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Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at 95

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Actress/comedian Phyllis Diller has died at the age of 95, her agent confirmed to NBC News on Monday.

"She was a true pioneer," Fred Wostbrock said. "The first female stand-up comedian. She paved the way for everybody. She paved the way for Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler. Phyllis was the first of the first. The first female to play Vegas ... she was on Broadway, she made movies. She did it all."

Her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated press, "She died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face."

According to E!, her son Perry found her. She is also survived by two daughters.

Diller suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999. The cause of her death has not been released.

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Police Brutality! LAPD filmed punching man for skateboarding on wrong side of street

In a scene that brought with it echoes of the Los Angeles Police Department's most infamous moment, residents filmed four officers holding down and punching a young man picked up outside his home for allegedly skateboarding on the wrong side of the street.

According to KTLA-TV, a protest is being planned for Monday in support of 19-year-old Ronald Weekley Jr. after the beating was captured on a cell phone Saturday.

"If you see the videotape, there are about three or four officers on top of my son," Weekley's father, Ronald Weekley Sr., said. "Then an officer comes into view, gets down on the ground and hits him in his face, and that's something you can hear on the tape. The results are, is that he has a broken nose, he has a broken cheekbone and he has a concussion."

Weekley was cited with resisting arrest.

The footage aired by KTLA shows two officers holding the younger Weekley down and another punching him in the face. A fourth officer standing atop the fray can be seen speaking into his radio. Another officer enters the frame seemingly ordering the unidentified resident filming the incident to move away. It is reminiscent of the seminal video of the traffic stop that propelled Rodney King into the national consciousness.


Calif. Veterinarian Donald Huber Arrested after Dog Dies in Hot Car

Palm Desert veterinary surgeon Donald James Huber was arrested Saturday, August 4, after a dog locked inside his car allegedly had a seizure and died of suspected heat exhaustion, according to Riverside County Sheriff's deputies. (Palm Desert is about 11 miles east of Palm Springs, California.)

Palm Desert Police Department responded on August 4 at 9:04 a.m. to a 911 call that a dog was locked in a car in the 42000 block of Washington Street. When deputies arrived, they found the car parked at the Desert Veterinary Specialists Animal Hospital at 42-065 Washington St., with an 8-year-old German shepherd locked inside the vehicle without food and water, sheriff's Sgt. Radek Horkel told reporters. "An officer broke the vehicle window in an attempt to save the dog's life after not being able to locate the dog's owner."

Deputy Joshua Morales said that the dog began seizing and died at the scene, according to The Desert Sun..

As deputies were preparing to tow the car away, the dog's owner, Douglas James Huber, 51, of Rancho Mirage, arrived and was taken to the police station for questioning, Horkel said. Huber was confirmed by officials to be a veterinarian. He was then booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio on a preliminary charge of misdemeanor animal endangerment.

Huber has been licensed to practice veterinarian medicine in California since 2004. Before that, he was licensed in Massachusetts since 1987, according to the Sun.. He has no public record of discipline and no criminal record in Riverside County.

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Palm Scanning Causing Concern Among Moss Bluff Elementary Parents

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Mark of the Beast: A Louisiana public school's decision to purchase palm scanners to speed up lunch lines and payments has been met with religious opposition.
A local elementary school is trying to implement a new program in their cafeteria. But the palm vein scanner is being met with much opposition from Moss Bluff Elementary parents.

"I was very, very mad," said parent Mamie Sonnier. "Disappointed."

Many parents felt that way on Monday after reading a letter sent home with their children from Moss Bluff Elementary School. The letter introduced a new program, the palm vein scanner, to move students through the lunch line at a faster rate. With almost 1,000 students, Principal Charles Caldarera says the system will reduce errors.

"We are so large," said Caldarera. "With an elementary school, they all come through line, and most of them eat here. It would make us more efficient and more accurate. We've had parents complain in the past, because they felt like their children weren't eating, that we assigned them a charge for the day, and they might have been right."

Caldarera says the school is acting on a recommendation from school food service director Patricia Hosemann. But he says the letter gives parents an option.

"We sent this letter home for parents to be aware of it, and to let them know that they can opt out," said Caldarera. "They can opt out and say, hey, I don't want my child involved in it. That's quite alright. It won't make any difference. The children will still be able to eat in the cafeteria."

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Is Mark Zuckerberg in Over His Hoodie as Facebook CEO?

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Facebook's stock price slide has raised doubts about Mark Zuckerberg's role as CEO. Some say he should hand the reins to a more seasoned executive.

The deepening slide in Facebook Inc.'s stock is fueling talk once considered implausible on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley.

Should Mark Zuckerberg, the social media visionary but neophyte corporate manager, step aside as CEO to let a more seasoned executive run the multibillion-dollar company?

In that scenario, Zuckerberg would remain as the creative force propelling Facebook's technological innovation. But the 28-year-old would cede the CEO title to someone better suited to overseeing operations and building rapport with finicky investors - mundane but essential duties for which Zuckerberg has shown little appetite or aptitude.

"There is a growing sense that Mark Zuckerberg, talented though he may be, is in over his hoodie as CEO of a multibillion-dollar public company," said Sam Hamadeh, head of research firm PrivCo. "While in many cases a company founder can, and does, grow into the job, things are happening so quickly that there is precious little time here for Zuckerberg to do that."

