Mar 06 2014
Authorities released dramatic video Wednesday showing rescuers pull members of a South Carolina family from their minivan after it became submerged in the Atlantic surf on Florida’s Daytona Beach.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the woman and her children — ages 3, 9 and 10 — ended up in the water around 5 p.m. Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris says the woman was driving on the beach, where cars are allowed. One witness reportedly saw the woman take a hard turn toward the ocean.
Rescuers could be seen in the video outside the car pulling the children to safety while the surf was crashing on the hood of the car. The mom managed to escape through the window.
One witness said the children in the backseat were screaming that their mom was trying to kill them.
"The two in the backseat was crying with their arms out saying 'Our mommy's trying to kill us, please help," Tim Tesseneer, a witness, told First Coast News. Tesseneer said rescuers were leaving the minivan and were told by the children that there was a baby in the vehicle. The mother "wouldn't say a word. She didn't tell us nothing about a baby."
The family was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment. Their vehicle was towed. Police say the mom is being uncooperative and has been taken in for psychiatric evaluation. The three children spent a night in the hospital and may stay with grandparents.
"She had this look on her face," Tesseneer reportedly said. "I can't describe it. It was just an awful blank look, like spaced out look."
Mar 05 2014
A man who was supposed to go on a business trip, changed his plans at the last minute.
His wife, thinking her husband was out of town, cheated on him with a younger man.
The drama unfolded in Inyathi, Zimbabwe, on Tuesday, when the man reportedly caught his worker having sex with his wife. Lingane Moyo, 24, who was hired to care for the family’s animals, allegedly began having an affair with his owner’s 26-year-old wife Sandra Ndlovu.
As soon as Jeffrey Mlotshwa, 29, left his house to go on his business trip, the two began sleeping together. Mlotshwa, who was supposed to travel to Bulawayo, unexpectedly canceled the trip and returned home.
Upon arriving home, he was surprised to see his employee on top of his wife, and having sex with her. The man ordered his wife to leave his house and decided to divorce her.
“People may think I am overreacting and that I should forgive my wife, but enough is enough,” Mlotshwa said, indicating that his wife had cheated on him previously. The woman confirmed that their daughter had been thrown out of her matrimonial home by her husband, but refused to speak about her alleged cheating ways.
However, they said that they are in the process of trying to save the marriage.
Mar 05 2014
Police in India have failed to act on hundreds of corruption complaints because they lost a computer password - for eight years.
Officers in Delhi were unable to access a portal holding more than 600 complaints, reports the Indian Express.
The lapse at India's anti-corruption agency, the Central Vigilance Commission, had gone undetected since 2006.
But two senior police officers have now been trained in the system, and can access the 667 cases that have piled up since the portal launched.
One officer told the paper the oversight was "a technical problem", and complaints were now being addressed.
Despite the confusion, police in Delhi "remain committed to public grievances", a senior officer told the newspaper.
PHILADELPHIA – A 47-year-old Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a weapon into the air.
Francis Aponte was at an outdoor party in June 2012 when two Philadelphia police officers saw him shoot a gun into the air.
KYW-AM said that act, along with a criminal record including at least one prior felony, has resulted in the 20-year sentence handed down Tuesday.
No one was hurt, but federal prosecutor Jose Arteaga argued that the defendant committed a potentially lethal offense.
Arteaga noted several prior instances of children and adults being killed or disabled in similar incidents in Philadelphia.
MIAMI, March 3 (UPI) -- A Florida court ruled a former preparatory school head will not receive his $80,000 settlement due to his daughter's "suck it" Facebook post.
Patrick Snay, 69, was awarded an $80,000 settlement in his age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Guillver Preparatory School in Miami in 2011, but the school informed him it would not be paying the sum after his daughter posted about the settlement on Facebook, CNN reported Monday.
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT," the post read.
The school said Snay and his wife violated the confidentiality agreement by telling their daughter about the settlement. The agreement stated the couple was not to speak about it except to their lawyers and other professional advisers.
Snay's motion to enforce the settlement was upheld by a circuit court ruling, but the school appealed but the 3rd District Court of Appeal agreed Snay had violated confidentiality.
"Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do. His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent, advertising to the Gulliver community that Snay had been successful in his age discrimination and retaliation case against the school," the court said in its ruling.
"Based on the clear and unambiguous language of the parties' agreement and Snay's testimony confirming his breach of its terms, we reverse the order entered below granting the Snays' motion to enforce the agreement."
