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Kellogg's apologizes for promise to feed hungry kids in exchange for retweets

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© Agence France-Presse
The logo of social networking website 'Twitter' is displayed on a computer screen in London.
Kellogg's has apologized for a social media post that implied it would feed hungry children only if others helped promote their marketing campaign.

The trouble started Saturday, when the cereal company's British marketing arm urged its Twitter followers to share, or retweet, a post promoting its Give a Child a Breakfast campaign.
"1 RT = 1 breakfast for a vulnerable child," the tweet read.
Twitter users immediately criticized the company, accusing it of exploiting vulnerable children to promote its brand.

Piggy Bank

One in three UK households couldn't last a week if they suddenly lost their income

Research from HSBC reveals that 8.8million households have less than £250 in savings set aside as a financial safety net

A third of people, some 8.8 million households, would not be able to last a week if they suddenly lost their income.

The number of households with £250 or less set aside as a financial safety net has shot up by 800,000 since last October when it was eight million, according to research from HSBC.

Based on average monthly outgoings of £1,500 they would only last five days before running out of funds but, for a quarter of people, it would be almost immediate as they have no savings at all to fall back on.

It is difficult to find any spare cash to save in the current climate when incomes are dropping and bills keep rising but it is important to try and build up a fund as a financial cushion.

The general rule is to have a minimum of three months' salary to see you through any unexpected financial glitches in life.

Getting into the habit of putting even small amounts into a regular saver account makes good financial sense and will mean you gradually build up a safety net - and don't risk having to resort to building up debt.


UK man mysteriously dies after opening container labeled 'Pandora's Box'

Pandora Box
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The death of Jason Airey remains a mystery as officials are unable to determine what caused the 37-year-old's heart to stop shortly after opening a container labelled "Pandora's box."

Airey was discovered unconscious by his parents in the bedroom of their Carlisle, UK, home. He was reportedly taken to a hospital, where he passed away two days later.

According to coroner Robert Chapman, a post-mortem test showed that Airey's heart simply stopped beating, causing his organs to fail.

Chapman claims a toxicology report found no trace of drugs in Airey's system, although the opened "Pandora's box" did contain a small packet of unused synthetic cannabis.

His father, Dennis Airey, said Jason had been in a good mood that day when he returned home, "He was just his normal self."


Spain's solar police to kick in your door

Solar Power
© Cristina Quicler/AFP
Solar energy RIP? Spain plans to slap huge fines on people who don't pay a new charge for homeowners who produce their own solar power.
The latest nail in the coffin for Spain's solar energy producers is an Energy Law amendment which allows inspectors to enter private properties without a court order. It's a move lawyers believe could set a worrying precedent.

As if Spaniards had not already been dissuaded by the potential €60 million fines they face for illegally generating their own solar power, they now have to look forward to a knock on the door from the 'solar police'.

A change to the ruling Popular Party's (PP) Energy Law allows inspectors to "raid" properties they are suspicious of, armed only with administrative authorization.

If the suspect denies entry, Spain's Industry Department will then ask for a court order that guarantees inspectors access to the property alongside Spanish national police.

Officers will be able to seize all documents related to to energy consumption and seal off entry to the property.

Lawyers consulted by Spain's VozPopuli online newspaper raised serious doubts about whether the move was constitutional.

They also said it set a worrying precedent by obliging citizens to let inspectors enter a private residence.

All this means generating your own solar energy without paying for the privilege is a risky business now in Spain.


Graveyard sheep eating mourners' mementos

© Alamy
Holy Trinity Church was last used in 2006, although burials still take place in the churchyard.
As a way to save money at a village churchyard, it had seemed like a splendid idea.

But a scheme to let loose a flock of sheep in a graveyard to keep the grass down has backfired, after they grazed on floral tributes and mementoes left for loved ones.

The ten ewes were introduced to Holy Trinity Church in the aptly-named village of Grazeley, Berkshire, because the parochial council said it could no longer afford anyone to mow the lawn.

But Nicola Millard, whose grandparents are buried there, said: "The condition is awful - basically they've ruined all the flowers and bent forward one of the headstones, and there is a lot of debris over the graves."

She added. "There is a little turnstile I go in rather than the main gates and I arrived to see four of them stood on my nan's grave. I was so heartbroken."

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Out-of-control man headbutts moving cars on Perth freeway

A man's dashcam has caught the moment a driver lost control on a Perth freeway and decided to take it out on the moving traffic - using his head.

He can be seen headbutting several moving cars, smashing windows and throwing himself head first through the windscreens of others.

The shocking incident happened after the man crashed his Mazda ute into an unattended Volkswagen which was parked in the emergency lane of Kwinana Freeway in Perth.

Witnesses report the agitated man got out of his vehicle and ran into the oncoming traffic, jumping on the bonnets of some cars before smashing everything in sight.

