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Scotland: Canadian Teen Cleared for Killing Man He Believed Was a Zombie

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A teenager from Canada who allegedly stabbed to death a 21-year-old man in Glasgow, Scotland after hearing voices saying the man was a zombie, has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

Scottish media reports say a jury at the High Court in Glasgow cleared 19-year-old Tianhui Zhan of murdering 21-year-old Michael Davis on Oct. 13, 2010.

Davis had just finished work as a cleaner and was on his way to a second cleaning job when Zhan allegedly stabbed him three times. He underwent surgery but died from his injuries the following day.

According to the reports, the court heard Zhan picked his victim at random in an unprovoked attack because he believed Davis was a zombie who was going to attack him.

Stormtrooper

US: Witness Says Man Shot by BART Police Was Not 'Running or Lunging' at Officers

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The knife-wielding man killed by BART police Sunday night was "definitely" not "running or lunging" at the two officers when they shot him, a witness told The Bay Citizen Wednesday.

San Fancisco, California - "He wasn't some spry young thing charging after them with death in his eyes," said Myleen Hollero, a San Francisco resident. "He definitely was moving toward them, but it didn't look like he was lunging toward them."

Hollero was returning to San Francisco from the East Bay and got off a train at about 9:45 p.m. at the Civic Center BART station, where, she said, she watched the incident unfold from about 30 or 40 feet away. She said the man was standing diagonally across the platform from her.

Hollero said that from her view of the incident, police officers should "absolutely not" have shot the man, who she said "just looked like a drunk hippie."

"He was definitely a Taser candidate," she said. man who saw fatal shooting says knife-wielding man was moving slowly

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US: After arrests, Orlando, Florida activists feed homeless at City Hall

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A group of Orlando activists with the organization Food Not Bombs figured out a clever way to avoid arrest while still feeding the city's homeless population on public grounds: host their event at City Hall.

Members of the group had previously been arrested during a food sharing event at the picnic area of Lake Eola park, allegedly for violating a statute that criminalizes the feeding of more than 25 people without a permit.

Ben Markeson, the media liaison for Orlando's Food Not Bombs, told Raw Story in an interview Tuesday that they made the decision to move their event due to the throngs of people who flock to Lake Eola every year on Independence Day -- and to remind the mayor of a seemingly forgotten promise

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Sea turtle choked with 317 plastic pieces found dead on Australian beach

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green turtle swims off the Malaysian island of Sipadan in Celebes Sea, east of Borneo

A green sea turtle washed off dead on far North coast of New South Wales beach in Australia with over 300 pieces of plastic debris lodged in its guts.

"Unfortunately we counted 317 pieces of plastic from the lower intestine of the turtle and there is no question what caused the death of this animal," Rochelle Ferris, General Manager of Australian Seabird Rescue, an organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine wildlife, told ABC North Coast NSW TV.

The organization, which carried the autopsy of the dead turtle, called it the worst case of death of an endangered marine animal due to direct ingestion of plastic in the last 15 years.

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US: San Jose woman seeks justice in mysterious, violent death of son

Darlene Jenkins spent years believing her son Tony would someday walk through the door of her South San Jose home.

Even after authorities said his severed legs were found in a Central Valley canal nine years ago, Jenkins held out hope that they were wrong.

Then last summer, police recovered the rest of her son's remains in a remote area of Stanislaus County. Jenkins could no longer escape the horrible truth: Her 27-year-old son had been killed.

Now Darlene Jenkins' only wish is to see those responsible put behind bars.

"Before I die, I'd like to see them apprehend these guys who tortured and killed my son," said Jenkins, who suffers from diabetes and congestive heart failure and has been hospitalized numerous times the past few years.

After an autopsy last summer concluded Tony Jenkins died a "horrific death," police reopened the case, which had gone cold after hundreds of hours of investigation into his disappearance.

But detectives won't say much about the case.

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China: Fishing industry braces for oil-leak impact

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A fisherman rows a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province July 3, 2011. Algae outbreaks have repeatedly hit the lake in recent years.

Beijing - Dead seaweed and rotting fish in the water around Nanhuangcheng Island in Shandong province, which is close to the site of a recent oil leak, suggest the local waters were polluted by the incident, say observers.

"The oil leak will definitely influence the fishing industry nearby but we must carry out further investigations to see if the oil leak is the direct reason for the dead seaweed and fish," said a representative from the fisheries association in Changdao county. The county administers Nanhuangcheng Island.

"The environmental impact caused by the oil leak is long-term," the man named Xiao told China Daily on Monday.

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US: Roseanne Barr Goes Nuts - Or Sane, Depending on Your Point of View

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Roseanne Barr has no love for Casey Anthony -- and she tells us all about it on Twitter.

America has had a day to calm down from the shock of the Casey Anthony not guilty verdict, though yesterday's trial conclusion seems to be all anyone is talking about. One person who is certainly not shy about expressing her hatred for the possible future porn star is comedian Roseanne Barr.

Barr has been tweeting non-stop about the case since early Tuesday -- and her rants have devolved into bizarre territory at times.

The tweets started off innocuous enough.

"Let's all remember how much we cared about this one little girl and try to help all little abused kids even more now," she tweeted right before the verdict.

However, her tweets devolved into a rant after Anthony was found innocent.

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Casey Anthony Being Released from Jail on Wednesday

Casey Anthony only has to stay in jail six more days to fulfill the sentence a judge gave her Thursday on convictions for lying to authorities.


Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail -- one year for each of her four convictions of lying to police -- but with credit for the approximately three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for next Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said Thursday.

Denying a defense motion to reduce the four counts to a single conviction, Perry gave Anthony the maximum jail time he could by ruling that the four years be served consecutively.

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Greeks stop third freedom flotilla ship bound for Gaza

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Athens - The Greek coastguard intercepted a small French boat with pro-Palestinian activists aboard on Thursday, the third flotilla ship to be prevented from sailing to Gaza to challenge an Israeli blockade.

Greece imposed a ban on all Gaza-bound ships saying it feared for the safety of the activists who are now trying to find a way to set sail. A year ago, nine people were killed when IDF commandos stormed a Turkish flotilla ship and were met with violence.

The boat with about 10 activists aboard, including French politicians, an MEP and a journalist, sailed from Corsica. Activists had said it was in international waters waiting to join the rest of the flotilla, now confined in Greek ports.

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Palestinians report dramatic rise in settler attacks

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Attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian farmland and crops increased "dramatically" in June, a report released by the Palestinian Authority has shown.

"Since the beginning of June, the settlers attacks escalated dramatically, especially against the land and the trees. In the first week of June, settlers burnt 350 trees Deir al-Hatab village near Nablus, 20 grape vines in Hebron and uprooted 40 grape vines in Beit Ummar village," said a statement from the government released on Wednesday.

Settlers also burned dozens of acres of farmland and more than 1,000 olive trees, the report said.