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Bumped United passenger walks away with $10,000 voucher
2018-03-26    0 views
A United Airlines flight on March 22 from Washington, D.C. to Austin,Texas, was overbooked.

United asked travelers to give up their seat in exchange for a voucher, but no one budged.

Allison Preiss, a communications director from Washington, said she was picked to give up her seat.

She asked for cash instead of a voucher, but instead they upped their voucher offer.

She said she also got $20 in meal vouchers.

Despite not being happy about having to get off her flight, she said it could have been much worse.

Earlier this month, a United passenger lost her French bulldog after a flight attendant asked her to put it in the overhead bin.

And last April, a United passenger was dragged off his flight by security officers after refusing to give up his seat.
Help MEOW-T! Firefighters reanimate smoke-poisoned CAT with pressurised Oxygen
2018-03-11    1K views
Russian firefighters from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) rescued a cat in Volgograd by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using pressurised oxygen from a canister, Monday.

A massive fire broke out in a Volgograd apartment earlier in the day. Firefighters found the barely breathing cat on a stairwell near the door of a flat.

They carried the pet outdoors, where they found its owner crying hysterically for her beloved pet.

Firefighters opened an oxygen tank for the cat to breathe in the life-giving gas. One of the rescuers pumped the feline's chest for some time before the cat finally came back to life.

The owner left the scene pressing the shocked, but very much alive cat close to her chest.

Credit By RUPTLY
LONG ARMBAND OF THE LAW - This it the moment a thief jumps into a river in a botched attempt to evade police
2018-03-11    13 views
This is the moment a car thief plunged into an icy RIVER in a botched attempt to evade pursuing police.

Dashcam footage shows Christopher King, 38, driving ahead of the police car in a red Ford Fiesta.

He then appears to accelerate as police put their sirens on and give chase in Castle Bromwich, West Mids., at around 8am on January 26.

He drives at more than double the 30mph speed limit down the middle of a two-way road, passing other vehicles.

He continues to evade police and overtake traffic, crossing a junction before going around a roundabout in the wrong direction.

Helicopter footage shows him driving off-road onto grass, before leaving the car and running through River Cole.

Police are one step ahead of King, who they then detain.

King, of Kitts Green, Birmingham, admitted dangerous driving, handling the stolen car, and motoring offences.

He was given banned from driving for three years, given a suspended 18-month sentence and 120 hours of unpaid work at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (9/3).

Police used a stinger on the car after it was spotted within an hour of being reported stolen from Sutton Coldfield, West Mids., but the driver managed to speed away down residential roads during rush-hour.

It caught his front tyres, but he was able to drive off.

Detective Constable Brett Stephenson, from West Midlands Police CID, said: “King continued to drive in a dangerous way, during rush hour and with lots of other traffic, pedestrians, and children on their way to school.

“He made every effort to get away, including driving the wrong way around traffic islands, going through red lights and driving on the wrong side of roads.

“He eventually dumped the car on land near Forth Drive in Chelmsley Wood, fleeing across a river and into Elmore Close, where he was finally arrested.

“King’s driving was completely reckless and put other road users and pedestrians at risk."

On him was a set of keys with a chip which had been coded to match the stolen vehicle.

Credit By SWNS
Help MEOW-T! Firefighters reanimate smoke-poisoned CAT with pressurised Oxygen
2018-03-11    0 views
A massive fire broke out in an apartment in Southwest Russia on Feb. 26. 

Firefighters found a barely breathing cat on the stairwell near the door of an apartment.

Firefighters opened an oxygen tank for the cat to breathe in the life-giving gas.

One of the rescuers pumped the cat’s chest for some time before it finally came back to life.

The owner left the scene pressing the shocked, but very much alive cat close to her chest.

Credit: RUPTLY
Man throws shoe at former Pakistan PM
2018-03-11    0 views
A former seminary student threw a shoe at former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on Sunday.

