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Cambodians Ask 'Magic Log' for Lottery Numbers

Magic Log
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Cambodians gather around a log at Prey Yeang village in Pursat province on July 19.
A large log dug up in Cambodia has drawn thousands of visitors who believe it possesses healing powers and can predict winning lottery numbers, a local official said Thursday.

Some 4,000 to 5,000 people have already been to see the 13-metre-long log (42 feet) that was discovered earlier this month when a family excavated a pond in western Pursat province, Prey Yeang village chief Hun Nov told AFP by phone.

"They believe the log has magical powers," he said, adding that visitors were coming loaded with offerings such as pig heads and boiled whole chickens after some locals who touched the wood won money in the lottery.


Friends Link Pretoria Murders to Satanism

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Two Centurion women have been found dead in killings that have been linked to Satanism.

Natacha Burger, 33, and Joy Boonzaaier, 68, were stabbed to death in Burger's townhouse in a security complex, hours after she SMSed a friend the following message: "I did (the) dangerous prayer. The Lord protect me," reported Beeld.

Burger, Boonzaaier and some of her friends were involved in a religious ministerial group working with former Satanists.

Walter Stander, a chaplain in the Kuriake ministry, said it appeared that these were Satanic murders.

According to a neighbour, someone had knocked on Burger's door on Wednesday night but she refused to open. The next morning, blood was found in a gutter outside her house.


Man in Maryland threatens another 'Joker' massacre

One week after Colorado's movie theater shooting, Maryland cops arrested a heavily armed man who told his employer he was a "joker" who was going to "blow everybody up."

Police said today they believe they "thwarted a massacre."


Batman shooter was psychiatric patient

Holmes' apartment
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A lock secures the door leading to James Eagan Holmes' apartment in Aurora, Colorado
The suspected Batman massacre gunman was seeing a psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia before the attack that killed 12 in Colorado, court documents showed Friday.

The motion named Dr. Lynn Fenton as defense attorneys sought to gain access to a package James Holmes had mailed to her prior the July 20 mass shooting, which also wounded 58 people.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Holmes -- who recently dropped out of the University of Colorado -- had sent a notebook to a university psychiatrist that included details and drawing of his plans to kill people.

There were conflicting reports about whether the package reached the school in time to potentially prevent the massacre, but officials remained tight-lipped due to a strict gag order imposed by the judge overseeing the case.

Judge William Sylvester unsealed some court filings Friday after defense attorneys argued that Holmes's constitutional rights had been violated by the "breach of confidentiality and privilege" and sought "sanctions for this misconduct."


Fearful Homeowner Shoots and Kills Unarmed Salesman

In Cape Coral, Florida, on Wednesday, Kenneth Roop was arrested for shooting and killing Nicholas Rainey, an unarmed door-to-door salesman on his property (video below).

Roop has been charged with second-degree murder, reports The News-Press.

A co-worker saw Rainey knock on Roop's door, but receive no answer. While Rainey was walking down the drive way, Roop drove up in his pickup truck and asked why Rainey was there.

Rainey said that he was selling steak and seafood. The co-worker said Roop pulled out a handgun and shot Rainey. As Rainey lay on the ground, Roop fired another bullet into the back of his head.


Highway robberies on the rise in Spain

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British holidaymakers should be vigilant when driving on Spanish motorways.
According to the British Embassy in Spain, an increasing number of British holidaymakers are being targeted in highway robberies across the country.

Unsuspecting tourists travelling in hire cars or British registered vehicles are particularly vulnerable on the AP7 stretch of motorway between the French border of La Jonquera and the Alicante region of Southern Spain where so far 140 cases of theft have been reported to local British consulates.

Some might speculate that the rise in motorway crime by well organised gangs has been exacerbated by the perilous state of the Spanish economy but in reality such tricksters have been using the same scams to rob tourists for many years. A popular ruse employed at motorway service stations involves surreptitiously puncturing a tyre and then offering to help the driver while an accomplice steals valuables from the vehicle. Another scam includes making loud bangs when a tourist's car is in transit causing the driver to pull over on to the hard shoulder. A fellow road user quickly pulls up offering assistance while a gang member steals from the victim's car.

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Woman Agrees to Marry Man who Ditched Her During Aurora Theater Shooting

In Aurora, Colorado, Jamie Rohrs took his girlfriend Patricia Legarreta and their two young children to the now infamous midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

When the shooting happened, Rohrs did not try to protect his girlfriend or their children, but actually ran for the exit and got into his car, leaving them behind. (Video below.)

Fortunately for Leggareta, a stranger, 19-year-old college student Jarell Brooks, escorted her and her children to the exit.

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Randy George Scott Speeds on Highway at 186 MPH, Turns Self Into Police

Randy George Scott, who posted a video (below) on YouTube of himself driving up to 186 mph on the Trans-Canada Highway, walked into the Kelowna, British Columbia police department and surrendered because of a warrant out for his arrest.

Kelowna police said in a statement: "The man allegedly responsible for the infamous YouTube video 'Victoria Highway Run 299km' is in custody."

According to CNN, Scott videotaped himself speeding on the 50 mph highway, dangerously weaving around cars.


CBS Spin doctoring: Is James Holmes a psychopath? (Probably not)

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James Holmes during his first court appearance on July 23. Was he 'greenbaumed'?

Ever since suspected gunman James Holmes' seemingly dazed televised court appearance Monday, speculation has run rampant on whether or not the man accused in the Aurora, Colo., massacre may have deeper psychological problems.

Chicago clinical psychologist Daniela Schreier told CNN that it was possible that Holmes was a longtime psychopath with a violent streak who snapped. Meanwhile, Marissa Randazzo, former chief research psychologist for the U.S. Secret Service and an expert in mass shootings, told Good Morning America that Holmes' previous behavior didn't suggest he was a psychopath or a sociopath.

The court of public opinion following the tragedy also included many voices judging Holmes to be a psychopath. These people may be right - but probably not for the reasons that they think. The psychopath label has been used so much, it has become a broad term that's real meaning has been lost among everyday citizens.

"It's like a 'nervous breakdown,'" Dr. Michael First, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, told CBSNews.com. "It's all these words that people use with no precise meaning."

"The word has been borrowed from a technical term," First added. "If a psychologist or a psychiatrist says it, it probably has a specific meaning. If a member of the public says it, it normally means a very bad person."

Comment: Probably not. Most likely, he was a mind-programmed patsy. He was also being treated for schizophrenia. This is just blatant propaganda. See: Batman shooter was psychiatric patient

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The Plight of Low Wage Workers

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LAID OFF Agustina Guillot, left, and Lorena Ordonez were let go.
This past week had many New Yorkers indulging an amused horror over a curated set of images on the social-media site Tumblr titled "Rich Kids of Instagram." Photographs, outlined in gilded frames, depict the summer-holiday excesses of young people for whom Y.M.C.A. camp was apparently never on the horizon. Several revelers pay tribute to their imbibing on noncommercial modes of transportation.

To the question "What did you do on your summer vacation?" many teenagers will presumably return to school in September answering: "I helicoptered back and forth between Cap Ferrat and St.-Tropez." In one of the original photos, a toddler on a private jet is strapped into a car seat and staring at a computer screen. How uplifting it would be to learn that he was watching The Muppets Take Manhattan and not Jim Cramer's Mad Money.