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Dumpster diver returns $3,800 found in trash

Digging through a Dumpster to make some extra cash by recycling old cans, a Tennessee man struck big when he found $3,800 lying in a Speedy Mart Dumpster.

Joe Ellis of Murfreesboro can be found almost every day rummaging through the convenience store's Dumpster, Maulik Patel, Speedy Mart's manager, told ABC News.

"Once I found $15," Ellis told ABC News affiliate WKRN in Nashville.

Ellis told WKRN that he found the $100 bills in a small plastic bag, along with three deposit slips, with no name on them.

"I turned it in to the people, the two guys that work there, and I told them about what happened and I gave them the money and he was counting it out, one of the guys in the store. He said it was, I don't know, almost ... $4,000."


Maine hermit living in wild for 27 years arrested

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This April 2013 booking photo released by the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office in Augusta, Maine, shows Christopher Knight, arrested Thursday, April 4, 2013, while stealing food from a camp in Rome, Maine
A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the central Maine woods, who may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples, has been captured, authorities said.

Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week when he tripped a surveillance sensor set up by a game warden while stealing food from a youth camp in Rome, state police say in a court affidavit.

Authorities on Tuesday found the campsite where they believed Knight - known as the North Pond Hermit in local lore - has lived for 27 years.

Residents of the town with a year-round population of about 1,000 say they've been aware of the hermit for years, often in connection with break-ins that have occurred. Some have spotted him walking along the side of the lake known as Great Pond and others have seen his living quarters, which include a tent covered by tarps suspended between trees, a bed, propane cooking stoves and a battery-run radio.


6-year-old New Jersey boy accidentally shot by 4-year-old friend has died, police say

© Brandon Holt / CBS New York
A 6-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate on April 8 has died from his wounds, authorities said Tuesday night.

Ocean County prosecutor's office spokesman Al Della Fave confirmed Brandon Holt had died but said he couldn't provide further details. Toms River police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Holt was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after the shooting occurred in a neighborhood that residents described as "very quiet."

The 4-year-old, whose name was withheld, was not injured.

The younger boy's mother called 911 to report the shooting, Coronato said.

Coronato said it was too early in the investigation to know whether anyone would be charged. He would not say who owned the gun or speculate on how the 4-year-old got it.

Alarm Clock

U.S. nuclear reactors all have irreparable safety issues says former chairman of Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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An aerial view of the Limerick Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said.

The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, are "highly unusual" for a current or former member of the safety commission, according to The New York Times. Asked why he had suddenly decided to make the remarks, Jaczko implied that he had only recently arrived at these conclusions following the serious aftermath of Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daichii nuclear facility.

"I was just thinking about the issues more, and watching as the industry and the regulators and the whole nuclear safety community continues to try to figure out how to address these very, very difficult problems," which were made more evident by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, he said. "Continuing to put Band-Aid on Band-Aid is not going to fix the problem."

According to the former chairman, US reactors that received permission from the nuclear commission to operate for an additional 20 years past their initial 40-year licenses would not likely last long. He further rejected the commission's proposal for a second 20-year extension, which would leave some American nuclear reactors operating for some 80 years.


State Farm legal defeat: Accused of epidemic of fraud over Katrina insurance claims

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Navy Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Scott Pierceas he looks out from the cabin of an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter at the flooded New Orleans streets caused by Hurricane Katrina on 07 September, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In what could well end up becoming the first in a number of similar legal defeats for State Farm insurance, a federal jury in Mississippi has charged the company with fraud relating to a 2005 claim made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

As ABC News first reported in 2006,two former State Farm employees, the Rigby sisters, came forward with accusations of having witnessed an epidemic of fraud at the company's offices in Biloxi and Gulfport. According to the two, company supervisors instructed staff to "bury" or modify damage reports to avoid payouts.

Even worse, the claim which was the subject of the recent court case had been hidden in a special file with a note reading "Put in Wind File. DO NOT Pay Bill. DO NOT discuss."

The recent charges pertain to one single case, in which State Farm reduced its liability by claiming that damage to a home was caused by flooding rather than high winds. Evidence provided by the Rigsby sisters proved that the company filed a false report in order to avoid paying the homeowner instead of the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Black Magic

Three of seven Fukushima tanks leaking radioactive water

© AFP Photo / Pool / Issei Kato
Another toxic water tank at the Fukushima Daichii power plant is likely leaking, the national atomic energy agency says, bringing the total defective tanks to three of a total seven. The tanks were built to store contaminated water.

