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US - South Carolina - Gator stuck in Hilton Head storm drain free at last

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After a five-hour rescue effort Friday, a 9-foot-long alligator stuck in a Hilton Head Plantation storm drain was swimming in a nearby lagoon, away from the crowd that had gathered to watch the spectacle that involved fishing lines, ropes, PVC pipes and snares.

Critter Management and plantation security pulled the gator from underground at 3 p.m. amid cheers from onlookers and a snort from the reptile.

"He was just a little bruised and battered -- especially his pride," plantation general manager Peter Kristian said of the freed gator.

Joe Maffo, owner of Critter Management, called it one of his toughest rescues ever.


Half of World's Refugees are Running From US Wars

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America's wars are forcing Afghans and Iraqis to flee their homes in greater numbers. According to a recent U.N. High Commission for Refugees study, nearly one half of the world's refugees are from Afghanistan and Iraq, 3.05 million and 1.68 million, respectively. But neither the United States nor much of the developed world bears the burden of the 10.55 million refugees under the UNHCR's purview globally. Instead, Pakistan, Iran, and Syria serve as the top host countries. The Economist has charted the numbers:

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David Flory, New Jersey Physics Professor, Arrested For Running New Mexico Prostitution Website 'Southwest Companions'

© AP Photo/Albuquerque Police DepartmentN.J., N.M., police arrested the New York City resident in Albuquerque, In this undated photo release by Albuquerque Police Department showing New Jersey college professor David Flory who has been arrested in New Mexico and is accused of operating a prostitution website. On Sunday, on 40 counts of promoting prostitution. Police say Flory has long owned a vacation home in Santa Fe. Flory teaches physics at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison
Physics Professor Runs Prostitution Website

A New Jersey physics professor who dabbled in scuba diving and harbored dreams of working in the theater had another hobby, New Mexico police say: operating a sophisticated prostitution website that may have catered to as many as 200 prostitutes and 1,200 clients.

David Flory, 68, was arrested Sunday at a Starbucks in Albuquerque on 40 counts of promoting prostitution. The professor, who has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 1969, has a vacation home in Santa Fe.

A specialist in elementary particle theory, Flory also spent a decade in the school administration where, according to his website, he worked on human resource database systems and measuring academic productivity - skills that were evident from the three-tiered system police say he created for rating the privileges of johns who used the prostitution service.

Flory, a married father of three according to his personal website, was being held on a $100,000 bond Tuesday. He didn't respond to an e-mail message. His wife didn't return a phone message left at the couple's New York apartment.

Albuquerque Police Lt. William Roseman told The Associated Press that Flory's password-protected website, Southwest Companions, had been the subject of a vice investigation for the last six months after police received tips from prostitutes and johns.

Roseman said the site had been in operation about three years and had about 1,400 members - about 200 prostitutes and about 1,200 johns. Most of the members were in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe area, though some postings originated in Phoenix and Denver. The prostitutes were paid between $80 and $850 for their services, according to the criminal complaint.

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Measles outbreak in Britain, cases across Europe soar by 550%, MMR jab not helping

  • Families holidaying on the continent could be spreading the illness
  • 496 confirmed cases in England and Wales between January and May
  • MMR jab not preventing the increase in the disease
Measles rates in Britain are more than five times higher than last year prompting concerns that an epidemic is spreading across Europe.

There have been nearly 500 cases so far since January - mainly in children and university students - compared to the same period in 2010 when there were just 90 cases. The figure is more an increase of 550 per cent.

Health officials believe the disease is being spread by families holidaying on the continent, particularly France, which is currently in the grip of a major epidemic.

© AlamyEpidemic: Measles cases have soared over the last year despite an increase in the number of toddlers having the MMR vaccine.


Bones halt Oak Harbor road work

Oak Harbor's $8.35 million downtown improvement project ground to halt this week following the discovery of more bones under SE Pioneer Way.

Additional human remains were unearthed Tuesday and city officials confirmed Friday morning that the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation had ordered nearly all construction activities on the downtown road project to cease.

The city complied with the order immediately and informed its project contractor, Strider Construction, to shut down all operations. The delay is unfortunate, but Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik said there were no qualms about complying with the directive.

"We just want to do the right thing," Slowik said. "We want to cooperate with the tribes and the state."

The city learned of the shutdown through a letter the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation sent Thursday.

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RIBA comes under fire for hosting 'bonkers' 9/11 talk

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Institute reviews policy after controversial event booked by Zaha Hadid Architects associate

The RIBA is reviewing its policy on hiring out 66 Portland Place following a storm of criticism over its hosting of a group claiming that New York's Twin Towers were brought down through a controlled explosion.

Leading architects on both sides of the Atlantic hit out at the institute this week after American architect Richard Gage, part of the group Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, delivered a lecture at RIBA HQ on Monday night.

The venue was booked by fellow American and RIBA member Craig Phillip Kiner, an associate at Zaha Hadid Architects.

Gage claims that the fires caused by the impact of the two jets flown into the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, could not have been sufficient to make the steel structure of the towers collapse, and he questions the collapse of World Trade Centre 7, a nearby 47-storey building which was not hit by an aircraft.

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US - Police: Baby died from morphine in breast milk

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Columbia, SC (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina say an infant girl died from a lethal dose of morphine that was in her mother's breast milk.

The mother, 37-year-old Stephanie Greene, was charged Friday with homicide by child abuse.

Investigators say Greene's 6-week-old daughter, Alexis, was found dead in her parents' bed in their Campobello home in November 2010.

Autopsy results showed high levels of morphine in the child's blood.

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How's that for "respecting the memory of the Holocaust"? Israelis confess to Auschwitz memorial theft

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An Israeli couple has confessed to stealing objects from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp memorial and have settled for a suspended prison term and a fine, officials said Saturday.

The couple were detained at Krakow airport Friday, on their way to Israel after border guards found a few old items, including knives, scissors and spoons inside a plastic bag in their luggage, memorial spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel told The Associated Press.

The 60-year-old man and 57-year-old woman, whose names have not been released, said they took the items from the memorial site, officials said. Police took them back there and the couple indicated a place in Birkenau where, during World War II, belongings robbed off the death camp victims were stored, the chief spokesman for the memorial, Janusz Mensfelt, told the AP.


US - 5 Deaths; Multiple Injuries after Amtrak crash near Reno says NDOT

Reno, Nevada - Five deaths and multiple injuries were reported after a tractor trailer crashed into a Amtrak train on Friday near Reno, according to Nevada Department of Transportation.

The driver of the truck is confirmed dead and 3-to-4 more on-board the train are dead, said Nevada State Trooper Dan Lopez. Bodies are being recovered from the wreck and an exact head count of all on-board has not been confirmed, he added.

Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno say they received nine injured passengers from the Amtrak crash. And of those nine, two are in critical condition, four in serious, and three in fair condition, according to Dan Davis of Renown.

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U.S. man charged with sexually abusing Haitian boys

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Miami (Reuters) - An American man who ran a home for impoverished boys in Haiti has been arrested on charges that he forced them to perform sex acts in exchange for food, shelter and schooling, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Matthew Andrew Carter, the 66-year-old operator of the Morning Star Center in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, was arrested in Miami on May 8. He pleaded not guilty on Thursday to four counts of child sex tourism, or traveling in foreign commerce to engage in illicit sex with minors.

Carter, a resident of Brighton, Michigan, ran the Morning Star residential center at various sites in Port-au-Prince since the mid-1990s and lived there with the boys, according to charges unsealed on Friday.

At the time of his arrest, 14 boys lived at the center and three others spent weekends there. Some were orphans and others had living parents who were too poor to take care of them.