Feb 10 2014
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A Missouri woman sued her bank and a major credit bureau for declaring her dead and failing to correct the mistake.
Kimberly Haman, 46, filed the suit Monday in federal court in St. Louis against Heartland Bank and Equifax, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
She said both entities had declared her dead nearly a year ago even though she's clearly not deceased.
"She's contacting them, and saying, 'Excuse me, I'm not dead.' And even through that process, they continue to report her as deceased," Haman's lawyer, Sylvia Goldsmith, said.
Goldsmith said the mistake has prevented Haman from refinancing her mortgage twice, and she's also been turned down for credit cards.
"At this point, [Haman] is at a complete loss as to what else she can do," the suit says. "The entire experience has imposed upon [Haman] significant distrust, frustration and distress, and has rendered plaintiff hopeless as to her ability to regain her good name and the credit rating that she deserves and has worked hard to earn."
A popular gay activist walked into court looking like a woman, and had charges against him dismissed.
Cross-dresser Ricky Nathanson, 48, of Zimbabwe, had been arrested for entering into a ladies restroom while dressed as a woman.
Prosecutors said that around 5:00 p.m., Nathanson was spotted entering the ladies toilet at the Palace Hotel in Bulawayo.
A woman claimed that his privates were visible through his clothes so she asked him to leave.
When he refused to do so, the woman called authorities.
Nathanson was ordered to appear in court to face charges of criminal nuisance.
Nathanson, who is the director of a modeling agency, came to court dressed as a woman.
He stood before judge Abednico Ndebele, where he denied any wrongdoing.
Judge Ndebele ruled that he had not committed any crime when he entered the ladies restroom while looking like a woman.
Idris Elba, Sam Worthington join Alive Alone cast
Sam Worthington and Idris Elba have joined the cast of thriller Alive Alone.
The New York-based movie is the directorial debut of Khurram Longi and focuses on the relationship between an ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee and a woman on the run from a ruthless crime boss.
Elba has been cast as the male lead Jamal, after Matthias Schoenaerts was forced to pull out of the role for personal reasons.
Worthington will play crime boss Murphy in the Thunder Road Pictures drama, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The pair join the cast alongside previously announced Noomi Rapace, who will play the female lead Sarah.
Basil Iwanyk and Peter Lawson are producing, while Rapace will act as executive producer.
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A perfectly healthy young giraffe was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo on Sunday despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers.
Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was put down with a bolt gun early on Sunday, zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro confirmed.
The body of the giraffe, which was killed in a bid to prevent in-breeding, will be chopped up and fed to carnivores at the zoo.
"It was put down at 9:20. It went as planned. It's always the people's right to protest. But of course we have been surprised," Stenbaek Bro told AFP.
The zoo explained that it had no choice other than to prevent the animal attaining adulthood.
Under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) rules, in-breeding between giraffes is to be avoided.
Although Marius is healthy, his genes are already well represented at the zoo and he cannot be taken in by the 300 other EAZA-affiliated zoos.
Castration is considered cruel with "undesirable effects", while releasing him in the wild is thought unlikely to succeed.
The giraffe's impending death sparked outrage online, with more than 5,000 people signing a "Save Marius" Facebook petition. More than 3,000 people signed a similar Danish-language online petition and nearly 24,000 an English-language version.
There were reportedly several attempts made to save Marius.
A Swedish zoo, which is not part of the EAZA network, tried in vain to get Marius transferred, the Expressen daily reported.
And another daily, Denmark's Ekstrabladet, quoted a Danish promoter living in Los Angeles, Claus Hjelmbak, as saying he had found a buyer for the animal.
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Feb 09 2014
Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking.
Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3 a.m. Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical Center in downtown Albuquerque.
Police spokesman Elder Guevara says the employee was asleep in the vehicle's rear but was able to jump out when the ambulance slowed near an intersection.
Officers then pursued the ambulance as it headed eastbound, and then westbound, on Interstate 40.
The ambulance finally came to a rest on I-40, over Tramway, after authorities used spikes to deflate the ambulance's tires.
Police have not released the names of the suspects or the victim, who was uninjured.
Feb 08 2014
Boozed up Chinese motorist Tian Lin, 33, kept traffic cops busy after he fell asleep at a red traffic light in the city of Liuzhou in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China.
Police noticed the red Range Rover with the engine running with the driver inside and motorists parked behind who were banging on the window trying to get his attention.
A police spokesman said: "The officers also tried to get his attention but he was fast asleep. In the end we had to get an expert from the car company to open the window so that we could move the car was causing an obstruction. It was extremely dangerous because he was in an automatic car and the drive mode was on, but he seemed to have left his foot on the brake however had he moved the car would have gone off with him asleep at the wheel."
The man admitted drinking and then feeling suddenly very tired while on the way home - and added that after that he didn't remember very much.
A police spokesman said: "Fortunately there was not much traffic on the road, otherwise he would almost certainly have been in an accident given the amount he had clearly been drinking."
DENVER, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Four teenage burglary suspects were arrested after they unknowingly attempted to sell stolen items back to the victim, Denver police said.
Lacinda Robinson, 24, found a kitchen window broken and several items stolen when she returned home last week.
