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Oscar Pistorius vomits as Reeva Steenkamp wounds described

Oscar Pistorius
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Pathologist says bullet to girlfriend's head was probably fatal, with ammunition designed to mushroom on contact

It was cold, clinical, scientific testimony that finally robbed Oscar Pistorius of his composure.

A pathologist's report from the witness stand of the austere courtroom, detailing the devastating impact of three hollow tipped bullets on the body of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was punctuated by the gutteral sounds of the sporting celebrity gagging and vomiting repeatedly into a bucket.

While Pistorius has mostly retained his self-possession as a succession of neighbours and an ex-girlfriend gave evidence against him, it was the dry, technical language of professor Gert Saayman that hit him hardest. He was bent double in the dock, hands on his ears as if trying to block out the words, his body in visceral pain and violently sick.

The scene unfolded on the sixth day of the "blockbuster trial" in Pretoria where the testimony was deemed so graphic that judge Thokozile Masipa banned live coverage of it on radio, television, Twitter and blogs.


English lower classes don't read: Deep cultural divide in reading habits

mother reading to child
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Research shows 'significant' link between a family’s reading habits and a child’s future attitude to reading
Researchers identify significant link between deprivation and not reading books

New research shows a stark and "worrying" cultural divide in the UK when it comes to reading, with half the country picking up a book at least once a week for pleasure, and 45% preferring television.

The England-wide survey of the reading habits of 1,500 adults conducted by DJS Research for Booktrust [PDF] says that on average, the higher the socio-economic group that someone is in, the more often they read: 27% of DEs never read books themselves, compared with 13% of ABs, while 62% of ABs read daily or weekly, compared with 42% of DEs. Reading charity Booktrust, which commissioned the research, believes its findings should serve as a warning that "Britain's divided reading culture is a barrier to social mobility".

The study indicates "links between deprivation and not reading books", said Booktrust, with those who never read living in more deprived areas, with a higher proportion of children living in poverty, and those who read less "more likely to be male, under 30, and have lower levels of qualifications, happiness, and satisfaction within their lives".

One respondent, a male who fell into the survey's 30-44 years age bracket, told researchers: "The fact is, it's 2013 not 1813. We have electricity now so we can buy DVDs and watch television rather than read books. Books are for an older generation, younger people on the whole do not read books."

Comment: Perhaps the more symptom of having been subjected to an ineffective, underfunded education system that has failed to pass on the true value of reading. That beside the pleasure of reading, there is also the greater knowledge and awareness that may be gained.

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New York mother assaults 3-year old daughter for microwaving cellphone

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Krystle Reyes appears at her arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday. Reyes is charged with assaulting her child at a Hell's Kitchen shelter for battered women after she claims the 3-year-old microwaved the mom's cell phone.
A mother was arrested this week, on charges that she assaulted her 3-year-old daughter after the child destroyed her cellphone by cooking it in the microwave oven.

Police sources told CBS 2 that Krystle Reyes, 28, was arrested at her apartment on West 49th Street in Hell's Kitchen at 5 p.m. Thursday, after neighbors called 911 to report a commotion.

When officers arrived, they found the girl in the bathtub with a cut below her right eye, as well as bruises on her back, right arm, left ear and neck, sources said.

Reyes told police she grabbed the girl by the arm, placed her in the tub and smacked her, sources said.


Pussy Riot members publicly shamed by citizens with green paint and rubbish

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Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) and Maria Alyokhina, who were attacked in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.
Video shows men attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina in McDonald's restaurant in Nizhny Novgorod

Two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot were attacked by a group of men who poured rubbish and bright green paint over them and shouted obscenities at them at a McDonald's restaurant.

A video, uploaded by the group on Thursday, shows at least three men attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, shouting "[Go] to America!" and shooting paint into their faces from syringes in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"It hurts! Why are you doing this?" Tolokonnikova says, with green stains on her face and hands. "You don't have the right to hurt me. Please don't do that to anyone anymore."



Blaze at Hartlepool Snooker Centre treated as 'unexplained'


Picture by Paula Hudson Teesside Alert
A blaze which has destroyed the roof of Hartlepool Snooker Centre is being treated as unexplained.

Police and fire investigators are set to probe how the fire started once the two-storey building on Green Street has been made safe.

Six fire crews from across Teesside were drafted in to help tackle the fire which took hold from about 3.30am this morning (Sunday, March 9).

