07/30/2016 2:50:28 PM PDT · by granite · 164 replies
    National Geographic ^ | PUBLISHED JULY 29, 2016 | By Andrew Bisharat
    Picture of Luke Akins during a training run View Images Luke Aikins is training his body to be able to maneuver through the unpredictability of the wind. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDY FARRINGTON By Andrew Bisharat PUBLISHED JULY 29, 2016 Luke Aikins, 42, has deployed a parachute around 18,000 times over the last two and a half decades of his skydiving and BASE jumping career. But this Saturday, he’s going to find out if he can get away without one. After two years of training, planning, and preparation, Aikins plans to jump out of a Cessna airplane at 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)....
  • 16 Dead in Texas After Hot Air Balloon Hits Power Line, Catches Fire

    07/30/2016 11:53:28 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Jul 30, 2016 | MORGAN WINSOR
    Sixteen people died this morning when a large hot air balloon struck a high-voltage power line, caught fire and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, according to Texas authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration said.
  • Woman Killed by Tiger After Exiting Her Vehicle at Beijing Animal Park (video)

    07/26/2016 2:13:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/25/2016 | CATHERINE THORBECKE
    One woman died and another was severely injured after a tiger attacked them when they exited their vehicle while at the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World this weekend, according to Yanqing County government. The incident, caught in part on surveillance video, took place on Saturday at an outdoor, drive-through animal park in China, where visitors can drive around in their cars and view exotic animals as if on a safari. The tragedy occurred when one woman exited her vehicle while in the Siberian tiger enclosure part of the animal park. Surveillance footage shows a woman exiting the passenger side of the...
  • Kitchener woman follows GPS right into Tobermory, Ont., harbour

    05/14/2016 9:23:12 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 33 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 13, 2016 | Kate Bueckert
    Police in Tobermory, Ont., pulled a red car from the harbour early Friday morning after a Kitchener woman followed instructions from her GPS and drove down a boat launch and into the water. Ontario Provincial Police said the woman was following her GPS "when she took a wrong turn into Little Tub Harbour" late Thursday night. It was raining, dark and foggy at the time. Combining "weather conditions and the driver being new to the area, a fully submerged vehicle was the result," police said in a release.
  • Homeowner Guns Down Alleged Truck Thief with Rifle (Texas)

    05/09/2016 10:33:25 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 55 replies
    ABC13 ^ | May 09, 2016
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A homeowner shot and killed an alleged would-be thief this morning in northwest Harris County. It happened in the drive way of a home in the 12000 block of Oak Park Drive and Long Oak Drive. Harris County detectives say the homeowner shot and killed the suspect who may have been breaking into a pickup truck. The suspect died in an ambulance after being picked up by paramedics. Deputies say around 4:30am the homeowner opened fire on the suspect. Eyewitness News watched as Harris County Deputies took a hunting rifle with a scope out of the home...
  • 'World peace' hitcher is murdered (2008)

    02/25/2016 9:07:34 PM PST · by HeartlandOfAmerica · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 12 April 2008 15:42 UK | Unattributed
    'World peace' hitcher is murdered Ms di Marineo was hitch-hiking to the Middle East with a fellow artist An Italian woman artist who was hitch-hiking to the Middle East dressed as a bride to promote world peace has been found murdered in Turkey. The naked body of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, 33, known as Pippa Bacca, was found in bushes near the northern city of Gebze on Friday. She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people. Turkish police say they have detained a man in connection with the killing....
  • Teenage Islamist 'poster girl' who fled Austria to join ISIS 'is beaten to death by the terror [tr]

    11/24/2015 10:13:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2015 | Darren Boyle
    A teenage Austrian girl who fled to Syria along with her friend is believed to have been beaten to death after being caught trying to flee the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic became 'poster girls' for ISIS after they arrived in Syria in April 2014. A number of Austrian newspapers have reported that Samra has been beaten to death for attempting to leave Raqqa, although official government sources are refusing to comment on individual cases.
  • Teenage Islamist 'poster girl' who fled Austria to join ISIS 'is beaten to death by the terror group

