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Massachusetts couple could face $5k fine for helping injured baby seal

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A Massachusetts couple could face a $5,000 fine after they rushed to rescue an injured baby seal at a Marshfield Beach.

Mark Hodgon was scuba diving at about 1:30 p.m. when he found the baby seal covered in shark bite marks. He said the seal was barely floating and breathing laboriously.

"You could just tell his whole body was in the shark," Hodgon said. "It had to have been."

Hodgon swam closer with a raft and helped the seal onto it then swam back to shore to take a better look at its injuries. Pictures of the event show the pup kissing Hodgon on the chin.


The business of mass incarceration

© Illustration by Mr. Fish
Debbie Bourne, 45, was at her apartment in the Liberty Village housing projects in Plainfield, N.J., on the afternoon of April 30 when police banged on the door and pushed their way inside. The officers ordered her, her daughter, 14, and her son, 22, who suffers from autism, to sit down and not move and then began ransacking the home. Bourne's husband, from whom she was estranged and who was in the process of moving out, was the target of the police, who suspected him of dealing cocaine. As it turned out, the raid would cast a deep shadow over the lives of three innocents - Bourne and her children.

The murder of a teenage boy by an armed vigilante, George Zimmerman, is only one crime set within a legal and penal system that has criminalized poverty. Poor people, especially those of color, are worth nothing to corporations and private contractors if they are on the street. In jails and prisons, however, they each can generate corporate revenues of $30,000 to $40,000 a year. This use of the bodies of the poor to make money for corporations fuels the system of neoslavery that defines our prison system.


Woman kidnapped from New York hospital can't sue city sez judge

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© Associated Press/The National Center For Missing and Exploited ChildrenThis poster released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows Carlina White as an infant, left, and what she might have looked like as an adult, right. White, who was kidnapped 23 years ago as an infant from a Harlem hospital bed and raised under a different name, was reunited with her birth mother in 2011

A woman who was reunited with her family nearly 25 years after she was kidnapped from a New York City hospital cannot sue the city for damages, a state judge has ruled.

Carlina White, whose dramatic story spawned headlines and a Lifetime television movie, was taken from Harlem Hospital in 1987, when she was 19 days old, and raised by her kidnapper in Connecticut.

After essentially solving her own case and finding her birth parents, White sued the city for $2 million last year.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Freed, however, said that White could not sue because her parents had already done so on her behalf in 1988, reaching a $750,000 settlement that included money set aside for White if she were found before her 21st birthday.


'Too fat to stay': Obese man may be kicked out of New Zealand

An obese South African chef weighing 130 kg (286 lbs) is being kicked out of New Zealand for being too fat - but he's not leaving without a fight.

Albert Buitenhuis was told his weight may put too much demand on the country's health service - despite his losing 30 kg (66 lbs) since arriving in New Zealand six years ago.

Buitenhaus, who stands at five feet ten inches, has a body mass index of 40 - making him clinically obese. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) said that an applicant's BMI must be under 35.

"INZ's medical assessors have said to consider to what extent there might be indications of future high-cost and high-need demand for health services," a spokesman said, as quoted by the Huffington Post.

Both Buitenhaus and his wife are now facing deportation, which they say is unfair.

Before arriving to New Zealand, the chef weighed 159 kg (350 lbs). Much of that weight was gained after Buitenhaus quit smoking. His wife Marthie told the media that their visas had been approved every year since they arrived in 2007.

Bad Guys

FBI recovered 105 missing and sexually exploited children

The FBI says they've recovered 105 missing and exploited children over the weekend by orchestrating a massive crackdown on crime rings that trafficked minors for sex.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation made the announcement Monday morning, and reportedly has arrested 150 pimps involved in selling minors through an underground sex trade that exploited missing children ages 13 through 17 around the country.

According to a statement made early Monday by Ronald Hosko, the agency's assistant director of their criminal investigative division, the coordinated raids in more than 70 cities under the name "Operation Cross Country" marked the largest effort of its type ever undertaken by the FBI.

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The social media bubble is quietly deflating

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Social networking companies drew a meager 2 percent of Internet venture capital last quarter
Two years ago, when the craze for social media startups was in full swing, a former Facebook (FB) engineer summed up the situation with a memorable lament: "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads," the engineer, Jeff Hammerbacher, told Bloomberg Businessweek at the time. "That sucks," he added.

It might be over.

Social media companies drew only 2 percent of the venture capital headed to Internet-based enterprises last quarter, according to data published on Tuesday by CB Insights, a research firm that tracks venture-capital investment. In the two-year stretch that ended in the middle of 2012, social media companies took in at least 6 percent of overall venture capital invested in Internet companies each quarter. But for three of the last four quarters, those social startups have brought in 2 percent or less (with the outlier quarter largely the result of a huge investment in Pinterest earlier this year). The peak came in the third quarter of 2011, when social companies led by Twitter took in 21 percent of the total $3.8 billion in Internet deals by venture capital firms.


