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UK van driver's horror after three-foot snake appears on dashboard as he travelled at 60mph

The driver and his passenger were forced to pull onto the hard shoulder of the M6 near Wigan after the red and black cornsake revealed itself

This is the three foot snake which crawled across a van driver's dashboard as he drove at 60mph on a motorway at night.

A horrified front seat passenger sparked a 999 alert after he watched the snake slither inches above the driver's hands on the steering wheel.

The passenger phoned police and yelled: "Pull over - now."

Amazingly, the unnamed driver in his fifties, did not see the snake until he stopped on the hard shoulder of the M6 motorway near Wigan at 2am.

The two men fled the white box van until police officers arrived at the scene with two motorway traffic officers and an RSPCA inspector.


Man shoots neighbor for 'telepathically raping' his wife

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Centerville, Utah resident Meloney Selleneit, 55, plead guilty to charges in connection with ordering her husband, Michael Selleneit, 55, to shoot their next door neighbor for 'telepathically raping' her.

Tony Pierce, the Selleneit's neighbor, was gardening in his backyard when he was attacked, unprovoked, by Michael Salleneit who shot Pierce in the back twice with a handgun. After shooting Pierce, witnesses say, Selleneit calmly walked back to his trailer. Pierce was able to receive medical attention and lived through the attack.

Michael Selleneit believed Pierce had been 'telepathically raping' his wife for years, and was using crack cocaine to control her mind. The couple discussed the shooting before it happened, and the arrest warrant states Meloney Selleneit told her husband to, "go for it." She also stated to police she was 'unsure' if her husband would actually go through with the attack, but did not believe he would have without her encouragement.

The shooting originally took place Nov 10, 2011, and for nearly two years Meloney Selleneit has been in a state mental hospital receiving care for various mental illnesses including schizophrenia. She had been previously found unfit to stand trial but the presiding judge, Thomas Kay, reversed his decision in Aug. 2013. Meloney Selleneit plead guilty Sept. 19, 2013 to illegally possessing a weapon, and criminal solicitation.

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Most Americans think government is focused on helping the rich

the rich
© GettyMost Americans think the government does most to help those who are already wealthy, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.
Most Americans think the government is doing more to help the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

According to the survey, 53 percent of Americans think the government does the most to help the rich, while 18 percent think it does most to help the poor, and 8 percent say the middle class.

That puts Americans' perceptions of what the government actually does wildly at odds with what they think it should do. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they think the government should do most to help the middle class, while 36 percent said it should do most to help the poor. Only 2 percent said that the government should do most to help the rich.

The poll found some partisan division on what the government should be doing. Sixty-six percent of Republicans and 50 percent of independents said the government should do most to help the middle class, while 57 percent of Democrats said they wanted it to do most to help the poor. No more than 3 percent from any party group said the government should do most to help the rich.


17 injured in gas explosion in southwest Germany

A gas explosion injured 17 people in southwest Germany on Saturday morning, about 3000 were evacuated.

Two trucks caught fire on the site of a gas company in Harthausen, a small town about 110 kilometers south of Frankfurt. The flame spread to gas tanks which exploded when firefighters were trying to clear the trucks at about 5 o'clock in the morning (GMT 0300).

Neighbouring buildings were damaged, 17 people were injured, one of them seriously, according to local police. No death report has been received.

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Vladi­mir Putin's many feats of strength

Russia's leader, Vladimir Putin, has captained a mini-sub in the Gulf of Finland and used a motorized hang-glider to lead captive Siberian cranes to freedom. The stunts weren't unusual for a man accustomed to public displays of avocational skill. Here are a few of his many talents.

1. He's an arm-wrestler

Putin quickly defeated Rep. Dana Rohrbacher in a drunken match in Washington in the early 1990s, the California member of Congress said in September. ''His muscles are just unbelievable," Rohrbacher said. Pictured: Putin pumping his guns in an arm-wrestling contest during a visit at a summer camp in the central Tver region on Aug. 1, 2011. Read the article
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Flashback 41 U.S. counter-terrorism and intelligence agency veterans challenge the official account of 9/11

The Pentagon after the collapse of the impacted wall.
Following in the footsteps of well over 1,000 scientists and other professional groups who have already gone on record questioning the official theory, more than 40 U.S. Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Agency veterans have come forward to challenge the Government's rendition of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Their behind-the-scenes knowledge and experience of sensitive and classified issues places them in a uniquely authoritative position. In this sense, their critical stance is all the more damning for the government. Conspicuously absent from the landscape are the mainstream media professionals, as they continue to provide cover for the government's totally bankrupt theory and fail to report on landmark developments such as this.

