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Wisconsin father faces deportation for smoking weed almost 20 years ago

Isthmus published a story today that takes a look at just how different life in the U.S. can be for immigrants.

The story takes a look at the life of Russian immigrant Alex Timofeev. Timofeev, now 35, moved to Wisconsin with his parents at the age of 14. On the surface, his life in the states sounds like a common story. He was a little wild when he was younger. But soon he grew up, found a career, and started a family.

So why is Timofeev now facing permanent deportation from the U.S.?

He was caught smoking weed a few times over 15 years ago.

Bizarro Earth

Idaho teacher Summer Larsen keeps job after letting kids draw on the faces of underperforming students

An Idaho teacher who let fourth-graders draw on the faces of their six classmates for failing to meet their reading goal that month gets to keep her job.

Summer Larsen will return to teach at her school in Declo next semester, while an investigation into her behavior by the Cassia County School District is still pending, according to district public information officer Debbie Critchfield.

Cassia County school board member Steve Lynch told the Times-News that Larsen's contract was renewed based on the teacher evaluations given by principal Rebecca Hunsaker.

"The evaluation recommended rehiring Larsen. The evaluation was done appropriately and professionally and supported that decision," said Lynch.


Update: Boeing 777 from Seoul crashes on landing at San Francisco airport

Federal Aviation Administration confirms crash of plane reported to be Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul while landing

A Boeing 777 jet has crashed while attempting to land at San Francisco airport, US aviation authorities confirmed on Saturday.


Brazilian referee quartered and beheaded by fans after killing a player

brazillian referee
© Getty
Shocking: Brazilian media have reported the incident. This is a stock picture of a referee
One man has been arrested on suspicion of decapitating a referee at an amateur football match in Brazil.

The referee was supposedly quartered and then had his head cut off before it was stuck on a stake.

This shocking act of violence was in retaliation after he 'stabbed' one of the players on the pitch in the Pius XII stadium, Maranhao.


Update: Derailed Canada oil train explosion in Quebec leaves 1 killed and 60 missing, forces town evacuation

quebec explosion
© Reuters/Surete du Quebec
Smoke billows from a fire at the site of a train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec in this July 6, 2013 aerial handout photo
Four tanker cars of petroleum exploded in the east Canadian province of Quebec after a train derailed, leaving flames billowing hundreds of feet into the sky. Some 30 buildings were destroyed and 1,000 evacuated from homes. At least one has been killed.

"It's dreadful," Lac-Megantic resident Claude Bedard told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "It's terrible. We've never seen anything like it. The Metro store, Dollarama, everything that was there is gone."


Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco International Airport

A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing Saturday at San Francisco International Airport.

Flight 214 left Seoul's Incheon International Airport earlier Saturday and flew 10 hours and 23 minutes to California, according to FlightAware, a website that offers tracking services for private and commercial air traffic.

Bad Guys

Englishman who vanished 13 years ago discovered working as slave on farm

© Missing Darrell Simester/via Facebook
Darrell Simester, who mysteriously disappeared on holiday in 2000, was recently reunited with his family after vanishing for more than a decade.
Darrell Simester, now 43, was discovered starved, suffering a deformed spine, infected feet and missing teeth after allegedly working 365 days of the year from dawn to dusk. He disappeared while on holiday and said he was too afraid to run away from the men who had taken him in.

Darrell Simester, who mysteriously disappeared on holiday in 2000, was recently reunited with his family after vanishing for more than a decade.

An Englishman who mysteriously vanished on holiday more than a decade ago has been reunited with his family after he was discovered allegedly working as a slave on a Welsh farm for the last 13 years.

Darrell Simester, missing since he was 30, has been found in Peterstone, South Wales, where he toiled 365 days of the year while consequently suffering a deformed spine, a hernia the "size of a football," infected feet, missing teeth and starvation.

"I never had one day off in 13 years," the now 43-year-old told British newspaper The Sun on Sunday night. "I was scared what they'd do to me if I didn't stay there."

After his abrupt disappearance in 2000, his tormented parents never once stopped looking for him while plagued by his occasional phone calls from an undisclosed number.

Bad Guys

Lebanon says Israel can now tap its gas resources

© Reuters/ Cynthia Karam
Lebanon's Minister of Energy and Water Gebran Bassil smiles during an inteview with Reuters at his office in Beirut June 14, 2010.
Lebanon's energy minister said on Friday that Israel has the technical ability to draw from Lebanese underwater gas fields, and called for an urgent parliamentary session to define gas exploration plans and bloc parameters.

Lebanon, technically at war with Israel, has warned in the past that it would "use all means" to defend its resource rights if Israel was found to be drilling within its borders.

Gebran Bassil told reporters at a media conference that Israel had discovered an underwater gas field in the Mediterranean sea only 4 km (2.5 miles) away from the border.


Nigeria school attack by unknown gunmen claims 42 lives

Gunmen believed to be Islamists from Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgent group killed 42 people, mostly students, in an attack on a secondary school in restive Yobe state.

Eyewitnesses said some of the victims were burned alive in the attack, in Mamudo town.

"We received 42 dead bodies of students and other staff of government secondary school (in) Mamudo last night. Some of them had gunshot wounds while many of them had burns and ruptured tissues," a Potiskum hospital spokesman told AFP.

Mamudo is some five kilometres from Potiskum, the commercial hub of Yobe which has been a flashpoint in the Boko Haram insurgency in recent months.

"From accounts of teachers and other students who escaped the attack, the gunmen gathered their victims in a hostel and threw explosives and opened fire, leading to the death of 42," Aliyu said.

Comment: Comment: Well, if you dance with the devil...

Nigeria invites the Mossad to train its security forces

Fri, 05 Sep 2008
However, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Senator Nuhu Aliyu, said he supports the alleged security pact with Israeli. He said "They (Mossad) are professionals and they are here to help train our own intelligence agents. I don't see anyway by which their presence in the country poses any threat to our National Security."
IDF-trained Nigerian security forces 'foil Iranian terror cell targeting U.S., Israeli embassies'


Train derails in Quebec, sets off explosions

Montreal train explosion
© Steve Poulin/QMI Agency
A train transporting crude oil derailed and exploded early Saturday morning in a town three hours east of Montreal, forcing the evacuation of the town's downtown and flooding a river with crude.

It was unclear Saturday morning if there were any injuries in the town of Lac-Megantic, about 300 km east of Montreal.

Seventy-three train wagons derailed - each carrying 100 tons of crude oil, Christian Blanchet, a spokeswoman from the local environment authority, said.

Blanchet said the explosions destroyed one wagon and three others caught fire, and that crude oil spilled into the Chaudiere River.

Authorities forced about 1,000 residents from their homes Saturday morning and about 4,000 homes were without electricity. A thick plume of smoke could be seen over parts of the town after the derailment, and witnesses told QMI Agency they heard at least six explosions.

Police cordoned off parts of the town and the security perimeter could be extended if investigators who are on site to test the air quality determine that the air is unsafe.