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Seven members and two roadies of the Norwegian heavy metal band Mayhem have been arrested for destruction. The interior of the hotel room turned out to have been destroyed when the band left. Damage costs have been estimated at 5000 euros. The band stays in custody until the damage has been paid.

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Seven members and two roadies of the Norwegian heavy metal band Mayhem have been arrested for destruction. The interior of the hotel room turned out to have been destroyed when the band left. Damage costs have been estimated at 5000 euros. The band stays in custody until the damage has been paid.


hahahaha good. that band sucks so bad its painful. i had the misfortune of seeing them live earlier this year actually. let me tell you, never ever in my life have i walked out of a concert before. i ALWAYS stay until the end. but with this band, i left after maybe 3 songs. terrible terrible terrible. god awful. waste of my time and $30

i'm glad to hear that, really. thank you for posting that. i feel some justice has been served for taking my $30

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Follow-up for Skunky: One of the 9 was innocent and he could go, but the other 8 paid their share.

On a less cheerful note, in Peru 3 people have been arrested for killing dozens of people for their body fat. They confessed to five murders. When the three were arrested, they carried bottles of human fat. It is not known if they actually managed to sell it.

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Palin's book comes with bag of nuts at Santa Cruz bookshop

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SANTA CRUZ -- By golly, a downtown bookstore has found a way to poke fun at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and draw attention to her new book released this week, "Going Rogue: An American Life."

Several copies of Palin's book, about her experience as John McCain's running mate in 2008 and life in Alaska, are stacked on the checkout counter at Bookshop Santa Cruz next to a bowl filled with small bags of walnuts -- a 2-for-1 special of sorts.

Customers who buy Palin's book, priced at $29 in hardcover, also get a free bag of "Just Plain Nutz."

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On a less cheerful note, in Peru 3 people have been arrested for killing dozens of people for their body fat. They confessed to five murders. When the three were arrested, they carried bottles of human fat. It is not known if they actually managed to sell it.


Yeah, I heard that story on BBC World Service. Apparently experts are at a loss as to what they wanted it for. It seems useless for stem cell research and it's also not very useful for cosmetics, though apparently in Korea there appears to be enough of a demand for the government to pass a law against trafficking in it.
The Peruvian police still seemed to have shown the bottles to the press though, which is a bit bizarre.

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Ecstasy pill collection stolen

AMSTERDAM - A MAN who says he spent two decades collecting Ecstasy pills of all colours and shapes as a hobby has turned to police for help after they were stolen - because he says some of them are poisonous.

Police say the 46-year-old man, who was not identified, decided to report the theft despite the illegal nature of the collection because he was worried about the possible consequences if anybody were to swallow one of the poisoned pills.

It was not immediately clear why about 40 red-and-white pills out of the 2,400-pill-strong collection would be poisoned, but the police say they fear the drugs could be lethal if swallowed.

'That's really the main reason he came to the police,' said police spokeswoman Esther Naber, adding the man 'knows he's not going to get his collection back.'

A report in De Volkskrant daily Thursday said the man claimed he was not a drug dealer or user. 'I've tried it before but didn't like it,' the report quoted him saying. 'My passion for collecting comes from the varied collection of colors, shapes and logos that are printed on the pills.'

According to a police statement, the man gathered the pills over a 20 year period and carefully stored them in coin collecting folders. The folders were allegedly taken during a break-in Wednesday at the man's home in Eerbeek, 90 kilometres east of Amsterdam.

The pills' street value is estimated at euro11,000 (S$22,508). -- AP

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Octopus snatches coconut and runs

An octopus and its coconut-carrying antics have surprised scientists. Underwater footage reveals that the creatures scoop up halved coconut shells before scampering away with them so they can later use them as shelters.


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Writing in the journal Current Biology, the team says it is the first example of tool use in octopuses. One of the researchers, Dr Julian Finn from Australia's Museum Victoria, told BBC News: "I almost drowned laughing when I saw this the first time." He added: "I could tell it was going to do something, but I didn't expect this - I didn't expect it would pick up the shell and run away with it."

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The veined octopuses (Amphioctopus marginatus) were filmed between 1999 and 2008 off the coasts of Northern Sulawesi and Bali in Indonesia. The bizarre behaviour was spotted on four occasions. The eight-armed beasts used halved coconuts that had been discarded by humans and had eventually settled in the ocean. Dr Mark Norman, head of science at Museum Victoria, Melbourne, and one of the authors of the paper, said: "It is amazing watching them excavate one of these shells. They probe their arms down to loosen the mud, then they rotate them out."