Official Account of 9/11:"Terribly Flawed," "Laced with Contradictions," "a Joke," "a Cover-up"

More than 40 U.S. Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Agency veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and most have called for a new investigation. It is outrageous that most Americans are entirely unaware of their publicly stated concerns - a direct result of the refusal of national print and broadcast news organizations to cover this extremely important issue. There is no denying the credibility of these individuals or their loyalty to their country as demonstrated by their years of service collecting and analyzing information and planning and carrying out operations critical to the national security of the United States.

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Russian atheist faces 6 years in jail for posting nun porn on net

© RIA NovostiVkontakte, a Russian social networking site
A Russian atheist in a Siberian city faces up to six years in prison for posting a porn video on a social networking site.

The accused, 30-year-old Andrei Korablev, posted a pornographic video to his personal page on a social networking site in November 2011, the prosecutor's office for Siberia's Tyumen Region said.

The office's statement, posted on its website, didn't go into any more detail about the video, but did say that it had "offended the feelings of religious believers." Internet news portal Russian Planet cited Korablev as saying he had posted a 40-second video of "masturbation...featuring a nun" on his page on Vkontakte, a Russian social networking site.

Korablev told Russian Planet that "homegrown religious fundamentalists under the guise of the Tyumen City Parental Committee" had complained about the video to get back at him for his involvement in the local League of Militant Atheists.

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Snakes invade a Norcross, Georgia apartment complex

Residents of a Gwinnett apartment complex told Channel 2 Action News they've been overrun by snakes in recent weeks. Channel 2's Tom Regan learned more about the snake invasion and what could be causing it.

The most recent snake sighting happened in the breezeway of the Bradford Gwinnett Apartment building. It was described as a giant copperhead that terrified residents.

"If it got into my house, I don't know what I would have done," said resident Juanita Kennemore.

Kennemore said one of the venomous copperheads was caught last Sunday. A resident took a picture of the snake after killing it with a brick.


Famous Indian guru's arrest on sex charges divides nation amid rise in godman scandals

Asaram Bapu
© Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post An image of the guru Asaram Bapu, Asumal Harpalani, adorns the walls of the ashram in Motera. Harpalani is in jail, arrested last month on charges of sexually assaulting the 16-year-old daughter of two of his followers.
In Motera, India, Men lie prostrate on the floor in front of the elevated seat of their guru - the man they call Asaram Bapu. Pictures of his avuncular face, with its flowing white beard, hang everywhere in this sprawling, 30-acre ashram in western India.

But these days, the guru's enclosed wood-carved altar, where millions once worshiped him, is empty. All that's left is a large photograph, an air purifier, blingy lights and fake red roses.

The guru, whose real name is Asumal Harpalani, is languishing in a Jodhpur jail, arrested last month on charges of sexually assaulting the 16-year-old daughter of two followers.

In recent weeks, the allegations against the mega-guru - who has a massive network of 20 million devotees and hundreds of ashrams worth an estimated $760 million - have stunned and split India.

The scandal has raised questions about the unprecedented boom in spiritual gurus in the world's largest democracy - and the enormous power and wealth they wield. Harpalani is not alone among them in amassing riches or getting in scrapes with the law. One holy man, Sathya Sai Baba, died in 2011 and left behind nearly $8 million in gold, silver and cash. In recent years, other gurus have been charged with murder, sexual abuse, running prostitution rackets and illegal land acquisition.


Kenyan mall killings: Interpol issues arrest notice for 'white widow' Samantha Lewthwaite

Ruhila Adatia-Sood Funeral
© Thomas Mukoya /ReutersRelatives and friends carry the coffin of Kenyan journalist Ruhila Adatia-Sood, who was killed in the Westgate Premier Shopping Mall attack, during her funeral in Nairobi.
Interpol has issued an arrest notice for Samantha Lewthwaite, the British woman known as the "white widow" whose husband, Jermaine Lindsay, was one of the suicide bombers in the July 7, 2005, attack on the London transit system. Many have speculated that Lewthwaite might have been involved in the recent assault at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, but Interpol did not associate her with the violence there:
Lewthwaite - a 29-year-old Muslim convert whose first husband was one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 attack on the London transit system that killed 52 commuters - is wanted by Kenyan authorities over alleged involvement in a plot to bomb holiday resorts there.

Social media reports that a white female was leading last week's terrorist attack on an upscale Nairobi shopping mall - followed by comments from Kenya's foreign minister that a British woman had been involved - led some British broadcasters and newspapers to link Lewthwaite to the recent attack on the Westgate mall, despite the lack of hard evidence that she was involved.

The Interpol notice made no mention of Westgate, however, saying that Lewthwaite is wanted on charges of possessing explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony in December 2011.

African authorities have linked her to other attacks as well - again, without presenting evidence of her involvement. She is believed to have been questioned by police once but was not taken into custody. - Associated Press