Feb 21 2014
Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- Ukraine's President and opposition leaders agreed Friday to a deal meant to end the country's political crisis and bloody fighting that has left parts of Kiev a war zone.
President Viktor Yanukovych, opposition leaders and representatives of the European Union signed the deal Friday afternoon after a night of difficult negotiations that stretched well into the day.
"Good compromise for Ukraine. Gives peace a chance. Opens the way to reform and to Europe," Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said via Twitter before the signing was completed.
Earlier, an ITN/ITV camera captured Sikorski telling a protest leader to accept the deal.
"If you don't support this, you'll have martial law, you'll have the army. You will all be dead," he can be overheard as saying.
A cheer went up from the crowd in Kiev's Independence Square when the agreement was announced. Protesters waved Ukrainian flags under clear skies free of the choking smoke from burning barricades that has characterized recent days.
But it remained to be seen if the deal would be enough to overcome the nation's deep divisions and mistrust on both sides inflamed by the recent violence.
Ukraine's parliament moved quickly to fulfill the first requirement of the agreement -- passing a law to roll back the country's constitution to an earlier version that limits the President's powers.
The deal calls for further constitutional reform to be completed by September, according to a draft posted on the German Foreign Office's website.
It also requires presidential elections "as soon as the new Constitution is adopted but no later than December 2014."
And protesters are to withdraw from streets and public buildings they've occupied during the crisis and turn in illegal weapons, according to the deal.
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A video of a Pizza Hut manager peeing in a kitchen sink of his restaurant has gone viral.
The shocking surveillance video of the Pizza Hut in West Virginia, showed a store manager urinating in the kitchen sink that is used for washing utensils.
The Mingo County health department reportedly ordered the fast food restaurant in Kermit, to shut down.
The Pizza Hut Corporation issued a statement saying that they are "embarrassed" by the actions of the district manager. The company said that it has "zero tolerance" for violations of its operating standards.
The employee in question has been fired. His name was not released.
SEATTLE, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A Seattle man who claimed to have dual membership in the “Sicilian Mafia” and “CIA” to avoid paying at a South Lake Union restaurant ended up as a member of another exclusive group -- inmates of the King County Jail.
The 35-year-old was arrested and charged with theft, assault, and harassment after he tried to skip out on a $226.92 dinner bill at the World Sports Grille.
After getting the bill, which included a fish and chips dinner and four “very expensive” Scotches, the man attempted to pay with a credit card which was declined several times.
When the wait staff refused to let he man leave his laptop and car keys as collateral, his behavior took a “bizarre and erratic” turn.
He first claimed to be a member of the “Sicilian mafia” and said he would come back and “whack” everyone. The suspect followed that up by informing employees he was in the CIA.
The man realized no one was buying what he was selling, so he made a break for it. An employee tried to stop him, but the man took a swing at the staff member and managed to get out the door.
Restaurant employees were eventually able to chase him down and hold him until police could arrive. Officers noted the “significant amount of spit” the man had sprayed on one employee’s shirt.
As he was being taken into custody, the man told the staff that “this isn’t over” and vowed to return to the World Sports Grille.
MILFORD , Iowa, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- It seems that an Iowa man might have “needed a moment” to reflect before allegedly utilizing an 8,000-pound forklift to pick up and drop a vending machine several times in pursuit of a Twix bar that had gotten stuck.
Robert McKevitt was working the second shift at Polaris Industries’ warehouse in Milford when he put $1 into a vending machine and selected a Twix. When the bar got stuck, he tried again.
“I was, like, ‘Oh, man,’” McKevitt told the Des Moines Register. “So I put in another dollar, and then it wouldn’t do anything.”
When McKevitt, 27, couldn’t dislodge the bar by rocking the machine back and forth, he allegedly tried using the forklift. According to state unemployment compensation records, McKevitt used the massive tool to drop the machine at least six times onto the concrete warehouse floor and was rewarded with three candy bars for his efforts.
He was confronted by a supervisor and fired five days later.
McKevitt denied lifting and dropping the vending machine and said he only used it to move the candy-dispenser back into place after he shook it. “That machine was trouble,” he said. “They fired me, and now I hear they have all new vending machines there.”
Feb 20 2014
A London university has spent £20,000 building a fake pub to test the effects of alcohol on students.
London South Bank University psychology department engineered the replica boozer, reports the Daily Mirror.
Room J-407 will be staffed by psychology students and will see customers being used as guinea pigs.
It has been designed to seem authentic as possible and features authentic lighting, music, and even pre-recorded bar chatter.
But not everybody who orders a drink will get alcohol - some will unknowingly be served placebos as part of the experiment.
A fruit machine is included to test risk-taking behaviour, with the whole thing captured on camera and fed into nearby rooms for other students to assess.
Bar labs have been used before in the US, but this example is thought to be the first of its kind in Britain.
A 10-year-old Norwegian boy who took his parents' car for a joyride last week, claiming he was a dwarf who forgot his driver's license, has hit the road again.
This time he took off in the car of a relative the family was visiting and managed to drive about 30 km (19 miles) before stopping, local police said on Thursday.
When the parents realized what happened, they phoned police who sent out messages over Twitter and traffic radio asking the public for help. The boy eventually stopped and a bystander took his keys away, police said.
