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NZ: Man Enjoys Inflated Reputation After Impaled on High Pressure Air Hose

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New Zealand truck driver Steven McCormack gets treatment at Whakatane Hospital after an accident with an air hose in Whakatane, New Zealand, May 21, 2011.
A freak accident with a high pressure air hose left Steven McCormack painfully puffed up like the Michelin Man, but now safely back to normal he is enjoying an inflated reputation.

McCormack, a small town truck driver in Opotiki, New Zealand, ended up Saturday in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Whakatane, blown up to twice his normal size.

McCormack, 48, was standing on the rigging between his truck and trailer at Waiotahi Contractors when he slipped and fell onto a brass valve that was connecting the truck's brakes to the compressed air supply. The nozzle pierced his left buttock and air rushed into his body at 100 pounds per square inch.

"In a matter of minutes, my body blew to twice its size," McCormack told New Zealand's 3News.

His boss, Robbie Petersen, witnessed the accident and told ABCNews.com, "His body started to literally blow up and before we knew it, his face went up like a balloon."

Petersen's son Spike Petersen is the manager of the company and was also on hand at the time of the accident. Spike was on the phone with 111, the New Zealand equivalent of 911. He told ABCNews.com that their small town only has two ambulances and both were busy at the time of the accident. The nearest rescue helicopter based two hours away was also busy.

"We knew we needed help quick," said Spike. "The pain was unreal. Lifting him up and off the nozzle was the worse."

As the air pumped and McCormack began to scream, co-workers struggled to pull him off of the nozzle. In a life-saving move, they managed to stop the air supply and put him on his side. As McCormack struggled to breathe, co-workers tried to keep him calm by putting ice packs around his neck. It was an hour before paramedics arrived.

Chess

'Maria Shriver Leaked Arnold Schwarzenegger Lovechild Story Because She Was so Angry'

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New claims: Maria Shriver 'leaked the Arnold Schwarzenegger lovechild story because she was so angry' it has been claimed
Maria Shriver leaked the story about husband Arnold Schwarzenegger's lovechild because she was so angry with him, it has been claimed.

Gossip website TMZ.com are reporting Shriver was 'hysterical' when she discovered that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son with Mildred Baena and wanted to call a press conference to make the story public.

But, after her friends calmed her down, the idea of leaking the story to TMZ and the LA Times newspaper then started to form.

Stormtrooper

Georgian police used excessive force on protesters - HRW

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Riot police in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, beat peaceful demonstrators and should be held to account, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

The international human rights group said the Georgian government should launch an immediate and impartial investigation into excessive and disproportionate use of force.

Riot police dispersed a five-day central Tbilisi protest against President Mikheil Saakashvili's rule in the early hours of Thursday.

Top Secret

US: Tony Lazzaro testifies about knowing mysterious secret regarding Casey Anthony

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Anthony Lazzaro, the former boyfriend of accused child killer, Casey Anthony, testified a second day at her murder trial on May 26, 2011.
Orlando, Fla. - On Thursday, for a second day, Anthony Lazzaro, the former boyfriend of Casey Anthony, took the stand during her murder trial. During his testimony he revealed that was told a secret by Casey prior to her arrest for killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony.

Casey, 25, is charge with murdering Caylee in the summer of 2008.

Between June 15, the last day the girl was seen by anyone other than Casey and the day Caylee was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, Casey told no one about the little girl's whereabouts.

The girl's remains were discovered in a wooded area near the Anthony family home on Dec. 11, 2008.

Defense attorney Jose Baez asked Lazzaro about the mysterious secret Casey told him prior to her arrest, however, because his response would have been considered hearsay, he was not allowed to divulge exactly what the secret was.

Question

US: Witness: Casey's Relationship With Caylee Was Amazing

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Orange County, Fla. -- Day 15 of Casey Anthony's murder trial began on Friday with the defense's motion to renew a motion for a mistrial, being denied, and a witness describing Casey's relationship with her daughter as, "amazing."

Casey Anthony entered the courtroom just before 8:30am, wearing dark pants and a black vest over a white shirt. She had her hair pulled back in a bun.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry quickly denied the defense's motion that Casey's lead attorney, Jose Baez, filed Thursday morning at 8:30am to renew a motion for a mistrial.

