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Mexico Police Find Tortured Bodies of 3 Paramedics and a Salesman

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Ocotlán, Mexico
Police in Mexico have found the tortured bodies of three young paramedics and a salesman bearing gunshot wounds along a highway in the western state of Michoacán.

State prosecutor's spokesman Jonathan Arredondo says the men were last seen by their relatives two days before they were discovered Saturday near the town of La Angostura.

Arredondo said Sunday the motives for the killings are not clear.

The men were aged 18 to 23 and came from the neighboring state of Jalisco. That is the base of a gang allied with the Sinaloa cartel that is locked in a fight with violent, pseudo-religious Knights Templar group of Michoacán. Arredondo says they may have been abducted in their town of Ocotlán and driven 40 minutes away to be killed.

Source: The Associated Press


Police Brutality: Three Years Later, State Police Admit to Using Unreasonable Force on New Jersey Man's Disabled Son

On an early May morning in 2009, after the State Police had searched through the night trying to find two burglary suspects in Warren County, they stopped a car James Bayliss, then 21, was riding in and asked him to step outside so he could be searched.

What happened next was captured by a dashboard video camera inside a State Police patrol car. The recording, which never before has been made public, was recently obtained by The Star-Ledger.

It shows Bayliss standing against the car as Staff Sgt. Richard Wambold Jr. frisks him. A few seconds later, after what appears to be a slight movement, the video shows Wambold throw Bayliss to the ground, kneel and punch him several times in the face.

An eyewitness in a nearby home said in a sworn deposition that she watched from her window as two troopers, later identified as Wambold and Trooper Keith Juckett, then dragged a limp, handcuffed Bayliss toward a parked patrol car and rammed his head against a tire.

She said the troopers' actions "disgusted" her.

What's more, Bayliss is not an average young man. A car accident in 2005 left him with a permanent mental disability, and his friend driving the car that morning, Timothy Snyder, told the State Police troopers on the scene about his condition before he was beaten.

On Friday, after being told The Star-Ledger was planning to publish this story and make the video public on nj.com, the State Police announced for the first time that two troopers involved in the incident used unreasonable force.

Heart - Black

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerber called trusting users dumb f*cks

Loveable Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called his first few thousand users "dumb fucks" for trusting him with their data, published IM transcripts show. Facebook hasn't disputed the authenticity of the transcript.

Zuckerberg was chatting with an unnamed friend, apparently in early 2004. Business Insider, which has a series of quite juicy anecdotes about Facebook's early days, takes the credit for this one.

The exchange apparently ran like this:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks


Feds vs. Zombies: CDC officially denies 'Zombie Apocalypse'

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Horror movie culture enthusiasts dressed as zombies take part in the Helsinki Zombie Walk in Central Helsinki
The US Center for Disease Control has been forced to address the American public in the wake of internet rumors of a possible 'zombie apocalypse".

It's hard to say which is more 'out there': that people believe there might be a virus that reanimates dead people, or that a federal agency actually weighed in on the issue in earnest.

The CDC has previously run a few tongue-in-cheek campaigns about zombies, using the popular theme to get the public prepared for "anything". As the agency's director says, "if you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack".

But it's now found itself in an unusual spot: having to treat the matter seriously. CDC spokesman David Daigle said the agency "does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)".

But it's not reassuring the masses. Zombie conspiracies are bouncing around the Internet, becoming the third most-popular search term on Google - all after a number of unrelated, yet disturbing, incidents.


George Zimmerman Back in Jail

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George Zimmerman (C) is escorted by police as he returns to Seminole County Jail
Miami, Florida - The lawyer for a neighborhood watch volunteer who is back in jail for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida said Sunday that his client's credibility was not in doubt just because his bail had been revoked.

George Zimmerman, 28, faces second degree murder charges over the death of Trayvon Martin, 17, who was heading home from a late night run to a convenience store in Sanford, Florida when he was shot following a confrontation.

The racially-charged case caused an uproar in the United States, mainly over the authorities' initial reluctance to press charges against Zimmerman, who insists that he acted in self-defense in the February 26 incident.

But the judge on Friday revoked Zimmerman's bail and ordered him to return to jail after prosecutors argued he had misled the court about having no money, despite tens of thousands of dollars sitting in online fundraising accounts.

Zimmerman turned himself in shortly before a 48 hour deadline to surrender expired.

Minutes after the accused was escorted back to a solitary cell in handcuffs, defense attorney Mark O'Mara told reporters he planned to seek a hearing to ensure his client is freed.

The attorney said he is "just hoping the judge will give us an audience and we can further explain away why what happened seems to have happened."


3 Injured, 4 Homes Destroyed in Massive New Jersey Fire

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An intense, fast-moving fire destroyed four connected homes and seriously injured three people, including an infant.

Forty-seven people, including 10 children, were left homeless by the five-alarm blaze, which was reported around 3:45 a.m. Sunday. Two residents - a father and son - initially were unaccounted for, but authorities later learned they weren't home when the fire occurred.

