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Canadian woman attacked by 400-pound polar bear

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 5:48 PM

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A woman in Canada was attacked by a 400-pound polar bear and lived to tell the tale. She and her friends were just crossing a street when they spotted the polar bear.

ERIN GREENE: "Within seconds of seeing him, he was already on my head and just kind of scratching at me and biting my head and pulling." (Via KUTV)

The bear apparently chose Greene out of the group. She said: "My friends started running, but the bear was so quick, and it was so close to us. I knew that it was going to get us. And it was very focused on me. Its eyes were locked on mine, so I was his target." (Via New York Daily News)

Her injuries were extensive.

"The bear tore off part of her scalp. It took 35 staples to reattach it. The 400-pound animal also sliced open Greene's knee, bit off a chunk of her ear and left puncture marks in her arms." (Via CBC)

A 69-year-old man was watching TV when he heard her screams. He managed to hit the bear in the head with a shovel and got it to drop her. He also suffered injuries and was hospitalized. (Via Animal PlanetWikimedia Commons / Alan Wilson)

The town of Churchill in Manitoba is famous for living closely with polar bears. In fact, much of its industry comes from bear-seeking tourists. Churchill sits directly in the migration path, and hundreds of bears travel near or through it each year. (Via National Geographic)

But melting sea ice has left the normally standoffish bears without homes, hunting grounds and food. And the townspeople are suffering the consequences. (Via Flickr / Martin LopatkaWikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk)

Greene's attack marks the third this year — scary, considering there have only been a few in the past 50 years. Wildlife biologist Tom Smith said it's because the bears are getting desperately hungry.

​"Most of us expect to see an upswing in human-bear conflict because the animals, as they get more desperate, start taking more risks." ​(Via The Guardian)

The community that is speckled with ambling polar bears has organized a fundraiser to help Greene with her emergency air-lift bills. 

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Former Buckeye star could shake up race for Congress in Ohio

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:20 PM


            Anthony Gonzalez is running for Congress, and some of his friends from the NFL are helping.(Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press)
Anthony Gonzalez is running for Congress, and some of his friends from the NFL are helping.(Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press)

The 2018 races for governor and the U.S. Senate always figured to be expensive, but another big-money Ohio contest has emerged and promises to draw interest both from inside and outside the state.

Anthony Gonzalez, a former football standout for Ohio State University and the Indianapolis Colts, has raised more money than any other candidate — incumbent or otherwise — in his bid for Congress.

Gonzalez is running for the northeast Ohio seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, who is running for governor.

Gonzalez, 33, joins State Rep. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, and State Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Marlboro Twp., in a race that may prove expensive to fill.

RELATED: Competition lacking in Ohio congressional races Gonzalez raised $626,774 last quarter — including $526,774 in contributions. Among those contributing: Peyton Manning ($5,400), Gonzalez’s fellow Buckeye star A.J. Hawk ($1,000), former teammates Austin Collie from the Colts ($1,500)and LeCharles Bentley ($1,000) from the Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslem ($2,700 from him and $2,700 from his wife Dee).

Gonzalez also drew contributions from outside the sports world, including from various members of the Boich family, which runs coal companies and are active donors to Republican candidates.

Meanwhile, Patton raised $278,351 last quarter while Hagan pulled in $34,615. On the Democratic side, Aaron Godfrey raised $1,953.

RELATED: Fight over sex trafficking begins in Congress The filings from the Federal Election Commission provide an early glimpse at which congressional races — at least from a money standpoint — will be competitive next year.

By far the most expensive race is for the U.S. Senate. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is seeking a third term and leads all candidates in fundraising with $2.6 million raised in the quarter and $8.3 million in the bank.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who hopes to reverse the outcome of his 2012 losing contest against Brown, raised a little more than $1 million during the quarter and has about $4.1 million in the bank.

Republican Mike Gibbons will report bringing in $421,000 last quarter, according to a spokesman, bringing his total amount to $1.1 million since he entered the race at the end of May. Another Republican, Don Elijah Eckart, a Galloway theologian, contributed $250 of his own money last quarter, according to the filings.

RELATED: John Kasich wants Congress to work together on health care The other races for Congress show a huge money gap between incumbents and challengers.

In southwest Ohio, Citizens for Turner — the campaign committee for Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton — reported raising $142,401 between July 1 and Sept. 30. The committee has raised $444,437 to date this year.

No other candidate reported raising or spending $5,000 in that district during the quarter though Democrat Robert Klepinger has taken out petitions for the 10th congressional district, which includes all or parts of Montgomery, Greene and Fayette counties. Turner has $491,641 in the bank for his campaign.

