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You're still dead, Ohio court tells man

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An Ohio man who has been legally dead since 1994 will remain so in the eyes of the law after losing his complaint to overturn his death filing, according to authorities.

Donald Miller, 61, testified Monday that he disappeared in 1986 after losing his job, leaving behind a wife, two children and thousands of dollars of unpaid child support, according to James Hammer, the attorney for Miller's ex-wife, Robin Miller.

He was declared legally dead eight years later.

Donald Miller said he returned to Ohio "around 2005" with no knowledge of his legal death, and that he had hoped to re-establish his Social Security number.

A legal statute in Ohio prevents changes to death rulings once three years have passed, Hammer told CNN, and Judge Allan Davis ruled accordingly in Hancock County Probate Court.

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Blind man beaten in Philadelphia while witnesses just stand there

According to police surveillance footage, a 33-year-old blind man walking alone in the Germantown section of Philadelphia was shoved, beaten, and robbed while witnesses walked by without intervening.

The incident took place on Oct. 2 and police have released this video hoping the footage will help lead to an arrest of the attacker. The victim, who said he did not recognize the voice of the attacker, suffered injuries to his head and face.

Black Cat

Anti-Bullying programs having an opposite effect?

A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message.

It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.

He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead - he found the opposite.

Jeong said it was, "A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work."

The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.

Comment: These programs may be teaching children with psychopathic tendencies how to better abuse their peers and to hide the evidence. They are now better able to fool school officials while they conduct their bullying in secret. For more information regarding possible causes of bullying, read:

Bullying Linked to Psychotic Symptoms
The bullying epidemic
Behind Bullying: Why Kids Are So Cruel
The empathy gap in bullying

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Southern New Jersey town requires beggars to get permit

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Middle Township - A southern New Jersey town now requires beggars to obtain permits and seeks to punish those who aggressively solicit donations.

The Middle Township ordinance defines aggressive begging as speaking to or following a person in a manner that would cause them to fear bodily harm or otherwise intimidating someone into giving money or goods.

The ordinance requires those who solicit money to obtain a permit at no charge and forbids solicitation by obstructing a pedestrian or vehicle, near an automated teller machine or bus or train stop, and in exchange for a service.

Fines start at $250 and include possible jail time.

Police Chief Christopher Leusner tells The Press of Atlantic City beggars who are not threatening and comply with the ordinance will not be punished.

Source: Associated Press

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Irish man's organs wasted away due to poor diet, coroner told

Coroner's Court
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Fionn Clarke (30) was found dead at his apartment on Melville Way in Finglas, Dublin 11, on September 11th, 2012.
A man who lived on Pringles, chocolate, wine and Coca-Cola died after his internal organs wasted away as a result of his poor diet, an inquest heard.

Fionn Clarke (30) was found dead at his apartment on Melville Way in Finglas, Dublin 11, on September 11th, 2012. He had been dead for at least a week. Dublin Coroner's Court heard he suffered from depression and alcoholism and had cut himself off from his family.

His father Michael Clarke said that he would call to Fionn's apartment every three or four weeks bringing him "sweets and Coke" because he would not eat anything else. His son worked at the Revenue Commissioners but walked out on his job and was living off savings but these had run out.

Mr Clarke said Fionn would make sure he was not in the apartment when he called and he had not seen him since Christmas. He let himself into the apartment on September 11th and discovered his son.

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Power grid attacked in Arkansas in three separate incidents


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The federal authorities are investigating whether three recent attacks against the power grid in Arkansas are linked, and utility officials have asked residents to remain alert to the threat of more trouble.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that two power poles in Lonoke County, just east of Little Rock, were deliberately severed early on Sunday. The authorities said that a stolen tractor, which had an extendable arm with a circular saw blade at its tip, was used to take down one of the poles.

The incident came more than six weeks after the F.B.I. opened an inquiry into a report by Entergy Arkansas, a utility company, that one of its high-voltage transmission lines had been brought down in Lonoke County. Investigators said someone had fastened a cable to the 100-foot transmission tower and laid it across a nearby railroad track in what the F.B.I. described as "an attempt to utilize a moving train to bring down the tower."