    11/24/2015 5:03:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/24/15 | Darren Boyle
    Teenage Islamist 'poster girl' who fled Austria to join ISIS 'is beaten to death by the terror group after trying to escape from Syria' A teenage Austrian girl who fled to Syria along with her friend is believed to have been beaten to death after being caught trying to flee the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic became 'poster girls' for ISIS after they arrived in Syria in April 2014. A number of Austrian newspapers have reported that Samra has been beaten to death for attempting to leave Raqqa, although official government sources are...
  • Victim ejected onto 5 Freeway sign after crash near Griffith Park

    10/31/2015 8:16:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 62 replies
    abc7 ^ | 10-30-2015
    A 20-year-old man who police say was driving recklessly was ejected onto a 5 Freeway sign near Griffith Park following a rollover crash Friday morning. The fatal crash happened near Colorado Street around 7 a.m. when Richard Pananian of Burbank was driving on the southbound side of the freeway at high speeds, hitting one vehicle with three passengers, according to the California Highway Patrol. The people in the second vehicle were OK, police said. Authorities said the Pananian's Ford Focus rolled several times, and the driver was catapulted onto the sign. CHP said he was not wearing a seatbelt. Pananian...
  • Waterton Canyon remains closed because too many people are taking selfies with bears

    09/12/2015 12:08:39 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 39 replies
    Channel 7 News, Denver ^ | 9/11/2015 | Deb Stanley, Jaclyn Allen
    LITTLETON, Colo. - Denver Water says Waterton Canyon is still closed because of bear activity. The popular trail was closed Aug. 28 because two momma bears, each with twin cubs, and other bears were actively foraging in the canyon. Denver Water said part of the problem is not the bears, but people trying to get the perfect picture of them. "We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try and get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears," said Brandon Ransom, Denver Water’s manager of recreation. "The current situation is not conducive for...
  • Texas Teen Accidentally Kills Himself While Taking Gun Selfie: Police

    09/02/2015 12:19:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 82 replies
    KTLA ^ | Cnn Wire
    A 19-year-old Houston, Texas, man accidentally killed himself Tuesday while taking selfies with a gun, according to police. The gun blast hit Deleon Alonso Smith, a day ahead of starting community college, in the throat, CNN affiliate KPRC reported. Family members were shocked. "It's the worst feeling in my life," Eric Douglas, the victim's uncle said. "It's a numb feeling. It's still unbelievable," Smith's grandmother Alma Douglas told the station.
  • TN man who climbed Brooklyn Bridge, took a selfie was arrested

    08/18/2015 1:54:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    wreg Memphis ^ | 8-18-2015 | ERYN TAYLOR
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Tennessee man was arrested for illegally climbing the Brooklyn Bridge back in July. According to WTVF, 21-year-old David Karnauch was arrested Sunday in Hamilton County after a warrant was issued by the New York Police Department. NYPD said Karnauch illegally climbed the bridge and then took a selfie while perched on the railing. He was arrested on reckless endangerment charges and is being held in Tennessee as a fugitive from New York. Karnauch however told CBS News he didn’t know climbing the bridge was illegal as no one tried to stop him from doing it.
  • TEXAN CELEBRATING 21ST BIRTHDAY ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF

    DALLAS (AP) -- Authorities say a Dallas man accidentally killed himself while firing his gun in celebration at his 21st birthday party. Joseph Perez was pronounced dead early Saturday after being taken to Methodist Hospital. Police say Perez was celebrating having turned 21 years old on Thursday when he grabbed a gun and began shooting. His family took the gun from him, but Perez later retrieved it and accidentally shot himself.
  • Mom of man who died in fireworks accident says rules too lax(Big Mother Govt.)

    07/06/2015 5:50:28 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 101 replies
    AP ^ | July 6, 2015 | Pat Whittle
    The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives. Devon Staples, 22, and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in a backyard in Staples' eastern Maine hometown, Calais, when the accident happened with a reloadable fireworks mortar tube, police have said.
  • Enrique Iglesias has fingers sliced by drone during Tijuana concert

    06/01/2015 10:44:51 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies
    AP via The Guardian ^ | Sunday 31 May 2015 | no byline
    ...Enrique Iglesias was recovering on Sunday after some of his fingers were sliced when he grabbed a drone during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico... “During the show a drone is used to get crowd shots and some nights Enrique grabs the drone to give the audience a Point of View shot. Something went wrong and he had an accident,” the statement read. “He decided to go on and continued playing for 30 minutes while the bleeding continued throughout the show ..."
  • Drunken Folsom man rescued after climbing cell tower, website reports