The incident took place at the Jamia Naeemia Seminary as Nawaz was about to address the crowd.

Nawaz was unhurt and the assailant was swiftly detained.
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Sunken USS Lexington discovered by Paul Allen's crew
2018-03-06    0 views
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The wreckage of the World War Two aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, was found 10,000 feet below the Coral Sea, roughly 500 miles off the coast of Australia.
The ship in good condition, with cannons still intact and the ship's name still visibly imprinted on the hull.
The Lexington was one of the first aircraft carriers commissioned by the U.S., launched in 1925.
On May 8, 1942, an abandon ship was ordered and the USS Phelps scuttled the Lexington to prevent its capture.
Credit:PAUL G. ALLEN Via Reuters
Winter Storm Warning, Another Nor'Easter
2018-03-06    696 views
Another Nor'Easter is on track to hit East Coast states following the devastating storm just a few days before.
Credit: Stringr Via AP
Now fresh at McDonald's: beef in some burgers
2018-03-06    0 views
The Quarter Pounder is getting a fresh makeover: McDonald's is now serving Quarter Pounders with fresh beef rather than frozen patties at about a quarter of its U.S. restaurants.

The fast-food giant hopes to appeal to customers who want fresher foods.

And by May it plans to roll out fresh beef Quarter Pounders to most of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants.

The restaurant, which has relied on frozen patties since the 1970s, said workers will cook up the fresh beef on a grill when the burger is ordered.

Its pricier burgers stuffed with guacamole or bacon, called "Signature Crafted" burgers, will also be made with fresh beef since they use the same-sized patty as Quarter Pounders, but the Big Mac and other burgers will still be made with the frozen beef.

The change is the latest as McDonald's seeks to shed its junk food image.

From removing artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets, it will also be replacing the apple juice in Happy Meals with one with less sugar.

For the last two years, McDonald's has been testing the fresh beef Quarter Pounders, the approach first hitting Dallas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

But eight more cities are serving it now, including Atlanta, Miami and Salt Lake City. Over the next month, several more cities will be added to this list, including Denver, Houston and Seattle.
Frances McDormand brings 'inclusion rider' into spotlight--but what's that
2018-03-05    0 views
Frances McDormand, honored as best actress for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," raised the concept's profile in an instant Sunday night.

Soundbite: ("Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," she said, adding, "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.")
Backstage, McDormand said she just learned of such a possibility last week although she said the opportunity to ask for or demand diversity in cast and crew is not new.

"The fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business, we're not going back," she said.

"It changes now and I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that," McDormand said.
The term is not well known in Hollywood, but by early morning on Monday after the awards ceremony, Twitter boasted an #inclusionrider hashtag and a Google search of the term produced more than 10 million hits.

Credit: A.M.P.A.S.Via AP & Reuters
Thousands of dead starfish wash up on UK beach following snow storms
2018-03-05    0 views
Thousands of dead starfish were washed up on a the beach of England's southeastern town of Ramsgate on Sunday (March 4), social media video showed.

The footage showed some of the marine invertebrates to be in pieces following days of sub-zero temperatures that froze much of Britain from Tuesday (February 27) through to Saturday (March 3).

Ramsgate resident Chris Constantine, who filmed the scene, said "to see so many thousands dead on our beach was unsettling." He added there were also dead lobsters, crabs, gulls and fish on the beach.

Constantine said that while dead marine animals wash up on the coast line following previous storms and temperature changes, he had not witnessed anything to this scale.

On Monday (March 5) UK's Marine Conservation Society said "the cause appears to be a combination of the extreme cold (where shallow water has frozen, or come close to freezing) and the depth at which storm waves have penetrated."

"The southern North Sea is particularly shallow, so there may have been few "safe" sites (for marine life) to take shelter in," the organisation said on its website.

New study claims Neanderthals were artists and thought like us
2018-03-04    0 views
What these teams of archaeologists are finding in these ancient caves at La Pasiega is contributing to a turnabout in our understanding of our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals.

