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Apology after Japanese train departs 20 seconds early
Posted Yesterday at 04:56 PM by Mave in News
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Apology after Japanese train departs 20 seconds early



A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early.

Management on the Tsukuba Express line between Tokyo and the city of Tsukuba say they "sincerely apologise for the inconvenience" caused.

In a statement, the company said the train had been scheduled to leave at 9:44:40 local time but left at 9:44:20.

Many social media users reacted to the company's apology with surprise.

Source and more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-asia-42009839
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Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder
Posted November 13, 2017, 09:49 by Mave in News
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Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder



TOKYO (AFP) -

A Japanese police probe into the attempted murder of an elderly bedridden woman has reportedly led to an unlikely suspect: a stray cat.

Mayuko Matsumoto's daughter found her bleeding profusely from about 20 cuts to her face on Monday at her home in a mountainous region of southern Japan.

Police launched an attempted murder investigation after seeing the wounds, some of them relatively severe, according to local broadcaster RKK.

"When we found her, blood covered everything above her chin. Her face was soaked in blood. I didn't know what had happened," Matsumoto's daughter told RKK.

Matsumoto, who is 82 years old and reportedly unable to speak, had to receive emergency care, Kyodo News said.

Investigators found no sign of people entering or leaving the house at the time of the suspected attack, the private network NTV said.

They then realised that Matsumoto's wounds looked like cat scratches, it added.

Police turned their attention to the stray cats loitering around Matsumoto's house, and found traces of what may be human blood on one of them, the Nishinippon Shimbun newspaper said Friday.

Source: http://www.france24.com/en/20171110-stray-cat-suspect-japan-attempted-murder?ref=tw_i
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Court rules zoo can't let kids swim with crocodiles anymore
Posted November 06, 2017, 02:48 by Mave in News
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Court rules zoo can't let kids swim with crocodiles anymore

A German zoo will no longer be able to let children participate in one of its main attractions: swimming with crocodiles and alligators. The ban—which aims to protect children from the deadly reptiles—was made official during a court ruling on Thursday, The Local reports.

Previously, the Crocodile Zoo in Friedberg, Hesse, let minors interact with the animals by feeding them and swimming in the same water, but only if a guide from the zoo was present. But now, adults will be the only ones able to swim with the crocodiles. This means that the establishment’s popular ‘Jungle’ birthday party package—which included up-close photos with the animals—will no longer be allowed for kids.

The ban comes after an August 25 decision by Darmstadt regional council, which stated a barrier should be present at all times and if an adult chooses to swim with the animals, they must be warned of the serious risks of being in such close contact with the deadly creatures. Crocodile Zoo motioned to appeal the decision, but the court rejected the appeal on November 2.



The popular wildlife park has faced legal action in the past. In 2014, a conservation agency tried to permanently close the doors to the zoo—a decision which was prompted by an unexplained death of an elephant due to “animal welfare unreliability,” FNP reports. However, the zoo won and continued to operate business as usual, as the court decided there was no connection between the elephant’s death and the alligator exhibit.

Despite the most recent decision, the zoo still holds its word that their animals are well-behaved and have never hurt anyone.

Source and more: http://www.newsweek.com/court-rules-zoo-cant-let-kids-swim-crocodiles-anymore-702060
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Bulletproof backpack now an option in Miami schools
Posted November 06, 2017, 02:46 by Mave in News
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Bulletproof backpack now an option in Miami schools



In the arsenal of school-sponsored security measures, metal detectors, ID checks and security cameras are practically second nature. A bullet resistant backpack insert? Not so much.

At Florida Christian School, a private, nondenominational Miami-Dade school serving students from preschool to high school, that could be changing. The school has started offering parents the opportunity to buy a $120 piece of ballistic armor to turn students’ backpacks into potential lifesavers.

Colombian entrepreneur Miguel Caballero — the maker of high-fashion, bullet-proof clothing — is starting to sell his wares in Florida. He’s also hoping his penchant for blasting employees and potential clients will get him into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Source and more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article182405026.html
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Japanese police arrest 74-year-old ninja thief suspect
Posted October 30, 2017, 04:43 by Mave in News
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Japanese police arrest 74-year-old ninja thief suspect



Japanese police say they have finally caught a prolific thief who dressed as a ninja to carry out raids - and were surprised to find he was 74.

After his usually covered face was caught on a security camera this year, he was put under surveillance which led to his arrest in July.

Police now believe he is the so-called "Ninja of Heisei", thought to have carried out more than 250 break-ins.

He has been charged with thefts worth 30m yen ($260,000; £200,000).

Police had been baffled by a series of burglaries over eight years carried out by a suspect wearing black, assuming they had been carried out by someone younger.

Investigators observed the suspect, whom they say seemed little different from most elderly men, during the day.

But they say he then went into an abandoned building and changed clothes before waiting until it got dark to steal.

"He was dressed all in black just like a ninja," a senior official in the western Japanese city of Osaka said.

Source and more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41750080
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Michael Bay to Produce Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie
Posted October 24, 2017, 03:18 by Mave in News
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Michael Bay to Produce Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie



What a world we live in. What a time to be alive. Michael Bay, he of the most explosive explosions and bulgiest bulging biceps, is set to produce a live-action Dora the Explorer movie. Natch. The project is shaping up at Paramount’s new Paramount Players division, where Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller have signed on to produce a live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s popular children’s series.

The Muppets and Neighbors director Nick Stoller has been recruited to pen the script for the project, which THR reports will see Dora aged up from her seven-year-old TV roots. While story details are being kept under wraps, the live-action film will reportedly center on a teenage Dora, who moves to the city to live with her cousin Diego.

