Sep 10, 2014

Ray Rice’s NFL assault case highlights American sport’s shameful record on domestic violence

Ray Rice’s NFL assault case highlights American sport’s shameful record on domestic violence. EARLIER today, the US was rocked by footage showing NFL star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee, now-wife Janay Palmer in an elevator.

Rice’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, sacked him. The NFL itself suspended him indefinitely. He will probably never play again.

Good. That punishment is long overdue, because over in the land of the free, sport stars have long been free to behave like ruthless thugs without any serious consequences.

This issue is bigger than football. Everyone from Seth Rogen to President Barack Obama has an opinion on Price’s case.

Sep 6, 2014

Slenderman obsessed teenager Lily Marie Hartwell in murder bid

Slenderman obsessed teenager Lily Marie Hartwell in murder bid. A TEENAGE girl who torched her family’s home with her mum and brother asleep inside, was obsessed with online fictional character The Slenderman.

Lily Marie Hartwell, 14, had been reading an ebook, Soul Eater, about killing people, and about the fictional online character The Slenderman, a gaunt, abnormally tall figure who features in one of the internet’s most terrifying stories, before she set fire to her home in the city of Port Richey, Florida.

Jul 18, 2014

US man Robert Kemp charged with hugging 14-month-old boy to death

US man Robert Kemp charged with hugging 14-month-old boy to death. A US man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for hugging a 14-month-old child so tightly that the boy stopped breathing and died, authorities say.

Robert Kemp, 27, was taken into custody on Tuesday and released on a $US10,000 ($A10,819) bond the next day.

Kemp is described as a family friend in a news release from Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

An arrest warrant said Kemp killed the child “by giving him a bear hug, squeezing the victim so tight that the victim stopped breathing as a result”.

Beauty queen Amanda Longacre sues Miss America after it deemed her to be too old to win

Beauty queen Amanda Longacre sues Miss America after it deemed her to be too old to win. Former Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre is suing the Miss America pageant after it stripped her of her title for being “too old.”

Longacre won the Miss Delaware title on June 14 but was replaced two weeks later by the first runner-up Brittany Lewis because she was deemed to be too old to have competed.

Under the rules of the pageant, contestants must be no older than 24, and say they cannot turn 25 before the end of the year. Longacre’s 25th birthday will be on October 22.

Jul 15, 2014

Dead girl wakes up in coffin during her funeral in Philippines [VIDEO]

Dead girl wakes up in coffin during her funeral in Philippines. A THREE-year-old girl, who was pronounced dead after a fever and who awoke in a coffin during her funeral ceremony, has reportedly died in hospital.

Dr Mary Silyne Asor-Cabahug, the Municipal Health Officer of Aurora, used a cardiac monitor to assess the condition of the girl who came back to life at her own funeral. She found no signs of life and confirmed that the child is dead, Noypistuff reported.

Waiter wins half of lottery jackpot from boss after predicting win in dream

Waiter wins half of lottery jackpot from boss after predicting win in dream. A Restaurant owner who won a $2 million lottery jackpot has been forced to share half the cash with one of his waiters — after a judge ruled that the superstitious worker had dreamt about the win.

Waiter Fatih Ozcan, who worked at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant in York, northern England, thought his financial woes were over after he bought the winning EuroMillions lottery ticket in January 2012.

But things turned nasty when his boss Hayati Kucukkoylu, who runs the restaurant, claimed the jackpot for himself.

The bitter legal dispute ended up in court, with Mr Ozcan demanding half the money, insisting had it not been for him, his boss would never have entered the lottery draw.

Jul 9, 2014

Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple mauled to death by a polar bear after a trip-wire failed

Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple mauled to death by a polar bear after a trip-wire failed. AN Eton schoolboy was mauled to death by a polar bear after a trip-wire which had been mended with paperclips failed to trigger an alert, a report has found.

Horatio Chapple, 17, was dragged from his tent while on a £4000 adventure holiday in Svalbard, Norway, with friends in 2011.

The horrific details of the incident were laid bare in an independent report yesterday which concluded that the death was “not unforeseeable”.

It told how trip organisers had realised the trip-wire kit was defective only once the expedition had started, leaving the group to improvise with paperclips and safety pins.

Saudi man divorces wife on wedding night

Saudi man divorces wife on wedding night. A Saudi man is said to have divorced his wife on the night of their nuptials after he was given explicit pictures of his bride by her former lover.

According to local reports, which cite a story by religious preacher Shaikh Ghazi Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shammari, the newlyweds were celebrating their marriage at a hotel when the groom received a bouquet of flowers with a memory stick containing the offending photos.

Jul 1, 2014

Plane's evacuation slide deploys mid-flight

Plane's evacuation slide deploys mid-flight. An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to Southern California, filling part of the cabin and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas.

Passenger Mike Schroeder said he was sitting in the front row of the plane bound for Orange County, California, late Sunday when he heard a hiss and pop behind him.

Schroeder, 58, turned around and saw the Boeing 737-700's evacuation slide inflating. The slide — which would normally inflate outside the plane in an emergency — filled the galley.

Jun 24, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag set free from prison in Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag set free from prison in Sudan. A Sudanese woman who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, has been set free.

The case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag sparked an outcry from Western governments and rights groups after a judge sentenced her to hang on May 15.

The young 27-year-old physician, was convicted under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and makes conversions of faith punishable by death.