The scientist from Germany's Max Planck Institute and the UK's University of Southampton gained special access to the area last year.

Their task was to take samples so that they could accurately date the age of these painting, suspecting that identifying other objects of Neanderthal origin may have been hampered imprecise dating techniques.

Close inspection of the rock here shows a red outline with the distinct shape of an animal within it. It's rudimentary like other which include red dots and disks on curtain-like rock formations.

Another is a stenciled outline of a hand, made by spewing pigment over a hand held against the wall.

Making the hand stencil involves so many steps, including preparation of the pigment and a light source deep in the cave, that the authors claim it was clearly a deliberate creation.

What's more they say a number of hand stencils seem to have been placed in specific places with care, rather than randomly making them meaningful symbols.

Dr. Dirk Hoffmann of Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology says: "You see animal paintings, so here's the backhalf of an animal. We don't know what type of animal it is and here very fading is the front part here, the head of an animal, the legs, ears. On top of this squares you see lots of red dots."

The team wanted to establish precisely when the drawings made with a red pigment dye was actually created using uranium-thorium dating which they claim provides more reliable results than radiocarbon dating.

The search for our ancient ancestors has captured our imaginations for as long as we can remember.

Scientists say Neanderthals in Europe predated modern humans by twenty thousand years, but they also lived side by side with Homo sapiens after the latter's arrival.

Reports published in the journals Science and Science Advances today (19:00GMT 22 February) suggest Neanderthals used a complex symbolic communication systems.

The emergence of these systems has been hard to pinpoint because of difficulties in precise and accurate dating.

Scientists often use radiocarbon dating, but Alistair Pike, Professor of Archaeological Sciences, University of Southampton says: "But we can't do this with these kind of paintings because they're made out of mineral pigments, so instead we're focusing on these tiny white crusts which have formed on top of the paintings and they're made of calcium carbonate and they're formed by the water percolating through the rocks and they precipitate out calcite. If this calcite is precipitated on top of the painting, the painting must have been there for it to precipitate on top, which means the painting must be older that the age of the calcite."

Researchers analyzed rock that had formed above the deposit where the shells had been found, to provide a minimum age for the shells.

Results indicated the shells were around 115,000 years old.

That is some 20,000 to 40,000 years older than comparable artefacts in Africa or western Asia that are attributed to Homo sapiens. The researchers believe the finding shows Neanderthals and Homo sapiens were "indistinguishable" in terms of mental ability.

Hoffmann says: "Sixty four thousand years ago in Spain there was only one human species living and that was Neanderthals, the modern humans, like us, they arrived in Spain about forty-thousand years ago."

This tiny figured, carefully carved from mammoth ivory, is over 40,000 years old and is the oldest known image of a human.

It was found in a cave in Baden-Wuerttemberg in the valleys of the Ach and Lone rivers.

Six caves in the region have been excavated since the 19th century and have yielded hundreds of personal ornaments, at least eight musical instruments and more than 40 small figurines carved from mammoth ivory, but the creation of these objects has been attributed to the modern humans not Neanderthals.

But when it comes to the caves studied in
Mushers Move Through Anchorage Woods in Ceremonial Iditarod Start
2018-03-04    0 views
Mushers and dogs raced across Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 3, in the ceremonial start to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The race gets its official start on Sunday.
The teams began in downtown Anchorage and then hit the trails through some the city’s greenbelt on their way to Campbell Airstrip where the ceremonial segment ends. The teams will trek to Willow for Sunday morning’s official start on the 1,000-mile run to Nome.
Credit: Brian Brettschneider via Storyful
Glasgow Friends Make Perfect Faces in Snow
2018-03-04    0 views
Glasgow Friends Make Perfect Faces in Snow
The ‘Beast from the East’ brought a lot of snow into the United Kingdom, but these Scottish friends found a way to enjoy it: They dipped their faces into the snow, leaving a perfect impression.
Credit: Kathryn Freedman via Storyful
Comcast challenges Murdoch with $31 billion offer to buy Sky
2018-02-27    0 views
Comcast Corp, the biggest cable operator in the United States, offered on Tuesday (February 27) to pay $31 billion to buy Sky, challenging Rupert Murdoch's Fox and Bob Iger's Walt Disney for the European pay-TV jewel.