A couple and their baby daughter suffered burns and were hospitalized in serious but stable condition Sunday afternoon. Further details on their injuries were not disclosed.

Roughly 75 firefighters from 11 fire companies battled the stubborn blaze, which damaged several other homes and burned for several hours before it was brought under control. The fire was still smoldering early Sunday afternoon. The cause remained under investigation.


Cannibalism: Mao Sugiyama Cooks, Serves Own Genitals At Banquet In Tokyo

Mao Sugiyama
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Mao Sugiyama
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This chef's got balls.

Mao Sugiyama, a self-described "asexual" from Tokyo, cooked up, seasoned and served his own genitalia to five diners at a swanky banquet in Japan last month, Calorie Lab reported.

In most cases, "asexual" is a word used to describe a person who is non-sexual. Sugiyama, however, embraces it as a way to show that he does not affiliate with either gender.

Sugiyama sparked a firestorm of interest on April 8 with one tweet:"
[Please retweet] I am offering my male genitals (full penis, testes, scrotum) as a meal for 100,000 yen ...Will prepare and cook as the buyer requests, at his chosen location."


Arachnaphobia! Army of Aggressive Alien Spiders invade Indian Village

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Jintu Gogoi's neighbourhood in Sadiya, Upper Assam, is no longer friendly. Over two weeks ago, an army of eight-legged freaks invaded it. It all happened in the evening on May 8. Most of the inhabitants of Chaulkhowa Nagaon village had been to a Bihu function. When the programme drew to a close, swarms of spiders suddenly descended from nowhere and started biting the people. The festive mood soon turned into one of panic with people bumping into each other and tripping over empty benches in their frantic bid to egress. Jintu was bitten by one of these critters.

It all sounded like a scene from a Hollywood horror flick, but as Jintu showed his blackened, swollen finger, to TOI, it became clear that it was not some elaborate hoax created by some mischief-monger, it was something that happened for real. But the panic it triggered could have been certainly avoided had there been enough awareness among laymen and mandarins about arachnids.

Jintu spent a day at the Sadiya Civil Hospital after he complained of excruciating pain and nausea. When he returned home, he had more terrifying stories to tell. Terror was still writ large on his face even two weeks after the incident, but he thanked his stars for being alive. His neighbour, Purnakanta Buragohain, was not that lucky. He died in the hospital after a spider allegedly bit him.

The events that unfolded in the next few days left everyone baffled. Scores of people arrived in the Sadiya civil hospital with spider bites, some even carrying their tormentors to the hospital. Amid all this, another person, this time a schoolboy, died of an alleged spider bite. And the district administration panicked. They sounded an alert across Tinsukia district and asked people to stay indoors at night-the time the unknown critters would swarm all over the place. They talked about fogging the place with DDT to kill the arachnids but couldn't find any effective solution. What's worse: they even let the two bodies to be cremated without conducting any autopsy. Yet the spider menace continued. None had any answer as to what kind of a spider it was and how it made such a sudden appearance.

Then on May 22, a team of life scientists from Dibrugarh University and Gauhati University arrived in Sadiya. Led by Dr L R Saikia, head, Department of Life Sciences, Dibrugarh University, the team camped in the trouble spot for two days and nights and collected specimens. "As of now, we cannot give a specific name. It's similar to the tarantula, but it could be a whole new species. There aren't any arachnologists in the northeast, so it will take us a while to identify it. But whatever the species, it is a highly aggressive spider. It leaps at anything that comes close. Some of the victims claimed the spider latched onto them after biting. If that is so, it needs to be dealt with carefully. The chelicerae and fangs of this critter are quite powerful; but it's too early to declare it a killer spider. In fact, we are yet to test its venom and find out the toxicity," says Dr Saikia.


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Romney would be one of richest-ever presidents with $250 million fortune

Mitt Romney will become one of the richest ever occupants of the White House if he wins the presidential election, after his campaign confirmed he was worth up to $250 million.

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The records also show that Mitt Romney sold off much of his overseas investments in the last year, including controversial holdings in the Chinese-owned companies Hang Lung and Komatsu
The Republican candidate disclosed his net worth, around £163 million, in a financial declaration to the Federal Election Commission which provided new details of his personal fortune.

A campaign spokesman said the former Massachusetts Governor and his wife Ann had assets of between $190 million and $250 million. Experts claimed analysis of his holdings suggested his wealth was closer to the upper figure.

The family has another $100 million (£65 million) in a separate trust for Mr Romney's five sons.

The candidate's exact net worth had been unclear until now, although it had been estimated in the $200 million to $250 million range after he disclosed that in 2010 he had paid taxes of $3 million (£1.9 million) on income of $21.7 million (£14 million). Because most of his wealth derived from capital gains, he was able to pay tax at a far lower rate than most Americans.

The records also show that Mr Romney sold off much of his overseas investments in the last year, including controversial holdings in the Chinese-owned companies Hang Lung and Komatsu, which have been criticised for doing business with Iran, and British Sky Broadcasting.