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Man fights off cougar with skateboard; Parks Canada tracking animal

© CTV News, CanadaA cougar is shown in this file photo taken near Kelowna, B.C.

Banff, Alberta -- Parks Canada officials are advising people in Banff to be on alert after a man told them he fought off an attacking cougar with his skateboard.

Bill Hunt, the resource conservation manager for the Banff field unit, said the man was attacked Thursday and originally reported the incident anonymously.

But Hunt said officials tracked him down to get more information in order to find the cougar.

"I think he was reluctant to contact us right away because he'd be in trouble for striking an animal inside a national park. But of course, in that situation you're in defence mode and it's totally appropriate," Hunt explained Sunday.

Hunt said the man told them he was listening to music through earbuds while walking between the townsite and an industrial area when the cougar attacked.

"He was hit from behind, knocked to the ground and instantly reacted properly. With a cougar, the correct thing to do is fight back hard and convince that cougar that you're not going to be available for prey," Hunt said.

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Ostrich runs through traffic in China's Fujian province

An ostrich has survived being struck twice by different cars while running through oncoming traffic on a highway in China.

CCTV footage from Chinese state television shows the animal on the loose during the evening rush hour in Zhangzhou City, Fujian province on Tuesday.


Horse stuck in ravine rescued through 'telepathy'

Norwegian Fjord
© Wikimedia CommonsA grazing Fjord horse.
Washington state - Officials executed a difficult horse rescue on Tuesday, lifting an 800-pound Norwegian fjord out of a deep Redmond ravine without any injuries.

But the most incredible part, says the stable's owner, is how caretakers found the horse - with the help of a telepathic animal communicator.

Gemma, a 4-year-old with a history of escaping and other behavior problems, apparently got out of her stall at the Saddle Rock Stables, in the 24000 block of Northeast 115th Street, and slipped 70 feet into a steep ravine nearby before settling on a ledge.

Owner Barbara Linstedt said caretakers searched for her for hours before getting connected to acclaimed horse communicator Joan Ranquet on Monday night.


New Age dolphin-assisted birth: 'Natural' and perhaps dangerous

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The decision made by expectant couples to have their births in water attended by dolphins has raised eyebrows.

According to a CBS News story, "Dolphin-assisted childbirth is an option that some expectant parents are embracing, claiming it is a more natural, relaxing way to deliver a baby. Adam and Heather Barrington, a North Carolina couple expecting their baby to be delivered in July, have traveled to Hawaii to plan a dolphin-assisted birth at the Sirius Institute, the Charlotte Observer reports. 'It is about reconnecting as humans with the dolphins so we can coexist in this world together and learn from one another,' Heather Barrington told the Observer."

Why it is important to Heather Barrington that her newborn connect with dolphins in the first few seconds of his life? The answer can be found in the mission statement of the Sirius Institute, a New Age center dedicated in part to "raising the level of human consciousness to that of the dolphins and integrating the consciousness of the dolphins ... with human consciousness." It's not clear what that means - or why human consciousness needs to be "raised" to dolphin level - but the center provides dolphin-assisted underwater births.


Philadelphia police kill suspect, 3rd shooting in a day

Philadelphia police were involved in a trio of shootings the same day the city's police commissioner said he is seeking a review of the department's use of deadly force. The latest shooting happened during a gun battle Wednesday night in the city's Germantown section while officers were pursuing at least three suspects, authorities said. The suspect was killed and a 2-year-old boy also suffered a graze wound. Officers were searching for the remaining suspects.

It was the third police-involved shooting in the city on Wednesday and came hours after the police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced that he is seeking an independent review of the department's deadly force policies. Earlier in the day officers shot a man in the buttocks after police say he pointed a gun; another man was critically injured after he was shot by officers who said he fired at them.

Ramsey cited similar reviews done for the Las Vegas and New York police departments by CNA Analysis and Solutions and the RAND Firearm Evaluation group that had led the departments to adopt new training curriculums and new or revised policies. Ramsey said he had reached out to the federal Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to secure funding and assistance for a review of Philadelphia police practices, training and policies on police-related shootings.

