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Psychopath? Police announce person of interest in 21 animal deaths

Indiana - Thanks to more than a dozen tips, South Bend Police have developed a single person of interest in the investigation of 21 animals found dead in an alley near the 700-block of E. Indiana Ave.

Police did not name the person of interest, but say multiple tips named the same individual as a possible suspect.

Examinations are still being performed on the small animals at Purdue University, to determine exactly how the animals died. Physical evidence from the scene is also being processed.

Another marker of psychopathy on the increase? Ireland: Animals' deaths at cliffs 'planned and sinister'

A live horse was discovered near where rotting carcasses of around 17 animals were found at the base of cliffs in what has been described as a "planned and sinister" act.
It was initially thought the horse was also dead but it started moving and a vet had to put it down, as it was in a very bad condition.

Clare ISPCA officer Frankie Coote described the deaths of the animals - 10 horses, four cattle, and three calves - at the base of Baltard Cliffs in Doonbeg, Co Clare, as "planned and sinister".

Up to 15 of the animals were found close together at the bottom of the isolated cliffs, while another dead horse lay close by.

The case is being investigated by four separate authorities.

No investigation for innocent, unarmed Washington man shot 16 times by police while in his bed

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Thirty-year-old Dustin Theoharis in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, recovering from his twelfth surgery - this one to reconstruct his jaw. It's unlikely he will ever fully recover from the barrage of bullets fired by police on Feb. 11, 2011. His attorney, Erik Heipt said that Theoharis suffered "a broken shoulder, 2 broken arms, broken legs, he had a compression fracture to his spine, damage to his liver and spleen."

Theoharis wasn't the guy police were after. The King County Sheriff's deputy and Washington Department of Corrections officer who shot him were at the house to arrest a man who'd violated his parole. But in a search of the house after the shooting, they surprised Theoharis in the basement room he was renting.

Cole Harrison, who was at the house, described it this way: "They (the officers) rushed into that room like they were going to get somebody. I mean they rushed down there and then all of a sudden. Boom, boom, boom, boom."

Comment: Cops shoot innocent man in bed, no charges filed

Bizarro Earth

Clashes at mass eviction in Rome as crisis intensifies

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Protesters clash with police during the occupation of a building by associations that campaign for housing rights on April 16, 2014 in Rome.
Riot police dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes on Wednesday -- the latest in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis.

Several people were injured as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in and taken to the roof.

Westboro Baptist Church to protest CSU graduation

A Kansas church known for its anti-gay protests at public events plans to picket a CSU graduation ceremony and the "God-hated, without-hope young people" who it says will attend.

Westboro Baptist Church indicated in a news release that its members will stage a protest on the Fort Collins campus from 4:15-5 p.m. May 17 at the intersection of Meridian Avenue and Plum Street. Commencement ceremonies for the colleges of natural sciences and liberal arts will take place at nearby Moby Arena at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

The church believes students graduating from universities in "doomed America this year are a unique generation - - unique in their filthy manner of life; unique in the lies that pervade their every thought; unique in their aggressive enabling and embracing of f--- and same-sex marriage," the news release said.

The announcement ended with: "God H8S RAM FAN BRATS!"

While CSU "absolutely disagrees" with the message of the protestors, the university also values free speech and the group's legal right to demonstrate on public areas of campus, spokesman Mike Hooker said.

"Our attention -- however - will be focused on celebrating the accomplishment of the CSU students who have worked hard to earn their degrees," he said.

Los Angeles residents encouraged to embrace 'toilet to tap' water

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The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called "perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen." And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potentially potable water out to sea.

I'm talking about treated sewage.

In 2000, Los Angeles actually completed a sewage reclamation plant capable of providing water to 120,000 homes - the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys. After being treated at the plant, reclaimed water was pumped to spreading fields near Hansen Dam, where it slowly filtered through the soil into the aquifer. (Here's a graphic.)
Dollar Gold

On a roll: Mega oil field discovered in southern Russia

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A new oil field with roughly 300 million tons of oil and 90 billion cubic meters of gas has been discovered in the Astrakhan region of Russia.

"The field's reserves are unprecedented, this discovery confirms the high potential of the Astrakhan region in terms of these major discoveries," Sergey Donskoy, Russia's Natural Resources Minister said on Wednesday.

The field, called "Velikoe" (The Great) was discovered by the AFB Oil and Gas Company, which will likely seek out larger partners to develop it.

Two likely candidates are Rosneft, Russia's state-owned and largest producer, and Lukoil, the country's second biggest producer.

"According to experts, given the lack of large land deposits, project participation will likely come from all major industry players. The most probable partners are Rosneft and Lukoil, which already have projects in neighboring regions," Uralsib Capital analyst Aleksey Kokin told

Parents' nursery camera captures extremely disturbing footage

The Harris County Sheriff's Office in Texas released a chilling video in the hopes that it will help lead to the identity of a suspect who crept through a couple's home and loomed over their baby as he slept.

The incident, which occurred on April 5, was captured by the homeowner's security cameras situated throughout the home, including in the baby's nursery.

Capitalism apparently works in Russia: ​Sochi Olympics made $22 million profit

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Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian federation, Dmitry Kozak
The Sochi Games became the first profitable Olympic Games in a decade, surpassing spending by $22 million, says Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.

"It is impressive the organizing committee has earned over 800 million rubles more than was spent, this is a good result as in recent years the Olympic Games haven't made a profit," Interfax quotes Kozak as saying.

According to the head of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko, the operating profit on the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, that includes the property which was transferred to sports development in the country, totals around $140 million.

The whole Sochi Olympic Games cost $6 billion, of which $2.7 billion came from central government, the remainder was financed by private companies.

Bystander captures video of BLM Ranger killing man near Red Rock Canyon

In a frame-grab from a submitted video, D'Andre Berghardt Jr. enters a police SUV (left side of the frame). Park rangers attempted to detain a man walking on the road near the Red Rock National Conservation Area. The event escalated and D'Andre Berghardt Jr., 20, was shot after getting into a Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle.
Two men observing a police stop Friday watched in growing disbelief and then horror as the seemingly routine incident turned deadly when a federal ranger shot a man inside a state trooper's patrol car.

One of the men recorded video with his cellphone as a Bureau of Land Management ranger shot and killed D'Andre Berghardt Jr., 20, near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

"Oh my God, they just shot him," the man filming said after realizing what had happened.

The exclusive video, enhanced for clarity, was posted Monday on

Berghardt, from Los Angeles, had been hailing cyclists as he walked along state Route 159 near Calico Basin, about 20 miles from downtown Las Vegas. Two cyclists reported the man to officials at the Red Rock visitor center about noon.

The video, shot from a car stopped on the road, shows two rangers holding Berghardt at gunpoint for several minutes as onlookers watch from cars and bicycles. Berghardt doesn't appear to threaten the rangers but remains on his feet, apparently disobeying their orders. He didn't appear to carry a weapon.