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Polish hikers killed by lightning in Pieniny mountains

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A storm punctuated by repeated lightning strikes hit the area where the four hikers were last seen.
Four people hiking in mountains in southern Poland were killed by lightning, Polish media report.

The four, a couple in their 50s, their daughter and her boyfriend were last seen on Wednesday when they went off the trail in search of shelter from a violent storm.

Their bodies were found on Friday at the bottom of a ravine in the Pieniny mountains, near the Slovak border.


Hospital Receptionist Sacked 'for SMELLING of Smoke'

A disgruntled hospital employee claims she got the sack because she smelt of cigarette smoke at work.

Stephanie Cannon said she was made to feel 'like a leper' at the Minnesota hospital where she worked as a receptionist.

She insists she never smoked at the Frauenshuh Cancer Center, cutting back on her pack-a-day habit to avoid smoking on her breaks or in her car.

Light Sabers

Crazed attacker holds ice pick at child's throat, woman calmly holds up crucifix to stop him

Attacker and woman crucifix
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Woman holds crucifix up to teeth-baring kidnapper in Quezon City, Philippines early Saturday morning
Reimer Parparan, 24, held the ice pick to Mark Jason Pineda's throat. A woman, believed to be the boy's mother, bought time until the Quezon City, Philippines, police could talk the man into surrendering.

Wielding an ice pick, a crazed young man held a nine-year-old hostage in an event that easily could have turned tragic in Quezon City, Philippines early Saturday morning.

Reimer Parparan, 24, held the ice pick to Mark Jason Pineda's throat as a woman calmly approached the scene holding a crucifix to the aggressor. The woman is believed to be Mark's mother, reports the Daily Mail.

The Quezon City Police Department exercised diplomacy to recover the child. The hostage negotiator chose to wait and wear down the assailant rather than enact a tactical maneuver.

Heart - Black

Horror as woman drops dead at counter of McDonald's... and staff 'keep on serving burgers'

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Criticism: Staff (not pictured) have come under fire for allegedly continuing to serve customers (file photo)
Staff at a McDonald's in Croatia allegedly carried on selling burgers despite the fact a customer had dropped dead in front of the counter.

After efforts to revive her failed, the woman was instead propped up in the corner of the restaurant and had a napkin placed over her head as workers continued to serve other customers, it has been claimed.

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Restaurant staff claimed it was only the drive-thru section that remained in operation.
The woman, thought to have died of a suspected heart attack, had complained of feeling unwell just moments after going inside the fast food restaurant in the southern town of Sibenik.

She collapsed at the counter and, despite emergency services being called, doctors were unable to revive the Bosnian woman, who lived in Denmark but had been visiting the area.

Staff have been criticised after they carried on serving drive-through customers after she was declared dead.

Croatian media reported that the body was in the restaurant for an hour-and-a-half before a mortuary car arrived to remove it.

Red Flag

Wayne Madsen: James Holmes Family Tied To DARPA And Mind Manipulation Work

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Aurora massacre: several links between James Holmes and U.S. government research (Salk Institute involved in neurologically enhancing soldiers' abilities on battlefield...connections to DARPA)

James Holmes, the 24-year old suspect in the mass shooting of Batman "The Dark Knight Rises" movie goers in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and 58 injured, has had a number of links to U.S. government-funded research centers. Holmes's past association with government research projects has prompted police and federal law enforcement officials to order laboratories and schools with which Holmes has had a past association not to talk to the press about Holmes.

Holmes was one of six recipients of a National Institutes of Health Neuroscience Training Grant at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver. Holmes is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience. Although Holmes dropped out of the PhD neuroscience program at Anschutz in June, police evacuated two buildings at the Anschutz center after the massacre at the Aurora movie theater. Holmes reportedly gave a presentation at the Anschutz campus in May on Micro DNA Biomarkers in a class titled "Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders."

Initial reports of Holmes having an accomplice in the theater shooting have been discounted by the Aurora police. However, no explanation has been given by police why the Anschutz campus buildings were evacuated after Holmes was already in custody in the Arapahoe County jail.

