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Dolphins saved my life: woman

A woman says she owes her life to a pod of dolphins after slipping off a cliff and into the sea while trying to rescue her dog.

She says she thought she was going to die before the dolphins nudged her and her dog to safety.

Karyn Gitsham walks her dogs Buddy and Ramsay along the beach at Carrickalinga, on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, every morning.

Four-year-old Cocker Spaniel Ramsay often runs into the water chasing seagulls, but this morning he got into trouble when he couldn't swim back.

Ms Gitsham says she climbed up the cliff face to follow the distressed pooch from the shore when the unthinkable happened.

"I just remember falling and I'm in the water and the waves were just pounding me up against the rocks and I could see him out there trying to get back in," Ms Gitsham told 7News.

It was then that her unlikely saviours came to the rescue.

Bizarro Earth

Tennessee mom: 4-year-old daughter was 'shamed' at pool for not wearing a top

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A Tennessee mother says that her 4-year-old daughter was shamed and sexually harassed by employees at a public pool who insisted that the girl wear a top while at the facility.

Sarah Parada told The Tennessean that she was forced to leave Longview Recreation Center's indoor pool on Friday after a Williamson County Parks and Recreation lifeguards and a supervisor said that the 4-year-old girl could not swim while wearing only bathing suit bottoms.

"She left feeling really ashamed of herself," Parada explained.

Pool policies listed on the Williamson County Parks and Recreation website do not include a requirement that little girls wear tops, but Parks and Rec Director Doug Hood said that it was just "common sense."

"The rule requires tops and bottom for girls. It's never, ever been questioned in my 34 years," he told the paper. "Protection is part of that common sense. I wish I could tell people that everyone coming in there is someone you'd want to have over for Sunday dinner, but they're not."


Georgia city ordinance would require a gun in every home

A small town in Georgia has proposed an ordinance that would require "the head of household" in every home to own a gun and ammunition.

Town leaders in Nelson on Tuesday told WSB-TV that they had drafted the ordinance because they only have one police officer on duty for eight hours a day. And they worry that sheriff deputies cannot provide enough protection during the 16 hours each night that no officer is patrolling.

"When he's not here we rely on county sheriffs - however it takes a while for them to get here," Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic, who drafted the proposal, explained.

Cronic's ordinance reads: "In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition."

Bizarro Earth

Man faces 30 days in jail for laughing too loud in his own home: report

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A 42-year-old Long Island man is facing a $500 fine or 30 days in jail for laughing too loud in his own home, according to a published report.

Lawyer Andrew Campanelli calls the two summonses issued to his client Robert Schiavelli, who lives with his mother in Rockville Centre, "absurd," reports the New York Post.

Schiavelli received the tickets for "disturbing the peace" on consecutive days in February after police responded to a neighbor's complaints that his laughter could be heard across the street.


'House of horrors': Abortion doctor set to go on trial in 8 deaths


Dr. Kermit Gosnell in an undated photo released by the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.
Three years after drug agents searching a suspected "pill mill" at a West Philadelphia clinic instead found a medical "house of horrors," an abortion doctor is going on trial on eight counts of murder.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, the clinic owner, is charged with killing a pregnant refugee and seven viable newborns. He also faces a separate federal trial on prescription drug charges.

Gosnell, who has pleaded not guilty, saw himself as a medical missionary in the blighted neighborhood where he worked and lived for 40 years. His Women's Medical Center treated the poor, immigrants, teens and women with late-stage pregnancies who could not get abortions elsewhere.

"I feel in the long term I will be vindicated," Gosnell told the Philadelphia Daily News in a March 2010 interview, a month after the federal drug raid. "I aspire to perfection, certainly for my patients."


Gay couple shares unbelievable story of adoption after finding baby on subway

When playwright Peter Mercurio answered the phone 12 years ago, he probably didn't realize the call would change his life.

