Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Outsourced: 'Mercs to replace US troops ahead of Afghan withdrawal'

EU Dominos Falling: Slovenia next to plunge into austerity & cuts?

Turkey claims Syrian intelligence behind bombing on border...I thought Car bombs were favored by the Terro....Rebels?

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 11th May 2013

Magnitude Mi 6.5
Region TONGA
Date time 2013-05-11 20:47:00.0 UTC
Location 17.97 S ; 175.04 W
Depth 230 km
134 km NW of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 09:47:00.0 2013-05-12

Reports of new H7N9 cases in China slow down, but experts remain cautious

The number of new confirmed H7N9 cases per day in China appears to be decreasing.

A few weeks ago, the count was rising by some 10 new cases a day. On Tuesday, only two new cases were reported.

Of the total 130 patients infected in China, 43 have since recovered.

The virus has killed 31 people in China as of early May.

Experts have called H7N9 the most lethal bird flu virus so far, with no vaccine yet available.

Bryce Reed held on pipe bomb charge denies role in fertilizer blast

A paramedic accused of possessing pipe bomb components will plead not guilty to that charge and denies any involvement in causing the deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that he was among the first to respond to, his lawyer said on Saturday.

Bryce Reed, 31, appeared in federal court in Waco, Texas, on Friday to face one count of unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device.

Authorities, who separately announced on Friday a criminal probe into the blast, said no evidence linked Reed's arrest to the April 17 fertilizer plant disaster that killed 14 people and injured about 200 in the town of West - a point Reed's attorney echoed in his first comments about the charge.

Car bombs kill 43 in Turkey near Syrian border

Twin car bombs killed 43 people and wounded many more in a Turkish town near the Syrian border on Saturday and the government said it suspected Syrian involvement.

The bombing increased fears that Syria's civil war was dragging in neighboring states despite renewed diplomatic moves towards ending two years of fighting in which more than 70,000 people have been killed.

The bombs ripped into crowded streets near Reyhanli's shopping district in the early afternoon, scattering concrete blocks and smashing cars in the town in Turkey's southern Hatay province, home to thousands of Syrian refugees.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 11th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-05-11 19:38:28.0 UTC
Location 15.78 S ; 71.58 W
Depth 150 km
12 km W of Huarancante, Peru / pop: 4,638 / local time: 14:38:28.0 2013-05-11

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISL., JAPAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-05-11 19:31:45.9 UTC
Location 24.73 N ; 123.13 E
Depth 10 km
32 km NE of Yonakuni, Japan / pop: 1,684 / local time: 04:31:45.9 2013-05-12

Pickaxe Rampage In Milan Leaves One Dead

A Ghanaian immigrant has killed one man and injured four others in a frenzied and apparently random pickaxe attack in Milan.

The attacker wildly swung the pickaxe, running down streets and ferociously striking passers-by, mainly on the head, witnesses said.

Pools of blood stained the streets in a residential district of the northern Italian city after the attack early today.

Carabinieri police said the 21-year-old attacker was taken into custody shortly after the rampage.

Ireland: Possible bird flu link to swan deaths

Just a few miles from Dunfanaghy a wildlife haven called the New Lake is the permanent homes to scores of swans.

It's normally a safe haven, however, now investigations are underway to determine how a number of the swans have died.

In recent days 33 swans have been recovered from the waters of the lake. It's thought they may have died over a four week period.

The dead animals have been collected by the Republic's National Parks and Wildlife Service and samples have been sent to veterinary laboratories for testing.

A number of sick swans have also been rescued by the park service.

H7N9 kills 1 in Shanghai

The H7N9 bird flu killed one person in Shanghai Friday, local health authorities said Saturday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 33.

An 83-year-old woman surnamed Jiang died Friday evening in a local hospital one month after her infection was confirmed, the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission announced.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Shanghai has confirmed 33 H7N9 cases. Four of them are being treated in the hospital, 15 have recovered and 14 others died.

Since China confirmed the first human infections with the bird flu virus in late March, the country has so far reported 130 confirmed H7N9 cases, including 33 deaths.

WHO: In total, there are about 120 contacts of the first confirmed novel coronavirus case in France that are under observation #nCoV

Test results remain pending for two other novel coronavirus suspect cases in France; investigation remains ongoing #nCoV

Crap Cannon: Israel sprays putrid liquid to control West Bank crowd

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.6
Date time 2013-05-11 18:06:24.0 UTC
Location 27.17 N ; 57.81 E
Depth 60 km
72 km E of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 22:36:24.0 2013-05-11

Mystery Aircraft Frightens Quincy Residents: FAA refuses to explain situation

A mystery in Quincy continues to deepen: Who is flying around the city from dusk to dawn, for the past ten days or so?

“It’s frightening, not just weird, but frightening,” said one resident of the Wollaston section.

Every night for nearly the last two weeks, residents have spotted a low-flying aircraft doing loops over the city. WBZ has learned the FAA knows what’s going on, but the agency isn’t telling.

“I mean it is strange. I don’t know if they’re looking for somebody, I have no idea,” one resident told WBZ.

It’s not the state or local police doing the flying, and the FAA is giving out little information, even to city officials.

“It’s frustrating, it really is,” says City Councillor Brian Palmucci. “I specifically asked, ‘Is it a law enforcement flight? Can we tell people that?’ He said, ‘No, we can’t tell you that.’ Then I asked that when folks call me can I at least tell them that it is something that they shouldn’t worry about, it’s something they shouldn’t be concerned with? He said, ‘I can’t tell you that.’”

Blasts rock Libyan police stations

U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint drills

Bulldozer rampage in Washington State

Egypt thwarts suicide attack on foreign embassy

Egyptian security forces thwarted an al Qaeda-linked group's plan to carry out a suicide attack on a foreign embassy and captured several militants, the interior minister said on Saturday.

Mohamed Ibrahim, speaking in a televised news conference, declined to say which embassy had been targeted. He named three suspected members of the cell now under arrest.

"The Interior Ministry was able to direct a qualitative blow to a terrorist cell that was planning suicide operations against vital, important and foreign facilities in the country," he said.

Car Bombs Kill Dozens Near Turkey-Syria Border

About 40 people have been killed and another 100 wounded in two explosions in a Turkish town close to the border with Syria.

The Hurriyet newspaper quoted the interior minister as saying the explosions in Reyhanli were caused by two car bombs.

The town hall and a post office were reportedly hit.

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 11th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 5.4
Date time 2013-05-11 15:39:24.0 UTC
Location 26.21 S ; 69.25 W
Depth 10 km
81 km E of Diego de Almagro, Chile / pop: 18,137 / local time: 11:39:24.0 2013-05-11

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SERAM, INDONESIA - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-11 14:36:37.0 UTC
Location 3.82 S ; 129.84 E
Depth 59 km
115 km SE of Amahai / pop: 47,653 / local time: 23:36:00.0 2013-05-11

China, Japan in War of Words Over Okinawa

Japan is incensed by an article in China's state-run People's Daily claiming Okinawa and its connected island chain rightly belong to China.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday said Tokyo lodged a strong protest, according to Kyodo News. It is rare for such a senior Japanese official to issue a protest over a Chinese newspaper article.

Suga called the article "injudicious" and insisted Japan's sovereignty over Okinawa is both historically evident and legitimate under international laws.

China has drawn the line, saying the piece was the view of one academic and does not represent Beijing's official position. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Okinawa and Ryukyu island chains have been a subject of interest for scholars for a long time.

But she stressed that the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands, administered by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing, are a different matter and do belong to China.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-05-11 14:34:23.0 UTC
Location 36.23 N ; 70.85 E
Depth 103 km
70 km S of Jarm, Afghanistan / pop: 12,106 / local time: 19:04:23.0 2013-05-11

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.4
Date time 2013-05-11 14:23:17.0 UTC
Location 26.49 N ; 57.70 E
Depth 12 km
95 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 18:53:17.0 2013-05-11

David Silva died during arrest 'begged for his life'; witness videos seized

Blood stains are still visible on the sidewalk at the corner of Flower Street and Palm Drive, where a Bakersfield man struggled with as many as nine officers and later died this week.

David Sal Silva, 33 and the father of four young children, died early Wednesday morning after deputies say he fought with them and CHP officers who'd responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man outside Kern Medical Center.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office says Silva resisted, a canine was deployed, more law enforcement arrived, batons were used and the man later had trouble breathing. He was taken to KMC, where he died. An autopsy was slated for Thursday, but no results have been released.

Some witnesses apparently took cellphone video of the incident but deputies moved quickly to seize the phones. The Sheriff's Office, after releasing a statement Wednesday and naming its officers Thursday, declined all further comment.

People who say they witnessed the incident as well as Silva's family members described a scene in which deputies essentially were beating a helpless man to death. They were indignant that cellphone video had been taken away by deputies.

Marlon O'Reilly Shot Dead In Birmingham Pub

Police are searching for a man who walked into a Birmingham pub and opened fire, fatally wounding a man named locally as Marlon O'Reilly.

The killer struck at the Dovecote pub in Cockshut Hill at around 5.45pm on Friday.

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray said: "We believe this may have been a targeted attack which happened in a busy pub in broad daylight this afternoon.

"At this stage we do not believe this is connected with any other incident. Local officers are at the scene and are being supported by armed police.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-11 12:15:43.3 UTC
Location 37.69 N ; 143.95 E
Depth 10 km
246 km E of Ishinomaki, Japan / pop: 117,233 / local time: 21:15:43.3 2013-05-11

Syria: Explosions In Turkish Town Near Border

At least four people have been killed and 18 injured in a series of explosions in a Turkish town close to the border with Syria.

The Hurriyet newspaper quoted the interior minister as saying the explosions in Reyhanli were caused by two car bombs.

"According to the initial information we received, four people were killed and eighteen people were wounded. Of course we're worried that the numbers could rise," Muammer Guler told reporters in comments broadcast on Turkish television.

The town hall and a post office were reportedly hit.

Syria: Explosions In Turkish Town Near Border

At least four people have been killed and 18 injured in a series of explosions in a Turkish town close to the border with Syria.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.5
Date time 2013-05-11 10:25:41.0 UTC
Location 26.90 N ; 57.62 E
Depth 60 km
60 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 14:55:41.0 2013-05-11

Nicola McDonough Arrested: Mother Found Dead Near Injured Daughter at a hotel in Greenock, Inverclyde

A woman has died and her daughter is critically ill in hospital after they were found with "significant injuries" at a hotel in Greenock, Inverclyde.

A guest at the Premier Inn discovered 23-year-old Nicola McDonough in a hallway. Her mother Margaret, 52, was found in a nearby room.

Mrs McDonough died from her injuries after being taken to Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Strathclyde Police said her daughter was being "detained" at the hospital, where her condition was described as critical.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-11 10:03:10.0 UTC
Location 26.87 N ; 57.88 E
Depth 60 km
85 km E of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 14:33:10.0 2013-05-11

Pakistani elections: 11 killed by bomb blast in Karachi

At least 11 people have been killed in a bomb blast as polls opened across Pakistan in landmark national and provincial elections.

The attack on the office of the Awami National party (ANP) in the port city of Karachi on Saturday morning, which killed 11 people and wounded 35, underlined the risks faced by the country's 86 million voters.

At least two more were wounded in two subsequent blasts and local media reported gunfire in the city. The violence follows a string of bombings and shootings by the Taliban, which have marred the runup to the elections and claimed the lives of more than 130 people.

UKIP Nigel Farage - Europe has been hijacked by the EU Project , May 2013

Godfrey Bloom: The European Union will go the same way as the Soviet Union

NASA: Spacewalk Planned to Fix Station Leak

5-year-old boy rescued from 15m deep well in China

'Snooping Little Brother, not Big Brother should be feared most' - A. J. Jacobs

'Syria war not going West's way, panic over lack of rebel progress'

Bulldozer Rampage: Washington Homes Crushed

A man in a bulldozer-like vehicle badly damaged the homes of four nieghbours and cut the power to thousands after a long-running dispute with neighbours.

Barry Alan Swegle, 51, knocked one of the homes in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, in Port Angeles off its foundations. An electricity pole was also torn down and a pickup truck destroyed.

Barbara Porter was inside her house when she saw the machine come barreling through a wall.

"You could just hear noise things getting broke up and tore up and pushed into my place," she said.

Harlem Shake Fail: Teens' version of internet craze goes horribly wrong after gas can explodes

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 5.0
Date time 2013-05-11 08:42:43.0 UTC
Location 26.84 N ; 57.90 E
Depth 60 km
Distances 364 km N of Muscat, Oman / pop: 797,000 / local time: 12:42:43.0 2013-05-11
165 km E of Bandar ‘Abbās, Iran / pop: 352,173 / local time: 13:12:43.0 2013-05-11
88 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 13:12:43.0 2013-05-11

Luis Fonseca acquitted: Moment that led to U.S. border agent being accused of strangling Mexican immigrant captured on newly released video

Video from the night a U.S. Border Patrol agent was accused then acquitted of strangling an immigrant has been released, revealing the officer kicked and reached at the detained man who subsequently fell to the ground, shaking.

Last month, a jury let Luis Fonseca walk out of court a free man, having cleared him on charges he inappropriately choked, kicked, and called a captive immigrant who’d just illegally crossed the U.S. border a ‘f*****g Mexican.’

The video was not released at the time of the April 2013 trial. However, a group of local news organizations and the Associated Press petitioned a judge to have the footage released.

Blueprints for 3D-plastic gun remain freely available online despite State Department forcing the company behind the weapon to remove it from their site

Blueprints for how to build a 3D-plastic gun remain easily accessible via the internet, despite the U.S. State Department ordering the website which initially posted the plans to remove them.

On Thursday, Defense Distributed was forced to take the blueprints down from its site by the U.S. Department of State on the basis that they could violate possible arms trafficking violations.

But now the plans have been uploaded to torrent site Pirate Bay multiple times, and have already been downloaded from the site thousands of times.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-05-11 08:38:24.6 UTC
Location 26.49 N ; 57.70 E
Depth 20 km
95 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 13:08:24.6 2013-05-11

The terrifying moment a waitress rips out clumps of her co-worker's hair during a brawl at a Waffle House: WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Police Break Up Eagle Party At Unalaska Safeway

Disease with no cure ravages Florida citrus fruit crop

Florida citrus growers are battling their biggest threat in history as a disease with the potential to decimate orange crops sweeps the state.

Called citrus greening, the bacterial disease causes the fruits of orange and grapefruit trees to turn bitter and fall uselessly to the ground.

First spotted in 2005, the disease has been spreading ever since and now affects all 32 of the Sunshine State’s citrus-growing counties.

Three patients of dentist who used rusty instruments and reused needles are confirmed to have HIV

After months of testing hundreds of patients of a Tulsa dentist who is accused of unclean medical practices, results have been revealed that will send a chill through anyone who had sat in the dentists' chair.

The Tulsa Health Department says three patients have tested positive for the HIV virus which causes AIDS, 70 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C and a further four patients have tested positive for hepatitis B.

At one time, it was believed up to 7,000 patients may have been exposed to blood-borne viruses at the clinics of Dr. Scott Harrington in Tulsa and Owasso because he used filthy instruments in their mouths.

Shane Franklyn Miller: Desperate manhunt in 'Jurassic Park' forest for husband who killed his wife and two young daughters

A northern California region marked by towering redwood trees and mountains rising out of the Pacific is the focus of an intensive search for a suspect in the shooting deaths of his wife and two young daughters.

Shane Franklin Miller, considered armed and dangerous, grew up in coastal Humboldt County and authorities say that his ability to fortify himself in an area so remote it's called the "lost coast" makes searchers vulnerable.

'It would be easy to hide out up there,' said local resident Phil Franklin, one of hundreds ordered to lock doors and shelter in place as the manhunt expands.

FLAMES shoot out of manhole on a New York street

Residents and passers-by on a Manhattan street were terrified on Thursday afternoon when a manhole exploded sending flames shooting several feet into the air.

The incident, which the New York Fire Department believe was a transformer fire, occurred on 25th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, near Madison Square Park.

There were no evacuations and no one was injured, but the street was temporarily shut down while firefighters were called to deal with the blaze.

The fire is believed to have been caused by electrical wires under the manhole and ConEd are investigating.

National ID system comes a step closer to reality after 'plan for biometric database of all Americans' is revealed

The immigration bill under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee could mandate the creation of a national biometric database to identify residents in the U.S.

The technology referred to simply as a 'photo tool,' in the proposed legislation presented on Thursday, would be used to verify the identity of employees before they were hired to ensure they were in the country legally.

Privacy experts have sounded the alarm that the national database would further usher in the era of 'Big Brother' government by allowing authorities to track residents, described by one analyst as 'a government version of Foursquare.'

Mystery aircraft buzzing over city from dawn til dusk for two weeks is scaring residents but authorities won't tell them what it's doing

Residents in Quincy, Massachusetts are growing increasingly concerned about who or what has been flying about their city from dusk til dawn for the past 10 days.

Almost every night for the past two weeks, residents have spotted - and heard - a low-flying aircraft doing loops over the city.

At least person has captured an image of the plane which has at least helped to confirm that, despite suspicions, it isn’t a drone. The photograph revealed a Cessna single-engine airplane, which is a maned vehicle.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-05-11 07:58:38.3 UTC
Location 26.44 N ; 57.78 E
Depth 15 km
104 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 12:28:38.3 2013-05-11

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-05-11 07:47:57.7 UTC
Location 11.60 N ; 87.37 W
Depth 35 km
95 km W of Masachapa, Nicaragua / pop: 5,000 / local time: 01:47:57.7 2013-05-11

The racist map of America: Tweets analyzed for offensive keywords reveal the most bigoted parts of the US and which people are the most hated

Students at Humboldt State University analyzed 150,000 geocoded tweets sent out between June 2012 and April 2013 containing 10 pre-selected hate words in three categories: Racism, homophobia and disability. One of the findings of the project was that tweets containing the slur 'n*****' were not concentrated in any single region in the US; instead, there are a number of pockets of concentration, including East Iowa and Indiana.

Blake Aaron Romes and Blaine Romes found DEAD and the third is arrested

Ohio brothers Blake Aaron Romes, 17, (left) and Blaine Romes, 14, (center) were found dead on Thursday afternoon, hours after police issued an Amber Alert for their disappearance. The alert also included a third teen, Michael Aaron Fey, 17, (right) who has been arrested on theft charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle.

Police have not disclosed a theory for what transpired before the tragic death of the Romes siblings in Ottawa, Ohio and have not released a possible motive for their deaths.

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LeRoy - Inside the town that 'caught Tourette's': New documentary charts the fear, panic and suspicion of teenage girls and their families afflicted by mystery syndrome

The town of LeRoy, New York, made headlines early last year when it became apparent that a growing number of teenage girls, all from the same local high school, were developing tics and twitches that closely resembled Tourette's syndrome.

Now, a new documentary charts the fear, panic and suspicion of the families involved, as the bizarre affliction took hold of an increasing number of people in the community, and media coverage spiraled out of control.

A trailer for TLC's The Town That Caught Tourette's?, which will air on Wednesday, May 22 at 10pm ET/PT, shows footage of several students twitching as they describe their symptoms.

Champion Ganda stabbed to death and 16-year-old injured in knife attack on London street

Three teenagers and a 21-year-old are being questioned today in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old stabbed to death in east London yesterday.

The victim, named locally as Champion Ganda, was pronounced dead at the scene in Sandringham Road, Forest Gate, following a fight in the street at 2pm yesterday afternoon.

Another youth was found with stab wound as is in a stable condition in hospital.

Asian Gang who ran 'White' child prostitution ring whose victims were as young as 13 are jailed for up to 18 years each

A gang of Asian men who groomed vulnerable white girls for sex has been jailed for more than 50 years.

Police say up to 100 girls could have fallen victim to the gang led by brothers Ahdel Ali, 25, and Mubarek Ali, 29, of Wellington, Shropshire.

Over a three-year period between 2006 and 2009, the men targeted schoolgirls to control as child prostitutes by giving them alcohol, food and money.

The Ali brothers were found guilty of numerous offences against four girls aged from 13 to 17, including rape, sexual activity with a child, inciting and controlling child prostitution and trafficking children for sex.

Michael Fay Wanted: Police hunt for conman who faked a pilot's licence and flew British holidaymakers into Gatwick

A conman who faked a pilot’s licence to get a job flying holidaymakers to the UK is being hunted by police after he failed to appear in court for sentencing for fraud.

Michael Fay, 59, a US national who settled in Alton, Hampshire, worked fraudulently as a commercial airline pilot, flying passengers into Gatwick Airport without the proper licence and medical documentation on eight occasions.

The former US Air Force pilot was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison at Winchester Crown Court on Friday May 3 for fraud.

Cameron will give Cabinet Ministers a free vote on EU referendum debate (...but he will be in the US when it happens)

David Cameron is allowing senior Cabinet ministers to back an EU referendum Bill and vote against the Queen’s Speech.

Eurosceptic MPs will next week force a vote condemning the Queen’s Speech for failing to include legislation on a referendum.

The Prime Minister will be on a visit to the US but he has given colleagues a free vote on the issue.

Eurosceptic ministers including Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, and even Foreign Secretary William Hague, are among at least 100 Conservatives who may support the move, sources said.

Labour leader Ed Miliband will today announce that Labour will not back an in/out referendum on Europe, in a move that will dash the hopes of many of his own MPs who think he should match Mr Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum after the next election.

Jamie Starbuck killed and burnt wife, then took world trip on her cash

Jamie Starbuck, 36, was jailed for life after admitting murdering and disposing of his wife Debbie’s body before fleeing Britain.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Starbuck dismembered and burnt his 44-year-old wife’s body in the garden of their home in Old Basford, Nottinghamshire. Judge Michael Stokes QC called it a “grotesque and inhumane act” and the most horrific he had encountered in his long career.

The court heard that prior to meeting her husband, Mrs Starbuck, a self-employed proofreader, had inherited £150,000 following the death of her mother.

Mrs Starbuck met her husband via the internet in July 2009 and they married nine months later at West Bridgford register office in April 2010.

China steps up H7N9 flu monitoring

China's local health organs have been instructed to step up flu monitoring as part of the country's efforts to fight H7N9 flu, according to a government document issued Friday.

The instruction features an upgraded plan for H7N9 flu prevention and control, which was issued by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, to replace a previous version issued in early April.

In counties where any human infections with H7N9 have been confirmed, a two-week-long period of closer monitoring over local flu cases should be in place soon after the bird flu case confirmation, the new document said.

Within the two weeks, any patients with flu or a severe, acute respiratory infection in such counties should give samples and enquiries should be made of them on any possible exposure to H7N9, it said.

Coal mine explosion in southwestern China kills 12, injures 2

Chinese state media say a coal mine blast in southwestern China has left 12 people dead and two more injured.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the gas explosion occurred Friday night in Pingba county in Guizhou province. It says the coal mine was operating illegally and that the operators lied about the number of trapped miners and deaths. An investigation is under way.

A work safety official from the city of Anshun, which administers Pingba, says the mine is licensed and operates privately. The official gave only his last name of Lin, as is customary among low-level Chinese government employees.

North Carolina: House pet in 28205 ZIP code tests positive for rabies

Mecklenburg County has confirmed this year’s first case of rabies in a house pet after animal control officials had to euthanize a 6-week-old kitten earlier this week.

Dr. Margurette Straley with Freedom Animal Hospital said her office alerted authorities after a family from the 28205 ZIP code, which includes Plaza Midwood, brought their kitten in for treatment on May 6.

