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Nigerian father arrested for fitting a PADLOCK to four-year-old son's mouth to stop him screaming as he beat him to death

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A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Nigeria's Lagos state after authorities found he had locked his son's mouth to prevent him from screaming while the "evil child" was beaten to death.

Chris Elvis has been taken into custody pending further investigation into the incident.

Elvis has blamed the four-year-old Godrich for his ill-fortune in recent days and decided to kill his son as he was perceived as an "Ogbanje" or "child of evil".

The bizarre incident took place in the Meiran area of Lagos, the port and the most populous city of Nigeria.

Light Sabers

Armed group seizes Crimea's parliament and hoists Russian flag

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Security forces are on alert after the buildings of the Crimean parliament and administration have been seized by an unknown group of people. Ukraine's autonomous region is divided over the acceptance of new authorities in Kiev.

Thousands gathered in front of the parliament building on Wednesday with crowds split between those supporting the new government and those calling for integration with Russia. Two people were killed and over 30 were injured in clashes.

What is Crimea? Facts you need to know

At around 4am local time, an unknown group of people barricaded themselves inside the buildings. According to local officials, those people might have been armed.

The men wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II, according to AP. They placed a Russian flag on top of the Council of Ministers.

"I will participate in the negotiations. We will swiftly inform Crimeans of the current developments today. Everything is under control, the negotiating process is under way," Prime Minister of Crimea Anatoly Mogilyov told a local TV station.

Cow Skull

Slaughterhouse under criminal investigation for selling meat from dairy cows with eye cancer

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In this January 13, 2014 photo, cows wait to be butchered at Rancho Veal Slaughterhouse in Petaluma, Calif. Rancho Feeding Corp. has voluntarily halted operations, as it tries to track down all of its beef shipments over the past year, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
Rancho Feeding Corp., the Petaluma slaughterhouse that recently recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef, is under criminal investigation by the federal government for killing and selling meat from dairy cows with cancer, according to sources who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

Rancho was allegedly buying up cows with eye cancer, chopping off their heads so inspectors couldn't detect the disease and illegally selling the meat, the sources said.

Although it's against federal law, experts say eating the meat isn't likely to make people sick. So far, no one has reported becoming ill from eating the meat.

The huge recall and criminal investigation hasn't just affected Rancho. Private cattle producers, who used the facility for custom slaughtering, have also been swept up, leaving the shelves with a dearth of local, natural and high-end beef.

Blackbox

Astronaut's near-drowning caused by NASA's failure to communicate information

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NASA Astronaut Nearly Drowns In Space
NASA will admit on Wednesday that Luca Parmitano's spacesuit leaked on two space walks in July, after details on the initial incident were not properly disseminated, ABC News has learned.

The Mishap Board appointed to investigate the spacesuit accident is releasing its report online at 11 a.m. EST, with a teleconference scheduled for 2 p.m.

The question for investigators is familiar: How often does a system have to fail before it is acknowledged as a problem? The Space Shuttle Columbia accident, which killed seven astronauts in 2003, was blamed on NASA's repeated failure to understand the potential damage caused when insulating foam breaks off during launch.

Footprints

Fascism spreads in Ukraine: Historic monuments toppled and replaced with Nazi symbols

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After a fortnight of violent clashes in the name of democracy, Ukraine seems to be falling into a totally different trend. Symbols of victories over Hitler and Napoleon are being torn down, while those glorifying Nazi rule are multiplying.

It started with dozens of Lenin statues getting torn down across the country, but quickly moved onto passionate salutes and questionable symbolism creeping up walls across the country.
@Yaro_RT Алексей, это у нас в городе (Чернигов)! Посмотрите, что рисуют и пишут! "Правый сектор" - с другой стороны. pic.twitter.com/CmpFdutjMo

- BRoMan (@KushRoMan) February 23, 2014
While the world's attention is focused on Kiev's Independence Square, heavy machinery moves in against one monument in Dniprodzerzhynsk.


Mr. Potato

Maryland police chief humiliated after citing satirical article to oppose pot legalization

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Testifying against legislation that would decriminalize marijuana in Maryland, the Annapolis police chief cited a satirical article that claimed 37 pot deaths occurred on the first day Colorado legalized its sale.