After turning the shells so the open side faces upwards, the octopuses blow jets of mud out of the bowl before extending their arms around the shell - or if they have two halves, stacking them first, one inside the other - before stiffening their legs and tip-toeing away. Dr Norman said: "I think it is amazing that those arms of pure muscle get turned into rigid rods so that they can run along a bit like a high-speed spider."It comes down to amazing dexterity and co-ordination of eight arms and several hundred suckers."

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The octopuses were filmed moving up to 20m with the shells. And their awkward gait, which the scientists describe as "stilt-walking", is surprisingly speedy, possibly because the creatures are left vulnerable to attack from predators while they scuttle away with their prized coconuts.

The octopuses eventually use the shells as a protective shelter. If they just have one half, they simply turn it over and hide underneath. But if they are lucky enough to have retrieved two halves, they assemble them back into the original closed coconut form and sneak inside. The shells provide important protection for the octopuses in a patch of seabed where there are few places to hide. Dr Norman explained: "This is an incredibly dangerous habitat for these animals - soft sediment and mud couldn't be worse. "If they are buried loose in mud without a shell, any predator coming along can just scoop them up. And they are pure rump steak, a terrific meat supply for any predator." The researchers think that the creatures would initially have used large bivalve shells as their haven, but later swapped to coconuts after our insatiable appetite for them meant their discarded shells became a regular feature on the sea bed.

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Tool use was once thought to be an exclusively human skill, but this behaviour has now been observed in a growing list of primates, mammals and birds. The researchers say their study suggests that these coconut-grabbing octopuses should now be added to these ranks. Professor Tom Tregenza, an evolutionary ecologist from the University of Exeter, UK, and another author of the paper, said: "A tool is something an animal carries around and then uses on a particular occasion for a particular purpose. "While the octopus carries the coconut around there is no use to it - no more use than an umbrella is to you when you have it folded up and you are carrying it about. The umbrella only becomes useful when you lift it above your head and open it up.

"And just in the same way, the coconut becomes useful to this octopus when it stops and turns it the other way up and climbs inside it." He added that octopuses already have a reputation for being an intelligent invertebrate. He explained: "They've been shown to be able to solve simple puzzles, there is the mimic octopus, which has a range of different species that it can mimic, and now there is this tool use. They do things which, normally, you'd only expect vertebrates to do."

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A man that needs no introduction, a profit, a poet, and a close personal friend of mine for many many years.............. :roll:

Reverend Fred Phelps: 'God Hates Lady Gaga'

"Thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed...Will He reserve HIs anger forever? Will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest." Jer 3:3,5


"Art" and "fashion" are the euphemisms, the guise under which proud whore Lady Gaga teaches rebellion against God (incidentally, her claim to the title of "lady" is sound only if she tacks on "of the night," thereby alluding to another euphemism of what she is.) As much as she'd like to pretend otherwise, there's nothing new or different about this particular hussy's pretentious prancing. Does the simple slut truly think that she can change God's standards by seducing a generation of rebels into joining her in fist-raised, stiff-necked, hard-hearted rebellion against Him? Get real!

Even as she gives lip-service to "liberating" her young fans, Lady Gaga brings them into slavery to their own corruption, teaching them to glory in their shame. She hates you! "For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption!" 2 Pet. 2:18-19

YOU'RE GOING TO HELL.
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You just can't buy that kinda batshit insane. :mrgreen:

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Kansas dad somehow lifts car off 6-year-old girl

OTTAWA, Kan. -- A Kansas mother is praising a neighbor as "Superman" after her 6-year-old daughter told her he somehow found the strength to lift a car off her. The girl escaped with minor injuries after she and neighbor Nick Harris said she was pinned under the vehicle.


"He really is Superman," Kristen Hough, the child's mother, said Friday of Harris, the man she said saved her daughter, Ashlyn.

Harris, 32, said he doesn't know how he managed to lift the Mercury sedan off the child. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound Harris said he tried later that day to lift other cars and couldn't.

"But somehow, adrenaline, hand of God, whatever you want to call it, I don't know how I did it," he said.

Harris was dropping off his 8-year-old daughter at school last week when he saw a driver backing her car out of a driveway and over the child, Harris said.

"I didn't even think. I ran over there as fast as I could, grabbed the rear end of the car and lifted and pushed as hard as I could to get the tire off the child," he said.

