Sunday, December 21, 2014

Properly arranged cushions are important

What does the fox say?

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A touch of festive sheep herding

Gareth Wyn Jones, a hill farmer from Llanfairfechan, near Conwy in north Wales attached a camera to his seven-year-old sheepdog Cap, to film him bounding along the Carneddau Mountains.

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Woman reunited with lost luggage after 20 years

Maria Dellos has been having bad luck with lost luggage. The latest incident happened about four months ago when one of her bags went missing. So when the TSA called her recently, she wasn’t surprised.

But the TSA were calling about a bag filled with art supplies that went missing two decades ago. Dellos, a designer and teacher who owns Maria’s Art Creations in Tucson, Arizona, had travelled to a trade show in Las Vegas 20 years ago and filled a suitcase with about $600 worth of art supplies.

The suitcase never made it home. How and why the items turned up after all these years remains a mystery. “I understand that we just did some shuffling of equipment at the airport, so it’s quite possible that we came across something that somebody left unattended for a long period of time,” TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez said.

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The good news didn’t stop there. The TSA also returned her lost luggage from four months ago as well. “I’m absolutely thankful to the TSA for calling me today and giving me great faith back into the airline industry,” she added.

Teenager in process of altering appearance arrested for pickaxe and baseball bat attack

Two suspects accused of attacking a 21-year-old man from Holland Township, Michigan, with a pickaxe and baseball bat have been arrested.

Codi James Antoniello, 19, and a 16-year-old male were arrested on Thursday at an apartment complex in Holland Township. Antoniello, who authorities say was in the process of shaving his head in order to alter his appearance when he was arrested, was arraigned on Friday on charges of felonious assault and first-degree home invasion.

The 16-year-old suspect will be charged as an adult in the case, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently being held in juvenile detention. Investigators say the suspects went into the victim’s home at around 2:30am on Wednesday and began to attack him.

The fight started after one of the suspects, who is dating the victim’s ex-girlfriend, and the victim were communicating on Facebook, authorities said. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries to his face and head. He was said to be in good condition.

Bud Weisser charged with break-in at store

A teenager has turned himself in after making a run from the law. Bud A. Weisser, 18, faces a felony burglary charge for breaking into a convenience store in Lemay, Missouri, on Aug. 21, police said.

Court documents say a St. Louis County police officer on patrol saw a man climbing out of a shattered window at the store at about 4:30am. Officers briefly pursued the man but he got away.

A statement from St. Louis County Police states that investigators found evidence that linked Bud Weisser to the burglary. He turned himself in a few days later and submitted to a swab for DNA.

The blood on the counter of the convenience store matched the DNA taken from Weisser. Court documents allege that Weisser, of St. Louis, broke in for the purpose of stealing but don't say whether he took anything. The burglary charge was filed last Friday.

Man allegedly used proceeds from Ponzi scheme to freeze deceased wife

A man US prosecutors say duped investors out of $5 million by telling them he would invest it in commodities and currencies allegedly used some of the money to have his wife cryogenically frozen after she died, according to a court filing on Friday.

A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Whileon Chay, 38, with three counts of fraud for soliciting investor funds he said he would manage through a number of businesses, including New York-based 4X Solutions, according to the filing. Chay fled to Peru in 2011 after learning he was under investigation by US authorities, a source familiar with the matter said.

He has not returned. According to the indictment, Chay was raising money from investors as early as 2007. He showed them falsified reports on the performance of various investment strategies in currencies, gold and other markets, and told them he was using currency positions to hedge against the potential risk of gold price fluctuations.

In reality, the indictment said, Chay never bought any gold and lost $2 million of the money trading in the foreign exchange markets. At times, he used money he raised from new investors to pay older ones, but he also bought luxury cars, funded a "lavish lifestyle" and paid $150,000 to have his deceased wife cryogenically frozen in 2009, the indictment said. He faces one count each of wire fraud, commodities fraud and mail fraud.

Dispute over sexuality during game of dominoes ended with sword attack

An argument between two men in Cleveland, Ohio, over their sexuality ended with one attacking the other with a two-foot sword. Three men were at an apartment on Wednesday playing dominoes when the attack took place.

One of the men, a 48-year-old who goes by the nickname "Cowboy," accused a 44-year-old man of having homosexual tendencies. The 44-year-old man fought back, saying he heard from several neighbourhood men that Cowboy had homosexual tendencies. The argument escalated into a fist fight.