"The first day of legalization, that's when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana," Chief Michael Pristoop said on Tuesday as part of testimony during a Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. "I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths."

Pristoop was quickly corrected by a sponsor of one of the bills, according to the Capital Gazette.

"Unless you have some other source for this, I'm afraid I've got to spoil the party here," said Sen. Jamie Raskin. "Your assertion that 37 people died of a marijuana overdose in Colorado was a hoax on the Daily Currant and the Comedy Central website."

Bacon n Eggs

Food prices continuing to climb in U.S. as extreme weather takes toll on crops

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If it seems like food prices are going through the roof, you're not imagining it. And they're going to keep going up.

That's what Matt Heimer, editor of the Encore blog at Marketwatch.com, predicts, and while there are several explanations, he says the biggest factor is weather.

Beef prices have gone up about 10 percent for steak and about 15 percent for hamburger this year, and dry conditions have been a major contribution, Heimer says: Drought has been "thinning out a lot of the big cattle herds, and fewer cows on the market means higher prices."

Vegetables affected by the drought as well, particularly the crippling one in California, Heimer says. The effects will take about six to eight months to show up, he adds.

For example, bread prices have risen because there was a rough winter last year in the northern Plains states, such as Nebraska, from where red winter wheat comes.

Alarm Clock

Hospital takes custody of parents' son, deny them the right to visit him

Bret Bohn
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Last week, we exposed the Boston Children's Hospital for taking custody of multiple children against parents' will. A new case in Alaska reveals that Boston Children's is not the only hospital using force to place individuals in state custody.

27-year-old Bret Bohn's parents took him to an Anchorage hospital, Providence Medical Center, in October for severe insomnia he suffered after the removal of overgrowths in his nose. Bret was prescribed medication and sent home but his condition got worse. His health subsequently deteriorated so dramatically, that the 27-year-old was not able to care for himself or make his own medical decisions. That is when Bret's parents took him back to the hospital.

Bret's mother, Lorraine Bohn, believes the medication doctors prescribed to her son made his condition worse. Lorraine requested a second opinion and a change in medical plan.

That's when the state stepped in and a custody battle broke out. The judge ruled in favor of the state - Bret is now in the custody of Adult Protective Services, and his parents were stripped of the right to visit him in the hospital. Lorraine said the family has been living in a "nightmare."

Light Sabers

Stones, bottles thrown as pro-, anti-Russian protesters clash in Crimea, Ukraine

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Ukrainian men help pull one another out of a stampede during clashes at rallies held by ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 26, 2014.
Bottles, stones and flags flew in the air as thousands of pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators clashed in front of the parliament building in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region.

Tension between the rival groups rallying next to one another intensified after hours of demonstrating, with people wielding Russian, Ukrainian, Crimean and Crimean Tatar flags getting involved in clashes. Demonstrators slammed each other with flags and threw stones as leaders on both sides urged their followers to avoid provocations.

On Wednesday evening, local MP Mustafa Dzhemilev said that during the clashes two people died - a man of a heart attack and a woman who was trampled by the crowd.

At least 30 people have been injured in the clashes, 6 of whom were hospitalized, Crimean Health Ministry reported. Three of them remain in severe state while the other three suffered moderate injuries. Most people were admitted with head and abdominal injuries.


Beaker

Gene modification: FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization

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The experimental technique, if approved for use, would allow a woman to give birth to a baby who inherits her normal nucleus DNA but not her defective mitochondrial DNA.
Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children.

The Food and Drug Administration has framed its two-day meeting as a "scientific, technologic and clinical" discussion about how to test the approach in humans. But the technique itself raises a number of ethical questions, including whether the government should sanction the creation of genetically modified humans.

The FDA panel will hear from several prominent critics who oppose any human testing of the approach, arguing that it could be a slippery slope toward "designer babies," - in which parents customize traits like eye color, height and intelligence.

But the field's leading U.S. researcher will be on hand to explain and defend his work, which he describes as "gene correction," rather than "gene modification."

"We want to replace these mutated genes, which by nature have become pathogenic to humans," says Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov, who will present on Tuesday. "We're reversing them back to normal, so I don't understand why you would be opposing that."