He realized the little girl was Ashlyn, a friend of his daughter's. Harris carried the screaming first-grader to the sidewalk and was going to get his phone to call 911, but Ashlyn said she wanted him to stay with her.

He told people nearby to get the child's mother, who lives a block away.

There were no witnesses to confirm what happened. But Ottawa police Lt. Adam Weingartner said, "I don't have anything to dispute it."

Hough said Ashlyn told her Harris lifted the car off her, Weingartner said.

Weingartner, the first officer at the scene, said Harris "was amped up pretty good. The first words out of his mouth were, 'I lifted the car off the girl.'"

He said it appeared Ashlyn wasn't pinned under the car long enough to be seriously hurt, Weingartner said.

Hough said her daughter was released from the hospital that afternoon with a concussion and some scrapes.

"She is my little walking miracle right now," Hough said. "He truly is a superhero in the family's eyes."

Harris also visited Ashlyn later that day and was greeted with a big hug.

"I don't consider myself a hero at all," Harris said. "To me, it was payment enough when she gave me that huge hug and said, 'Thanks, Superman.'"

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When I was one, I had hamster cheeks. It looked like I had mumps or something. One day, my dad, my then 4-ish sister and me, aged 1, went to the local supermarket. In an ungarded moment, I stuck my head between two iron bars near the gate, and I couldn't pull my noggin back. Those cheeks, you know.
In spite of the fact that it was a supermarket so there'd be plenty of soap available, Dad freed me by pulling the iron bars apart, gaining the admiration of his strength by onlookers. He had huge red injuries on his hands, but he didn't show those to anyone.

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Ah yes ladies and gentlemen, we have a contender for the position recently vacated by Oral Roberts.
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Reverend Fred Phelps: 'God Hates Lady Gaga'

"Thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed...Will He reserve HIs anger forever? Will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest." Jer 3:3,5


"Art" and "fashion" are the euphemisms, the guise under which proud whore Lady Gaga teaches rebellion against God (incidentally, her claim to the title of "lady" is sound only if she tacks on "of the night," thereby alluding to another euphemism of what she is.) As much as she'd like to pretend otherwise, there's nothing new or different about this particular hussy's pretentious prancing. Does the simple slut truly think that she can change God's standards by seducing a generation of rebels into joining her in fist-raised, stiff-necked, hard-hearted rebellion against Him? Get real!

Even as she gives lip-service to "liberating" her young fans, Lady Gaga brings them into slavery to their own corruption, teaching them to glory in their shame. She hates you! "For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption!" 2 Pet. 2:18-19

YOU'RE GOING TO HELL.
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You just can't buy that kinda batshit insane. :mrgreen:


These are the same people that protest funerals for gays and servicemen.

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A 12-year-old boy and 13-year old girl from Indiana are facing felony charges for "sexting" each other with nude pictures.

They face child exploitation and child pornography charges after the teacher confiscated the girl's cellphone when it rang in class last week.

The two — in Grades 6 and 7 — attend the Ben Franklin Middle School in Valparaiso, Ind.

The boy "had send a text and picture of his exposed genitals . . . and requested that she do the same," said a report on the incident from Valparaiso Police Department.

The department said the girl responded "via phone and text a picture of her nude exposed body and breasts."

Juvenile prosecutor Tim Harminak and the prosecutor's office advised police to file charges.

The two were released into the custody of their parents.

In Canada, a former school employee faces charges of exploiting two male students after they were sent sexually explicit text messages in Black Diamond, Alta.

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Indonesian man loses his teeth in a cigarette explosion

An Indonesian man has been given compensation after a cigarette he was smoking exploded, taking out six teeth.


Andi Susanto, 31, told Indonesian media the cigarette had blown up in his mouth while he was riding a motorcycle.

He accepted a payment of 5m rupiah ($535; £335) and all his medical costs from PT Nojorono Tobacco, makers of the brand of cigarette he was smoking.

Police are investigating what caused the blast, but Mr Susanto said he would try to give up smoking now anyway.

He told the Jakarta Post newspaper he had been smoking since he was a schoolboy and had never had any problems.

"The incident was all so unexpected," he said.

He told Metro TV the company had talked to his family and agreed to "settle it amicably" with an out-of-court settlement.

A spokesman for Clas Mild cigarettes, the brand Mr Susanto had been smoking, said there were no plans for a recall.

"We are communicating with the police and still waiting on the forensic laboratory tests," Iwan Sulistyo told the Jakarta Globe.

