CAIRO – Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says that American and Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown pharaonic king dating back to dating to roughly 1650 B.C.
Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim says in a statement Wednesday that archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania, cooperating with the ministry, uncovered the tomb of sixteenth-dynasty King Seneb Kay near the southern city of Sohag. The team determined his name by deciphering hieroglyphics on the tomb's walls.
During the second intermediate period of ancient Egyptian history, the country was divided among several rulers.
Head of Antiquities Ali al-Asfar says the discovery will shed light on a complex period of ancient history.
"This adds to our pharaonic history, and sheds light on an era about which we knew very little previously," he says.
(Reuters) - A woman held captive for six months by a former boyfriend who threatened to kill her if she tried to escape was rescued from a Nevada motel after writing about her plight on Facebook, police said on Tuesday.
Her captor, Jason Greniger, 34, was arrested on Saturday at the MV Motel in Mesquite, a golfing and gambling resort town 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, said Detective Sergeant MaQuade Chesley, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department.
The woman, Sheena Herschbach, had not been physically restrained by Greniger during the ordeal and was regularly sent to a nearby store for food and beer, Chesley said.
"She had opportunities to contact police, it just took her six months to get the courage to do it," Chesley said. "She legitimately believed that he would kill her, hurt her or hurt her family if she didn't stay with him."
Greniger was being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and also on an outstanding warrant from Minnesota stemming from a charge of first-degree felony malicious punishment of a child, Chesley said.
He is due in court on Wednesday in Mesquite in the kidnapping case, which will be resolved before the Minnesota case is adjudicated, Chesley said.
Herschbach turned to Facebook to seek help after Greniger, in an uncharacteristic move, allowed her to visit a nearby public library on Saturday, Chesley said.
Her post, presented as written, read, "I just whant to let every one know im sarry I whant to come home but he wont let me."
Chesley confirmed the authenticity of the post, which also gave her whereabouts.
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25-year-old Chicago woman Anna Bachman, who was visiting her family in San Diego over the weekend, fell to her death while posing for a picture on Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach Sunday.
Her sister reportedly witnessed her take one step too many and disappear over the edge down a 40- to 50-foot drop.
A witness told Chicago's WLS several people rushed over to help but were unable to revive her.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. Paul Phillips with the San Diego Police Department told KPIX, "There were two nurses here that hussled down the cliff and began CPR and first aid, as well as a couple of surfers is my understanding. They did their best but it just wasn't meant to be."
Local media reported the area where Bachman fell isn't roped off, but is marked with several warning signs of unstable cliffs.
Police have ruled her death as an accident and do not believe alcohol was a factor.
A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, authorities said.
The shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the frigid weather outside before the start of class, Governor Susana Martinez told reporters.
"The shooter was quickly stopped by one staff member who walked right up to him and asked him to set down the firearm, which he did," Martinez said. CNN quoted Martinez as hailing the intervening teacher as a "hero" for his action.
The wounded children were an 11-year-old boy, who students said had been shot in the face, and a 13-year-old girl, whose condition was serious but improved after surgery. The boy underwent two rounds of surgery and was in critical condition.
The adolescent shooter, who was not identified, remained in police custody on Tuesday night, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said. He had come to school that morning with a 20-gauge sawed-off shotgun concealed in a bag, Kassetas added.
The boy's motive remains unclear, police said, but student Monique Salcido, a friend of the two children who were shot, told CNN he had been bullied at the school.
"I don't want to go to Berrendo anymore because of what happened. Because I'm afraid it's going to happen again," Salcido told CNN.
The shooting was the second to take place at a U.S. middle school in three months, after a 12-year-old boy opened fire at his middle school in Sparks, Nevada, in October, killing a teacher and wounding two students before killing himself.
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Jan 15 2014
A man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly hurling his two-year-old son from a motel balcony in Florida.
Juan Pablo Maradiaga, 41, threw the toddler from the 12ft-high balcony at the Budget Inn in Kissimmee, and then jumped off seconds later, police said.
They added that the child landed 25 feet away and suffered broken bones in the fall.
Maradiaga - who officers said smelled of alcohol - was also badly injured.
He told detectives he threw the child from the second-floor balcony because he was "frustrated" with him.
Police said the incident was captured on the motel's CCTV cameras.
"I got a baby and a young man that's laying on the ground," a 911 caller told emergency services moments after the incident on Tuesday.
"They're out … they're unconscious. I just pulled up in the parking lot and I seen them lying on the ground unconscious."
The father and child were flown to a nearby hospital.
Officers said the child suffered a fractured right arm, a fractured right orbital bone in his face, abrasions on his stomach and head injuries.
Jan 15 2014
A Danish tourist has allegedly been gang-raped near a popular shopping area in India's capital city.
The tourist said she was attacked near Connaught Place in New Delhi after losing her way and asking for directions, police said.
Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the woman, who also reported that she was beaten and robbed, managed to reach her hotel where staff called the police.
The hotel owner said: "When she came, it was miserable." He added that she was crying and "not in good shape".
"I am really ashamed that this happened," he said.
Local media reports said 15 men have been rounded up in connection with the case, although police have refused to confirm that figure.
Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police, said: "We have detained a group of men and we are questioning them over the incident.