The boy caused a stir last week in Dokka, his hometown about 110 km north of Oslo, when he loaded his 18-month-old sister in the family car and drove off to visit their grandparents 60 km away, only to drive into a snowy ditch after 10 km.
Police had considered the case closed. But they were not so forgiving about the second incident and have reported the family to child services.
"Nobody was injured, but that was more due to luck than anything else," Baard Christiansen, a spokesman for the Vest Oppland police, told Reuters. "The adults around the boy must take responsibility now before a tragedy occurs.
"It is scary and very sad that he is allowed to keep going on like this," he said.
Feb 20 2014
ST. LOUIS – A middle-school football coach was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched off a street just blocks from her southwest Missouri home as several residents watched in horror.
Craig Michael Wood also faces kidnapping and armed criminal action charges, according to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, who filed the charges late Wednesday afternoon. Wood is accused of kidnapping fourth-grader Hailey Owens in Springfield as she walked home from a friend's house Tuesday evening.
Patterson said the girl had been shot in the head.
Wood was inside a truck parked outside his small, single-story home in Springfield when police arrested him Tuesday night. A probable cause statement released Wednesday said the 45-year-old Wood was holding a roll of duct tape in his hands when officers arrived, and that the girl's body was found stuffed inside two garbage bags in a basement where the floor was still damp from bleach.
Authorities won't officially confirm that the body is Hailey's until after an autopsy, but Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said "we have a high degree of confidence" in the preliminary identification, which indicates that it is the girl.
Witnesses told investigators that a man in a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck drove down the street several times before abducting Hailey. Williams said the witnesses called 911 to report the truck's license number.
Resident Ricky Riggins told the Springfield News-Leader he chased the fleeing pickup in his car after a neighbor tried to pull the girl away.
"I couldn't keep up," Riggins told the newspaper. "He was probably five to six cars ahead of me. ... It was so fast."
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Violence between Ukrainian security forces and anti-government protesters broke out again Thursday in the capital, Kiev, as a truce called by President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders fell apart.
An Associated Press reporter counted 18 bodies at the protest encampment in the city's Independence Square. Sky News later reported that 11 bodies had been laid out in the lobby of the Hotel Ukraina, which is close to the square and is also where many foreign media members are staying. All of the bodies were of civilians and not of police officers.
Yanukovych announced the truce late Wednesday after two days of fierce street fighting that had killed at least 28 people and injured 287 more, according to numbers provided by the Ukrainian health ministry. Protesters dispute those numbers, claiming that the true toll is much higher. A makeshift medical facility for injured demonstrators has been set up in a nearby cathedral.
Sky News correspondent David Bowden reported Thursday that snipers could be seen on rooftops Thursday morning aiming at protesters in the square below. Bowden reported that one bullet had gone through the window of his hotel room and "took a chunk" out of the ceiling.
"The police seem to have been caught off guard and they're reacting very aggressively and basically just shooting people," Bowden reported. "I've seen at least a dozen people pulled out injured. It's unclear whether there have been any fatalities. I do think this is going to be a fairly bloody day."
Smoke from burning barricades surrounding the protest camp rose above the Kiev skyline, as several thousand protesters remained on the square and hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at lines of police, who responded with stun grenades. An Associated Press cameraman saw one unconscious protester being taken off the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Florida teacher Catherine Jones was suspended without pay but never arrested or criminally charged for allegedly being so drunk in her classroom at Yearling Middle School in Okeechobee County that she could barely stand up.
Apparently that’s because what Jones allegedly did was technically legal in Florida.
CBS 12 reported that the State Attorney's Office in Okeechobee said that it is not a criminal offense for a public school teacher to be drunk on the job.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright told CBS 12 that a “teacher could be charged with child neglect or disorderly intoxication if that teacher is drunk and hurts someone or damages property.”
Jones was never given a breathalyzer or sobriety test.
"All of South Florida thinks Okeechobee is a joke, amen we are," said parent Felicia Maxwell. "She can go to work and drink while my child is sitting in her class, and they don't arrest her for public intoxication it amazes me.”
According to a Sheriff's Office report, deputies consulted with Albright about what to do with regard to Jones. “The Sheriff's Office did everything legally they could,” Albright said.
Albright refuted allegations that there was a cover-up. "Absolutely not that I know of, had there been evidence of a statute that was violated I know the deputies involved would have arrested her and I would have absolutely prosecuted her," Albright said.
A motorcycle rider who posted on Facebook a video showing him speeding through traffic at more than 100 mph, which he titled “Catch Me If You Can,” has been caught by police.
San Antonio Police announced Monday night that they arrested Alberto Rodriguez, 26, after following a lead on a stolen motorcycle.
The department, in a statement on its Facebook page, said Rodriguez was wanted on two outstanding felony warrants and a misdemeanor assault warrant, and may face charges in connection to the stolen vehicle.
In May 2013, Rodriguez posted to Facebook a helmet-cam video -- shared more than 10,000 times -- of him speeding and swerving through traffic on Texas’ Interstate 35, according to ABC News. San Antonio police began tracking Rodriguez in February after a member of the public posted his video on their page.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told Fox News last week that the video was "one of the most insanely dangerous things that I have ever seen."
“He brought this on himself,” McManus added. “He brought attention to himself.”