Thursday, April 19, 2012

IN OTHER NEWS: Chimp Attack, Secret Service, Lost Plane, Gibson Meltdown, Computer Therapy, Porn Star Teacher, Beheaded Actress, Murdochs, Romney, Ted Nugent, Gas Prices, Food Stamps, Facebook Message, Wrong Turn, X-Ray Vision, Sex Injuries, Rats on Coke

Charla Nash’s Lawyer Blames State For Chimp Attack, Seeks $150 Million

Charla Nash is still recovering from a face transplant and wants to sue the state of Connecticut over the chimpanzee attack that nearly killed her three years ago, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports exclusively.

On February 16, 2009, a 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis was freely roaming the grounds of the Stamford home of his owner, and Nash’s friend, Sandra Herold when Nash visited. The chimp attacked Nash, causing her to lose her ears, eyes, hands, and nose in the aftermath.[MORE]

CBS News: More Secret Service Resignations Expected This Week

More Secret Service agents are expected to resign over the Colombian prostitute scandal, CBS News has learned.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told members of Congress that he expects more resignations by the end of the week, a congressional aide told CBS News. Three Secret Service agents were removed from duty Tuesday.[MORE]

Radio contact lost with circling plane over Gulf of Mexico

Authorities said the pilot of a small plane circling over the Gulf of Mexico near Florida on Thursday was not responding to radio calls.

The privately owned Cessna was enroute to Sarasota, Florida, from Slidell, Louisiana, and air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot after it took off, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said.[MORE]

MEL GIBSON AUDIO: Costa Rican Explosion'C**t, C**ksucker Whore!!!'

Mel Gibson is caught on tape exploding in a rage during a trip to Costa Rica last December, screaming at the top of his lungs ... and now the audio has been released.

The Wrap obtained the tape from Joe Eszterhas -- the man who wrote the screenplay for "The Maccabees" with Mel. Eszterhas has made shocking allegations that Mel ranted about killing Oksana Grigorieva, hating Jews, and praising the guy who killled John Lennon.[MORE]

Computer therapy helps young out of depression: study

A computer game designed to lift teenagers out of depression is as effective as one-on-one counselling, New Zealand doctors reported on Thursday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Researchers at the University of Auckland tested an interactive 3-D fantasy game called SPARX on a 94 youngsters diagnosed with depression whose average age was 15 and a half.[MORE]

California School Board Votes To Fire Science Teacher Who Appeared In X-Rated Videos

A California school board voted unanimously last night to fire a science teacher whose students recently discovered that she has appeared in a variety of hardcore pornographic films.

Officials with the Oxnard school district announced that they had canned Stacie Halas, who taught science at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School. Halas, 31, filmed the X-rated videos before her employment at the school, where she was placed on leave last month.[MORE]

Bollywood actress kidnapped and beheaded by actors

Meenakshi Thapar, 26, who had appeared in the Indian horror film 404 last year, met the two aspiring actors who allegedly later killed her on the set of her latest film, Heroine.

Amit Jaiswal, 36, and his lover Preeti Surin, allegedly decided to kidnap Ms Thapar after listening to her boast about her family’s wealth and status in Dehra Dun, in the Himalayan foothills of northern India.[MORE]

Murdochs to appear before Leveson inquiry

Rupert Murdoch will appear for questioning at the Leveson inquiry into press conduct next week, with two days set aside to hear his evidence on the phone-hacking scandal and on the power of newspaper proprietors.

His son James will appear on Tuesday, when he will be the only witness, while the chairman and chief executive of News Corp will be the sole witness on Wednesday.[MORE]

Romney Visits Empty Factory to Mock Obama

Mitt Romney, shadowing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail, went to the battleground state of Ohio to appear at a shuttered industrial warehouse to dramatize his complaints about the incumbent’s economic policies.

“It underscores the failure of this president’s policies with regard to getting the economy moving,’’ Mr. Romney said standing in a cavernous, empty warehouse festooned with a banner that read `Obama Isn’t Working.’ “If you want to know where his vision leads open your eyes.’’[MORE]

Nugent says had "solid" meeting with Secret Service

Musician and gun-rights advocate Ted Nugent said on Thursday he had a positive meeting with U.S. Secret Service agents investigating his recent criticism of President Barack Obama, and the agency confirmed the issue had been resolved.

Nugent, who told NRA supporters in St. Louis last week that he would be "dead or in jail" next year if Obama was reelected, said in a statement that he had "met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents" in Oklahoma.[MORE]

High gas prices cause irate customer to call police

An infuriated gas customer called police to complain about high gas prices from a Warren Avenue gas station on Wednesday night.

Officers responded to Prestige Gas at 761 Warren Ave. after receiving a 911 call at 8:10 p.m. from a man upset at the price of gas.[MORE]

Food Stamp Rolls to Grow Through 2014, CBO Says

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.[MORE]

Wife Of Fort Carson Soldier Learns Of His Death On Facebook

The wife of a Fort Carson soldier learned about his death on Facebook. Now the U.S. military is investigating how a Facebook friend passed on the news before the Department of Defense had a chance to.[MORE]

Boss: Driver took wrong turn into Juárez with load of ammo

The U.S. truck driver detained by Mexican authorities Tuesday with 268,000 rounds of ammunition was transporting a legal cargo to Phoenix but mistakenly exited to Juárez, the man's employer said on Wednesday.

Dennis Mekenye, owner of Demco Transportation Inc. in Arlington, Texas, said Bogan Jabin Akeem, 27, left Dallas on Monday with a trailer with nine pallets containing the ammunition.[MORE]

The REAL X-Ray spex: New 'terahertz' scanner lets mobile phones see through walls - and through clothes

Comic-book superpowers could become reality as scientists have designed a phone that works as 'X-Ray spex'.

A hi-tech chip allows a phone to 'see through' walls, wood and plastics - and (although the researchers are coy about this) through fabrics such as clothing.

Doctors could also use the imagers to look inside the body for cancer tumours without damaging X-Rays or large, expensive MRI scanners.[MORE]

Worker injured during sex gets compensation payout

A WOMAN who was injured while having sex in her hotel room during a work trip is entitled to compensation.

In the Federal Court today Justice John Nicholas ruled that the woman was injured during her “course of employment”.[MORE]

Rats on cocaine love Miles Davis, and other dumb animal research paid for with tax dollars

Taxpayers may feel kind of blue when they discover their dollars went to fund a study to determine rats like to bop to the music of Miles Davis while hopped up on cocaine.

The study, which was performed at Albany Medical College, drew jeers from the animal rights group In Defense of Animals and landed it on its top ten list of Real Ridiculous Research.[MORE]

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