Comcast, a $184 billion media giant which owns NBC and Universal Pictures, said it was offering 12.50 pounds per share, significantly higher than the 10.75 pounds per share agreed by Fox. Shares in Sky soared 18 percent.

Fox agreed to buy the 61 percent of Sky it did not already own in December 2016 but the takeover has been repeatedly held up by regulatory concerns that Murdoch controls too much media in Britain.

Britain's competition regulator said in January that Murdoch's planned takeover should be blocked unless a way was found to prevent him from influencing the network's news operation, Sky News.

That has complicated a separate $52 billion deal by Disney to buy Fox assets including Sky.

Murdoch's news outlets are watched, read or heard by nearly a third of Britons and have a combined share of public news consumption that is significantly greater than all other news providers, except the BBC and commercial TV news provider ITN.

Last week, Fox made further concessions, with a promise to maintain and fund a fully independent Sky-branded news service for 10 years.

Comcast said it had only a minimal presence in the British media market and did not see any plurality concerns over its proposal.

The latest round of major deals indicates the pressures being felt by traditional cable television networks which have been losing customers to streaming services like Netflix Inc and Inc.

Credit:Reuters Business Video
Russian ice swimmers make a splash in sub zero temperatures
2018-02-25    1 views
Ice swimmers in Russia's Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad embraced freezing temperatures to compete in minus 10 degree Celsius temperature in an outdoor pool over the weekend (February 24 and 25).

Seventy-three people as young as 11 and as old as 70 participated, whilst dozens of spectators watched and kept warm dancing and cheering in the sidelines.

Mulled wine was also at hand to ward of the chill factor.

Ice swimming is not uncommon in Russia and there are many clubs catering to the winter sport as it is widely regarded as a way to improve one's health.

Credit:Core News Via Reuters
Kentucky: Drone footage show Ohio River flooding areas of Louisville
2018-02-25    0 views
The Ohio River floods areas of Louisville, Kentucky as pictured on February 23, 2018. The swelling river is forecast to peak over the weekend.

