A British train station plagued by reports of hauntings has hired a "supernatural liaison officer" to deal with complaints of nuisance apparitions.

Chiltern Railways announced Nick Rees, 58, has been hired to serve as the "supernatural liaison officer" for the Leamington Spa, England, station, which was built in the 1800s and has been the subject of numerous ghost encounter reports from passengers and staff.

"I get on with people and I can make anyone smile. I suppose that's why I can go about my duties as a supernatural liaison officer. I respect them and they respect me," Rees said.

"One of the haunted areas is a disused basement on platform three which has a partially blocked off staircase that seemingly leads to nowhere," he said. "The other area is the upstairs office building where staff regularly see and hear things including doors slamming and electrical equipment turning on and off."

Stephen Herbert, a security officer working the night shift at Leamington Spa, said ghosts are a fact of life at the station.

"Leamington Spa station is one of the most haunted places I have been to and I've been to many," he said. "I often see and hear ghosts on both platforms but from what I have seen they are nice ghosts and have good energy."


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CHENGDU, China, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A woman getting over a breakup in China nursed her broken heart by spending a week eating chicken and sleeping at a 24-hour KFC near her home.

Tan Shen, 26, of Chengdu, said she decided to stop into the KFC at the train station near her home shortly after she and her boyfriend broke up and she ended up staying at the fast food restaurant for a week.

"I hadn't planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings," she said. "But once I got in there and started eating I decided I needed time to think."

Tan said she decided to end her weeklong stay at the eatery and catch the next train toward her parents' house when she started attracting attention from local media.

"And I was getting sick of the taste of chicken so there was no point in staying there anymore," she said.

Jiang Li Lung, a worker at the train station KFC, said it took some time before employees noticed the woman wasn't leaving.

"At first no one really noticed her," the worker said. "But after a few days I began thinking she looked really familiar. Then I realized we had been serving her for the past three days and that she hadn't actually left."

Jiang said workers decided to allow Tan to stay, as she wasn't causing a disturbance and was paying for her meals.

"She was after all a paying customer, even if a bit of an odd one," he said.


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oys R Us has responded to calls from Florida mothers and has removed Breaking Bad dolls from the shelves.

The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman.

The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.

The toy company said the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and US stores.

"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical," Toys R Us said in a statement.

The retailer had maintained that the figures were sold in limited quantities in the adult-action-figure area of its stores.

However, a petition launched on change.org last week said the dolls are a "dangerous deviation from their family-friendly values".

"While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters," the mother, identified as Susan Schrivjer, wrote.

Bryan Cranston, the actor who played White, responded to the controversy, tweeting, "I'm so mad. I am burning my Florida mom action figure in protest."

The debate has also spurred die-hard adult figure collectors to rally behind Toys R Us.

Daniel Pickett, of Manhattan Beach, California, launched a petition on change.org in favour of the toy seller keeping the dolls. So far, it has collected nearly 3,000 signatures.


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A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday.

The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said.

The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the "intact pencils sticking out of her eyes," then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said.

Shivers, in turn, used his mother's computer to post the image to a "shock" website, the suit stated, adding that the photo has since been viewed more than 192,000 times. The specific website to which it was posted was not disclosed.

"Everybody knows that as soon as someone gets their hands on something like this, it goes viral and the harm is done," said Douglas, who specializes in privacy cases.

Douglas said that before filing the lawsuit against the medical center and Los Angeles County officials who administer the hospital, he asked them to have the picture taken down from the Web by exercising a copyright they hold over photo, since it was taken in their facility.

County spokesman David Sommers said officials are investigating the allegations in the lawsuit, and he declined to comment further.

The lawsuit also names as defendants Joshua Shivers and his mother, Linda. They could not be reached for comment.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. –  Police say a Clearwater woman set her boyfriend on fire during an argument after a night of drinking.

According to police, 23-year-old Melissa Dawn Sellers doused Carlos Ortiz Jr. with nail polish remover early Wednesday and then ignited him with either a lighter or burnt cigarette.

The 42-year-old Ortiz was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. Police say he has burns on his face, chest and shoulders.

Sellers left the scene before police arrived, but returned and was arrested. She's charged with attempted murder.

Authorities say she is still being interviewed at the police station and will be booked into jail later Wednesday. It wasn't known whether she has an attorney or what she and her boyfriend were arguing about.

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A man was apprehended after he scaled a White House fence Wednesday night, the latest security breach at a time when the Secret Service faces increased scrutiny over its ability to protect the president and his residence.

The man, identified by authorities late Wednesday as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md.,  was caught on the North Lawn shortly after he made it over the fence around 7:15 p.m. He was subdued by armed officers and several guard dogs, and was then led through the northwest gate in handcuffs.

President Obama was present at the White House on Wednesday night, though the jumper didn't make it anywhere near the building.

Charges against Adesanya were pending Wednesday night. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest. Two Secret Service K-9 dogs were taken to a veterinarian for injuries sustained during the incident.

Wednesday's incident comes after a series of embarrassing incidents for the Secret Service, whose director, Julia Pierson, resigned earlier this month after a series of security lapses.

Earlier this week, the arraignment of Omar Gonzalez, who allegedly entered the White House after scaling a fence on the north lawn last month, was delayed by a federal judge because of questions about his mental competence to stand trial.