She asked police to meet her at a nearby McDonalds because she felt unsafe in her home, KMGH-TV, Denver, reported.
"I pulled into the McDonalds parking lot and two guys approached my car and asked me if I wanted to buy a PS3 (video game console)," she said. "I see another guy walking out, trying to approach my car, and he's wearing the jacket I believe belonged to me."
It then occurred to her the teenage salesmen were attempting to sell her possessions back to her, KMGH-TV said.
She approached off-duty Denver police officers Matthew Reierson and Brian Husum at a nearby gas station, who arrested the four unidentified suspects for investigation of burglary, the police said on its Facebook page.
Responses to the Facebook post include the comments, "Sweet Justice!" and "Well played, Denver."
ADELAIDE, Australia – A man was killed by a shark on Saturday while spear fishing with friends off the south Australian coast.
The 28-year-old was part of a group spear fishing off Yorke Peninsula, west of the South Australia state capital of Adelaide, when witnesses reported seeing a shark attack him at midday, state police said in a statement.
Police and emergency services crews searched the area around Goldsmith Beach with boats and helicopters, but found no trace of the man, who is from Adelaide, the statement said.
Police warned swimmers who flocked to the peninsula's beaches in hot summer weather to leave the water.
Australia averages fewer than two fatal shark attacks a year. Two men were killed in shark attacks off the east and west coasts in the space of a week in November last year. They were the only fatalities for 2013.
The death of a 35-year-old surfer off the west coast on Nov. 23 prompted the Western Australia state government to begin a contentious cull of large sharks off popular beaches. The surfer was the seventh shark fatality off that state's beaches in three years.
Conservationists argue that trapping sharks on baited hooks attached to offshore drums will do nothing to reduce the shark danger.
Feb 08 2014
A pet dog whose owners thought had died in a house explosion on Wednesday has been found alive among the rubble.
Fire rescue labrador Reqs discovered four-year-old collie Carryad in the wreckage caused by the blast in Clacton, Essex.
Reqs sniffed out his fellow canine after being alerted to a "whimpering noise" during an inspection of the site.
Investigators cleared some of the debris and Carryad walked out of the rubble having escaped with only a small cut to her leg.
Reqs's handler Nikki Harvey, from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, said: "We were carrying out an inspection of the site when we heard a whimpering noise.
"Reqs was immediately alerted and bolted over to where the noise was coming.
"As we cleared the debris, out popped her head. She was at the bottom of the garden and had been sheltered by trees and other debris.
"She was frightened and quite scared so she was coaxed out with some dog food."
Vets confirmed Carryad, who is being reunited with her owners, had not suffered any serious injuries.
Two-year-old Reqs has been working with Hertfordshire Fire Service for the past year.
Pictures of Carryad shortly after she was rescued were posted to Reqs's Twitter account which has attracted nearly 2,000 followers.
Firefighters believe a domestic gas fault is likely to have caused the explosion which destroyed two houses and injured 10 people.
One semi-detached house was destroyed and the second floor of a neighbouring property was left hanging precariously following the blast. A third property was also wrecked.
Feb 07 2014
The most expensive Winter Olympics in history are under way after a colourful opening ceremony in the Russian resort of Sochi.
Some 40,000 spectators, as well as hundreds of competitors from 87 countries, descended on the Fisht stadium - one of five newly-built venues in the Olympic Park.
As millions of people around the world tuned in on television, there was an embarrassing early glitch as one of the five Olympic rings suspended from the ceiling failed to illuminate completely.
A huge snowflake appeared in its place, as the stadium was plunged into darkness for the start of the ceremony.
More than 6,000 costumes were reportedly made for performers in the show, which reflected on important events in Russian history, including the 1917 Revolution, the rise of Communism and the space race.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova was among those who carried the Olympic torch on the final leg of its journey, while the cauldron was lit by rhythmic gymnastics star Alina Kabayeva and wrestling champion Aleksandr Karelin.
A memorable opening ceremony featured appearances by former Russian boxing champion Nikolay Valuev and renowned ballet dancer Svetlana Zakharova.
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and Lidiya Skoblikova, the six-time speed skating champion, were among those who carried the Olympic flag into the stadium.
Earlier, the head of the International Olympic Committee said preparations for the sporting spectacle had been "going pretty smoothly".
Thomas Bach said he was eager to put aside concerns over security and gay rights, adding: "As always with the first days of the Games, there's a small hiccup here or there, but nothing really substantial so far."
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Feb 07 2014
A 73-year-old woman is recovering at home after being mauled by a rabid raccoon in her own bed.
Ginny Ballou, from Hingham, Massachusetts, told local WBZ-TV that the raccoon managed to get into her house through a pet door on her back porch.
The woman, who did not want to show her face, said: "It's something I'll never forget. It was that scary."
She said she was asleep when the animal jumped on her face.
"At first, I thought it was my cat. But then it bit my lip and chin, and it latched on and it wouldn't let go," she said.
Ms Ballou said she struggled with the animal for nearly two minutes, until finally she hit it with a phone by the bed, got it out of the room, and called police.
The animal was caught and tests showed it had rabies. It was later euthanised.
Ms Ballou was wounded not just in her face but also in her thumbs and arms. She was treated at the hospital and has started getting rabies shots.