Guy Uses Tractor to Lift Corgi Into Cab
2018-02-25    0 views
This guy's corgi wanted to join him on a construction site. When he saw his corgi begging to be with him, he told the animal to get on the tractor's grader blade. He then lifted the grader blade and the corgi then hopped into his cab.
Credit:Jukin Media Via AP
Senior Citizen Performs Dance Routine in
2018-02-20    0 views
This senior citizen was at the gym to perform a dance routine with her instructor. After sitting on a folding chair in front of her teacher, she laughed as they showed off their moves together.
Credit:Jukin Media Via AP
Motorcyclist Helps Escaped Dogs Get out of Busy Road
2018-02-20    0 views
This motorcyclist spotted a few dogs running across a busy road. He stopped riding in the middle of the street and prevented other cars behind him from driving. In the end, he helped shuffle the dogs onto the side of the road where they wouldn't get hurt.
Credit:Jukin Media Via AP
Home Security Camera Gives Super Creepy Close-Up of Spider
2018-02-20    0 views
Home Security Camera Gives Super Creepy Close-Up of Spider
Home security cameras are meant to give you peace of mind, but this one has given its owner material for endless nightmares. It shows a spider crawling near the lens of the camera in super creepy fashion, before it falls off.
Where is it now? Maybe that mystery is the reason the uploader of the video said “I’m never going back again.”
Credit: Small Thunderdog via Storyful
Wisconsin Man Accused of Escaping from Police, Stealing Squad Car, Leading Chase
2018-02-19    0 views
Wisconsin Man Accused of Escaping from Police, Stealing Squad Car, Leading Chase
A Wisconsin man was arrested after he allegedly escaped a sheriff squad vehicle, stole a second vehicle and led police on an 18-mile chase on February 12. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office released dashcam video showing the incident on February 16.
Levi Hedding, 27, of Coloma, Wisconsin, had been stopped by deputies from the sheriff’s offices from Adams and Marquette counties on a warrant for charges he had been trafficking heroin, the sheriff’s office said at the time of the arrest. “Hedding initially lied to deputies about his name and attempted to flee on foot before being taken into custody,” officials said.
While officers processed evidence, Hedding escaped through the rear window of an Adams County squad vehicle. He then took a Marquette County squad vehicle and fled the scene, according to officials. He then led officers on an 18-mile chase, which involved law enforcement from the area, the sheriff’s office said.
Hedding crashed the squad car into a ditch in Adams County before attempting to flee on foot, the sheriff’s office said. He was then apprehended by a Marquette County K-9 and deputies from both agencies.
Hedding was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, escape, operating vehicle without owner’s consent, operating with a restricted controlled substance, reckless driving, obstructing/resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating without a valid driver’s license, felony fleeing and felony bail jumping.
The dashcam video shows Hedding’s initial apprehension, his escape from the squad vehicle and the ensuing chase.
Credit: Adams County Sheriff via Storyful
Chinese Dragon Performers Fall off Elevated Platform copy
2018-02-18    0 views
Keeping alive the traditional festivities of the Chinese New Year, these performers don an elaborate and massive dragon costume and leap across a series of elevated platforms. Thanks to a slip-up in timing or footwork, one of the performers fails to clear a jump, causing the entire dragon to crash onto the ground.
Credit: Jukin Media Via AP
Guy Climbs to Tip of Building
2018-02-18    0 views
This daredevil wanted to get a better view of Shanghai, so he climbed to the roof of a skyscraper to see the city below him. However, he wasn't satisfied with that height, so he climbed even higher and onto the tip of a pillar.
Credit: Jukin Media Via AP
A Tank of Corn Collapses and Catches Fire
2018-02-18    0 views
An overhead tank full of corn started to collapse at a farm in Indiana. As it slowly tilted over to the side, it finally fell and released all the corn to the ground. On the way down, a hit power line ignited the corn dust and sent a tidal wave of fire towards the onlookers. Everyone ran back and fire quickly extinguished on its own.
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Men Rescue Fawn Tangled in Fence
2018-02-18    0 views
These guys immediately leapt into action when they spotted a deer with its foot tangled in barbed wire. As one held the animal in his arms and calmed it down, the other quickly snipped the wires of the animal's leg. In the end, the fawn dashed back into the wilderness once it was ready.
Credit: Jukin Media Via AP
Sao Paulo Police Rescue 9-Year-Old Trapped Under Clay
2018-02-14    0 views

Police were filmed digging out a nine-year-old who had become trapped under a meter of mud in Pauliceia in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 12.

The Sao Paulo Military Police said that they were on patrol when they were approached by a woman who said that a small child had become buried in the mud.

After deciding not to use heavy machinery to get to the girl, as they feared that might injure her, the police and other bystanders used their hands to dig holes through the mud, even though they did not know where exactly the child was submerged.

The police eventually located the girl about a meter deep in the mud and were able to clear her airways, though she still had trouble breathing as the clay was pushing on her chest. The police said they were able to remove the girl, called Isabele, who was taken to the local hospital and was said to be doing well.
Credit: Sao Paulo Military Police via Storyful
Barber Gives Haircut to Boy with Autism
2018-02-13    1 views
This barber wanted to make this boy with autism's haircut experience as painless as possible. The guy pretended to give the boy's toy trucks haircuts so that he could convince the boy to let him cut his hair. With some patience, the barber managed to give the boy a proper haircut without it being too traumatic.
Credit:Jukin Media Via AP