Friday, July 31, 2015


There's a reason why "once in a blue moon" is a saying and tonight proved it.
A blue moon is defined as any time there is a second full moon during a calendar month, according to NASA. While most years have 12 full moons, this year has 13.
Don't let the name fool you, though. Blue moons are very rarely blue. Most are pale gray and white, resembling a moon on any other night.
A truly blue colored moon can occur on rare occasions, according to NASA, with most being spotted after volcanic eruptions. It's also possible Friday's moon could be red.
"Often, when the Moon is hanging low, it looks red for the same reason that sunsets are red, NASA explains. "The atmosphere is full of aerosols much smaller than the ones injected by volcanoes. These aerosols scatter blue light, while leaving the red behind."


What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may never be proven - but that hasn't stopped conspiracy theorists from speculating:

1. It was shot down...
during a joint military exercise between the US and Thailand

2. It was hijacked...
for use in a terrorist spectacular on the anniversary of 9/11

3. It was switched...
with flight MH17, and it was actually MH370 that was shot down over Ukraine in July last year

4. It landed...
on Diego Garcia, a British-owned island in the Indian Ocean that is home to a major US military base

5. It was destroyed by a mysterious new 'weapon'...
capable of plucking planes out of the sky without a trace

6. Russia hijacked the plane...
under Putin’s orders and flew it to Kazakhstan

7. The reality check:
Experts say the reality is almost certainly more mundane - probably a carefully planned suicide and revenge attack


The families of MH370 victims are now seeking greater compensation in light of the flaperon discovery, Cate Gower reports.
Following the discovery of the plane debris washed up on Reunion Island, aviation lawyers told Reuters that family members of passengers who were on board MH 370 are resuming efforts to receive greater compensation.
Joseph Wheeler, special council at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Melbourne, told Reuters that the discovery “is triggering renewed monitoring and recommendations to families”. He stated that “if there is evidence that the aircraft has failed, that very well may trigger a wave of lawsuits from around the world”.
Trying to locate the MH370 crash site using ocean currents is akin to searching for a "random person" in a large city, Australian oceanographer David Griffin has told AFP.
While Griffin and other oceanographers say the discovery on the island of Reunion fits in with their large-scale modeling of how debris drifts across the Indian Ocean, there remain a mind-boggling number of variables in the journey of any single piece of flotsam.
"The job we are trying to do now is to reverse the modeling and backtrack it," said Griffin, who works for Australia's national science agency, CSIRO. "But really, the source could be anywhere in the east Indian Ocean."
Australian officials have denied rumours a volcanic eruption could scupper the MH370 investigation, Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney reports.
Though officials are aware of reports of a possible volcano eruption, they said they were not expecting it to disrupt the search.
Le Piton de la Fournaise, a volcano that is a key tourist attraction on Reunion Island, is being evacuated after the island's volcanic observatory, the OVPF, warned that an eruption was an "imminent possibility".
An aviation consultant has told Forbes magazine that barnacles found on the debris could help investigators track down the black box.
John Goglia, a professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, wrote:
QuoteIf that analysis [of the barnacles] indicates unique characteristics of a particular area of the ocean, it might help focus the search efforts for the black boxes, which will be invaluable to unlocking the mysteries of what happened to this flight.
Reports that around ten MH370 investigators were evacuated amid fears of a volcanic eruption on the island have been dismissed by a local journalist.
Pierrot Dupuy has written a scathing blog post about the "media's distortion of facts" over the investigation on the island.
Several outlets - including the Daily Star and the Daily Express in the UK- carry stories this morning which claim that around ten MH370 investigators have been evacuated amid fears of a volcanic eruption.
But Mr Dupuy wrote: "We had to expect that journalists - or at least certain people claiming to be journalists - would deform, exagerate and sensationalise what is actually happening in Reunion," he writes.

MH370 search live: "Convincing evidence" plane was downed in Indian Ocean - Malaysian offical Latest news as preliminary assessment by US intelligence agencies indicates it was likely someone in the cockpit deliberately caused aircraft's unplanned movements