The two men wrestled in the kitchen until a third man broke up the fight. The two men decided to take their fight outside. The man went outside and waited. Cowboy emerged from the apartment with a two-foot sword, and began swinging. He struck the man once in the head and twice in the left arm before the man said he was going to call the police.

Cowboy took one of the men's phones, dropped the sword and walked away. The other men called police, but officers could not locate Cowboy. Court records show Cowboy spent 14 years in prison after a 1986 conviction on rape, kidnapping and robbery charges. No charges have been filed in the attack.

Model inspired by Lady Godiva rode horse while naked in protest at bar and club closing time law

A model who suddenly found herself out of work by a new law forcing bars and clubs in Chile to close at midnight has protested by riding on a horse naked through Santiago. Patricia Aguirre, 27, who is originally from Paraguay but now lives in the Chilean capital, said the new rules had devastated the city's nightlife.

She said: "People just can't have any fun now that they've introduced this law. And it has also been a disaster for performers like myself." Ms Aguirre is a regular performer on the city's club scene as part of a dance troupe, and said that since the new rules none of the clubs were hiring either models, musicians, dancers or hostesses. But inspired by the story of Lady Godiva, who protested against unpopular laws in the UK by riding naked through the town, she decided to do the same.

And as a result she spent 15 minutes riding naked through the city to protest against unpopular council decision. It has already had one positive benefit, with the council announcing that they would allow off-licences which sold alcohol to stay open until 3am instead of also forcing them to close at midnight. She added: "I was a bit nervous but at the end I loved it so much, I'm thinking of buying a horse. I've had a lot of compliments from both men and women, and very few people were critical."

She confirmed that she had been inspired by Lady Godiva, an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend, rode naked – only covered in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride through the town, and was struck blind. Unlike the story of Lady Godiva though, people did not avert their gaze from Ms Aguirre.

'Embarrassed' judge told murder trial jurors to bring packed lunches due to government cuts

An 'embarrassed' judge told jurors at a murder trial at Northampton Crown Court to bring their own packed lunches to court because of government cuts. Judge Rupert Mayo told the jury that no catering facilities had been arranged.

On Wednesday, Judge Mayo said: "I am almost too embarrassed to tell you that that's the housekeeping rules tomorrow." HM Courts Service said a contract for the provision of on-site catering services had expired in August.

Judge Mayo had told jurors on the Stanley Harrison murder trial that the Ministry of Justice had cut funding so much that no catering facilities could be arranged. He said: "Bring a packed lunch tomorrow so that you can have lunch when you like." A spokesman for HM Courts & Tribunals Service said a national contract with caterers Eurest had expired on 31 August.

He said the service had "considered bids from national, regional and local companies to provide services after that date. Negotiations for a new catering contract at Northampton Crown Court are ongoing." For the first 10 days of their service, jurors are entitled to an allowance of £5.71 a day for food and drink if their day does not go beyond 10 hours.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

It's the weekend

Dog gets comfy in front of fireplace

This Weimaraner knows how to keep warm and comfortable on a cold winter's day.

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Angry kangaroo deals with intrusive drone

A drone hovering over a kangaroo and his mates in the Hunter Valley, Australia, was dealt a knock-out blow.

The footage was rescued, but the drone is apparently beyond repair.

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Santa knocked out by bear

A Californian photographer has captured a serious animal attack in the Angeles National Forest.

Glendora native Robert Martinez has 10 cameras set up to watch wildlife, and put a Father Christmas doll in front of one of them in the hope of attracting the attention of a mountain lion.

While one did stop to stare at the doll before padding away, it was a carnivore of a different kind that made his efforts worthwhile.

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The bear decided to have some fun with the Santa doll on Monday, knocking it over and smacking it around until he got bored.

Man shot by dog

Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek says Richard L. Fipps, of Sheridan, suffered a gun shot wound to the arm on Monday.

Mr Fipps was accompanied by two employees when they stepped out of their truck to remove the snow chains from the vehicle. Fipps had a dog in the vehicle which he had ordered to move from the front seat into the back.

While the dog was roaming around the back seat of the truck, it stepped on a loaded 300 Winchester Magnum which caused the gun to discharge. According to Kozisek, Fipps was outside the truck when the bullet shot through the cab of the truck into his left arm.

