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PETA plans to fly drones that would 'stalk hunters'

PETA says it's actively shopping for a drone to monitor hunters.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is actively shopping for a drone that would "stalk hunters," the organization said Monday.

The group says it will "soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves" and that it is "shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds."

The group says it will not weaponize the drones, but will use them to film potentially illegal hunting activity and turn it over to law enforcement.

"The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives," PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said in a statement.


Massachusetts Cafeteria workers punish kids who owed lunch money by dumping meals

Like taking lunch from a fifth-grader.

The line doesn't quite have the same ring as taking candy from a baby but the staff of a food service company at a middle school Attleboro, Massachusetts learned last week that it will still get you fired.

About two dozen students at Coelho Middle School lined up for lunch last Tuesday and carried their food trays to the checkout. But they weren't allowed to eat that food, according to the Associated Press.


Man spends 'weekend from hell' in Edmonton hospital

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Greg Poirier was mistakenly sent home with a broken leg by the University of Alberta Hospital.
Canada, Alberta - What started out as a simple injury turned into something much worse, says Greg Poirier.

Poirier, 64, hurt his leg and foot when he fell down the stairs into his basement suite late Thursday night. He managed to drag himself into his apartment where he called a taxi to come pick him up.

He said he then made his way to the emergency ward at the University of Alberta Hospital, where he waited over four hours to be treated.

He said when he finally made it in, he was given painkillers and two nurses attempted to bandage his leg.

By then, he said, the pain in his foot was excruciating.

"I said: 'Girls, I appreciate your help but it's not helping - it's just making it more painful' - five minutes later I was released."

Poirier then took a taxi home. When he arrived, he was forced to crawl to his door and back down the stairs. When he finally made it inside, he collapsed on the couch and fell asleep.

Soon after he woke up, his phone rang. A woman who Poirier believes may have been a U of A hospital manager was calling.

"She didn't announce her name but she was extremely angry. She said 'you shouldn't have been released... you have to return to the hospital.'"

Although he was tempted to ignore the call, or go elsewhere, Poirier phoned Blue Cross and requested an ambulance to take him back to the hospital.


Dziekanski death at hands of RCMP a homicide, British Columbia coroner rules

Taser jolts led to Polish immigrant's fatal heart attack in 2007, report says.
Robert Dziekanski
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Robert Dziekanski holds a small table at the Vancouver airport before he was stunned with a Taser by police in this image from video.
The death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in an altercation with RCMP officers at Vancouver's airport six years ago was a homicide, British Columbia's Coroners Service says.

Homicide is considered a neutral term in a coroner's report, meaning the death was caused by the actions of another person; it does not imply any blame.

Dziekanski, 40, who did not speak English, became agitated after spending more than nine hours wandering in the airport arrivals area in October 2007 and was confronted by four Mounties who stunned him several times with a Taser.

The incident was captured on amateur video, which fuelled public anger and prompted the government to order a public inquiry headed by former justice Thomas Braidwood.

Heart - Black

Iowa woman hangs pit bull from garage rafter by its leash

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An Iowa woman was charged with animal torture after she hung her boyfriend's dog by its leash in his garage.
An Iowa woman was charged with animal torture after she hanged a dog she shared with her boyfriend from a rafter in his garage.

Sheena Cornwell, 28, of Des Moines told police she hanged Lilly, a 15-year-old pit bull mix, by her collar and leash because she "was going to die soon anyway," the police report stated.

Cornwell did not leave the garage to return to the house until the dog was dead, her boyfriend, Joshua Vandyke, told police.

Sgt. Jason Halifax, a Des Moines Police Department spokesman, told ABCNews.com that Cornwell's boyfriend, Joshua Vandyke, came home from work around 5 p.m. on Saturday and found Cornwell upset about Lilly's behavior. Vandyke told police that Cornwell then took the dog into the garage.

According to the police report, Vandyke told police that Cornwell had been annoyed with Lilly for the past two months, because the dog paced back and forth in the house, but he was shocked that she would do this.

Halifax said that when police arrested Cornwell, she admitted to hanging the dog and said she didn't know what the big deal was. Vandyke had told police that Cornwell had a drinking problem and had been drinking vodka on Saturday, according to the police report.

Bizarro Earth

11,000 pounds of Nutella stolen

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Coffee and energy drinks are apparently not the only food products that thieves have an affinity for in Niederaula, Germany.

About 11,000 pounds of Nutella were stolen this weekend from a truck parked at a former train station there.


Minnesota airport worker charged with stealing guns

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A worker at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been charged with stealing shotguns, revolvers and other weapons from the checked luggage of passengers who had connections through the busy Twin Cities airport.

David Vang, 23, of St. Paul faces 11 felony counts, including 10 counts of theft of a firearm. He will be making his first court appearance April 25 in Hennepin County.

Pat Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said Monday that Vang was employed by a Texas firm to maintain the belt on which checked baggage traveled. Hogan said authorities learned in September that weapons were being stolen, so they set up surveillance cameras.

A review of footage showed Vang removing items from checked luggage and taking them to an unsecured employee parking ramp where his wife was waiting in a vehicle, the criminal complaint said.

Vang was arrested in October and is no longer working at the airport, Hogan said.


3-year-old fatally shoots deputy's wife with his gun at Tennessee cookout

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A cookout in Tennessee ended in tragedy over the weekend when a 3-year-old child accidentally shot and killed the wife of a Wilson County sheriff's deputy.

According to WSMV, the toddler found the pistol and discharged it during a gathering at Deputy Daniel Fanning's residence on Saturday.

Deputies said that 48-year-old Josephine G. Fanning was dead by the time they arrived on the scene. The 3-year-old child was reportedly related to the Fannings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) determined that the pistol belonged to Deputy Fanning.


SSRIs: The REAL cause of gun violence

Anyone who studies the following partial list of confirmed cases of SSRIs-induced homicide and still refuses to see a clear and undeniable pattern is surely suffering from a serious case of terminal denial. It is imperative that the issue of SSRIs-linked violence is brought to public attention. Please, read and forward --- especially to those you know who have young children...

List of school shootings known to be linked to SSRIs(Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)

Eric Harris age 17 (first on *Zoloft *then *Luvox*) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Colombine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold's medical records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of *Prozac *(three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather's girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

Bizarro Earth

Indonesia court upholds death sentence for Briton

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Lindsay June Sandiford of Britain sits at a courthouse during her trial in Denpasar, Bali island, Indonesia, Jan. 7, 2013.
An Indonesian court upheld a death sentence for a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine onto the resort island of Bali, a court official said Monday.

The Bali High Court rejected an appeal from Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, who was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad, said court spokesman Makkasau. The decision on her appeal came last week, and Sandiford has 14 days to appeal to the national Supreme Court, said Makkasau, who uses only one name like many Indonesians.

Sandiford was arrested last May when 3.8 kilograms (8.4 pounds) of cocaine was discovered stuffed inside the lining of her luggage at Bali's airport. During the trial, she said she was forced to carry the drugs by a gang that threatened to hurt her children.