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Malaysian jailed over major seizure of tiger parts

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Activists Friday slammed a two-year jail term handed to a Malaysian man over the country's biggest seizure of illegally trafficked tiger parts as too short and a "demoralising finale" to the case.

Eight tiger skins, and 22 tiger skulls and bones were discovered at the home of Nor Shahrizam Nasir in northern Malaysia in February last year, as well as nine pieces of African elephant ivory.

A district court in northern Kedah state found Nor Shahrizam guilty Thursday of illegal possession of tiger parts and ivory and he was ordered to serve 24 months in jail, said TRAFFIC, a group that monitors wildlife smuggling.

Malaysian court or wildlife officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Sri Lanka phone-smuggling prisoner betrayed by ringing butt

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A Sri Lankan prisoner who tried to hide his mobile phone during a search of his cell was caught out when guards heard ring tones from his rear-end, a hospital official said on Friday.

The 58-year-old convict had to be admitted to the national hospital in Colombo where doctors later retrieved the handset from his rectum.

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No psych assessment for accused in Vancouver apartment stabbing, despite "mental breakdown"

Jerome Bonneric
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Jerome Bonneric is pictured in this undated photo.
Vancouver, Canada - Moving slowly and looking dazed with his right arm still in a cast, Jerome Bonneric, accused in last week's West End stabbing spree, made his second appearance in Vancouver Provincial Court this week.

The psychiatric assessment request his lawyer had said he expected from Crown prosecutors Thursday morning did not come, and Judge William Kitchen did not order one.

"It was a terrible mental breakdown," said Bonneric's lawyer Robert Bellows, who was also not seeking a psychiatric assessment for his client. "It was absolutely out of character for him."

Bellows suggested earlier in the week that his client has serious mental health issues, adding that he was at St. Paul's Hospital shortly before the attack.

Bonneric, 33, has spoken by phone with his parents in France, Bellows said, and four friends attended his court appearance, accompanied by the French deputy consul.

"He has lots of friends who care for him and love him," Bellows said. "He's still extremely despondent and extremely sad about what's happened."

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Bullying attack leaves Pennsylvania boy in coma

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A Pennsylvania boy is currently in a medically induced coma after a schoolyard fight with classmates who he and his family claims were bullying him.

Sixth-grader Baily O'Neil, an honors student, of Darby Township, Pa., was involved in a fight four weeks ago at the Darby Township School. He was struck several times in the face by another student; the blow fractured his nose and he fell to the ground.

His parents brought their son, who had a concussion, to the A.I. DuPont hospital in Wilmington, Del., where he was treated and released. But his father saw that something wasn't quite right with their son when they returned home.

"He was sleeping. He was moody. He wasn't himself. He was angry a little bit. He wasn't really eating," Bailey's father Rob told ABC Affiliate WPVI-TV.

Just a few days later, Bailey started having violent seizures and needed to be hospitalized again. The seizures were so bad that doctors at A.I. DuPont were forced to put Bailey in a medically induced coma nearly two weeks ago.

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James Cromwell, babe actor, arrested over cat torture protest


Cromwell, 73, was released from jail on Thursday afternoon
Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been arrested at an American university over a cat torture protest.

The Babe actor was held for disorderly behaviour after protesting at the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting on Thursday.

Cromwell, 73, and an animal rights group activist held signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison laboratory.

They were released from jail on Thursday afternoon.

The director of the university's Research Animal Resources Centre said government agriculture officials have found their claims to be false.


Findus beef lasagne meals 100% horsemeat

Firms are ordered to test their beef products, as the Food Standards Agency warns criminal activity may be behind contaminations.

Tests on Findus beef lasagne have revealed that some of the ready meals were made entirely from horsemeat.

Findus analysed 18 of its beef lasagne products and found 11 meals contained between 60% and 100% horsemeat, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

There is no evidence to suggest the horsemeat found in the Findus beef lasagne is a food safety risk, the FSA said.

However, the agency has ordered urgent tests on the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone. Meat from animals treated with "bute" is not allowed to enter the food chain in Britain as it may pose a risk to human health.

All food companies have been told to test their beef products, with the FSA saying it was "highly likely" that criminal activity was to blame for the contamination.


Women delivering newspapers in Torrance shot in manhunt for ex-cop

police shot two women
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Two women who were shot by Los Angeles police in Torrance early Thursday during a massive manhunt for an ex-LAPD officer were delivering newspapers, sources said.

The women, shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, were taken to area hospitals, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said. They were not identified. One was shot in the hand and the other in the back, according to Jesse Escochea, who captured video of the victims being treated.

It was not immediately known what newspapers the women were delivering. After the shooting, the blue pickup was riddled with bullet holes and what appeared to be newspapers lay in the street alongside.


Thought crimes: What's really behind the punishment for fake guns in schools

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In the latest episode of Ban Fake Guns, we have a boy suspended from school in Florence, Arizona, for carrying, yes, a picture of a gun on his computer. Screen saver. This is surely a sign of complete mental breakdown by school officials. And yet one more reason to home school.

Steve Watson, writing at infowars, runs down the recent litany of fake gun crimes at schools across America, resulting in student suspensions, suspension hearings, and actual school lockdowns:
  • Transparent toy gun. South Carolina.
  • Gun built from lego bricks. Massachusetts.
  • Two kids talking about a nerf gun. New York.
  • An actual nerf gun. New York.
  • A pink bubble gun. Pennsylvania.
  • A paper gun. Pennsylvania.
  • Pointing a finger and saying "pow." Maryland.
  • Playing cops and robbers with fingers. Maryland.
  • Making a gun "hand gesture." Oklahoma.
Should we assume that because cops and school officials can't stop real crimes, they're settling for stopping fake crimes?

Can you hear the typical response to these school suspensions and lockdowns? "Well, everybody in the community is on edge these days, after Sandy Hook."

That remark garners a "Mmm, well, sure."

Then, the follow-up: "It's unfortunate that school officials and police MAY HAVE overreacted. Suspension from school is PROBABLY too much. These kids need some form of LESSER DISCIPLINE, and, of course, EDUCATION about the dangers of guns."

And there you have it. It's a sleight-of-hand trick. Go completely overboard with an officially certified insane action (suspension, lockdown), and people will ask for something slightly less insane instead.

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Two Manitoba sheriffs charged with sex assaults on drugged women

Two Manitoba sheriffs face more allegations that they drugged and sexually assaulted women while off-duty.

Last October, two people were arrested in Winnipeg after a 30-year-old woman complained that she was given a substance at a couple's home in April that made her unconscious.

She said when she woke up, she discovered that she had been sexually assaulted and contacted police.

Winnipeg police say three other women have come forward with similar allegations that go back as far as 2000.

"The three victims individually and on separate occasions had attended the accuseds' residence," police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley said Thursday.

"During these incidents, two were administered a stupefying substance and at least one of the victims was rendered unconscious. During these incidents all three of the victims were sexually assaulted."


"Rarer than rare" 1865 antique baseball card sells for $92,000

A rare 1865 photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team, discovered at a Maine yard sale and considered one of the first baseball cards ever, sold for $92,000 at an auction on Wednesday.

A Massachusetts man offered the winning sum in cash after a brief round of bidding at Saco River Auction Co., said Troy Thibodeau, manager and auctioneer at the company in Biddeford, Maine. Thibodeau declined to name the buyer.

The photograph mounted on a card, known as a carte de viste, is the only one of its kind known to exist, though the Library of Congress has a similar image made from a different negative, Thibodeau said before the auction.

"It's rarer than rare."