Dec 19 2013
BOSTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A dog injured by a car alongside her owner limped to bark for help and returned to her owner's side in Boston, rescuers said.
The MPSCA Angell Animal Medical Center said John Miles was walking his son's 8-year-old beagle mix, Lucy, near their home Nov. 25 when they were struck by a speeding car, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
The medical center cited reports from Boston Police saying the beagle limped to a nearby dentist's office, barked for help and returned to the side of Miles, who suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and 15 facial fractures.
Police used the address and phone number from Lucy's tags to contact the family of Miles, who was unconscious when they arrived.
Miles is recovering from his injuries in a rehabilitation center.
Veterinarians said Lucy will receive surgery to repair her leg.
"Lucy reminds us all of the important role animals play in our lives," veterinarian Meghan Sullivan said. "She's a true hero to John and her family and to all of us. We won't rest until she's back to her active self, enjoying long walks with her family once again."
BILLINGS, Mont., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A Montana man who shares a name with "Breaking Bad" protagonist Walter White followed in his namesake's footsteps by dealing meth, a court heard.
Walter Jack White, 53, of Lockwood, was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, ABC News reported Wednesday.
Senior U.S. District Judge Don Molloy added 3 1/2 years to the sentence for a firearms conviction, the Billings Gazette reported Wednesday.
Molloy said White was involved in a large-scale meth trafficking ring and was responsible for more than 32 pounds of the drug.
"Thirty two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine coupled with guns and violence is about as serious as you can get," Molloy said.
White shares his name with the main character of AMC's "Breaking Bad." The fictional Walter White was a high school chemistry teacher who turned to cooking meth following his diagnosis with cancer, and was transformed into a major drug lord.
Dec 18 2013
Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has died at the age of 84 after years of ill health, Sky sources say.
Biggs was part of a gang that robbed a Glasgow to London mail train in 1963 and escaped with a then record haul of £2.6m, the equivalent of £40m today.
He was last seen in public in March at the funeral of Bruce Reynolds who masterminded the audacious robbery.
The gang pounced shortly after 3am on August 8, 1963 as the train passed through the Buckinghamshire countryside close to Cheddington.
The train driver Jack Mills was struck with an iron bar and never worked again.
Biggs was jailed for his part in the robbery itself but for escaped from jail after serving just 15 months of a 30-year sentence.
He avoided British justice for almost 40 years, mainly living in Brazil and Australia.
He lived his final years in a care home completely reliant on nursing staff.
In his 2011 biography, Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, Biggs said he believed the public saw him as a "loveable rogue".
Asked whether he was remorseful, he firstly replied "No", then qualified it by saying he regrets the robbery but not fleeing justice.
After suffering a series of strokes, Biggs used a homemade letters board to communicate and effectively dictated his book to a ghostwriter.
Dec 18 2013
A man trapped on a crane during a fire has been saved in a dramatic rescue by a Canadian military helicopter.
The crane operator was stranded when a fire broke out in an apartment building under construction in Kingston, Ontario.
A Griffon helicopter from Canadian Forces Base Trenton saved the worker from the crane and took him to a waiting ambulance.
Police say the man is believed to have suffered only minor injuries.
A home near the burning building also caught fire and there was concern for a nearby hotel.
Police say all the construction workers are believed to be accounted for. Dozens of firefighters are battling the blaze.
Fire crews also fear the fire could threaten a nearby gas station.
Dec 18 2013
Two people are dead and another two are injured after a gunman opened fire at a hospital in Reno, Nevada.
One of the dead was the gunman, who police say took his own life.
Reno Police Deputy Police Chief Tom Robison said: "We have two people confirmed deceased in the building, two others injured."
The Nevada Department of Public Safety said the wounded victims were in surgery. One of them is reported to be a doctor.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Gail Powell said the injured doctor is a woman.
She had no additional information about the identity of the victims or the gunman, the type of weapon used or a motive for the attack.
Ms Powell said the shooting happened at the Center for Advanced Medicine and Neurology of Nevada.
A lockdown was enforced at Renown Regional Medical Center as officers descended on the scene and victims were treated by doctors on the hospital campus.
A three-block area near downtown Reno was closed off.
Governor Brian Sandoval tweeted that he and his staff were monitoring the situation and his thoughts and prayers were with those affected by the tragedy.
Dec 18 2013
Police in Los Angeles are investigating whether officers shot and killed an unarmed man live on television because they mistakenly thought they heard "unfriendly" gunfire.
