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US, Montana: Rare Fortune Teller Discovered in Ghost Town Prompts Big Offers from Copperfield, Collectors

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In this July 28, 2011 photo, a visitor sits outside the Gypsy Museum which houses an antique Gypsy fortune teller machine, in Virginia City, Mont., and has received multimillion dollar offers from curators including magician David Copperfield. Collectors say the 100-year-old machine that speaks your fortune may be the last of its kind.
The Gypsy sat for decades in a restaurant amid the Old West kitsch that fills this former gold rush town, her unblinking gaze greeting the tourists who shuffled in from the creaking wooden sidewalk outside.

Some mistook her for Zoltar, the fortune-telling machine featured in the Tom Hanks movie Big. Others took one look at those piercing eyes and got the heebie-jeebies so bad they couldn't get away fast enough.

But until a few years ago, nobody, not even her owner, knew the nonfunctioning machine gathering dust in Bob's Place was an undiscovered treasure sitting in plain sight in this ghost town-turned-themed tourist attraction.

The 100-year-old fortune teller was an extremely rare find. Instead of dispensing a card like Zoltar, the Gypsy would actually speak your fortune from a hidden record player. When you dropped a nickel in the slot, her eyes would flash, her teeth would chatter and her voice would come floating from a tube extending out of the eight-foot-tall box.

Word got out when the Montana Heritage Commission began restoring the Gypsy more than five years ago, and collectors realized the machine was one of two or three "verbal" fortune tellers left in the world.


Family of dismembered 8-year-old sue child's murderer for $100 million

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Levi Aron admitted to the brutal homicide

In a gesture that is more symbolic than punitive, the family of Leiby Kletzky has filed a wrongful death suit against the child's admitted kidnapper and killer Levi Aron.

The slain boy's father, Nachman Kletzky, is seeking more than $100 million in damages from the psychopath that abducted his son as he walked home from day camp last month, later smothering the child.

A civil suit filed with the Brooklyn Supreme Court states that Leiby Kletzky:
was terrorized, physically and psychologically assaulted and injured, and was murdered and his body dismembered, with parts of his body hidden in a refrigerator.


California, US: Man Accused of Throwing Son Off Cruise Boat

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Sloan Briles
It was a pleasant afternoon aboard a sightseeing cruise around California's scenic Newport Harbor until the unthinkable happened - a man threw his crying 7-year-old son overboard during an argument in front of shocked passengers, authorities said.

Sloane Briles, 35, was taken into custody for child endangerment and resisting arrest, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

"The father hit him several times and then threatened to throw him overboard if he didn't stop crying," Amormino said. "The crowd on the boat became very angry at the father for hitting the kid and extremely angry when he threw him overboard."

Authorities said Briles appeared to have been drinking. He was released Monday and couldn't immediately be reached at a number listed for him in Irvine.

Light Sabers

US: Adult children's 'bad mothering' lawsuit dismissed

Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills, Ill., home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for "bad mothering" that alleges damages caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn't like.

The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, "haggling" over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.

Last week, at which point the court record stood about a foot tall, an Illinois appeals court dismissed the case, finding that none of the mother's conduct was "extreme or outrageous." To rule in favor of her children, the court found, "could potentially open the floodgates to subject family childrearing to ... excessive judicial scrutiny and interference."


US: Soldier Sought in 4 Deaths Found Dead in Pennsylvania

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Leonard John Egland.
An Army officer suspected of killing four people in Pennsylvania and Virginia was found dead in a wooded area Sunday after a manhunt during Tropical Storm Irene's winds and drenching rains paralyzed residents in this Philadelphia suburb.

Hours after he fired at several officers, wounding two of them, the body of Leonard John Egland, 37, of Fort Lee, Va., was found around 3:30 p.m. in this Bucks County community, said Warwick Township Police Chief Mark Goldberg.