A New Jersey teenager is suing her parents, claiming she was kicked out of her home and is thus entitled to money for private-school tuition, transportation, room and board.
In a potential precedent-setting lawsuit, Morris Catholic High School senior Rachel Canning said mom and dad are still financially responsible for her — even after she flew their Lincoln Park, coop, two days before her 18th birthday in late October.
The eldest daughter of Sean and Elizabeth Canning said she was forced out, while her parents insist she moved voluntarily.
Both sides are scheduled to appear before a Morristown judge on Tuesday.
The Cannings had already paid for tuition up to Dec. 31, but haven’t inked a check since Rachel took off. She’s still going to Morris Catholic, and administrators said they won’t kick her out for unpaid 2014 tuition.
The teen has been living with a family friend ever since leaving home. The friend’s dad is former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, who is reportedly footing Rachel’s legal bill.
Pro-Russian troops fired warning shots at around 300 Ukrainian soldiers protesting at a military airfield in the Crimea, as Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev in an expression of support for Ukraine's sovereignty.
About a dozen Russian soldiers at the Belbek air base stood guarding the airfield and warned the Ukrainians on Tuesday, who were marching unarmed, not to approach. They fired several warning shots into the air and said they would shoot the Ukrainians if they continued to march toward them.
The shots were apparently the first fired since pro-Russian troops -- estimated by Ukrainian authorities to be 16,000 strong --tightened their grip on the Crimea Peninsula over the weekend.
The development came as Kerry was on his way to Kiev to meet with the new Ukrainian leadership that deposed a pro-Russian president, and has accused Moscow of a military invasion. The Kremlin, which does not recognize the new Ukrainian leadership, insists it made the move in order to protest millions of Russians living there.
Early on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin's spokesman told Russian news agencies that the Russian president ordered troops participating in military exercises in western Russia near the Ukraine border to return to their permanent bases. The order was issued almost a week after Russia began massive exercises involving most military units in western Russia, stoking fears that the Kremlin might use the troops to seize territory in pro-Russian areas of eastern Ukraine.
It was not clear if Putin's move was an attempt to heed the West's call to de-escalate the crisis that has put Ukraine's future on the line.
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Police in China, pulled over an SUV and were surprised to find that it was being driven by a 9-year-old girl.
Police in Yingkou, Liaoning province, pulled over the white van, which had been driving slowly along Qinghua street.
Police approached the van, and to their surprise, they found a young girl behind the driver's seat with her parents as passengers. The father, named Tang, told police that he allowed his 9-year-old daughter to drive because he was having "health problems," and that they were on their way to the hospital.
Apparently, he put his trust in the nine-year-old daughter over that of his wife, who sat in the back seat of the car. “My daughter practiced driving a few times. She is smart and learns fast,” the father told police.
The legal age to apply for a driver's license in China is 18. The father, who is the owner of the vehicle, could face fines of up to 2,000 yuan (about $325) for allowing her to drive the car.
Mar 03 2014
The U.S. Geological Service says a magnitude 6.7 earthquake has struck in the East China Sea north of the Japanese island of Okinawa.
The USGS said the quake occurred at 4:11 a.m. Monday with its epicenter located 68 miles north-northwest of Nago, a tourist town in the northern Okinawa Island near a U.S. Marine Base. Its depth was given as 69.8 miles.
The U.S. National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no tsunami is expected. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Mar 01 2014
A Chinese teacher has her work cut out - after finding that 20 of the 22 children in a new class are twins.
Xu Fei, 28, who works at a primary school in Wuhan city in central China, said it made for a lot of confusion in the classroom.
She said: "Nine of the 10 sets of twins are identical twins and that makes it particularly difficult because they all wear uniforms.
"It's often hard to know who to look at when I address a question or indeed when I need to reprimand one of the children perhaps for talking in class or otherwise behaving badly."
But she said she was slowly learning to tell the twins apart as she got to know them better and noticed minor differences between them.
"The two girls Cao Yinfan and Cao Yinlin for example can be distinguished because one has a mole that the other does not have on her forehead," she explained.
"On the others there are other differences, for example to the boy twins have different hand sizes."
And she added: "What is interesting is that if I tell off one of the twins, then there are identical twin often equally seems to be embarrassed and ashamed."
The school says there is not an abnormally high number of twins in the region and it was just coincidence so many had ended up in one class.