"We do not put any strange materials in the cigarettes, so we think that this is a weird case. This is the first time for us."

Indonesia has one of the highest smoking rates in the world, with more than 60% of men smoking regularly.

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Man's best friend in doghouse for eating girl's best friend, a diamond
'Diamond' dog's lavish taste
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Narco sub is no rumor, authorities discover

Find in jungle of Ecuador called a game-changer in the war on drugs


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It has long been the stuff of drug-trafficking legend, but federal authorities announced on Saturday that they have helped seize the first known and fully operational submarine built by drug traffickers to smuggle tons of cocaine from South America toward the United States.

The diesel-electric powered submarine was captured in an Ecuadorian jungle waterway leading to the Pacific Ocean, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The sub, which is about 100 feet long and equipped with a periscope, was seized before its maiden voyage by Ecuadorian authorities armed with DEA intelligence.

The discovery is seen by authorities as a game-changer in terms of the challenge it poses not only to fighting drugs but to national security as well.

"The submarine's nautical range, payload capacity, and quantum leap in stealth have raised the stakes for the counter-drug forces and the national security community alike," said DEA Andean Regional Director Jay Bergman.

It is unclear how far the camouflage-painted submarine could have traveled, but it is believed to be sophisticated enough to cover thousands of miles — and certainly to make it to the North American coast.

"There is a sense of urgency for naval engineers and submariners to take a look at this thing and dissect it and take it apart and figure out what its real capabilities were," Bergman said. "The police have seized this structure, but the people that need to get on there are naval engineers."

Bergman noted that traffickers have used speed boats, sail boats, fishing boats and specialized craft that float low in the water, but this is the first true submarine discovered.

"Now that the Loch Ness Monster has been found, the interdiction community is going to retool their search patterns and how they conduct business," he said.

Back in 2000 in a Bogota, Colombia, warehouse authorities thought they'd found the first ever narco submarine, but it turned out to be an enclosed boat that floated low in the water, rather than completely under the surface.
The final frontier

The submarine seized in Ecuador was built in what was described as a clandestine dry dock of industrial proportions and even had housing for dozens of workers.

It marks what could be argued as the final frontier for traffickers who have squared off against law enforcement on the land, in the air and on the sea, and now look to go beneath the waves to reach lucrative drug markets.

"There is no place else they can go in terms of maritime," Bergman said. "The traffickers have now exhausted every possibility."

Among the questions is who could have designed such a sophisticated machine, as well as piloted it.

But the biggest issue haunting federal agents is this: How many more might be out there?

"The DEA is very good," Bergman said, "but what are the odds of us detecting the first one ever built before it got underway? I'd say this is the first one we caught."

Larry Karson, a retired Customs Service agent who is a criminal justice lecturer at the University of Houston Downtown, said the DEA very well could have found the only real narco sub.
Hard to hide

He noted that it isn't easy to keep a dry dock covert, let alone all the people involved.

"It is feasible," said Karson, who noted that for years authorities have heard rumors of drug traffickers getting a submarine. But most figured traffickers would most likely buy a used one, not make their own.

"I think everybody has been looking for it, it has been a matter of time," he said. "There was a rumor somebody would find a used one on the market. We've been using them since the Civil War."

He noted that the former Navy P-3s that now are used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to search for sea and airborne traffickers sneaking loads toward the United States might have to revert to their old submarine hunting mission.

Finding the sub comes as part of a long-term cat and mouse game in which authorities have combed jungles and flown over thousands of miles of open ocean each week in an attempt to deny traffickers easy access to their U.S. markets.

As Bergman put it: "This is the final frontier for the maritime drug traffickers. We remained completely incredulous until the last minute."

"Good cops never underestimate their enemy or the ingenuity of the adversary," he said. "But seeing is believing and that is what this day is."

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/7093154.html

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Man accused of snowmobiling while intoxicated -- in June


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Darth Vader robs bank

Man disguised as Darth Vader robs bank


A man dressed as the Star Wars antagonist Darth Vader robed a bank in Setauket, New York. The robber was dressed in a character themed mask and blue cape. Armed with a hand gun the robber stole an undetermined amount of cash from the Chase bank branch.

The robber entered the bank saying that he was robbing it. Customers initially thought it was a joke and began laughing. Detective William Lamb of the Suffolk County Police Department said that one customer attempted to tackle the robber and was attacked. He is seen cowering in the background of surveillance photographs. The robber then approached a teller and demanded cash while brandishing a weapon.