Judge Perry then called court to order at 9:00am.

The fiancee of Casey's brother, Lee Anthony, testified on Thursday that Casey had an "amazing" relationship with her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, who she is accused of killing.

Mallory Parker testified Friday that Casey had a special bond with Caylee.

Bandaid

Out of sight, out of mind: Obama urged to reverse policy on no condolence letters for military suicides

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Washington - A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Barack Obama to change the current "insensitive" policy of not sending condolence letters to families of service members who commit suicide.

A letter signed by 11 senators -- 10 Democrats and one Republican -- and sent Wednesday urges the president to "take immediate steps to reverse the long-standing policy of withholding presidential letters of condolence" to families of troops who killed themselves.

The policy, which goes back several presidents, has been the subject of protest by military families. CNN first reported in 2009 about the family of Spc. Chancellor Keesling, who killed himself while serving in Iraq.

The family set up a wall to pay tribute to Keesling in their Indiana home. Along with his uniform and the flag from his burial service, a space was left for the expected condolence letter from the commander in chief.

Comment: More U.S. Soldiers Killed Themselves Than Died in Combat in 2010


Arrow Down

US: Wife helps fly small plane over Colorado after husband suffers oxygen deprivation

Federal aviation officials on Thursday released details of a May 17 incident in which the pilot of a small plane became incapacitated from lack of oxygen, and his wife, also in the cockpit, teamed with air-traffic controllers and nearby pilots to get the endangered aircraft lower so the pilot could recover and land safely.

The couple were flying a Cirrus SR22 from San Bernardino, Calif., to Colorado Springs at an altitude of 17,000 feet at midday when a controller in the Federal Aviation Administration's Longmont control center noticed the pilot was slurring his speech.

"I think you might be experiencing some hypoxia; would you like a lower altitude?" controller Charlie Rohrer asked the pilot, according to the FAA transcript of the incident.

Eye 2

New York, US: Irving Sanchez Caught On Tape Abusing Pit Bull Puppy

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The NYPD says Irving Sanchez, 46, is the man seen in this image taken on May 22, 2011 striking pit bull puppy Max.
Most people have puppy love. A man caught on tape in an East Harlem elevator seems to have the opposite.

The New York Police Department says Irving Sanchez, 46, was arrested after allegedly being caught on an elevator's surveillance camera brutalizing a pit bull puppy.

The video was captured Sunday in the Wagner Houses in East Harlem. It shows a shocking attack.

Radar

Italy: Seismologists Tried for Manslaughter Over Quake

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Hundreds attend the state funeral ceremony for victims of the April 6, 2009 earthquake, at piazza d'Armi in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, central Italy.
Italian scientists didn't alert public ahead of time, although peers say that's not possible

Earthquake prediction can be a grave, and faulty science, and in the case of Italian seismologists who are being tried for the manslaughter of the people who died in the 2009 L'Aquila quake, it can have legal consequences.

The group of seven, including six seismologists and a government official, reportedly didn't alert the public ahead of time of the risk of the L'Aquila earthquake, which occurred on April 6 of that year, killing around 300 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

But most scientists would agree it's not their fault they couldn't predict the wrath of Mother Nature.

"We're not able to predict earthquakes very well at all," John Vidale, a Washington State seismologist and professor at the University of Washington, told LiveScience.

Even though advances have been made, the day scientists are able to forecast earthquakes is still "far away," Dimitar Ouzounov, a professor of earth sciences at Chapman University in California, said this month regarding the prediction of the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

Eye 1

US: Man on Dulles Flight Had 12 IDs, No Name

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Police have arrested a man carrying 12 fake identification cards at a Pennsylvania airport.

State police are still trying to determine the man's real name after he was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports the man supplied a Texas driver's license to police called to investigate a suspicious person report. But police say the man, who arrived on a flight from Dulles International Airport and was carrying a black duffel bag, couldn't get his birth date right on the first try.

Investigators say he fled, tossing away a wallet containing counterfeit ID cards from states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Florida.

The man was captured outside the airport and charged as John Doe with forgery and tampering with public records. He's being held on $250,000 bail.

Source: The Associated Press