    05/20/2015 1:48:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/20/15 | Kim Chatelain
    Two Folsom men were arrested after authorities said they became intoxicated and climbed a cellphone tower adjacent to a fire station in Pineville, La., requiring a rescue by a special operations unit, according to TheTownTalk.com. Joseph Waldron Johnson Jr., 21, and Joshua Caleb Sharp, 19, were booked with unauthorized entry of critical infrastructure, disturbing the peace by intoxication and littering.The two were attending a graduation party at a skating rink next to the fire station when they threw a beach towel over a barbed wire fence that surrounds the tower and climbed over the barrier, the website reported.
  • Lost in the Jungle: The Search for Cody Dial

    04/29/2015 10:01:39 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    Men's Journal ^ | March 2015 | Damon Tabor
    When a college student disappeared in Costa Rica last summer, his father — legendary Alaskan adventurer Roman Dial — went searching in Central America's deadliest wilderness. He's still looking. Early last April, a 27-year-old biology student named Cody Roman Dial set out into the remote jungle of northern Guatemala. Equipped with a crude map and a compass, he planned to traverse the Petén, a lowland rain forest teeming with snakes, illegal gold miners, and cocaine traffickers. His biggest concern, though, was dehydration — save for jeep-track mud puddles, the area lacks ready sources of freshwater. Cody had spent the previous...
  • A Marijuana First: Pot Vending Machines Dispense Weed (In weed happy Seattle!)

    02/04/2015 8:40:18 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/04/15 | By Miranda Leitsinger
    Weed history is being made in Seattle: the first vending machines to dispense marijuana flower buds debuted Tuesday. The machines, called ZaZZZ, are being placed in medical pot dispensaries, which helps to verify customer's age and identity since medical marijuana cards are required to enter the centers, said Greg Patrick, a spokesman for the maker of ZaZZZ, American Green. Though vending machines appeared for the first time in Colorado last year, those sold only edibles, or cannabis-infused foods, and not the plant's flower buds that are so often associated with smoking pot.
  • The The Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behaviours: sex differences in idiotic behaviour

    12/13/2014 8:40:19 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 30 replies
    bmj ^ | 11 December 2014 | Ben Alexander Daniel Lendrem
    Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. However, little is known about sex differences in idiotic risk taking behaviour. This paper reviews the data on winners of the Darwin Award over a 20 year period (1995-2014). Winners of the Darwin Award must eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive. This paper reports a marked sex difference in Darwin Award winners: males are significantly more likely to receive the award than females (P<0.0001). We discuss some of the reasons for this...
  • Golfer killed by 3.9-metre crocodile in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

    12/05/2014 5:22:07 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    National Post ^ | December 4, 2014
    the crocodile attacked van der Sandt while he was standing at waist height in the water and reaching below the surface to feel for golf balls on the bottom of the dam at about 10 p.m.. ... About 280 people have been attacked worldwide by crocodiles this year
  • New Jersey Hiker Photographed Bear Before It Killed Him

    11/26/2014 9:51:44 AM PST · by george76 · 100 replies
    CBS NewYork/ ^ | November 26, 2014
    Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve. The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear. ... West Milford police and the state Environmental Protection Department said last month that the bear did not seem interested in food and exhibited “stalking type behavior.”
  • Japanese zoo fails to breed two hyenas after both turned out to be male

    10/03/2014 3:25:19 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 63 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 3, 2014
    Zookeepers in Japan have abandoned a years-long attempt to have two spotted hyenas mate and reproduce as both turned out to be male. The Maruyama zoo in Sapporo, northern Japan, said in a statement this week that it was given the animals as a “male and female couple” in October 2010 from a zoo in the South Korean city of Daejon. “We have attempted to house them together for breeding many times but they often fought against each other and never engaged themselves in breeding behaviour,” the statement said.[SNIP]
  • Car Obsessed New York Teen Killed in High Speed Wreck While Test Driving $200,000 Lamborghini

    09/06/2014 10:09:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 84 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Belinda Robinson
    A New York teenager who took a ‘test drive’ in a family friends’ Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail. Samuel Shepard, 18, of Mount Sinai, Long Island was taking the car for a spin on a local county road early on Friday when he lost control. He was driving north in Mount Sinai at 2:25 a.m. in the 2010 Lamborghini which can cost anywhere between $200,000 and $300,000 second hand and slammed into a guardrail near Route 25A, police said.
  • California Woman Climbs Into Zoo’s Giraffe Pen, Gets Kicked In The Face