In the adjacent 8th Congressional District, Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, raised $86,183 last quarter and has $171,602 in the bank. Republican Edward Meer has also pulled petitions for the district but has yet to file a campaign finance report.

Davidson is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which was founded by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana. Jordan has $1.39 million in the bank for his re-election bid after raising $115,586 in the quarter. Democrats Andrew Mackey and Janet Garrett also filed campaign finance reports; they raised $229 and $6,646 to date, respectively.

RELATED: Brown has twice what Mandel has for Senate run In the Cincinnati area, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, raised $125,270 during the quarter and has $1.15 million in the bank. He faces Democrat Laura Ann Weaver, who reported raising $9,810 in the quarter, and has $8,233 in the bank.

All told, Ohio incumbent House members raised $2.75 million this quarter — more than three times the amount raised by their challengers.

And if that isn’t advantage enough, those running for re-election to Congress have $19 million in the bank, including cash from prior election cycles.

Challengers, meanwhile, reported having less than $1 million on hand for their races.

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Florida man hires pilot to fly 'Boycott Jags, NFL' banner over stadium amid anthem protests

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:35 AM



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A man from Green Cove Springs, Florida, took his issues with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL to the sky Sunday.

>> Watch the news report here

At 1,000 feet, you could read the statement on the plane-towed banner saying, “Be American. Boycott the Jags and the NFL.”

Terry Smiley had the message printed on a banner that was flown above EverBank Field before the Jacksonville Jaguars' game against the Los Angeles Rams. 

This all-American sport is dividing fans after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem.

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“I am asking people to boycott the football games. I don’t watch it on TV,” Smiley said. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jaguars fan says he was asked to leave stadium for silent protest

People's feelings about politics and football seem to bleed together on the turf. 

“People need to realize the true message that they’re trying to send,” Jaguars fan Jay Crossman said. 

Smiley said he was disgusted by the Jags players who knelt in London. Now, he’s taking a stand, making his voice be heard. 

“Do you believe in your country? Do you believe in 'The Star-Spangled Banner'? If you don’t stand up for it now, you won’t have it in the future,” Smiley said. 

As a former Jags fan, he hired a pilot to fly his banner over the stadium for two hours to send his message about players kneeling. 

“I have the right to protest, and I’m going to protest it with bumper stickers, airplanes – whatever I go to do. I will continue to protest,” Smiley said.

>> Pence abruptly leaves Colts game after players take a knee during anthem

Some fans are on the offensive, saying players are kneeling for a greater cause – equality. 

“They are taking it in a peaceful manner. They are trying to use their words and use their actions instead of taking it to violence,” Jaguars fan Jaumari Day said. 

“They have publicly stated that they care about veterans and the flag and that’s not what they’re kneeling against,” Crossman said. 

Smiley is giving away bumper stickers in hopes his supporters will join him and boycott NFL football. 

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“We boycott them and we hit them in the pocketbook where it (hurts) them. (Before) long, we’ll have them on both of their knees,” Smiley said. 

“We have people who are legitimate concerns who happen to be NFL players. They still live in the community. They have a right to protest. That’s (Smiley's) right. Just like the NFL players who take their knee that’s their right. He has the right to do what he is doing,” Jaguars fan Calvin Sinclair said. 

A Green Cove Springs man took his issues with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL to the sky:

Posted by Action News Jax on Sunday, October 15, 2017

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‘God made me do it’: Man calls 911 to report stabbing, suffocating 18-month-old

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:06 PM

A New Orleans police officer sits in his patrol car in this June 2013 photo.
Rusty Costanza/Getty Images
A New Orleans police officer sits in his patrol car in this June 2013 photo.(Rusty Costanza/Getty Images)

A New Orleans man was arrested Tuesday morning after he called 911 to report that he had killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God made him do it.”

Mark Hambrick, 45, was taken into custody outside his home in the Bywater neighborhood. New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters during a morning news conference at the scene that Hambrick was waiting for officers when they responded to his call. 

Hambrick told dispatchers in the call, which came in around 7 a.m., that he had stabbed his daughter and then, “to put the child out of its misery,” suffocated her, Harrison said during the news conference, recorded and shared by NOLA.com. He gave them a description of himself and the toddler and told them where he and the child would be when officers arrived. 

Officers who responded to the scene handcuffed Hambrick and went into the house, where they found the child lying dead on a bed. She had multiple stab wounds.

Harrison said an autopsy will determine if the baby was also suffocated. The knife used in the slaying was found near the girl’s body. 