This robbery is the latest in a string of odd bank robberies in the New York metropolitan area. Yesterday the New York Police Department arrested a man robbing banks carrying flowers and potted plants. Also police are looking for an apparent cross dressing robber who stuck up a bank in Long Island.

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A man with clown tattoos on his face arrested by Ogden police
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Ogden police caught a lucky break when they stumbled on a clown named "Happy". He was wanted on burglary charges.
Tony Pete, 43, has clown eyes and a clown mouth tattooed on his face.
Ogden police have been looking for him, they say he was part of a home invasion robbery in February.
Officers found him late Thursday night hiding under blankets inside an Ogden home. They were at that house searching for a different suspect who they did not find.

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Police raiding a marijuana farm in western Canada were astonished to find black bears apparently guarding it.

However initial alarm wore off when officers realised the 10 or so bears did not behave aggressively and were in fact docile and tame.


Police believe dog food was used to attract the animals onto the farm in British Columbia.

But they say the bears may have to be put down if they have become accustomed to living around humans.

Two people were arrested in the raid.

The five police who went to the farm near Christina Lake, close to the US border, to dismantle the marijuana plantation were amazed when the bears loped into view.

"They were tame, they just sat around watching. At one point one of the bears climbed onto the hood of a police car, sat there for a bit and then jumped off," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Fred Mansveld.

In Canada, feeding bears is illegal as it leads to bears associating food with humans and increases the likelihood of bears coming into towns and cities to look for food.

Conservation officers are deciding the fate of the bears...

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Woman who dumped cat in wheelie bin 'profoundly sorry'

A woman filmed dumping a cat in a wheelie bin has said she is "profoundly sorry" for "a split second of misjudgement".


The RSPCA said it would be interviewing Mary Bale after CCTV cameras showed her throwing four-year-old Lola into a bin outside her owners' home in Coventry.

A Facebook group calling for Ms Bale's death has been removed, the social networking site said.

Police said they were speaking to the 45-year-old about her personal safety.

Lola was rescued from the bin 15 hours later by her owner, Darryl Mann.

Outrage was sparked among animal lovers earlier this week after the film - from security cameras outside their home - was posted online by Mr Mann's wife Stephanie.

The couple, of Bray's Lane in Coventry, have said they are both "stunned" by the public reaction to the footage.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Ms Bale, a bank worker from Stoke, in Coventry, said: "I want to take this opportunity to apologise profusely for the upset and distress that my actions have caused.

"I cannot explain why I did this, it is completely out of character and I certainly did not intend to cause any distress to Lola or her owners.

"It was a split second of misjudgement that has got completely out of control.

"I am due to meet with the RSPCA and police to discuss this matter further and will co-operate fully with their investigations.
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"I wish to reiterate that I am profoundly sorry for my actions and wish to resolve this matter to everyone's satisfaction as soon as possible."

She later returned to her home in Coventry with police officers, at about 1730 BST, to collect some bags before leaving a few minutes later.
'Threat of harm'

Mrs Mann said once the woman was identified by police and the RSPCA she felt people should leave it to the authorities and not "take matters into their own hands".

But police said community support officers were sent to Ms Bale's home on Tuesday after large crowds gathered outside.

Hundreds of people posted angry messages on Facebook under the group name "Death to Mary Bale".

Some of the content was described by West Midlands Police as "inflammatory and offensive".

A spokeswoman for Facebook said the group contravened the site's terms of use.

Users are always encouraged to report offensive comments posted on the site and moderators would remove anything deemed to be a "credible threat", she added.

"We can't comment on individual cases for privacy reasons but I can tell you that one group, entitled Death to Mary Bale, has been removed today," the spokeswoman said.

A police spokeswoman said officers had monitored the site to "assess any threat of harm" to Ms Bale as part of the investigation.

However no formal police protection has been arranged.

"The investigation is being led by the RSPCA but obviously the other strand of this now is Mary Bale's safety and we are looking at the potential impact of these messages," police said.

"I would not go so far as to say we are investigating death threats, that is not the situation, but we are closely monitoring these groups and messages.

"There are no plans to give any kind of formal police protection but we are talking to Mary Bale about her personal safety, we are having that conversation with her, and we do want to make sure she is OK."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-11087061

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California golfer's errant swing 'sparks 12-acre blaze'

A California wildfire was sparked when a golfer trying to hit a ball out of the rough struck his club against a rock, fire officials have said.