    08/17/2014 8:44:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    AP ^ | August 17, 2014
    MADISON, Wis. – Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. ... giraffe’s are capable of killing lions, so the woman was fortunate that her injuries were not life threatening.
  • Search For Bank Robber Who Jumped In River Resumes Friday ( Colorado )

    07/18/2014 8:25:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    11 News ^ | Jul 18, 2014
    A bank robber tried to escape police by jumping into the Arkansas River. He hasn't been seen since. ... A witness who saw the whole scene unfold told 11 News that at first the suspect seemed confident that he had escaped police, going so far as to climbing onto a cement slab in the middle of the river and taunting officers. But when the suspect jumped back into the water, he never resurfaced. A police spokesman says the man may have gotten caught in the undertow.
  • A Contraceptive Implant with Remote Control

    07/09/2014 12:49:36 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Richard Dawkins Foundation ^ | July 8, 2014 | Gwen Kinkead
    The hunt for a perfect contraceptive has gone on for millennia. A new candidate is now on the horizon: a wireless implant that can be turned on and off with a remote control and that is designed to last up to 16 years. If it passes safety and efficacy tests, the device would be more convenient for many women because, unlike existing contraceptive implants, it can be deactivated without a trip to the clinic and an outpatient procedure, and it would last nearly half their reproductive life. Developed by MicroCHIPS of Lexington, Massachusetts, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next...
  • Tagger, 42, Found Dead on Subway Tracks

    07/05/2014 2:32:07 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 52 replies
    nbc ny ^ | 7-5-2014
    Police are investigating the death of a graffiti artist who was found dead next to the third rail in a Brooklyn subway station. Police say Saturday Jason Wulf was found by MTA workers just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at a station on the R line in the borough's Sunset Park neighborhood. The New York Post says the 42-year-old Queens man was known by the tag "DG" and had been leaving his mark on subway cars and buildings since the mid-1980s. An online fundraising site has received $10,000 in donations to pay for funeral costs.
  • Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper Who Dismembered Himself Says Penis is Reattached [title shortened]

    07/03/2014 1:15:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Radio.com ^ | 7/1/14
    One-time Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Christ Bearer says that, despite the fact that he cut his penis off in a much-written about incident in April, his member has reunited with his body and is now fully functioning. In fact, he hopes to prove both points by doing a porno film. -snip- TMZ’s crack interviewer asked the rapper if any drugs were involved in his self-castrating incident, which led to a series of bleeped-out expletives; however he does say, “PCP was involved!” and adds, “Kids, say no to drugs!”
  • Kung Fu Training in China

    07/02/2014 9:42:19 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 15 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 7/2/14 | Unknown
    Skip to 1:34 in the video. It hurts just to watch.
  • Teen drowns in Lake Allatoona while playing a game

    05/27/2014 6:49:28 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 39 replies
    www.ajc.com ^ | 5/25/14 | Craig Schneider
    Atlanta: An 18-year-old who had graduated from high school hours earlier drowned in Lake Allatoona this weekend while playing a game in which people launch someone off a dock in a shopping cart, authorities said. Chance Werner, of Euharlee, was playing the game with other teens and an adult at Dock D at the Holiday Harbor Marina in Bartow County just before midnight on Saturday. Witnesses said he had just graduated from high school on Saturday, authorities said.
  • Aspiring Rapper [Marine] Fatally Shot in Las Vegas Suite

    05/17/2014 7:42:01 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    ABC ^ | May 17, 2014
    Police were searching for leads Saturday in the shooting death of an aspiring rapper in a posh suite at a Las Vegas resort. Police say Evan Plunkett, who performed under the name "Hollywood Will," was shot in the chest after a fight erupted between him and three other men during a party in the Palms Casino Resort's Fantasy Tower. Others involved in the Thursday night fight fled the suite before police arrived, and no arrests have been made, investigators said. About 40 to 50 people attended the party. A music video was being filmed in the suite when an argument...
  • Man Dies After Asking Friend To Test Bullet Proof Vest

    05/15/2014 6:14:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 May 2014 | by JON DAVID KAHN
    A 25-year-old South Carolina man is dead after asking a friend to shoot him in order to test out a bullet proof vest. According to Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown, the victim, Blake Randall Wardell, discovered the vest in a garage early Wednesday morning while hanging out with friends at a property on Broadmouth Church Road. Wardell reportedly asked an 18-year-old friend, Taylor Ann Kelly to shoot him. She fired a small caliber weapon but the bullet missed the Kevlar and pierced his heart, according to McCown.
  • He Put on a Bulletproof Vest and Asked a Friend to Shoot Him. She Missed Her Mark.