The new leak was detected in pool No.1 while water from the leaking pool No.2 was being transported, according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority. The water transfer has been halted.

The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) indicated they were "losing faith" in temporary storage pits for the radioactive water, but did not have anywhere else to put it.

"We can't move all the contaminated water to above ground [tanks] if we opt not to use the underground reservoirs. There isn't enough capacity and we need to use what is available," Tepco general manager Masayuki Ono explained at a news conference.


80 Year old army veteran arrested for defending home from burglar

Someone recently posted an older article by Fox News about a burglary and arrest. One has to wonder how the article from March 2012 about the arrested homeowner would have been reported if our Constitutionally-protected Free Press was in place. While Homer Wright was simply defending himself, his wife and his home against burglary, this Army Veteran was arrested. Why? Because Chicago doesn't allow guns...So, what's Mr. Wright supposed to do, let the burglar pilfer through his stuff while waiting for the cops? And, before you read the article and tell me, "well, it says the burglar was only after alcohol," does it really matter what he was after?

Don't we have a constitutional right to protect ourselves? More law officers are telling us they may not be able to respond quickly because of budget cuts or other issues. Does it really matter how quickly they respond? Why can't we take the responsibility for our own protection? By the way, the burglar had been "arrested at least 13 times since 2009." Yet, whose photo accompanies the article and what was reported FIRST in this misguided article? Mr. Wright's and that he "was arrested because he had two previous weapons convictions..." Mr. Wright was treated like a criminal, not only by the police, but by the mainstream press, as well.


At least 14 people hurt in Texas college stabbing spree

Lone Star Stabbing
© Houston Chronicle / Johnny Hanson
At least 14 people were wounded in an apparent stabbing attack on a Houston-area college campus Tuesday, authorities said.

The attack about 11:20 a.m. on the Lone Star Community College System's campus in Cypress sent at least 12 people to area hospitals, including four people taken by helicopter in critical condition, according to Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Robert Rasa. He said several people refused treatment at the scene and all the wounds were consistent with stabbing.

The Harris County Sheriff's Department confirmed at least 14 people were wounded and spokesman Thomas Gilliland said authorities have one suspect in custody.

Stock Down

Britons mark Thatcher's death by remembering all the evil she did that led world to where it is today

Comment: Although the atmosphere is indeed 'celebratory', take note of what the revellers are actually saying: Margaret Thatcher, as representative of a fundamentalist neo-liberal ideology masking rampant greed, opened the gates of hell in 1979 for millions of people, and not just in Britain. Once the US followed suit, thanks to Reagan's implementation of Friedman's schizoidal ideas the following year, greed and destruction metastasised on a global scale and today we see the direct consequences: a planet that is on the brink.

Che Guevara

People power! British society planning public parties to celebrate death of Mad Maggie

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Revellers mark Margaret Thatcher's death in Brixton, south London.
Parties to be held across the UK including in Trafalgar Square, scene of poll tax riots

While many were mourning the passing of Margaret Thatcher, others were planning celebrations for the day of her funeral. Many have called for a pre-funeral gathering at Trafalgar Square on Saturday to mark her death with revelry.

Facebook pages were linking to a leftwing site where a party to mark Thatcher's death had been proposed since 2004, urging people to turn up from 6pm on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, where the most violent poll tax riots took place in 1990.

The post on the leftwing website Indy Media calls for people to gather on the first Saturday after Thatcher's death. It states: "We all know it can't be long now - and when Margaret Thatcher dies its party time! On the first Saturday after Margaret Thatcher dies, Class War is calling a mass party to start at 6pm, in Trafalgar Square, scene of the most famous riot against her policies! Whether or not you want to reminisce about the good old days of rioting against the poll tax, to toast old friends who fought Thatcherism, or just want to celebrate the death of the most reviled woman in Britain, we hope to see you there. Bring your champagne, fireworks, party clothes and yourselves!"

Comment: For anyone wondering what the Poll Tax Riots of London in 1990 looked like...