The Dora the Explorer movie has been in the works at the studio since 2015, when the studio was developing with Puss in Boots writer Tom Wheeler and producer Mary Parent (The Revenant, The SpongeBob Movie). The project stalled out, but with Stoller and Platinum Dunes on board, Dora may have new adventures afoot yet. No release date is set, but the report notes that Paramount is keen on the project and eyeing a 2019 release date, which means the wheels should start spinning on this one pretty fast.

Source and more: http://collider.com/dora-the-explorer-movie-michael-bay/
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Man fed up with nagging wife hides in forest for 10 years
Posted October 16, 2017, 03:42 by Mave in News
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Man fed up with nagging wife hides in forest for 10 years

A gardener got so fed up with his wife's nagging he ran away from home and lived in the woods for ten years.

Malcolm Applegate, 62, was married to his wife for three years before upping sticks after the relationship reached breaking point.

He then made his way from Birmingham, where they lived, to London - making half the three-week journey on foot after his bike was stolen, the MailOnline reported.

Malcolm said: "I was married to her for three years, but unfortunately it got too much.

"First of all I met her in Eastbourne and I married her in Birmingham.

"For three years it was alright, we got on with one another and the gardening got too much for her.

"She said, 'Why don't we have more time together?' I said, 'How can I? I have been recommended to people'.

"I just upped and left, I got fed up with her because we used to get so many arguments.
'It took me three weeks to get back to London.

"I didn't lock my bike up in Oxford and someone helped themselves to it, so I had to walk back from Oxford."

He secretly left his family home when increased working hours angered his wife, but the gardener has now told how he emerged from hiding.

After leaving, Malcolm camped in "thick woodland" near Kingston, south west London, while working on gardens at a community centre for the elderly.

He said: "There were three of us camping.

"They were just camping around with me because at the time I was working in the centre and we used to go there for a wash and a shower.

"No one knew we were there. It's not well known - nobody would go in there."

Malcolm had also lost contact with his sister during the ten years he spent sleeping rough - and she feared he was dead before they were reunited when he found a new home.

He said: "It had been a decade years since I'd last seen her, and in that time she had been to all of the Salvation Army hostels in the south trying to find me.

"I think she assumed I was dead.

"I wrote her a letter once I was settled in Greenwich and she phoned me up, in floods of tears.

"We now have a great relationship again."

Source and more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11933358
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Escaped inmates arrested at downtown escape room
Posted October 09, 2017, 02:31 by Mave in News
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Escaped inmates arrested at downtown escape room

 Nearly 24 hours after their escape from the Edmonton Institution for Women, two escaped inmates were taken back into custody by police – at an escape room.

Kelsie Laine Mast, 23, and Samantha Faye Toope, 20, jumped the fence at the Edmonton Institution for Women, in the area of 11151 178 Street, Monday at about 8:40 p.m.

Police released their names and pictures to get help from the public tracking them down.



 They were finally caught Tuesday night, before 8:30 p.m. – the pair ended up at SideQuests Adventures, a local escape room business in the downtown core.

Co-owners Rebecca and Jonathan Liaw were inside when they met the two fugitives – for Rebecca, there was nothing unusual about the exchange.

“We had two ladies come down the stairs inquiring as to what we did and what an escape room was all about, that’s a pretty typical question, so we talked to them for a couple of minutes explaining escape rooms,” she said.

Source and more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/escaped-inmates-arrested-at-downtown-escape-room-1.3619456
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Google admits citing 4chan to spread fake Vegas shooter news
Posted October 04, 2017, 04:26 by Mave in News
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Google admits citing 4chan to spread fake Vegas shooter news

4chan was, for some reason, counted among Google News’ “authoritative” sources.



Google News took the unusual step of confirming its use of the imageboard site 4chan as a news source on Monday. The admission followed Google News' propagation of an incorrect name as a potential shooter in the tragic Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night.

A reporter from tech-news site The Outline posted the full text of an e-mail he received from an unnamed Google representative. Reporter William Turton said that he had not discussed any "attribution terms" before receiving Google's e-mail, which confirmed that the Google News service was bombed into automatically reposting a false shooter's name.

The incorrect shooter's name, which Ars Technica will not repost to reduce any further robo-aggregated hits, began appearing on 4chan's "pol" board, which is infamous for pushing intentionally inflammatory content. The name appeared on the board when its members began looking through people connected to names that had been mentioned by Las Vegas investigators. One of those people—a sibling of a person of interest who was later cleared by Vegas police of wrongdoing—had social-media attachments to left-leaning subjects such as MoveOn.org and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. Both 4chan and right-wing misinformation sites like Gateway Pundit began spreading the false name as a suspect while calling the person a "far-left loon." (GP's article has since been removed, but a Google Cache of it still exists.)

Google News' statement claims that these false reports landed on the service's "Top Stories" feed due to a burst of activity for a name that had never received many search attempts. "When the fresh 4chan story broke, it triggered Top Stories, which unfortunately led to this inaccurate result," the statement reads.

Source and more: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/google-admits-citing-4chan-to-spread-fake-vegas-shooter-news/
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Japan man nabbed for trying to steal car ... with cops inside
Posted September 26, 2017, 07:31 by Mave in News
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Japan man nabbed for trying to steal car ... with cops inside



TOKYO: A would-be car thief in Japan has been nabbed after he tried to steal a vehicle - with several police officers inside.

Ushio Sato, 23, was caught red-handed trying to make off with the unmarked police car in his failed pre-dawn heist on Monday (Sep 25), said a police spokeswoman in the central city of Numazu.

She declined to give more details.

Japanese media reports said the luckless Sato did not notice there were officers inside the unlocked vehicle, which was at a local parking lot.

Source and more: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-man-nabbed-for-trying-to-steal-car-with-cops-inside-9251698?cid=fbcna
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