    05/15/2014 9:32:46 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 85 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 15 May 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Blake Randall Wardell, 25, was congregating with friends in a house’s garage in the wee hours of the morning when he donned a bulletproof vest. Then Wardell asked his 18-year-old friend Taylor Ann Kelly to shoot him, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina. Kelly complied. But the small-caliber bullet hit above the kevlar portion of the vest and then went into Wardell’s heart, killing him, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown told WYFF-TV in Greenville. CPR was being attempted on Wardell when authorities arrived at the scene about 2:40 a.m; EMS personnel confirmed Wardell was dead.
  • Woman run down by freight train while running on the tracks with headphones on

    04/11/2014 9:17:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2014 | Ryan Gorman
    A California woman was struck and killed Wednesday by a freight train while wearing headphones as she jogged along busy tracks near a popular hiking trail. Janaki Rose Hayes, 27, of Truckee, was wearing headphones that fully covered her ears and did not hear the blaring horn as the steel beast bared down on her around 1.45 p.m., police said. Investigators believe she was jogging towards a trail for the bulk of her workout and that the death was an accident, sources told the Sacramento Bee. Hayes, who had recently moved from Oregon to the small town just north of...
  • World War Two bomb kills seven in Bangkok

    04/02/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT · by fso301 · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/2/14 | Sunaina Gulati
    A suspected World War Two bomb has exploded in a Bangkok scrap yard, killing at least seven people and injuring 19. Workers were using a blow-torch to take the bomb apart and detonated it in the process, officials say.
  • Student fell to death after eating pot cookie (Denver CO)

    04/02/2014 10:25:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 129 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2014 12:21 PM EDT
    The Denver coroner says an exchange student from Wyoming fell to his death after eating a marijuana cookie, the first reported death linked to marijuana since the drug became legal for recreational use in Colorado in January. Nineteen-year-old Levy Thamba died after falling from the balcony of a Denver hotel on March 11. …
  • SOMALI SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS SELF

    03/15/2014 7:41:27 AM PDT · by shove_it · 34 replies
    AP/Drudge ^ | 15 Mar 2014
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber accidentally detonated his explosives near a popular hotel in the Somali capital. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber appeared to have prematurely detonated his explosives-laden car Saturday as he tried to park near a hotel. No others were hurt or killed in the blast...
  • Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite

    02/17/2014 6:11:16 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 30 replies
    wkyt.com ^ | Feb 16, 2014 | Sam Smith
    The snake-handling pastor starring on the reality show "Snake Salvation," has died from a snake bite, according to Middlesboro Police. Police believe Jamie Coots died after a rattlesnake bit his right hand during a church service Saturday night. Coots was found dead in his home about 10 p.m. after refusing medical help, according to police. "The snake that bit him, we've been carrying it for four months. It's been carried hundreds of times and handled at all kinds of times," said Cody Coots, Coots' son. "When it's your time to go. It's just your time to go. " Coots was...
  • Snake-handling preacher killed by rattlesnake

    02/16/2014 3:53:48 PM PST · by traumer · 52 replies
    Jamie Coots, who starred in the 'Snake Salvation' reality TV show about Pentecostal preachers, has died after being bitten and refusing treatment A "snake-handling preacher" who believed that he was following a Biblical command by picking up snakes has died after being bitten. Jamie Coots, star of an American reality television show Snake Salvation, which profiled Pentecostal snake-handling pastors, died at his home in Kentucky after refusing to go to hospital. Coots had been bitten nine times before, losing part of his finger in the process. "It's a victory to God's people that the Lord seen fit to bring me...
  • Snake Salvation Reality Star Dies From Snake Bite