He was brought to court to enter a not-guilty plea to a six-count grand jury indictment accusing him of carrying a knife into the presidential mansion and assaulting two Secret Service officers.

After he was apprehended in the White House on Sept. 19, Gonzalez told a Secret Service agent that he was concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing and needed to get the information to the president so that he could get the word out.

Following his arrest, Gonzalez consented to a search of his car, which contained hundreds of rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the perpetrator of a "brutal and violent" attack on the Parliament complex in Ottawa that left a soldier dead Wednesday as a "terrorist" in an address to the nation.

"We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Harper said before vowing that the attack would "lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts" to keep the country safe and work with Canada's allies to fight terrorists.

The assault rocked Parliament over and over with the boom of gunfire, led MPs to barricade doors with chairs and sent people streaming from the building in fear. Harper was addressing a caucus when the attack began outside the door, but he safely escaped. He gave his address Wednesday evening from an undisclosed location.

Earlier Wednesday, Canadian authorities identified the shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32. A government official told Fox News that they have been advised that Zehaf-Bibeau, a Quebec native, was thought to be a recent convert to Islam who had changed his name from Michael Joseph Hall. Investigators offered little additional information about the gunman. However, Harper said in his address that "in the days to come we will learn about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had."

Court records that appear to be the gunman's show that he had a long rap sheet, with a string of convictions for assault, robbery, drug and weapons offenses, and other crimes.

The shooting, which triggered a lockdown of Canada's capital, came just two days after a deadly hit-and-run terror attack targeting soldiers in Quebec by a man the Prime Minister referred to as an "ISIL-inspired terrorist." That killer, also identified as a convert to Islam, had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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SAGINAW, Mich. –  Only a couple of families have taken advantage of a new service available at a Saginaw funeral home.

Drive-thru viewings.

Paradise Funeral Chapel recently started offering the option, which allows mourners to pay their last respects on the go. It was designed in part to cater to those with physical limitations.

The funeral home's president, Ivan Phillips, says he expects more customers to opt for the drive-thru once they learn it's not a gimmick and is safe to use.

Curtains covering the window open when sensors underneath the pavement recognize the presence of a car. Mourners then get three minutes to view the body as music plays.

Phillips says drive-thru viewings are set up so they don't conflict with traditional indoor viewings.

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KATMANDU, Nepal –  Rescuers widened their search Friday for trekkers in Nepal's northern mountains who were stranded since a series of blizzards and avalanches battered the Himalayas early this week leaving at least 29 people killed, officials said.

The government, meanwhile, announced a high level committee with two senior ministers that would monitor and coordinate rescue efforts following criticism that the Nepal government was not doing enough to help.

Chief government official of Mustang district Baburam Bhandari said helicopters resumed search Friday to find the stranded trekkers and were covering a wider area. Trekkers were still stranded in small lodges and huts dotted along the Annapurna trail and hiking was difficult because of up to waist-deep snow and difficulty in following the trail.

Rescuers have already pulled out 78 trekkers from Mustang district and 157 from neighboring Manang district since rescue efforts began on Wednesday.

Bhandari said they planned to help dozens more on Friday as weather conditions were better and the high winds had stopped allowing more helicopter flights in the area.

Information Minister Minendra Risal said the committee ordered by the prime minister would directly monitor the rescue operation and help where ever needed. The committee would coordinate between the army, police, local administration and the private operators who are involved in the rescue.

The Nepal government was criticized for not helping enough. It was initially only the army attempting the rescue with their two helicopters on Wednesday and later joined by private trekking operators.

The Annapurna trekking route, 100 miles northwest of the capital, Katmandu, was filled with foreign hikers during the peak October trekking season, when the air is generally clear and cool. There were also many Nepalese on the trails because of local festivals.

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A 6-year-old Arizona boy’s death is the latest suspected casualty of a virus that’s sickened nearly 700 others in 46 U.S. states and is responsible for the deaths of at least two children.

Starting Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began using a new yes/no check test, which will allow them to process four to five times more specimens per day than it had been. The CDC has been seeing about 30 new enterovirus D68 cases per day, but it expects the number to jump to 90 or more a day with the enhanced test.

The latest suspected death of enterovirus is that of a 6-year-old boy in a Phoenix, Arizona suburb was confirmed Wednesday. Health officials said that the boy had a severe respiratory illness that had worsened over the weekend. His test results will be available in a week. The virus is the suspected cause for at least six other deaths, but only confirmed for two.

Meanwhile, hundreds of parents at the boy’s 1,100-student school are reportedly pulling their children out of class as a precaution.

“Parents have a lot of questions. Unfortunately, we don't have a diagnosis to tell them right now," said Erin Dunsey, a spokeswoman for the Peoria Unified School District.

The school has disinfected the classrooms, wiping desks and other surface areas. Teachers are also urging hand washing, a practice that experts have encouraged all parents to enforce among their children to avoid infection.

Enterovirus D68 is just one strain of 100 known non-polio enteroviruses in the world, according to Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel, a practicing internist.  

Enteroviruses cause upwards of 15 million infections annually, ranging from the common cold to meningitis. They are harbored in the GI tract, and symptoms vary depending on the strain.

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