The Anschutz Medical Campus is on the recently de-commissioned site of the U.S. Army's Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and is named after Philip Anschutz, the billionaire Christian fundamentalist oil and railroad tycoon who also owns The Examiner newspaper chain and website and the neo-conservative Weekly Standard. The Anschutz Medical Campus was built by a $91 million grant from the Anschutz Foundation.

Cowboy Hat

Romney's London Marathon of Errors

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the press after his meetings with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in London on Thursday.
A brief foreign tour is usually supposed to help U.S. presidential candidates bolster their foreign-policy credentials and show off their diplomatic skills.

But then there's Mitt Romney.

The presumed Republican candidate arrived in London Wednesday on the first stop of a three-country tour. His plan was simple: Make a round of high-profile visits, including meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron, raise some money at a fundraising dinner, and attend Friday's opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games.


Lottery Winner Cheated out of Money by Store Clerk

In Newport News, Virginia, Jack Lavoie has purchased lottery tickets from the same Shell gas station for a decade, so he was shocked when store clerk Susan Perez allegedly tricked him out of his winning $600 lottery ticket.

Lavoie claims that Perez told him his prize was only $40, and allegedly pocketed the remaining $560.

Lavoie thought he had only gotten three of the winning numbers, but his son found that he had gotten four numbers and called to congratulate him.

The Shell gas station clerk, Perez, told Lavoie that his winning ticket had been lost. Lavoie went to the Virginia Lottery and Perez was, later, indicted on felony larceny charges.

Lavoie says that if Perez had told him that she needed the money, he would have given it to her.


Retirees Spanish Homes Demolished: No Justice From EU


Helen and Len Prior remain victims of the Spanish property scandal
While Spain struggles to keep its economy grinding along with a plaster kit from a begrudging European Union, the elephant in the room- otherwise known as the illegal property scandal which in part can be blamed for the country's current crisis- remains largely ignored.

During the good times when new developments were shooting up along Spanish coastlines faster than bamboo, thousands of British and other European nationals invested in Spanish properties. Many were retirees who spent their nest eggs on apartments and villas hoping that they could spend their twilight years in a sunny bolt hole, the reward for a life time's hard slog. Unbeknown to hordes of British investors, the homes they bought in good faith turned out to be illegally built by unscrupulous developers aided and abetted by corrupt local councils and lawyers. The problem was further compounded by poorly enforced planning legislation. Building permits were issued by councils illegally and when the scale of the problem was revealed, regional governments were quick to react.


Cambodians Ask 'Magic Log' for Lottery Numbers

Magic Log
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Cambodians gather around a log at Prey Yeang village in Pursat province on July 19.
A large log dug up in Cambodia has drawn thousands of visitors who believe it possesses healing powers and can predict winning lottery numbers, a local official said Thursday.

Some 4,000 to 5,000 people have already been to see the 13-metre-long log (42 feet) that was discovered earlier this month when a family excavated a pond in western Pursat province, Prey Yeang village chief Hun Nov told AFP by phone.

"They believe the log has magical powers," he said, adding that visitors were coming loaded with offerings such as pig heads and boiled whole chickens after some locals who touched the wood won money in the lottery.


Friends Link Pretoria Murders to Satanism

Dripping Knife
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Two Centurion women have been found dead in killings that have been linked to Satanism.

Natacha Burger, 33, and Joy Boonzaaier, 68, were stabbed to death in Burger's townhouse in a security complex, hours after she SMSed a friend the following message: "I did (the) dangerous prayer. The Lord protect me," reported Beeld.

Burger, Boonzaaier and some of her friends were involved in a religious ministerial group working with former Satanists.

Walter Stander, a chaplain in the Kuriake ministry, said it appeared that these were Satanic murders.

According to a neighbour, someone had knocked on Burger's door on Wednesday night but she refused to open. The next morning, blood was found in a gutter outside her house.