Red Flag

Beverly, Massachusetts cancels Memorial Day parade due to lack of veterans

This Sunday, the streets of Beverly will look just like they always do. And that's the problem, some veterans say. The city has cancelled its annual Memorial Day parade for what's believed to be the first time since the end of the Civil War.

Many veterans who were gathered at the Herman A. Spear American Legion Post on Friday night are upset by the decision.

"It's not right to me," says Ron Innocenti. He is a Vietnam veteran who has not only marched in the city's Memorial Day parade in the past, he says he has also been its grand marshal.

He hates to cancel because of the message it sends to men and women serving now.

"It's a slap in the face to them that we're not doing it," he says. "But on the other hand, I can see why we're not doing it because of the age of the veterans we have now."

Black Magic

Jamaican woman kills and beheads estranged husband's 4 year old daughter, dumps body in sinkhole

© Jamacia ObserverOnlookers gather outside the crime scene where four-year-old Natasha Brown was dumped in a sinkhole in her Duanvale community after she was reportedly beheaded.
'Dat a wickedniss'

The Trelawny police have confirmed that a woman in her early 40s has confessed to Monday's murder of her estranged common-law husband's four-year-old daughter, who was beheaded and her body dumped in a sinkhole in Duanvale, ironically as the world celebrates Childs Month.

"She has admitted knowledge of it," a high-ranking police officer told the Observer West last night, refusing to give details.

The deceased has been identified as Natasha Brown, a student of the Duanvale Basic School.

The entire community was plunged into shock and anxiety later Monday after it was discovered that little Natasha did not report for school that day, even though she had left home for the institution.

The police who initiated an Ananda alert after they were summoned, subsequently - along with residents - launched a search in the deep rural community. It was later announced that a small human frame was spotted in a sinkhole, located in a rugged terrain in a section of the community called Faith Avenue, which is only accessible by foot.

Efforts were then made to fish the body from the sinkhole.

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Albert Einstein was correct about technology?

Jim got this email forward from a listener and had to share this one. It looks as if Albert Einstein was right. Albert Einstein was fearful of the growth of technology and its effect on the human race.Here is Albert Einstein's quote:
"I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots."
Now keep that quote in mind and look at the photos below and tell us that Albert Einstein's prophecy years ago hasn't come true.

Having a Coffee...

Having Coffee
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Friend of Boston bombing suspect unarmed when killed by FBI

Ibragim Todashev, who was killed during an FBI interview last week, was unarmed when he was fatally shot, fueling speculation that his association with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was enough, in the eyes of police, to be fatal.

The death of Ibragim Todashev has been shrouded in mystery since he was mortally wounded during an interview with FBI agents on May 22. Before Wednesday's admission that the 27-year-old was unarmed at the time of his death, investigators offered conflicting accounts of what happened in Todashev's final minutes.

Todashev associated with Tamerlan Tsarnaev from mixed martial arts and boxing circles in the Boston area before he moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Orlando, Florida. FBI officials maintained he was never a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Investigators did say, however, that the matter would be the subject of a probe that is expected to last for several months.

"The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement Wednesday.

"The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances."

Black Cat

Lost trigger-happy cops kill 72-year-old Texas man inside his garage across the street from the burglary call

The widow of a 72-year-old Texas man is searching for answers after Fort Worth police shot and killed him on Tuesday while responding to a burglary call involving a house across the street.

"Married 46 years, and, you know, somebody gets a little trigger-happy and away they go," Kathy Waller said to WFAA-TV on Tuesday after her husband, Jerry Waller, was shot inside the couple's garage.

Kathy Waller told KHOU the couple noticed police in their Fort Worth neighborhood just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Her husband grabbed his .38-caliber handgun and went downstairs to see what was happening. She said to the station she heard six gunshots afer he opened the garage door.

The Dallas News reported on Tuesday that authorities said in a statement that the two officers were "engaged by an adult male armed with a handgun" and shot him in fear for their safety. Jerry Waller was pronounced dead at the scene.