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Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:19

A Bangkok court on Tuesday granted a Japanese man "sole parent" rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers, a ruling that paves the way for him to take custody of the group. Mitsutoki Shigeta caused a "baby factory" scandal in 2014 after Thai police said DNA samples linked him to nine infants found in a Bangkok apartment, plus at least four other babies born by surrogates. The murky case threw the spotlight on Thailand's then unregulated rent-a-womb industry, and helped push authorities to bar foreigners from paying for Thai surrogates in 2015.

Depraved UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending abuse photos jailed for 32 years

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:10

A British academic who blackmailed victims into sending him increasingly depraved images which he shared on dark web forums was jailed for 32 years on Monday after admitting 137 offences which included encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy. Dr Matthew Falder, 29, a geophysicist employed as a researcher at Birmingham University in central England, duped victims by masquerading as a depressed female artist on forums and mainstream online advertising websites. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), said he approached more than 300 people worldwide, with 45 victims represented in the charges against him.

A U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 21:08

Investigators are treating the case as a homicide

VIDEO: 3 gray whales splash around in Los Angeles Harbor shallows

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 21:03

Three large gray whales were spotted in the Los Angeles Harbor putting on a show in the shallow waters.

Robert Mueller expands Jared Kushner inquiries to include financial dealings with Qatari and Chinese investors

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:42

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is expanding its scope of interest to include Jared Kushner’s efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, people familiar with the probe have told CNN. This is the first time that Mr Kushner’s conversations with potential non-Russian investors has been mentioned in the media, and could include countries like China. The investigation has reportedly also been looking at President Donald Trump's son in law's relationship to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as Mr Kushner’s personal contacts with Russians during the campaign or transition period.

How Israel and Pakistan Can Avoid a Nuclear Showdown

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 19:37

A back channel of communication between Israel and Pakistan could temper miscalculations or malicious attempts to artificially increase tensions between the two countries. The advancement of Pakistan’s nuclear-missile capabilities and Israel’s growing military ties with India are increasing their respective military relevance for each other. A high degree of suspicion and mistrust exist between Israel and Pakistan.

Richard Branson Wants To Build A High-Speed Hyperloop In India

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 19:35

British billionaire Richard Branson has announced plans to build a high-speed shuttle in India that could potentially revolutionize travel in the country.

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 19:22

A drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”

The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:34

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local):

Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached.

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:48

The impeachment of Clarence Thomas is a pipe dream.

Man Accused Of Breaking Off Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb For Souvenir

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:56

Some people’s idea of justice is an eye for an eye, but China wants “severe punishment” for a man who stole a clay thumb.

Roseanne Jokes Her National Anthem Was 'Better' Than Fergie's

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:27

Fergie’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday has been widely judged a colossal flop, with some people calling it one of the worst performances of the national anthem ever.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:06

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Monday issued a new congressional map to replace the state’s current one, which the court said is so partisan it violates the state’s Constitution.

Woman Filmed Berating Flight Attendant on Plane Gets Suspended From Job

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:56

Susan Peirez started shouting after being seated near a baby.

Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ Politics

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:11

As the first two publicly out gay men to win medals at the Winter Olympics, figure skaters Eric Radford and Adam Rippon have broken barriers and established legacies that will extend beyond the ice rink.

Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:58

A high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:52

A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind.

Black Hockey Player Taunted With Racist Chant In Chicago

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:20

Washington Capitals hockey player Devante Smith-Pelly blasted the “disgusting” racist chant directed at him during an NHL game in Chicago Saturday night that led to the ejection of several fans.

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:51

LONDON (AP) — Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAs

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:35

Stars at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night wore all-black in support of the Time’s Up initiative, much like they did at January’s Golden Globe awards.