Part of the main road in the town, the A689 westbound, remains closed and gas and electricity supplies nearby were shut off as a result.

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Vicious pet cat traps Oregon couple, who call 911

Himalayan Cat
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This photo provided by Lee Palmer shows Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan cat that attacked a seven-month old baby. Portland police had to be called in to subdue the 22-pound house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the Sunday, March 9, 2014, incident.
Portland - Portland police had to be called in to subdue a 22-pound house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the Sunday incident.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said officers responded to a 911 call that evening from a couple who had locked themselves in their bedroom with the baby and their dog after the cat attacked the child.

Simpson said the 911 operator could hear the cat screeching in the background as the couple awaited help. Officers used a dog snare to capture the cat and placed it in a crate.

Simpson said the owners told the dispatcher the cat has a history of violence. He said the cat remained with its owners.

Source: Associated Press


Rural Nevada deputy accused of illegal stops, confiscating money from travellers

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In this image released by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office in September 2013 and posted on their Facebook page, Sgt. Lee Dove poses with K-9 Zyla and $50,000 cash that was seized after a traffic stop for speeding.
A rural Nevada sheriff's deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits.

Two men who were traveling alone through northern Nevada's high desert last year offer strikingly similar accounts of their stops by the same Humboldt County deputy near the town of Winnemucca, about 165 miles east of Reno.

Neither search produced drugs or an arrest, but in one case Deputy Lee Dove took a briefcase filled with $50,000 and in the other he seized $13,800 and a handgun, according to the lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Reno.

Both men said they were told they'd be released with their vehicles only if they forfeited their cash.

"It's like Jesse James or Black Bart," said longtime Reno defense lawyer John Ohlson, who filed suit on behalf of Tan Nguyen, 37, of Newport, Calif.

The lawsuits say the cash seizures are part of a pattern of stopping drivers for speeding as a pretext for drug busts, which violates the Constitution. They say Dove, Sheriff Ed Kilgore, Humboldt County and its prosecutors condone the practice of seizing assets regardless of criminal prosecution.


Did they see the missing plane? Eyewitnesses in northern Malaysia witnessed 'a descending, low-flying plane'


Put together with the information from the Malaysian military about the plane's last radar signal being around Pulau Perak in the Malacca Strait, eyewitness reports of a low-flying plane coming BACK to Malaysia are beginning to make sense.
The authorities here have their hands full after receiving at least two reports from the public that they saw an aircraft flying low on the same day Malaysian Airlines MH370 vanished.

In his report, the owner of a fishing boat claimed that he saw an airplane flying low while he was at sea with a friend about 14.4km from Kuala Besar in Pantai Cahaya Bulan here at 1.30am on Saturday.

Azid Ibrahim, 66, said the aircraft was heading towards international waters.

According to him, the plane was flying so low that he could see the lights "as big as coconuts".

He said he saw the aircraft with his friend Pak De while five other anglers were asleep in the boat.


Malaysian military claims it tracked missing jet heading WEST, as far as Pulau Perak in Malacca Strait


The new 'last location' of the missing Malaysian jet
The Malaysian military believes an airliner missing for almost four days with 239 people on board flew for more than an hour after vanishing from air traffic control screens, changing course and travelling west over the Strait of Malacca, a senior military source said.

Malaysian authorities have previously said flight MH370 disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for the Chinese capital Beijing.

At the time it was roughly midway between Malaysia's east coast town of Kota Bharu and the southern tip of Vietnam, flying at 35,000 ft (10,670 metres).

"It changed course after Kota Bharu and took a lower altitude. It made it into the Malacca Strait," the military official, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters.

The Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest shipping channels, runs along Malaysia's west coast.

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Man with stolen passport on jet is asylum seeker not terrorist

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One of the two men traveling on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner with a stolen passport was a 19-year-old Iranian man believed to be trying to migrate to Germany, and had no terror links, police said Tuesday.

The announcement was the first certain piece of news in what has become a baffling mystery over the fate of flight MH370. On Tuesday, baffled authorities expanded their search for the Boeing 777 on the opposite side of the country's coast from where it disappeared days ago with 239 people on board.

In the absence of any sign that the plane was in trouble before it vanished, speculation has ranged widely, including pilot error, plane malfunction, hijacking and terrorism, the last because two passengers were traveling on stolen passports. The terrorism theory weakened after Malaysian authorities determined that one of them was an Iranian asylum seeker.

Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters the 19-year-old was believed to be planning to enter Germany to seek asylum.