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  • Spontaneous office pool wins $543m lottery jackpot

    04 August 2018 4:55 AM 28

    A group of California co-workers who decided to play the lottery on a whim won last month's $543m Mega Millions jackpot, the largest prize ever on a single state ticket, the California Lottery said on Friday. The 11 co-workers who work in the financial industry in the San Francisco Bay Area said they don't have a regular lottery pool but decided to chip in $2 a piece

  • Connecting with hostage-taker helped woman survive ordeal

    03 August 2018 7:08 PM 28

    "I just shot at a cop," the man with blood dripping from a bullet wound in his arm tells one of 40 people he has just taken hostage at a Los Angeles supermarket. In a gripping account published Friday by the Los Angeles Times, one of those hostages describes how she and others survived the ordeal. MaryLinda Moss says 28-year-old Gene Atkins began to open up after

  • Man who stole shark says it 'needed help'

    03 August 2018 1:40 PM 24

    A man who removed a shark from an aquarium in Texas, America, says he did it because “it needed help”. According to the BBC, Anthony Shannon, one of a group of three people who snatched the four-metre horn shark from San Antonio Aquarium in Leon Valley, says he’s an activist but concedes what he did was wrong. “As an activist I have a mission. It’s not a mission

  • Man dies after being impaled by toilet brush

    03 August 2018 1:39 PM 29

    A Russian man died after falling on a toilet brush that pierced his skull. The unnamed 60-year-old from Istra slipped on his bathroom floor and landed face first on the brush, The Times reports. The man was then rushed to a hospital near Moscow, where surgeons opened his skull in an attempt to remove the impaled brush, which had pierced his right eye socket

  • 'Lucky to be alive': Climber found just in time on deadly NZ mountain

    03 August 2018 10:33 AM 28

    A climber trapped for seven days in freezing conditions on a New Zealand mountain has been found in the nick of time, with rescuers saying he was unlikely to have survived another night alone. Terry Harch, a 29-year-old Australian soldier, was spotted waving his arm in the snow on the South Island's notorious Mount Aspiring, where more than 30 climbers

  • US man says 'voices' made him kill New York date, admits LA attack

    02 August 2018 4:10 AM 26

    A man accused of killing a New York City woman he met on a dating app says voices in his head made him do it. Danueal Drayton spoke to a reporter with New York's Daily News who visited him at a Los Angeles jail. In an interview published on Tuesday, Drayton says he remembers strangling Queens nurse Samantha Stewart two weeks ago. Drayton was arrested

  • WATCH: Passenger plane crashes and goes up in flames moments after take-off in Mexico

    01 August 2018 10:17 AM 25

    While there were no fatalities, 49 passengers had to be taken to hospital, including the pilot and a passanger, who are in "critical but stable condition", The Telegraph reports. Aeromexico's Flight 2431 was en route from Durango to Mexico City when it went suddenly started falling, moments after taking off. Durango state governor Jose Rosas Aispuro

  • UK committee says aid groups almost 'complicit' in sex abuse

    01 August 2018 3:16 AM 28

    A UK parliamentary committee says international aid organisations have failed to stop workers from sexually exploiting women and girls they are supposed to help because their approach has been "complacency verging on complicity". Stephen Twigg, chairperson of the House of Commons' International Development Committee, says abuse remains "endemic" in the sector

  • Dog meat campaign say tests find rabies at Indonesia markets

    31 July 2018 1:25 PM 27

    Anti-dog meat campaigners say tests of just nine dog carcasses from markets on the Indonesian island Sulawesi revealed one infected with rabies, highlighting the public health risks from the brutal trade. The Humane Society International and Indonesian groups operating under the banner of Dog Meat Free Indonesia are campaigning to end the trade in live dogs for human

  • Trump says willing to meet with Iran leaders 'any time'

    30 July 2018 8:42 PM 53

    US President Donald Trump said on Monday he was willing to meet with Iran's leaders with "no preconditions" and "any time they want" - one week after tensions soared between Washington and Tehran. "I would meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don't know if they are ready yet," Trump told a White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister