Apr 15 2014
KHAWAR KALAN, Pakistan – Police in central Pakistan arrested a man Monday suspected of cannibalism after finding body parts including a skull that may have belonged to a child in his house, officials said.
Neighbors in the village of Khawar Kalan complained to police about a foul smell coming from the house, prompting them to raid it, said Ameer Abdullah, the police chief of Bhakkar district.
Authorities believe the man and his brother dug up the bodies from a nearby graveyard where residents had also seen one of the men lurking, said another officer, Zafar Iqbal.
He said they found what appeared to be a child's skull as well as other body parts at the house and were sending the skull for further tests. Authorities are looking for the brother.
Iqbal said the men had been released from prison about a year ago after being convicted of dehumanizing a body, in a sensational case that gained widespread attention across Pakistan at the time.
Under Pakistani law cannibalism is not a crime so the charge of dehumanizing a body referred to the way they dug it up and then chopped it, said Abdullah. He said at the time police had discovered several human body parts cooked at the two brothers' house, which they had dug up in a graveyard. The brothers were sentenced to two years in prison, he said.
VALPARAISO, Chile – Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods around Valparaiso for a third straight day Monday as sailors in riot gear stood ready to evacuate 700 more families whose homes could be lost if the winds shifted.
Already 11,000 people were homeless as wildfires sent burning embers flying from hilltop to hilltop. A 15th body was found, and the toll of destroyed homes rose to more than 2,500. As smoke rose from smoldering ruins all over the picturesque coastal city, many compared the scene to Dante's inferno.
Some people made their way home after days without sleep, only to discover ruins. The fires, so hot they created their own fierce winds, consumed a few entire neighborhoods. In other districts, some houses stood unscathed but remained in danger from glowing embers carried by the shifting winds.
"We are looking at the largest air operation ever assembled against a fire like this," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said. She said the blazes had grown to "dimensions never before seen."
Chile's forestry agency predicted it would take three weeks to completely stamp out the fires, which began Saturday in a forested ravine and quickly spread into ramshackle housing on one of Valparaiso's 42 hills.
Hot dry winds blowing out to sea whipped embers onto other neighborhoods on six densely populated hills where people live in poorly constructed homes without municipal water or sewer connections, fire hydrants or streets wide enough for emergency vehicles.
On Monday, there was no end in sight. Helicopters were flying without pause, dumping water on hotspots.
Aid was flowing in from all over Chile to Valparaiso, where evacuees crowded into eight shelters. Hundreds of young volunteers climbed hills carrying bottles of water and ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Apr 12 2014
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – An Ohio judge has ordered a man convicted of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children to stand on a street corner with a sign that says "I AM A BULLY!"
The municipal court judge says 62-year-old Edmond Aviv of South Euclid must hold the sign for five hours Sunday.
"It will read, 'I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intollerant of those that are different from myself," Judge Gayle Williams-Byers told FOX8.com.
Court records say Aviv has feuded with his neighbors, the Prugh family for 15 years. He recently pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Scott Prugh said it started when his parents adopted two black children with developmental disabilities, FOX8.com reported.
Prugh said Aviv once set up a dryer in his garage so that he could pour kerosene into it and the fumes would make their home smell of gas.
The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reports that the Prughs say Aviv has called them ethnic slurs, spit on them and smeared feces on the family's wheelchair ramp and in one of the cars.
"He would do things like shine a spotlight at their house at three in morning so the family couldn't sleep," Williams-Byers said.
Aviv also must serve 15 days in jail and undergo anger management classes and counseling.
Aviv offered his "sincere apology" in a court-ordered apology letter and admitted to calling the kids names.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J – An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best poker players in the world.
The lawsuit alleges Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards made by a Kansas City manufacturer that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards in baccarat. The technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasions between April and October 2012, the casino asserted in its lawsuit.
The casino claims the technique, called edge sorting, violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations. Its senior vice president, Joe Lupo, declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Ivey's lawyer declined to comment on Friday.
The lawsuit claims the cards, manufactured by Gemaco Inc., were defective in that the pattern on the back of them was not uniform. The cards have rows of small white circles designed to look like the tops of cut diamonds, but the Borgata claims some of them were only a half diamond or a quarter of one.
The company is also fighting a lawsuit from another Atlantic City casino, the Golden Nugget, claiming the firm provided unshuffled cards that led to gamblers beating the casino for $1.5 million. Gemaco did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit claims that Ivey and his companion instructed a dealer to flip cards in particular ways, depending on whether it was a desirable card in baccarat. The numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 are considered good cards. Bad cards would be flipped in different directions, so that after several hands of cards, the good ones were arranged in a certain manner ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Apr 10 2014
A spicy surprise at a Colorado school led to the building being evacuated and landed seven students in the hospital.
After more than 30 people complained of eye injuries, skin irritation and pain at Jeffco Open School, the Jefferson County institution was evacuated.
Following an investigation, authorities now believe they know what caused the allergic-like symptoms.
“In searching the playground area, employees found pieces of approximately six habanero peppers scattered in the wood chips,” Melissa Reeves of Jefferson County Public Schools said in a statement. “Coming in contact with the pepper oil would cause many of the symptoms that students experienced.”
Habaneros generally measure between 100,000 and 350,000 units on the Scoville scale of pepper heat; jalepeno peppers usually score about 2,500 to 5,000 units.
“District teams are in the process of washing the playground equipment and wiping down surfaces inside to ensure that the school is free of any residual pepper oil,” Reeves said. “The wood chips in the area where the peppers were found are being replaced.”
Hazmat crews decontaminated dozens of children as a precaution after the incident.