The police chief said Egland had a gunshot wound but he would leave it to the coroner to determine whether it was self-inflicted.

Egland's body was found several hundred yards behind a Lukoil gas station where authorities say he had fired a semiautomatic rifle at SWAT team members who discovered his truck and found him before dawn in a trash bin. The officers chased him into the woods but lost him as the storm raked the area, Goldberg said.

"It was bad," he said. "Weather conditions were horrible and it was a very dangerous situation."


Gulf Air plane skids off runway in India

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The flight was carrying 137 passengers
A Gulf Air plane has come off the runway at Kochi airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala, injuring at least seven passengers.

The flight, coming from Bahrain, was carrying 137 passengers and six crew. An inquiry has begun into the accident.

Officials say the runway is closed and several flights have been diverted.

Reports said some passengers jumped down from the aircraft in panic through the emergency door even before the ladder was brought to the flight.
'Jumped too soon'

"The Gulf Air flight GF270 deviated from the runway at 0355 [2225GMT] this [Monday] morning," news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted airport director ACK Nair as saying.


Arizona, US: Unexplained power outages cause one man concern for his families health

Power outages can be life-threatening with this extreme Valley heat.

It's especially troublesome for the elderly or people with medical conditions.

One Valley man emailed the ABC15 Investigators about unexplained overnight blackouts over a few weeks.

He's mostly concerned because he and his daughter have asthma and need cool temperatures to breathe well.

"It's almost like a drowning feeling and that's what happened the last three weekends for me," he remembered.

The man says it happened on three recent and consecutive Saturday nights.

He says the power was off for a total of about eight hours, and the whole neighborhood was affected, including street lights.


How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism in Babies as Young as Three Months Old

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Few people have considered the hold that the Disney Corporation has not only on their own lives, but on the world as a whole.

In American culture, Disney has become synonymous with childhood. Present-day grandparents grew up watching the animated films, wearing Mickey Mouse pajamas and begging to go to Disneyland. But while it all seems innocent, few people have considered the hold that the Disney Corporation has not only on their own lives, but on the world as a whole.

Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock explore this relationship between consumer and industry in their book The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence. [Full disclosure: Henry Giroux is a member of Truthout's Board of Directors.]

Bizarro Earth

Local Reporter Covering Hurricane Gets Slathered In 'Sea Foam' (Likely Raw Sewage?)

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The image says it all: WTTG Fox D.C. reporter Tucker Barnes braved the beach at Ocean City, Maryland to give a live report of the wind and water power of Hurricane Irene. Except, unlike most of the unfortunate, courageous reporters out tonight braving the elements, Barnes had to suffer neither rain nor water, but what he called "sea foam," which Fox later explained was "probably the remnants of raw sewage."

Barnes was covering the storm Maryland for WTTG, but also reported in live for Fox's New York affiliate - just as many of the media's bravest (and Geraldo Rivera) have been doing all day up and down the East Coast. Barnes explained to the anchors at home, however, that what was engulfing him didn't "taste" or "smell" great and had a "sandy consistency," but he had no idea what it was, other than "some sort of organic batter." At some point, Barnes mostly disappeared under the foam, knee-deep in foam. The worst part? According to WTTF, the "bizarre wild substance that is about to bury you" was "often a toxic mix of pollution and cyanobacteria."

If this isn't award-winning storm coverage, it's at the very least some irrefutable evidence to bring to the table for a worker's comp claim.

The video from WNYW Fox 5 below:

Alarm Clock

US: Texas Boy, 10, Died After Parents 'Refused to Let Him Drink Water for Five Days as Punishment'

A 10-year-old boy collapsed and died in front of his twin brother after his parents refused to let him drink water for five day, it is claimed.

Jonathan James died from dehydration in Dallas after his father and step mother allegedly denied him water as punishment after he took some guitar strings from one of his siblings.

Michael Ray James and Tina Maria Alberson have been arrested and charged with injury to a child.