Dream leads Indian woman to ancient idols

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Locals throng to the cave to pray after Usha Mukne (far right) dug up ancient idols of goddesses (centre).
A 45-year-old tribal woman, on Monday, found seven idols of Hindu goddesses in a cave on the Khapra hilltop in Lakhampur village of Wada taluka. She said she went to the cave and started digging inside after repeatedly dreaming of a goddess trapped there.

"For the last three months, I regularly dreamt of some divine powers calling me to rescue them from the hilltop but I ignored the dreams. However, it soon started to affect my health and I eventually decided to follow my dream," said Usha Mukne, a daily-wage labourer in the village and a believer of Goddess Santoshi.

Mukne cleared the entrance to the cave, which had been blocked by trees as no one had gone there in a long time, and started digging.

Villagers hailed her dream-turned-into-reality as a miracle and blessing, especially as it coincided with Navratri, and thronged the hilltop to pray.

"I told the locals about my dream and findings. They couldn't believe goddesses had directed me this way," she said.

A local, Sunil Patil, said, "It's the first time that ancient artifacts have been found here."

Local authorities were also informed; they will inform the archaeological department.

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Florida man in critical condition after jumping off train to get cellphone

Struck by Train
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West Palm Beach - A man is in extremely critical condition after he reportedly jumped from the train on which he was riding and was then struck by a second train.

According to officials, the incident took place Monday night around 8:11 p.m. at the Palm Beach Tri-Rail station after a 26-year-old Eddie Diaz apparently realized he had left his cell phone behind on a bench.

Witnesses told police Diaz broke the glass covering the emergency safety mechanism and pulled the lever. When the doors opened, he jumped. He landed on a platform but fell backward, hitting his head.

He was subsequently struck by another train and was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Shooting highlights dangers of distracted living

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New Princess Diana riddle over chilling photo of SAS sniper aiming at cars

Diana and Dodi
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Lovers Diana and Dodi.

The controversy over the death of Princess Diana took a new twist last night with the emergence of a photograph of an SAS sniper practising his deadly trade on the streets of Britain.

The remarkable image, now being examined by Scotland Yard detectives, shows the special forces soldier lying on a bridge in Wales peering at cars down the telescopic sights of a sniper's rifle.

The photograph was taken from the computer of Soldier N, a former SAS man who claims regiment members were responsible for the death of Diana in a Paris underpass. A total of 90 images were discovered.

The Metropolitan Police, whose specialist crime and operations command is investigating the assassination theory, last night said it would be "inappropriate" to comment on the new development.

The photograph shows two men on a bridge who are thought to be taking part in a counter-terrorism exercise.

The soldiers are practising a procedure known as high-speed vehicle interdiction, a tactic designed to stop vehicles being driven by terrorists travelling at speed.

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As F.B.I. pursued snowden, Lavabit e-mail service stood firm

edward snowden
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The owner of the e-mail service said he closed it down after the government, in pursuit of Edward J. Snowden, sought untrammeled access to the protected messages of all his customers.
One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep. So began a four-month tangle with law enforcement officials that would end with Mr. Levison's shutting the business he had spent a decade building and becoming an unlikely hero of privacy advocates in their escalating battle with the government over Internet security.

Prosecutors, it turned out, were pursuing a notable user of Lavabit, Mr. Levison's secure e-mail service: Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents that have put the intelligence agency under sharp scrutiny. Mr. Levison was willing to allow investigators with a court order to tap Mr. Snowden's e-mail account; he had complied with similar narrowly targeted requests involving other customers about two dozen times.

But they wanted more, he said: the passwords, encryption keys and computer code that would essentially allow the government untrammeled access to the protected messages of all his customers. That, he said, was too much.

"You don't need to bug an entire city to bug one guy's phone calls," Mr. Levison, 32, said in a recent interview. "In my case, they wanted to break open the entire box just to get to one connection."

On Aug. 8, Mr. Levison closed Lavabit rather than, in his view, betray his promise of secure e-mail to his customers. The move, which he explained in a letter on his Web site, drew fervent support from civil libertarians but was seen by prosecutors as an act of defiance that fell just short of a crime.