The family said the kitten hadn’t eaten in three days, which Staley said is one of the first noticeable symptoms of the slow-moving and fatal disease. “They can’t swallow,” Straley said, noting the kitten only weighed about two pounds.

Arizona: Coyote, foxes positive for rabies in Young

The discovery of rabid foxes and coyotes near Young has prompted the Gila County Health Department to issue a warning and ask people to report abnormal wildlife behavior in the Young and Pleasant Valley areas.

A fox and coyote killed in Young in the past month have tested positive for rabies. In addition, a second fox found dead also tested positive. Health officials learned May 1 that a fox and coyote found at Forest Road and Mule Track Road, tested positive for rabies. The Gila County Rabies Control officers are responding to this situation and have increased surveillance in the Young area. No animal or human bites or exposures have been reported to the office.

Gila County Public Health Director Michael O’Driscoll said, “when positives are found, there is an action plan in place to widen the surveillance area until no positives are being found, which gives a better assurance that the virus has been contained.”

O’Driscoll urged people to keep pets vaccinated against rabies.

California: Palomar Mountain Squirrel Tests Positive for Plague

County environmental health officials urged campers and hikers to take simple steps to protect themselves Friday after routine monitoring and testing showed that a ground squirrel on Palomar Mountain had plague.

The squirrel, which was trapped at the Cedar Grove Campground, marked the first case of plague found this year.

Department of Environmental Health Director Jack Miller said it’s not unusual to find plague in local mountains during warmer months — and that people could take simple steps to protect themselves from exposure.

“The big thing is to avoid contact with squirrels and the fleas that they can carry,” Miller said. “Campers should set up tents away from squirrel burrows, and hikers and campers should never feed squirrels and warn their children not to play with squirrels.”

Dog Tests Positive For Rabies In Louisa County

The Louisa County Health Department is warning residents after a stray dog tested positive for rabies.

The rabies-positive dog was found late Tuesday night on Dusty Road in Bumpass.

The dog, described as a husky mix, red and white in color with a white stripe down its chest, weighed about 20 pounds and was approximately eight or nine months old.

The Louisa County Health Department is asking anyone who may have come into contact with the animal within the last month to contact its district office immediately at (434) 972-6219. Additionally, if any animals came into contact with the dog, their owners are asked to call.

Rabies is a fatal disease and is most often through a bite.

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Etta Mae Lopez Slaps Cop To Quit Smoking In Jail

A California woman who is desperate to quit smoking has slapped a sheriff's deputy so she could be thrown in jail and unable to light up.

Etta Mae Lopez came up with the new way to beat her nicotine habit when she smacked Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Campoy in the face as he walked out of the jail, where smoking is not allowed.

Mr Campoy grabbed Lopez and took her inside, where she slapped his arm as soon as he let her go.

Israel: Navy Demonstrates Its Firepower

They made no attempt to hide their delighted boyish grins as the 25mm cannon round decapitated the target.

Sailors let rip with a .50 Cal heavy machine gun, a general purpose machine gun went off like a chain saw, and bursts from M16 rifles clattered.

It had a deadly serious purpose. This training exercise was a demonstration of firepower from the Israeli navy close to the maritime border with Lebanon - the base for the vehemently anti-Israeli Hizbollah movement - and tens of thousands of the descendants of Palestinian refugees.

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 11th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 3.6
Date time 2013-05-11 06:10:59.0 UTC
Location 40.35 N ; 124.65 W
Depth 19 km
41 km SW of Ferndale, United States / pop: 1,371 / local time: 23:10:59.0 2013-05-10

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-05-11 05:45:28.7 UTC
Location 26.53 N ; 57.78 E
Depth 20 km
97 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 10:15:28.7 2013-05-11

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-05-11 05:34:12.0 UTC
Location 26.46 N ; 57.87 E
Depth 10 km
109 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 10:04:12.0 2013-05-11

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR COAST OF LIBYA - 11th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-05-11 04:42:40.0 UTC
Location 32.91 N ; 12.31 E
Depth 15 km
21 km E of Zuwārah, Libya / pop: 45,000 / local time: 06:42:40.0 2013-05-11