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Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:34

A fourth fortune hunter has died in the pursuit of a treasure chest containing more than $1 million worth of gold coins and jewels which is reputedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. He was looking for Fenn's Treasure and died after going hiking up a trail within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, and falling 500ft down a rocky slope. Fenn's Treasure is said to have been deposited in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric, octogenarian millionaire art dealer and former Vietnam fighter pilot. Mr Fenn, who is still alive, has said he set the task of finding it in order to encourage people to "get off the couch" and see nature. According to him the bounty is inside a 22lb Romanesque bronze chest and includes 265 gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and ancient Chinese figurines. He published a 24-line poem which contains the clues to locating it. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. Over the last eight years tens of thousands of people are believed to have searched for the loot, mostly in New Mexico where clues have pointed. However, Mr Murphy, a vice president of the International Housewares Association, had headed for the Wyoming-Montana border area. When he went missing a huge search operation was launched including rescuers on horseback, others with dogs, and a helicopter. Erica Murphy, his widow, said he had first read about Fenn's Treasure in an airplane magazine. He then read Mr Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase, which contains the full 24-line poem. The poem includes lines like "Begin it where warm waters halt. And take it in the canyon down". Mrs Murphy told the Albuquerque Journal: "It was his pastime. He loved anything that caused him to use his brain, and he loved being out in nature." The death was expected to lead to renewed calls to end the controversial treasure hunt. But Mrs Murphy said she did not blame Mr Fenn, and her husband knew the risks. She said he "would not have wanted to hinder" others from searching. As rescuers looked for her husband Mrs Murphy emailed Mr Fenn to say: "I hope your quest won't be adversely affected by these current events." According to a report by Yellowstone National Park into his death Mr Murphy had also emailed Mr Fenn before setting out. When he went missing Mr Fenn then offered to pay for a helicopter to look for him. Mr Fenn also said he had never been to the area where Mr Murphy was searching, so he was looking in the wrong place. Last summer, fortune hunter Paris Wallace, 52, a pastor from Colorado was found dead north of Santa Fe, New Mexico after trying to traverse a river. Separately, Eric Ashby, 31 died after his raft overturned on the Arkansas River. In 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, died on the Rio Grande while looking for the treasure. His former wife Linda Bilyeu has called the hunt "madness". Mr Fenn has previously indicated the treasure is hidden somewhere not hard to reach and that, even at his advanced age, he could himself go back to the spot. Supporters of the treasure hunt have argued that it has achieved its aim of getting Americans into the Great Outdoors, and has led to people meeting spouses and parents bonding with their children.

Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:30

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Western policies toward his country, blasting the European Union for failing to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the divisions over Ukraine and many other issues.

Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:27

Cora, a therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.

Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:45

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic leaders called on Congress on Wednesday to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation $300 million to fight foreign efforts to interfere in congressional and state elections in November, amid growing concerns about potential Russian influence on the polls. Citing warnings from intelligence agencies that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming vote, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi asked that the additional funds be included in a bill to fund the government which Congress aims to pass by March 23.

School Walkouts Go Nationwide As Students Push For Gun Control

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:57

High school students across the country staged walkouts on Wednesday to demand that lawmakers tackle gun violence by implementing commonsense gun control.

Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:03

A garbage truck was on the tracks despite lowered safety gates when it was struck by a train carrying Republican lawmakers in a fatal crash last month in rural Virginia, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Data from a camera mounted on the front of the chartered Amtrak train showed the gates were down at the crossing at the time of the crash, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the Jan. 31 accident. A passenger on the garbage truck was killed and two others on the truck were injured.

The Sad Story of the Tucker 48 Killed in a Fire

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:00

Tucker 1023 was burned beyond recognition.

These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:53

European countries no longer top the charts

Parkland Shooting Survivor’s Dad Escaped Earlier Las Vegas Shooting

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:33

When freshman Braden survived last week’s shooting spree that killed 17 of his classmates, as well as adults, at his Parkland, Florida, high school, there was one person he knew who could understand the horrors he experienced: his father.

The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:01

In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, it happened again — conspiracy theories circulating claiming that it didn’t really happen, or that it was staged, with actors.

Billy Graham dead: Legendary evangelist preacher and spiritual adviser to presidents dies aged 99

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:00

Billy Graham, a Christian evangelist and adviser to several US presidents, has died. Graham died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, aged 99, a spokesperson for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said. Graham transformed religious life in America through his preaching and activism and became the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history.

Prince William Is Looking for Adventure on a Motorcycle Because Future Kings Can Have Fun Too

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:36

This week the Duke of Cambridge popped by Triumph Motorcycles to take a photo atop one of the classic rides.

What is the Billy Graham rule?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:47

Reverend Billy Graham, the influential evangelical preacher who counselled presidents and held sermons across the globe, has died aged 99. Beside his ministry, he became famous for the so-called “Billy Graham rule” that governed his private conduct. Rev Graham famously did not dine alone, or travel or meet alone, with women who were not his wife.

Police officer shot dead by murder suspect during standoff

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:44

Officer Justin Billa, a former officer of the month, was fatally injured in the city of Mobile, after trying to detain a man wanted in connection with a murder. The dead officer joined the force in January 2016 and won the Mobile Police Department’s Officer of the Month award in June 2016, Mobile Police Department Chief Lawrence Battiste told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The suspect was identified as Robert Hollie.

The Real Face of North Korea Is a Prison State

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:37

Millions around the globe gathered around their TVs beginning Feb. 8 to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a mountainous rural village, 110 miles east of Seoul. As the world turned its gaze to the Korean Peninsula, it witnessed North Korea and South Korea unified, together under one flag, during the opening ceremony. In 2017, the crisis in North Korea was the most underreported humanitarian issue globally.

The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:00

Need some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?

The world's best beaches in the world revealed: TripAdvisor

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:53

The pristine white sand beaches of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos top this year's list of TripAdvisor's World's Best Beaches Awards. 

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:34

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement.

Students Emotional at Florida Capitol as Lawmakers Refuse to Debate Assault Weapons Ban

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:32

Florida House members in Tallahassee declined to take up gun legislation as Stoneman Douglas students in the gallery looked on.