Dec 03 2013
A man has been killed in a shark attack while he was fishing in a kayak off the Hawaiian island of Maui.
He was bitten as he fished between Maui and Molokini, a small island three miles off Maui's southwest coast, according to Maui County Ocean Safety officials.
Witnesses told Hawaii News Now that the victim, who may have been a tourist, was dangling his feet off a kayak near Little Beach when the shark reportedly bit off one, possibly both of them.
A fellow kayaker reportedly took the victim to a nearby snorkelling charter boat but the man died before the vessel reached land.
His identity has not been released and the type of shark involved is not yet known.
Officials have closed beaches in southwest Maui.
It is the island's eighth shark attack this year and comes just three days after a shark bite was reported near the southern Keawekapu Beach.
A German tourist who lost her arm in a shark attack died in August, a week after she was bitten while snorkelling.
Dec 03 2013
A dancer and two co-defendants have been convicted by a Russian court over an acid attack on the Bolshoi Theatre's ballet chief.
Victim Sergei Filin suffered severe burns to his eyes and face when a man threw sulphuric acid in his face as he returned home late at night.
The Bolshoi's artistic director was nearly blinded in the assault in Moscow last January.
After a month-long trial, the judge said dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, 29, and two others had intentionally caused grievous bodily harm to him.
The attack revealed bitter rivalries behind the scenes of the Bolshoi Theatre.
Dmitrichenko admitted he wanted Filin roughed up and had given co-defendant Yuri Zarutsky the go-ahead to hit him.
But Dmitrichenko said he had not wanted acid to be used, and pleaded not guilty.
Zarutsky, who has admitted guilt, has said throwing acid in Filin's face was his own idea and he had not told Dmitrichenko of his plan.
A third defendant, Andrei Lipatov, was accused of driving Zarutsky to and from the scene of the crime.
State prosecutors have asked for a nine-year prison sentence for Dmitrichenko, 10 for Zarutsky and six for Lipatov.
The dancer is expected to be sentenced by Judge Yelena Maximova later in the day.
Dec 03 2013
Italian police said Monday they had busted a ring of smugglers who attempted to traffic cocaine from Latin America to Europe by hiding it in surf boards and a sailing boat.
The police said they had arrested 19 people -- 16 Italians, 2 Peruvians and a Columbian. In all, 24 people are under investigation.
A total of 330 kilograms (727 pounds) of cocaine were seized from surf boards at Santiago airport in Chile and another 330 kilograms were found in a large, specially-adapted sailing boat stopped in Venezuela.
Two kilograms of cocaine were also discovered in the buttons of a Peruvian poncho mailed to Florence in central Italy.
Dec 03 2013
A sea eagle snatched a video camera recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured footage of its 70-mile (110km) flight.
The video of the bird picking up the camera and its subsequent journey was released by wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region.
The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off.
It eventually lands and is later seen poking its face into the camera lens.
Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera beside the Margaret River last May hoping to record images of crocodiles.
The camera, which is about six inches (15cm) long and two inches (5cm) wide, disappeared soon after.
The rangers assumed it had fallen into the water, but it was then found about 70 miles (110km) away near the Mary River.
They discovered who the thief was when they examined the footage.
From now on they say they will make sure their cameras are firmly bolted down.
Dec 03 2013
An animal rights group has filed what it says is the first lawsuit seeking to declare a captive chimpanzee named Tommy a "legal person".
The US non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project claims the 26-year-old primate is being kept in a "small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed" in central New York.
The organisation is demanding his immediate release to a sanctuary and has asked a state court to rule that he is "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned".
Chimpanzees "possess complex cognitive abilities that are so strictly protected when they're found in human beings", Steven Wise, the president of the group, told Reuters.
"There's no reason why they should not be protected when they're found in chimpanzees," he added.
The lawsuit on Tommy's behalf is among three the group is filing this week for four chimps across New York.
The others are Kiko, a 26-year-old chimp living on a private property in Niagara Falls, and Hercules and Leo, two young male chimps used in research at Stony Brook University on Long Island.
Mr Wise first visited Tommy in October after reading a local newspaper article about exotic animals kept in a used trailer lot in Gloversville, New York, about 50 miles (80km) northwest of Albany.
"He looked terrible," said Mr Wise, who had previously seen healthy, wild chimps in Uganda.
"He looked like a caged chimpanzee - they don't move, they don't look at you. They look depressed."
The lawsuit states that chimps are entitled to a "fundamental right to bodily liberty", which Mr Wise said is the basic right to be left alone and not held for entertainment or research.
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A Minnesota man ticketed for disorderly conduct after he flung $1,000 (£611.28) in mostly small bills over a balcony at the nation's largest mall during a heavy holiday shopping day wants to give away more money, he said on Monday.
Serge Vorobyov was banned from the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis for a year for the publicity stunt on Black Friday that has drawn attention from national media.
Vorobyov, 29, said he hoped a YouTube video of the stunt would continue to generate thousands of views so he could potentially earn money from the advertising revenue and spread the wealth.
Vorobyov said he is in the middle of a messy divorce and was forced recently to close his car-hauling business. He said he emptied his bank account and stamped the cash with his Facebook and YouTube account information.
He tossed the cash -- he said it was a mixture of a $100 bill, several $20s, $10s, $5s and 600 $1-bills -- when a group began to sing "Let it Snow."
"I had such an adrenaline rush, just throwing the money out like a madman," Vorobyov said Monday.
Mall of America said it was sympathetic to Vorobyov's personal situation, but the stunt threatened the safety of shoppers and he was banned from mall property for a year. More than 235,000 shoppers went to the mall on Friday, it said.
"By throwing money into a crowd, Mr. Vorobyov could have caused people to get injured by trying to scramble for the money or by falling over the railings -- some of which are more than 40 feet above the ground level," spokesman Dan Jasper said in an email.
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Dec 02 2013
A man haunted after carrying out a mugging to impress a friend has apologised to his victim 35 years later, after spotting him on Facebook.
Michael Goodman, 53, was a teenager in the late 1970s when he targeted Claude Soffel, 52, on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
He took Mr Soffel's bus pass during the mugging, but was quickly arrested and struggled to come to terms with his actions for the next three decades.
But while reading a post on the closing of H&H Bagels on New York's Upper East Side he recognised Mr Soffel's name in the comments and decided it was time to apologise.
He wrote: "For some reason there were undercover Police right there and I was arrested on the spot. My father had to leave work and come and get me and was not to (sic) happy with me to say the least!
"I have never forgotten the incident or your name (it has sort of haunted me a bit throughout my life) and then her I am on fb. reading about my favourite bagel store in the world closing down... my brain is blown!
"Finally I can say - I'M VERY SORRY that you had to go through that c*** that day long ago, I wish it had never happened but it did.
"Like I said I was trying to look tough to impress some guy who didn't believe I was in a gang, pretty f***** stupid huh?"
After a 10-day wait, Mr Soffel replied to Mr Goodman - who now lives in Hawaii - and accepted his heartfelt apology.
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A German policeman has been arrested after the chopped-up body of a man he met on a fetishist website for cannibalism was found buried in his garden, police in the eastern city of Dresden said on Friday.
"The victim had been fantasising about being killed and eaten by someone else since his youth," Dresden police chief Dieter Kroll told a news conference. It was not immediately clear whether any act of cannibalism had taken place.
The investigation recalled the case of Armin Meiwes, dubbed the "Cannibal of Rothenburg", who killed and ate a man who had advertised on the Internet for someone to kill him "and leave no trace". Meiwes, who filmed the act, received a life sentence in 2006.
Dresden police said the suspect was a 55-year-old who worked as a technical expert in the criminal investigation department. The victim was identified only as a 59-year-old man from Hanover and the case was being treated as murder, they said.
A man’s life was turned upside down by a vicious woman after a one night stand.
The 36-year-old man of Soweto, South Africa, was horrified after the woman deliberately infected him with HIV.
After a drunken night in a bar, the man took the woman to his house where they had sex.
The man said that he used a condom for the one night stand before the two fell asleep in his bed.
Later, he woke up to find the woman on top of him. The man did not resist, and they had sex again.
This time however, the sleepy man did not get out of bed to get a condom.
When they were done having sex the evil woman said: "Welcome to the world of HIV."
She then informed him that she was HIV positive and that she did not want to die alone.
"I had been a blood donor for years, but after the encounter with the woman when I went to donate blood I was rejected,” the victim said.
"I went to be tested for HIV and my worst nightmare was confirmed," he added.
He was indeed HIV positive.
The angry man went to police in order to file charges against the woman.
However, Officer Solomon Sibiya said it would be difficult to open a case as there is little evidence against the woman.
Nov 29 2013
An American man who has been arrested more than 1,500 times has spent yet another Thanksgiving behind bars.
Henry Earl, 64, is locked up in the Fayette County Detention Center following his arrest outside a fast food restaurant last month for public intoxication.
Earl has been in jail for Thanksgiving three times over the past five years and recently celebrated his 64th birthday locked up.
Earl, who occasionally uses the alias 'James Brown', has spent a total of nearly 6,000 days in custody over the course of his life, almost entirely on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
He was first jailed in Fayette County in July 1970, when he was 20, for carrying a concealed weapon.
From then on, Earl's arrest rate increased rapidly; he was jailed 230 times during the 1980s.
Over the past year, Kentucky judges have been less lenient on Earl, who has begun spending two- to three-month periods in custody per conviction.