“I think it’s hard to speculate where they came from and who might have done that,” school Principal Scott Bain told CBS Denver.
A 16-year-old boy was charged Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed 21 students and an adult -- leaving four seriously injured -- during an early-morning attack at a high school near Pittsburgh, authorities said.
Fox News has confirmed the identity of the suspect as Alex Hribal, a student at Franklin Regional Senior High School, the scene of the stabbing spree. The sophomore was being charged with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon on school property, according to a criminal complaint released by Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck.
Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held described Hribal as quiet, adding that the teenager had not been talking to authorities since he was taken to be arraigned before a district judge Wednesday. He was jailed without bail.
Police said Assistant Principal Sam King tackled the boy and disarmed him, and a Murrysville police officer who is regularly assigned to the school handcuffed him.
King's son told The Associated Press that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities said he was not knifed.
"He says he's OK. He's a tough cookie and sometimes hides things, but I believe he's OK," Zack King said. He added: "I'm proud of him."
As word of the incident spread and children streamed out of the school, parents told FoxNews.com they were shocked by the attack — and one district official expressed relief that it was carried out with a knife rather than a gun.
At a late afternoon press conference, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said "one or two" of the victims remained in critical condition.
He also said the suspect had been armed with two eight-to-ten inch straight knives.
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VERNON , N.J., April 7 (UPI) -- A New Jersey teen was suspended from his middle school for doing something with his pencil other than taking notes.
Seventh-grader Ethan Chaplin, a student at Glen Meadow Middle School, claims he was suspended for twirling his pencil during math class. "He's making gun motions, send him to juvie,” another student reportedly yelled during class.
The school ordered Chaplin to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation and suspended him.
"I'm absolutely livid," his father, Michael Chaplin, told News 12. "I think it's gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge."
Michael told Infowars about what Ethan went through during the five-hour evaluation.
“The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing,” Michael said. “Then four hours later a social worker spoke to him for five minutes and cleared him. Then an actual doctor came in and said the state was 100 percent incorrect in their procedure and this would not get him back in school.”
According to Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano, he was just following school policy. "We never know what's percolating in the minds of children," Maranzano said. "And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty."
Ethan still doesn’t know when he will be allowed to return to school.
Apr 08 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 7 (UPI) -- A budget carrier from Southeast Asia has apologized for a blurb in its in-flight magazine that promised customers their “captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost.”
AirAsia has issued an apology and pulled copies of the Travel 3Sixty magazine after people became offended due to the blurb’s unintended reference to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
The paragraph in the magazine read: “Pilot training in AirAsia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost.”
Very disappointed with @AirAsia @aireenomar. Distasteful blurb in your in-flight mag. pic.twitter.com/T2DVVOj40b
— adlina (@adlinaazhar) April 5, 2014
The airline maintains the magazine had gone to the printer long before flight MH370 went missing on March 8.
"With deep regret and remorse I would like to sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the Pilot's Perspective article in the latest issue of Travel 3Sixty magazine,” AirAsia executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said in a statement to the Independent.
"As a monthly contributor, Capt Lim prepared all of his articles months in advance before the magazine goes to print. Unintentionally and regrettably, the current issue carry an article that discuss about GPS and Radar, which was printed a month before its issue date. We are removing the magazine from all of our flights on all AirAsia aircraft immediately. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of the recent aviation incident."
Meranun said disciplinary action would be taken against the magazine’s editorial team.
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Crews trying to locate the whereabouts of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been unable to relocate signals consistent with those emitted by cockpit voice and flight data recorders that were picked up by Chinese and Australian ships over the weekend, the former Australian official in charge of coordinating the search said Tuesday.
Angus Houston told reporters that sound locating equipment on board the Ocean Shield has picked up no trace of the signals since they were first heard late Saturday and early Sunday.
Time may have already run out to find the devices, whose locator beacons have a battery life of about a month. Tuesday marks one month since the plane vanished. Once the beacons blink off, locating the black boxes in such deep water would be an immensely difficult, if not impossible, task.
"There have been no further contacts with any transmission and we need to continue (searching) for several days right up to the point at which there's absolutely no doubt that the batteries will have expired," Houston said.
If, by that point, the U.S. Navy listening equipment being towed behind the Ocean Shield has failed to pick up any signals, a sub on board the ship will be deployed to try and chart out any debris on the sea floor. If the sub maps out a debris field, the crew will replace the sonar system with a camera unit to photograph any wreckage.
Houston's comments contradicted an earlier statement from Australia's acting prime minister, Warren Truss, who said search crews would launch the Bluefin 21 autonomous sub on Tuesday.
The towed pinger locator detected late Saturday and early Sunday two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from an aircraft's "black boxes" -- the flight data and ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Apr 05 2014
A court stenographer is accused of ignoring trial details and instead repeatedly typing "I hate my job".
At least ten convictions could be overturned after stenographer Daniel Kochanski failed to deliver transcripts that New York judges were expecting.
US media have compared his meltdown to film The Shining in which Jack Nicholson's character repeatedly types 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.
Among the botched records is the transcript of the 2010 mortgage-fraud trial of broker Aaron Hand, 42, who was also convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder a witness.
"It should have been questions and answers - instead it was gibberish," a source told the New York Times.
"He hit random keys or wrote, "I hate my job. I hate my job", over and over."
Mr Kochanski was fired and arrested after his notes came to light.
Judges have summoned witnesses to a series of 'reconstruction hearings', where they will try to remember what was said at the original trials.
Mr Kochanski, 43, told the New York Post: "I never typed gibberish. I always did my job 100 per cent.
"I was let go because of substance abuse. I'm in recovery. July will be one year I'm clean."