Spain train crash driver freed on bail - Colleagues and workers' union describe Garzón as 'responsible and cautious'

Questions should now be asked of the train company, RENFE
Francisco Garzón was freed on bail after a closed-door hearing at which his passport was taken away

The driver of the train involved in Spain's worst rail disaster in almost 70 years was freed on bail on Sunday night after reportedly admitting to a judge that he had behaved recklessly.

Police on Friday formally accused 52-year-old Francisco Garzón of manslaughter caused by recklessness.

During the closed-door hearing, Judge Luis Aláez took away Garzón's passport and ordered him to report weekly to the court, according to local media. The driver, accompanied by his lawyer, was questioned for around two hours.

The reports, citing police and judicial sources, said Garzón had admitted reckless behaviour. But it was not clear whether the judge had laid charges against the driver or, if so, whether they were the same as those levelled by police.

Garzón arrived at the court handcuffed and wearing dark glasses. He had a visible bruise on his forehead - the result of a gash that he sustained in the crash and which required nine stitches.

Comment: Indeed, it's starting to look like this was not the drivers' fault. In addition, we now have a possible motive for blaming driver - and as usual, it involves big money.

Why the two-hour delay before a state of emergency declared, leaving local residents to carry out rescue operations?

Why did the driver call the operator to tell them the train was going too fast and that it was about to derail moments before the crash?

Questions are starting to pile up for the Spanish authorities.


I'm lovin' it! Debauched British drink and drug-fueled 'youth culture' invades and occupies Crete

© John Alevroyiannis /Trinity MirrorBritish Tourists 'partying' in Malia, Crete
UK women are spending their holidays worrying about sex attacks amid claims that three have been raped in the past seven days.

With its countless bars flogging cheap booze and all-night party ­lifestyle, it's easy to see why Malia is a magnet for young Brits wanting to have fun in the sun.

But the mix of free-flowing alcohol and girls in skimpy clothing is also attracting a more sinister sort to the crowded resort - rapists.

And UK women are now spending their holidays worrying about sex attacks amid claims that three have been raped in the past seven days.

The hedonistic party town on the Greek island of Crete is still reeling from the brutal knife murder of British ­holidaymaker Tyrell Matthews-Burton during a brawl.

But on a night out this weekend, the Mirror discovered the fear of violence was being outweighed by that of rape - as it is in other popular seaside resorts across the Mediterranean.

Locals claim police are turning a blind eye to the attacks, leading to vigilante justice, and many victims do not even bother to report attacks or were too drunk to remember the details. Londoner Nikki Howarth, who manages Malia's Candy Club bar, is warning girls to stick together.


At least 37 dead after coach plunges into ravine in Southern Italy

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(Link to video: Dozens dead in Italian bus crash)

Coach carrying a group of tourists near town of Avellino careered off a viaduct and plunged down a steep slope.

At least 37 people died and many others were injured when a coach carrying a group of tourists through southern Italy crashed into several vehicles, careered off a viaduct and then plunged down a steep slope.

As emergency workers contended with the dark and highly precarious terrain to try to pull bodies from the wreckage, firefighters said most of the bodies had been found inside the coach and a few more beneath the vehicle.

Eleven people - including three children - were injured and taken to hospitals in the surrounding area, the Ansa news agency reported. Two were reported to be in critical condition. State radio quoted Avellino police as saying the bus driver was among the dead.

Heart - Black

Disabled man Baraka Kanaan 'forced to crawl off Delta Airlines flight'

Baraka Kanaan was left without the use of his legs
© Facebook Baraka Kanaan was left without the use of his legs following a car accident in 2000.
DELTA Airlines is being sued after a disabled man claimed he was forced to crawl across the tarmac multiple times after the carrier refused to help him on and off the plane.

Baraka Kanaan, a former philosophy professor who now heads a not-for-profit, was scheduled to fly from his home in Hawaii to Nantucket Island in Massachusetts last July to attend a conference.

Mr Kanaan was left unable to walk after car crash in 2000 but claimed he contacted the airline weeks in advance to tell them of his disability.

According to the Huffington Post, Mr Kanaan said he was assured by Delta staff "that he would be received and given reasonable accommodation for his disability."

Yet when his flight touched down in Massachusetts there was no equipment to help him off the airplane and to his wheelchair. When he asked what could be done, a flight attendant allegedly told him, "I don't know, but we can't get you off the plane."

According to a law suit filed by Mr Kanaan this month, he said he was left with no option but to crawl in his best suit "hand over hand through the main cabin and down a narrow flight of stairs and across the tarmac to his wheelchair".