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Roughly 150 fire fighters responded to the scene on the hill beside the golf course

The fire burned 12 acres on a densely wooded hill by the Shady Canyon golf course in Irvine, California.

Officials said the golfer, whose name was withheld, will not face charges over the fire on Saturday.

Southern California suffers from massive wildfires sparked in parched conditions.

Roughly 150 fire fighters responded to the blaze.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt Greg McKeown told the BBC investigators determined the cause of the fire after interviewing people at the scene.

"Personally, I've never responded to that call before," Capt McKeown said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11146476

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Calif. Doctor Gets Stuck in Boyfriend's Chimney, Dies
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Aug. 31) -- A doctor involved in an "on-again, off-again" relationship apparently tried to force her way into her boyfriend's home by sliding down the chimney, police said Tuesday. Her decomposing body was found there three days later.

Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, first tried to get into the house with a shovel, then climbed a ladder to the roof last Wednesday night, removed the chimney cap and slid feet first down the flue, Bakersfield police Sgt. Mary DeGeare said.

While she was trying to break in, the man she was pursuing escaped unnoticed from another exit "to avoid a confrontation," authorities said.
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Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac from Bakersfield, Calif., is seen in an undated photo from Facebook. She died after getting stuck in a chimney while apparently trying to break in to her boyfriend's home.

DeGeare said the two were in an "on-again, off-again" relationship.

The man's identity was not revealed by police, but the man who resides in the home is William Moodie, 58.

"She made an unbelievable error in judgment and nobody understands why, and unfortunately she's passed away," Moodie told The Associated Press. "She had her issues - she had her demons - but I never lost my respect for her."

Reached by telephone, Moodie did not dispute the police's characterization of his relationship with Kotarac. He would not comment on the circumstances that led to her death, saying it was more important to focus on the good she did in life.

Moodie, who runs an engineering consulting firm, said Kotarac was a superb internist who often provided service and medication free of charge to her patients.

Kotarac apparently died in the chimney, but her body was not discovered until a house-sitter noticed a stench and fluids coming from the fireplace Saturday, according to a police statement. The house-sitter and her son investigated with a flashlight and found Kotarac dead, wedged about two feet above the top of the interior fireplace opening.

Firefighters spent five hours late Saturday dismantling the chimney and flue from outside the home to extract Kotarac's body, DeGeare said.

Officials said Kotarac's office staff reported her missing two days prior when she failed to show for work. Her car and belongings remained near the man's house.

A cause of death has not been determined, and an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Foul play is not suspected, though investigators have been looking into the incident as suspicious.

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California golfer's errant swing 'sparks 12-acre blaze'

A California wildfire was sparked when a golfer trying to hit a ball out of the rough struck his club against a rock, fire officials have said.


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Roughly 150 fire fighters responded to the scene on the hill beside the golf course

The fire burned 12 acres on a densely wooded hill by the Shady Canyon golf course in Irvine, California.

Officials said the golfer, whose name was withheld, will not face charges over the fire on Saturday.

Southern California suffers from massive wildfires sparked in parched conditions.

Roughly 150 fire fighters responded to the blaze.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt Greg McKeown told the BBC investigators determined the cause of the fire after interviewing people at the scene.

"Personally, I've never responded to that call before," Capt McKeown said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11146476


I wonder where Plook was at the time? :?

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Darth Vader robs bank

Man disguised as Darth Vader robs bank


A man dressed as the Star Wars antagonist Darth Vader robed a bank in Setauket, New York. The robber was dressed in a character themed mask and blue cape. Armed with a hand gun the robber stole an undetermined amount of cash from the Chase bank branch.

The robber entered the bank saying that he was robbing it. Customers initially thought it was a joke and began laughing. Detective William Lamb of the Suffolk County Police Department said that one customer attempted to tackle the robber and was attacked. He is seen cowering in the background of surveillance photographs. The robber then approached a teller and demanded cash while brandishing a weapon.

This robbery is the latest in a string of odd bank robberies in the New York metropolitan area. Yesterday the New York Police Department arrested a man robbing banks carrying flowers and potted plants. Also police are looking for an apparent cross dressing robber who stuck up a bank in Long Island.

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There was a guy who did this last week....but he forgot to put on the the Vader helmet until he was in the store and his face was already videotaped by the stores numerous video cameras.

http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/09/17/1699900/cops-nab-darth-vader-robbery-suspect.html

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