Dispatchers who questioned Hambrick asked why he killed the baby, Harrison said.

“He gave us some details, but simply put, he told us over the phone that God made him do it,” the police superintendent said. 

Investigators are looking at the man’s background to determine if mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse may have played a part in the slaying. When asked about it on the phone, Hambrick denied having a history of mental illness.  

Hambrick’s wife, the mother of the child, was at work when the slaying took place, Harrison said. The woman, who the superintendent said “has now lost a baby and now has lost a husband,” has been in touch with detectives. 

“This is certainly a gruesome scene. It’s extremely tragic,” Harrison said. 

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The toddler’s death is the second time a father has been accused of killing his small child in Louisiana since the weekend. 

Fabian Miguel Smith, 33, of Zachary, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the death of his 11-month-old son, Jericho Smith, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. Zachary police Chief David McDavid said during a Sunday news conference that the baby suffered stab wounds to his forehead and had signs of blunt force trauma to the back of his head. 

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark confirmed during the infant’s autopsy that he also suffered multiple gunshot wounds, the Advocate reported

Smith is accused of locking the baby’s older siblings, ages 9 and 5, out of the house as he killed the boy. When the children went back in the house, they found their brother unresponsive.

The children ran for help at a neighbor’s home. When the neighbor went to check on Jericho, he found the infant lying on the floor in a pool of blood, McDavid said. 

Smith reportedly told the neighbor, “Call 911, I done messed up.”

Jericho’s mother, Iesha Tolbert, told reporters on Monday that her son was a happy baby who seldom cried. 

His favorite word was “Dada,” Tolbert said

Tolbert, who was working when her son died, said she is trying to wrap her mind around what happened. When she received word that Jericho was dead, she said she assumed he had died in an accident. 

She never imagined that Smith would have killed their son.

“The hardest part is knowing it was his own dad that took his life,” Tolbert told reporters, according to the Advocate. “Not only did I lose my baby, I also lost my husband at the same time.”

Court records showed that Smith does not have a record of violent crime, the Advocate reported. Tolbert’s mother, Theresa Tolbert, told reporters that he was never violent.

“He was a loving parent, a great provider,” Theresa Tolbert said of her son-in-law. 

Travelers from 9 states will need passports, other IDs for domestic flights in 2018

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 4:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:31 PM

Travelers From 9 States Will Need Passports For Domestic Flights In 2018

The deadline is approaching for nine states that have yet to update state IDs in compliance with the REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005.

As a result, residents in those nine states will have to present a valid U.S. passport or other identification -- instead of previously used driver’s licenses or IDs -- to travel within the U.S. and beyond. 

>> Read more trending news 

Travelers who live in the following states will be affected: 

  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

Other forms of identification that will be accepted by TSA at airports for travelers living in those nine states will be a permanent resident card/green card or a military ID. Other forms of acceptable identification are listed on the official TSA website.

Some states have started working to provide residents with other forms of federally approved identification that would allow travelers to avoid ordering a passport for domestic travel, Forbes reported. Those in Washington have the option to apply for enhanced driver’s licenses, which adhere to the REAL ID Act specifications but cost significantly more than regular IDs.

Travelers are encouraged to check with local government officials for any potential options. 

Those who visit airports starting Jan. 22 without acceptable identification will not be allowed through airport security.

The REAL ID Act came after 9/11 as an effort to ensure safer travel within the US. According to Clark Howard, despite the fact that Congress passed the act 10 years ago, enforcement of the new regulations wasn’t pushed until 2013.

Some of the nine states are scrambling to update state IDs to meet compliance standards in the next three months, and others have requested REAL ID compliance extensions from the Department of Homeland Security. Budget shortages have delayed some states, including Oklahoma, from making the ID updates. 

Despite all extensions, there is a hard deadline for states to require compliant REAL IDs: Oct. 1, 2020.

“There are no anticipated changes to the enforcement schedule, and we are tracking that by 2020, 15 years after this act has been passed, that DHS will require that all states are compliant with Real ID as per federal law,” DHS spokeswoman Justine Whelan said, according to The Washington Post

“It is a critically important 9/11 Commission recommendation that others have been willing to ignore, but I will not,” John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s former homeland security secretary and current chief of staff, said in June. “I will ensure it is implemented on schedule -- with no extension -- for states that are not taking it seriously.”

Those who live in one of the nine states that do not have TSA-compliant IDs may want to consider ordering a passport sooner rather than later. It generally takes four to six weeks to process passport orders, according to the Department of State.

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