    02/16/2014 10:57:56 AM PST · by SMGFan · 142 replies
    TVGuide ^ | February 16, 2014
    Jamie Coots, a Kentucky pastor who starred on National Geographic Channel's Snake Salvation — a reality show about Pentecostal preachers who handle serpents as part of their services — died Saturday after being bitten by one of the snakes, Kentucky's WBIR reports.
  • Woman Dies After Hijab, Hair Get Tangled in Montreal Escalator

    01/30/2014 7:04:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 83 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Thursday, January 30, 2014 | QMI Agency
    Woman dies after hijab, hair get tangled in Montreal escalator MONTREAL — A woman in her 30s is dead after her headscarf and hair became caught in a subway-station escalator. A bystander found the woman lying at the base of the escalator at Fabre metro station in east-end Montreal around 9:15 a.m. He alerted transit workers, who called police. When first responders arrived, the woman was unresponsive. "We tried to perform resuscitation on site, but we weren't able to save her," paramedic Bob Lamle told QMI Agency. The exact circumstances of the woman's death weren't immediately clear, but Montreal police...
  • Train runs over man as he poses for photo

    01/20/2014 5:52:19 PM PST · by kingattax · 67 replies
    WND/KIRO-TV ^ | 1-20-14
    AUBURN, Wash. — A 42-year-old man died Saturday after he was hit by an Amtrak train in Auburn, fire officials said. The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. near C Street Southwest and Eighth Street. According to the Auburn Fire Department, the man’s girlfriend was taking pictures of him sitting on the rails when an Amtrak Cascades Train struck the man, who was from Las Vegas.
  • Kenner man dies in custody after swallowing cocaine, police say

    01/04/2014 5:18:25 PM PST · by BBell · 10 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | January 04, 2014 | Juliet Linderman
    A man who swallowed an unspecified amount of cocaine after he was arrested during a traffic stop died in custody, according to the Kenner Police Department. At approximately 1:50 a.m. Saturday, 25-year-old Kenner resident Joshua Adams was stopped by a police officer who noticed what appeared to be an altered temporary license plate on Adams' vehicle. After removing Adams from the car, police say the officer observed the man chewing on a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine. The officer arrested Adams, who also had an outstanding attachment for his arrest, and took him to the Kenner Police Jail...
  • Weatherman considering vasectomy after climate change report

    09/28/2013 3:15:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 55 replies
    Uk Daily Mail ^ | Sept28, 2013 | Marie-louise Olson
    Full title: " 'No children, happy to go extinct', tweets weatherman after grim climate-change report made him cry (now he's considering a vasectomy)" A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy. He also vowed to stop flying after the world's recent climate-change report made him cry. Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans...
  • Man crushed to death while looking for cell phone

    08/01/2013 10:04:59 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    Chi Trib ^ | 08/01/2013 | Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A Palatine man was crushed to death in a trash compactor as he searched for his missing cell phone, authorities said. Roger Mirro, 56, told a neighbor in his apartment complex around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday that he may have dropped his phone down the garbage chute, authorities said. Mirro asked for a key to the trash room in the lower level parking garage, they said. ~snip~ An autopsy determined Mirro died of crushing injuries caused by the compactor, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
  • Bat-wielding robber doesn't have enough ammo to knock over gun store

    07/26/2013 8:51:54 PM PDT · by massmike · 8 replies
    http://now.msn.com/ ^ | 07/26/2013 | n/a
    You know what they say about bringing a knife to a gunfight? Same holds true for a baseball bat. So you had to wonder what Derrick Mosley was thinking when he walked into Discount Gun Sales in Beaverton, Ore., and allegedly tried to take a full discount on an unloaded handgun by smashing a display case. Cool as steel-core ammo, the manager reached for the nearest thing to defend himself. You don't suppose ... yes! A gun! Imagine! He ordered Mosley to the ground and police took it from there, though the manager was shaken enough to close for the...
  • Man Dies During Alleged Copper Theft

    06/07/2013 3:20:23 PM PDT · by eccentric · 58 replies
    KAKE ^ | June 7, 2013 | --
    Wichita police say a man in his 20s died while trying to steal copper on the city's south side. A passerby called 911 after finding the man's body around 2 p.m. Friday near I-135 and Pawnee. His bicycle was found leaning against a utility pole along with a flashlight and bolt cutters, said Wichita Police Lt. Dennis Wilson. Police believe the man was electrocuted sometime overnight while attempting to cut a 7,200-volt line. Lily Wu is at the scene tracking the story and will have live updates on KAKE News at 5 and 6