"The woman reported the attack to police and we are investigating. She has declined to undergo a medical examination (to confirm the rape)."
Sexual violence in India has been the focus of international attention since a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and murdered on a moving bus in the capital in December 2012.
Public outrage over the incident prompted the government to double prison terms for rape to 20 years.
Fast-track courts were also created for rape cases and stalking and voyeurism were criminalised.
Government figures indicate the number of rapes being reported has grown in recent months, suggesting women now feel more able to approach authorities.
Between January and October last year 1,330 rapes were reported in the capital alone, compared to 706 for the whole of 2012.
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Jan 15 2014
A stunt rider has astonished onlookers by riding his bicycle over the top of a newly built bridge in Fort Worth, Texas.
In a video released to the media, Mat Olson can be seen riding his BMX bike along the 24ft high arches of the Seventh Street Bridge while being filmed by a camera crew.
Mr Olson manages to get from one end of the bridge to another without disaster.
Police who saw the stunt said Mr Olson could have been arrested, but added they were thankful he was not hurt and let him off with a warning.
"It seemed like I was on top of a mountain," Olson told the Star Telegram . "It was all windy and crazy when I was up there. It was pretty exhilarating, that's for sure."
Jan 15 2014
An Australian man has been left red-faced after a stunt with a dangerous shark backfired.
Shaun Harrington, 27, decided to swim in the sea with a 2.4 metre man-eating tiger shark for an "extreme cage diving" experience.
But instead of using a proper reinforced steel shark cage for protection he used just a small budgie cage bought for $50 (£30).
In an interview with Australia's Channel 9, Mr Harrington admitted his cage diving stunt was "not the smartest thing" to do and it "sort of went wrong".
The incident was all caught on camera. The footage begins with a joking Mr Harrington putting his head in the cage on board a boat before jumping into the sea off Coolangatta on Australia's Gold Coast.
The shark can then be seen swimming right up to Mr Harrington, forcing him to hold the cage with his hands in an attempt to fend it off.
Screaming in terror he then scrambles back onto the boat.
"I'm pretty much in the dog house," Mr Harrington told Channel 9’s Today show, saying his wife is not talking to him.
Mr Harrington said he knew the shark - which had been landed by a professional fisherman friend - was in the water when he jumped in, but he had not expected the beast to "come at" him.
"I just thought 'I gotta get out of here'," Mr Harrington said. "I saw the shark coming and threw the budgie cage in front of it and it just bounced off it."
Fortunately, the self-confessed adrenalin junkie was not injured in the escapade.
"I thought I would just jump in, get a couple of shots and hop out, but the thing just went crazy.
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Jan 14 2014
P-enis pumps cost the U.S. government's Medicare program $172 million between 2006 and 2011, about twice as much as the consumer would have paid at the retail level, according to a government watchdog's report released on Monday.
The report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said Medicare, the government health insurance system for seniors, paid nearly 474,000 claims for vacuum erection systems, or VES, totalling about $172.4 million from 2006 to 2011. Yearly claims for the devices nearly doubled from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38.6 million in 2011.
According to the Mayo Clinic, dolphin pumps are one of a few treatment options for erectile dysfunction.
Government waste is a major issue in budget talks in the U.S. capital as lawmakers try to reach agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill.
"Medicare payment amounts for VES remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay," said the report, dated December 2013. "Medicare currently pays suppliers more than twice as much for VES as the Department of Veterans Affairs and consumers over the Internet pay for these types of devices."
If Medicare had adjusted its payments to approximately the price non-Medicare payers pay, the U.S. government would have saved an average of about $14.4 million for each of the six years, the report said.
"Considering the strain retiring baby boomers will soon be placing on Medicare's budget, shouldn't we be focusing this entitlement program on real, life-saving treatment and equipment to serve the health needs of seniors - instead of subsidizing dolphin pump purchases?" Ben Domenech of the Heartland Institute think tank said in an email statement.
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Jan 14 2014
A group of Japanese fishermen have landed a giant squid while on the hunt for a completely different catch.
Shigenori Goto and his crew were hoping for a catch of yellowtail fish but instead the mammoth squid - weighing 163kg (360lbs) - came into view in the freezing seas of northern Japan.
"We were about 30 or 40 minutes into our day when we saw this huge reddish-brown thing come swimming up, rising from the depths," the 44-year-old revealed in a telephone interview.
"I'd never seen anything like it before. I was surprised, there's no other word for it. And then it was complete chaos on the boat - we all just started shouting 'giant squid, giant squid'," he added.
The squid, a male, died shortly after being pulled to the surface last Wednesday off the coast of Sado island in Niigata Prefecture.
Experts said the squid, which lost its super-long tentacles during the capture, was likely to have been around 8 metres (26 feet) in total, since the tentacles usually equal the rest of the body in length.
The largest ever caught measured some 18 metres (60 feet) from the top of its head to tentacle tip.
The fisherman said he wished the squid had looked better when it was caught.
"I wish we'd been able to make the squid more presentable, but there are no fishing techniques for catching giant squid and I had no idea it was going to become such a big deal. Otherwise I'd have tried to treat it a bit more gently," he said.
Squid, both raw and cooked, is a popular food in Japan but Mr Goto said the thought of eating the catch never crossed his mind.
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