Doubts about the Facebook founder intensified Thursday as the stock closed below $20 for the first time. The shares, which slipped to $19.87, have shed nearly half their value since Facebook's disastrous initial public offering three months ago.


8 Injured in South Korean Subway Rampage

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Seoul, South Korea - A man wielding a box-cutter stabbed or cut eight people at a subway station just outside of South Korea's capital after a teenager confronted him for spitting at him, police said Sunday.

No one died in the 10-minute rampage Saturday and the injuries weren't life-threatening, according to three police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to the media. Police arrested a man running away from the station in Uijeongbu, which is home to U.S. and South Korean military bases, the officers said.

Such attacks are rare in South Korea.

Police identified the suspect as a 39-year-old man surnamed Yoo.

Yoo began wielding a box cutter at an 18-year-old man surnamed Park inside the train when the victim confronted Yoo for spitting at him, police said. Infuriated when Park said he would call police, Yoo began brandishing the cutter on a train and then on a station platform until he was arrested, Uijeongbu Police Station said in a statement released Sunday.

Yoo, who is unemployed and lives alone, was on his way to find work in Seoul on the subway, police said.


Minister Among '31 Dead' in Sudan Plane Crash

A Sudanese cabinet minister was among 31 people killed when an airplane crashed as it carried a delegation to war-torn South Kordofan state for Muslim Eid holiday celebrations, officials and state media said.
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Sudan's new Minister of Guidance and Endowments Ghazi Sadeq Abdul Rahim was among 31 people killed when an airplane crashed.
"All people on board were killed," Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim, spokesman for the Sudan Aviation Authority, told AFP.

Among the dead was Khartoum's Guidance and Endowments Minister Ghazi Al-Saddiq, the official SUNA news agency said, reporting that 26 people were aboard the aircraft.

Speaking on the official Radio Omdurman, Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said the plane "crashed into a hill" because of bad weather, killing the entire delegation.

Mr Abdelrahim said the Russian-made Antonov plane was landing in Talodi town at about 8am local time when "an explosion was heard and the plane was destroyed."

Although there have been no reports of major fighting around Talodi in recent weeks, the town has been a key battleground in the war which began in June last year between the government and ethnic rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).


Rescuers Search for Philippine Minister, 2 Pilots

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Men carry parts of a crashed plane carrying Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo in Masbate city, Masbate province, central Philippines, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
About 300 rescuers searched Sunday for Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an emergency landing. An aide of Robredo made a dramatic escape from the plane and was helping in the search, officials said.

The four-seat Piper Seneca took off Saturday from central Cebu city, where Robredo had met local officials, and was 30 minutes into the flight to his hometown of Naga city when one of its two engines stalled. The Filipino pilot and Nepali student co-pilot attempted to land in Masbate province but missed the runway by about 500 meters (550 yards), Transport Secretary Mar Roxas said.

President Benigno Aquino III flew Sunday with his defense chief and the heads of the national police and the military to Masbate, about 380 kilometers (235 miles) southeast of Manila, to oversee the U.S. military-backed search.

Rescuers found a portion of the right wing and a copy of the flight plan underwater in an area where what appeared to be skid marks and metal parts on the seafloor were detected by sonar equipment. Divers and military aircraft suspended their operations before nightfall but planned to focus their search in that area on Monday, Roxas told reporters, adding that the search by boats would continue through the night.

Dozens of divers and ships scoured the sea while helicopters crisscrossed overhead all day. Troops and police searched along the coast and a U.S. Navy plane flew over the area twice to look for the wreckage.


Top Gun director dies after jumping off bridge

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Director Tony Scott at 20th Century Fox World Premiere of "Unstoppable" at the Regency Village Theatre on Oct. 26, 2010 in Westwood, Calif.
Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge, authorities said.

Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

The 68-year-old Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles, authorities said.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn told the Daily Breeze that a suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

The British-born Scott was producer Ridley Scott's brother.


2 Dead In New York Plane Crash

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Authorities from the Suffolk County Police and other officials investigate the scene where a small plane crashed shortly after noon on Sunday in Shirley, Long Island.
Shirley, New York - A small plane crashed Sunday in the middle of a suburban neighborhood in Suffolk County, killing the pilot and one passenger and seriously injuring a second passenger, authorities said.

The single-engine plane took off from Brookhaven Calabro Airport around noon and had trouble "almost immediately," crashing less than a mile from the airstrip, said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko, who was at the scene Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses said the struggling Socata TB10 plane flew just over the roofs of houses in the heavily wooded hamlet of Shirley, about 65 miles east of Manhattan. It then crashed into a large tree, struck a Dumpster on the ground and burst into flames on Helene Avenue, witnesses said.

"I just stood there, and I froze," said Melvin Resto, 24 years old, who watched the scene from his backyard along with his sister, Jacqueline Resto and her boyfriend, Darnell Lee. "I was very traumatized."

Mr. Resto and Mr. Lee, 26, a trained aviation electrician, said they rushed out to the crippled plane and used two garden hoses to try to keep flames from engulfing the pilot, who appeared unable to move his legs.