On an August night in 2000, Mercurio received a phone call from his partner, David Stewart, who was at the Eighth Avenue A/C/E subway stop in New York City, recounts Mercurio in "We Found Our Son in the Subway," an op-ed for The New York Times.

"I found a baby!" Stewart yelled, according to Mercurio. "I called 911, but I don't think they believed me. No one's coming. I don't want to leave the baby alone. Get down here and flag down a police car or something."

When the couple appeared in family court that December to give their account of what happened, the judge overseeing the case asked if they'd be interested in adopting. Stewart, a social worker, replied "yes."

Bizarro Earth

Florida mom accused of stabbing sons' bullies with box cutter

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A Florida mom has been charged with aggravated child abuse for allegedly using a box cutter to stab two teens who she says were bullying her sons.

"I will defend them. I don't want them to fight," Nora Silva told ABC News' Orlando affiliate WFTV.

The incident began when Silva's 14-year-old and 17-year-old sons got off of the bus on Tuesday afternoon. Surveillance footage from a neighbor's house shows a group of more than a dozen boys surrounding one of Silva's sons and pushing him to the ground.

Silva, 33, and her mother Esther Silva, 63, got into the scuffle, according to police reports.

Heart - Black

Murder of baby found in stolen SUV prompts soul searching in China

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The baby's mother, centre, who is reported to have had a breakdown after hearing her son was dead.
Zhou Xijun is said to have confessed to killing baby and burying body in snow after finding him on back seat of car

A car thief in north-eastern China who discovered a baby boy asleep in a stolen 4x4 killed him and buried the corpse in the snow.

The 48-year-old thief's confession prompted a wave of seething incredulity on the internet in China and a bout of soul-searching about parenting, capital punishment and media censorship.

According to a post on the Jilin province public security bureau's microblog, Zhou Xijun turned himself in to Changchun city police at 5pm on Tuesday. He confessed that he stole the Toyota RAV4 from outside a supermarket on Monday morning, strangled the two-month-old boy, named Xu Haobo, after noticing him while driving on the highway, and buried his corpse in the snow. Zhou abandoned the vehicle outside a primary school in a nearby city and took a minibus back to Changchun.

The infant's father, a supermarket owner surnamed Xu, had left the car's engine running while he entered his market to turn on a stove. He emerged 10 minutes later to find the car missing, immediately called the police, and broadcast a message on a local radio station saying that he would not hold anybody accountable if the baby was safely returned.

The child's mother had a nervous breakdown after hearing Zhou's confession, Chinese media reported. It is unclear whether the baby's body has been found.


Gun control debate fueling 'explosive' rise in far-right extremist groups: report

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The number of anti-government, far-right extremist groups has soared to record levels since 2008 and they are becoming increasingly militant, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It says the number of groups in the "Patriot" movement stood at 1,360 in 2012, up from 149 in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected president, an increase of 813%. The report said the rise was driven by opposition to Obama and the "spluttering rage" over federal attempts at gun control.

Those who were identified as "militia" groups or the paramilitary wing of the Patriot movement, numbered 321, up from 42 in 2008, the SPLC said in its report.

Concern over a "truly explosive growth" of groups on the radical right, along with a rise in domestic terrorist plots, has prompted the SPLC to write to US attorney general Eric Holder and Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, warning of the potential for domestic terrorism and urging them create a new, inter-agency task force to assess whether it has adequate resources to deal with it.

Black Cat

Psychopathy alert: Russian teen charged with cemetery murder

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Russian Teen Charged with Cemetery Murder
An 18-year-old student was charged on Wednesday with murdering a man in a cemetery near Moscow and cutting a swastika into his forehead, police said.

Investigators said they believe the student and a 21-year-old suspected accomplice came across a sleeping man in the cemetery, woke him up and attacked him with "homemade Nunchakus," (martial arts weapons) causing "multiple head injuries."

Their victim died at the scene, police said, after which the youths are said to have "carved a swastika on his forehead, in order, according to them, to show that the murder had been committed by skinheads" in order to throw the police off the scent.