Fipps was transported by ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Due to the severity of the injury, Fipps was later moved to a hospital in Billings. Although his life was saved, Fipps arm may be amputated. Kosizek says the evidence and testimonies from witnesses point to an accident and not an intent to harm.

Police hunt couple who sucked coins from car wash using a vacuum cleaner

Police in Melbourne, Australia, are searching for two thieves who used a vacuum cleaner to suck coins out of a car wash machine.

A man and a woman twice used their own vacuum cleaner to steal coins from deposit boxes at the car wash in Chirnside Park, the first time on September 9, at about 1am.

The pair were travelling in a light-coloured Isuzu pick-up, police said. "It is believed the pair used a vacuum cleaner to suck coins out of the storage boxes," Senior Constable Melissa Seach said.

The duo robbed the same car wash a second time, on September 16, in a blue station wagon, stealing a small amount of cash. Police have now released CCTV footage in the hope that someone can identify them.

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Grief-stricken man wears late wife's apple-stuffed bra and high-heeled shoes

A high-heeled shoe-wearing man seen on a bus putting on a bra with two apples stuffed inside, is said to be a widower wearing clothes belonging to his late wife.

The man, who was also sporting a tight pair of leggings, is a regular on public transport in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China. Friends of the man said that he was depressed after his wife died two years ago, and had started wearing her clothing until his relatives had argued with him about it. He had then stopped, or so they thought.

But instead it seems he has taken to sneaking out of the house with items of clothing, and then trying them on while travelling on public transport. A spokesman for the bus company in the city said they were aware of the man and that he was regularly wearing seen women's clothing, and never caused any harm although it was regarded as strange.

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They said they did not know anything about whether he was a widower, but pointed out that it would be surprising if the shoes he was wearing had belonged to his wife. The spokesman said: "I can't imagine she had the same size feet as he did, I reckon he must have bought those at some stage."

Shattered fish tank stopped house fire

A shattered fish tank stopped a fire from spreading through a house in Warrington, Cheshire. About 22 gallons (100 litres) poured out of the tank after part of it smashed during the blaze, which was sparked by a candle.

Firefighters used more water to put out the flames in the lounge after being called at 6:55am on Thursday. Steve Whitehall, who lives in the property, said 13 fish died but two survived in the water left in the tank.

"We often have candles burning around the house, and are usually very careful about making sure they are all out before we go to bed or go out," he said.

"Unfortunately, we missed one and I cannot believe the damage that has been caused from just that one candle." Tony Taylor, crew manager at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The Whitehalls have had a very lucky escape from what could have been a much more serious incident."

World Pie Eating Championships declared null and void after wrong size pies delivered to event

The World Pie Eating Championships were thrown into turmoil when it emerged that a work experience chef sent the wrong pies to the event. Organisers said the snacks - double the correct size for the contest - should have gone to a divorce party but were sent to Harry's Bar in Wigan in error.

Ex-champion Barry Rigby, 37, of Wigan, a fitness instructor, set the best time of 42.6 seconds for eating half a pie. But umpires declared the results null and void because of safety concerns. They said eating the 24cm (10in) pies could result in a dangerous "swallow stall".

Tony Callaghan, owner of Harry's Bar, said: "The work experience lad was tasked with providing 24 competition pies but mixed up the order and sent them to a divorce party up the road. By the time we realised, it was too late." Mr Callaghan said: "We had to go ahead. But everyone took it in their stride and demonstrated the professionalism of pie eating at this level.

"It was a shame because these lads practise long and often: you can see how seriously they take it, practising pie-eating late into the night on every street corner in Wigan town centre." The cooked dimensions of the official competition pie should be a diameter of 12cm (5in) and a depth of 3.5cm (1.5in). The competition regulations also state the content of the meat and potato mix have to be 1cm (0.4in) and they must have 66% meat content not including pastry.

​Defendant’s last fart of freedom caused ripple of amusement in courtroom

A quiet courtroom break was interrupted as a man waiting to be sent to prison broke wind.

Magistrates had retired to consider their sentence of a Lincoln man appearing on shop theft charges when the trump rippled through the air.

The courtroom began to resemble a scene from the school playground as giggles broke out among solicitors and other legal representatives. An apology from the defendant seemed to do little to stifle the laughter from the onlookers.

However, order was restored as magistrates returned. Aaron Scott Morris, 31, of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, was jailed for 12 weeks after admitting breaching a suspended sentence order and two charges of theft from a shop.