The dramatic outburst forced traffic to stop and caused a major jam on the city highway. Eye witnesses took to social media to report the incident, with one posting the dashcam footage of the man on YouTube. A police spokeswoman said inquiries are continuing into whether alcohol or drugs were involved.

The man is being assessed at Fremantle hospital.


Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration attempts a definition

© Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
The fight over how to define the new health law's success is coming down to one question: Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee?

Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they've submited a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.

When the Obama administration releases health law enrollment figures later this week, though, it will use a more expansive definition. It will count people who have purchased a plan as well as those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not yet paid.

"In the data that will be released this week, 'enrollment' will measure people who have filled out an application and selected a qualified health plan in the marketplace," said an administration official, who requested anonymity to frankly describe the methodology.

The disparity in the numbers is likely to further inflame the political fight over the Affordable Care Act. Each side could choose a number to make the case that the health law is making progress or failing miserably.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, said insurance companies have received about 50,000 private health plan enrollments through HealthCare.gov. Even combined with state tallies, the figure falls far short of the 500,000 sign-ups the administration initially predicted for both private sign-ups and those opting for the expansion of Medicaid.

In recent weeks, administration officials have warned that the enrollment figures for October would be low, given the tumultuous launch of the health Web site.

The administration plans to use this count of enrollees because that's where their interaction with the healthcare.gov site ends, the administration official said. Insurance plans, rather than the federal government, are responsible for collecting the first month's premium.

Heart - Black

Desperate survivors of Philippine typhoon raid the dead

Tormented survivors of a typhoon that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 in the Philippines rummaged for food Sunday through debris scattered with corpses, while frenzied mobs looted aid convoys.

Two days after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded flattened entire towns across part of the Southeast Asian archipelago, desperate survival tactics created fresh horrors.

On the outskirts of Tacloban, a coastal eastern city of 220,000 where tsunami-like waves destroyed many buildings, Edward Gualberto accidentally stepped on bodies as he raided the wreckage of a home.

Wearing nothing but a pair of red basketball trousers, the father-of-four and village councillor apologised for his shabby appearance and for stealing from the dead.

"I am a decent person. But if you have not eaten in three days, you do shameful things to survive," Gualberto told AFP as he dug canned goods from the debris and flies swarmed over the bodies.

"We have no food, we need water and other things to survive."

Mr. Potato

Racist who wanted to create whites-only town proven to be of African descent

 Craig Cobb
© Unknown
Craig Cobb
A white supremacist's mission to turn a small North Dakota town into an all-white enclave took an unexpected turn when a DNA test proved his bloodline included Sub-Saharan African lineage.

The 62-year-old Craig Cobb recently appeared on NBC Universal's The Trisha Goddard Show, where he submitted himself to a DNA test that indicated he was 14 percent Sub-Saharan African. He is 86 percent European, according to the analysis.

Cobb quickly rejected the results as "statistical noise," adding that "oil and water don't mix." Goddard maintained, however, "You have a little black in you." She tried to fist bump Cobb but was rebuffed twice.

Speaking to the Daily Mail after the show, Cobb said, "I agreed to the test because I assumed it was science." Instead, he called it "short science," the product of "craven and debased executives" whose "goal is to shock."

Even if a test he was comfortable with reported the same results, Cobb said his beliefs wouldn't be any different. "Well if I did have any nigger we don't want anymore of it," he said.

As RT has reported in the past, Cobb has accumulated about 13 properties in the small North Dakota town of Leith, where he is actively encouraging others with similar beliefs to move. In a town with fewer than 20 residents, Cobb plans to use newcomers to help seize control of the government and de-integrate the community.

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U.S. veterans deported after years of legal residency


Foreign-born United States veterans living in the country legally are being deported in a spate of "tough on immigration" actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The November 2012 deportation of Arnold Giammarco, an Italian-born legal resident who grew up in Hartford, Conn. and served in the Army and National Guard, has garnered a significant outcry, including a Change.org petition and a website devoted to his cause, FreeArnold.com.

Gianmmarco, 57, was honorably discharged from the Army in 1979 and the National Guard in 1983. He was then charged with shoplifting and drug offenses after lapsing into substance abuse. He served his jail time and married Sharon Giammarco in 2010. They have a 3-year-old daughter.

On the Free Arnold website, Sharon Gianmmarco presents a portrait of a man who turned his life around and lifted himself out of substance abuse to create a stable family life.

"After four years of sobriety, he thought he would never again feel the cold burn of steel around his wrists," Sharon Gianmmarco wrote. "We thought that if we did the right thing, good things would happen. We thought that imprisonment was behind us and freedom was all around us and before us."

"That day in May when he was taken from us, we were running full speed ahead and were suddenly yanked backwards by an invisible rope that tied us to our past."

Gianmmarco is one of thousands of green card-holders who serve in the U.S. military, reported the Connecticut Health I-Team.