Brian Beaird was shot by officers after an hour-long car chase through LA on Friday night. He died in hospital shortly afterwards.
The shooting was broadcast live by one of the local TV stations which had been airing helicopter images of the pursuit of Beaird's silver Corvette.
The chase had only come to an end when the 51-year-old military veteran broke a red light and ploughed into another car.
The LAPD is now investigating claims that, when one officer fired a non-lethal "bean bag" round, another mistook it for gunfire and opened fire with a real weapon.
Chief of police Charlie Beck has promised a thorough investigation to establish what happened. He has cautioned people not to jump to conclusions based on TV pictures.
Beaird's family is taking legal advice. They say he phoned his brother in a panic during the chase, wondering why he was being pursued.
John Beaird said: "We're pretty angry. There didn't seem to be justification for what happened."
Neighbours of Mr Beaird, in Oceanside, near San Diego, have spoken of their shock.
Yolanda Orozco said: "It is really surprising and shocking. I was born and raised in LA so I know back in the 70s, when I moved away, what used to go on. It is sad."
Flowers and candles have been placed at the scene of the incident. A handmade poster carries the message: "Shame on LAPD. Unnecessary use of deadly force."
A few hours after Mr Beaird's death, four people died when their vehicle overturned during a police chase in the Compton area of Los Angeles.
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Dec 18 2013
Nelson Mandela was the world's most searched for term on Google for 2013.
Searches for Mr Mandela were already high this year, but following his death on December 5 people all over the world used the search engine to find out more about the anti-apartheid leader and his legacy.
Deaths of celebrities featured highly on the Google Zeitgeist list of searches around the world.
Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash on November 30, was listed second, and Glee star Cory Monteith, who died on July 13 from an alcohol and heroin overdose, was the fourth most popular search.
The latest gadgets also featured prominently, reflecting the global importance of new technology, with Apple's iPhone 5s at three on the list, the Samsung Galaxy 4s at eight and the Sony PlayStation 4 at nine.
Moments of joy and great sorrow also gripped Google users around the world, with the birth of the royal baby the seventh most popular search and the Boston Marathon bombing the sixth most searched for item.
The secretive communist North Korean state also piqued interest, reaching number ten on the list.
A certain dance music video completed the top ten global searches - the Harlem Shake has been uploaded to YouTube in more than 1.7 million video versions, propelling it to number five on the global list.
Dec 18 2013
A young tourist in Australia was so engrossed in Facebook on her mobile phone that she walked off the end of a pier and had to be rescued by police.
The woman was on St Kilda's pier in Melbourne when she was spotted falling into the chilly water of St Kilda's Bay by passers-by who called the police.
Officers at the shore were able to point out the position of the distressed woman to water police units who rescued her about 20 metres (66ft) from the pier.
When they got to her, she was still holding the phone in her hand, police said.
Senior Constable Dean Kelly told The Age newspaper: ''She wasn't splashing around too much. She wasn't in a panic even though she was in the water for probably 20 minutes."
The woman had a backpack on, which may have helped her to stay afloat, he said.
''She wasn't a good swimmer but she was floating OK ... on her back."
He added: ''She had a mobile phone in one of her hands and when we brought her on board one of the first things she did was apologise and say sorry."
It has been reported the woman was Taiwanese and in her mid-20s.
She was taken to hospital for a check up after the accident on Monday.
Dec 18 2013
At least one winning jackpot ticket has been bought in the $636m (£392m) Mega Millions draw.
The winning numbers on Tuesday night were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.
California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said the winning ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, California.
There may be other winners. Mega Millions lead director Paula Otto said the game officials' count was not complete yet.
It is the second-largest lottery jackpot in US history.
The Mega Millions jackpot had been growing for weeks because of a game revamp that dramatically lowered the odds of winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million.
It used to be about 1 in 176 million.
Dec 18 2013
A Florida man has failed in his bid to trade a 4ft alligator for a 12-pack of beer.
State wildlife officials cited Fernando Aguilera for possessing, illegally taking and attempting to sell the reptile at a Miami convenience store.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told WTVJ-TV that Aguilera trapped the reptile at a nearby park.
The store clerk called authorities after Aguilera walked in carrying the alligator and proposed the bizarre trade.
"I think that anybody who would conceive this scheme is not thinking properly,'' Mr Pino said.
Each of the three misdemeanour charges Aguilera faces carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500, Mr Pino said.
The alligator was unharmed and was released back into the wild.
Alligators are no longer endangered but it is illegal to take them in Florida except during a closely regulated annual hunt.