                                                 Debris found on Reunion Island
Johnny Begue, the gardener who stumbled across the Boeing 777 debris on the beach, has been chatting to reporters who have just arrived on Reunion Island.
He said he toyed with the idea of using the debris as a decoration, but decided against it out of respect for the victims' families.
"I was working and around 9 o'clock I went to see if I could find a stone to crush some chilies. That was when I found the debris and realized from the roundness of it that it was from a plane. There were screws and everything, I came down to look at it and called my friends who helped me. To begin with we thought about taking it to use as a decoration, but then we thought about the families...we thought if this was a crash then there will be families of the people who died and we should respect them."
New details emerging that could explain why the flaperon came ashore on Reunion Island while the rest of the plane remains unaccounted for.
Flaperons are made from a "highly buoyant material" and are filled with air pockets, meaning they can float almost indefinitely, according to experts. Whereas other pieces of the wreckage may have sunk irretrievably into the depths of the ocean, the flaperon - swept along by powerful currents in the Indian Ocean - continued to float until it emerged on the island.
Australia could be stuck with a sizeable bill for the MH370 search as China is refusing to contribute funding, Cate Gower writes.
A spokesman for The Office of Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told that China has been asked to pay for a third of the costs, the other two thirds being paid by Australia and Malaysia.
This spokesperson added that "China has not contributed resources or equipment to the underwater search", though it did send ships in the early days of the investigation.
It seems that the people of Reunion are no strangers to danger and intrigue.
Not only does the island play host to a huge volcano that erupted this morning, it has also seen 18 shark attacks in the last four years, of which seven were fatal.
Only last week one man had a "good chunk" of his arm ripped off by a shark according to local media reports.
"Our newspapers only ever write about car crashes, volcano eruptions and shark attacks," restaurant manager Guillaune Lalot told the Guardian, adding: "Maybe this discovery will draw a different type of attention to the island."
Confirmation that MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean is unlikely to satsify the conspiracy theoriststhe Telegraph's Laurence Dodds writes.
"The lack of evidence opened up a gap which people rushed to fill with their hopes, fears, and obsessions. Not just the families of the victims, but also conspiracy theorists, both amateur and professional, who had a wild range of ideas about what really happened. If the debris is confirmed as part of MH370 many of those people will give up; the mystery is over, the possibilities are closed down, and the plane is back on Earth. But not all of them will. In fact, I think a pretty big proportion of them will refuse to accept it."
It will take "at least another day" to conclude whether MH370 crashed into the sea, according to investigators.
This may seem like an unusual prediction considering barnacles were discovered on the debris, but the investigation is expected to be a time-consuming process as it involves experts from three different countries spread across several continents.
The debris is expected to arrive in Paris tomorrow morning and then be transported to Toulouse for further tests.
"The most important part of this whole exercise at the moment is to give some kind of closure to the families," Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss said earlier today.

MH370 is one of three fatal crashes experienced by a Boeing 777 and is the only one that remains unaccounted for since the model entered commercial services in 1995, Cate Gower reports.
In addition to this it is the only Boeing 777 to have crashed south of the equator, suggesting that the plane debris found on Reunion Island is from the missing plane.
As MH370 is the only Boeing 777 believed to have gone missing in the Indian Ocean, there is very little doubt that this mystery is on the brink of being solved.
Hopes are now rising that, finally, the debris found on the beach in Reunion can be officially confirmed as MH370's flaperon.
The plane debris on Reunion Island is "convincing evidence" that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean, Malaysia's deputy transport minister has said.
"I believe that we are moving close to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.
A Malaysian offical has told AFP they are moving closer to "solving the mystery" of MH370, a bold claim prompting speculation of new key details emerging about what happened to the plane.
The scenes at Reunion Island are now being compared to a Hollywood movie scenario - as investigators scramble to recover bits of plane debris from a beach in the north, a volcano erupts to the south, reportedly risking disruption to air searches.
A Malaysian official has said the number found on the plane debris confirms it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft, AFP reports.
An Australian sailing fan who lost his boat in 2013 - only for it to wash up on a Madagascar island nine months later - has weighed in on the affair.
Stephen Knight believes that his boat "Leisurecat" may have been swept across the Indian Ocean by similar currents believed to have moved MH370 debris to Reunion Island.
"The wing is obviously a lot lighter in structure than what my boat would have been. The fact that the wing has taken longer and travelled less far in distance - it all adds up," he told Reuters.

"Wreckage is from a Boeing 777"

Experts: "Wreckage is from a Boeing 777"
Officials at Boeing have assessed photographs of the wreckage and agreed it is consistent with a 777 flaperon, part of the plane's wing, CNN reported citing sources close the investigation.
CNN added that there is a "unique element' to the Boeing 777 flaperon which is apparent in the photographs, although they did not elaborate on what the detail is.
The number BB670 visible on wing flap was likely to be a vital clue for authorities.

Malaysia sends investigation team
The Malaysian government has sent a team to investigate whether wreckage discovered off the coast of Africa could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane.
The Malaysian transport minister confirmed an investigation team flew out Wednesday night.
Malaysia Airlines also released a statement yesterday, saying that it was "too premature for the airline to speculate the origin of the flaperon" found washed up on Reunion Island.
"With regards to the reports of the discovery of an aircraft flaperon at Reunion Island, Malaysia Airlines is working with the relevant authorities to confirm the matter," the statement added.
Last night investigators said the debris, discovered near to the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, was almost certainly that of a Boeing 777.

Keeping an Eye on the Investigation

China keeping eye on investigation
China is closely observing the situation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said today.
"We have noticed the reports and are wasting no time in obtaining and checking the information," Hong said in a press release.
According to French media, the debris was discovered by people cleaning the beach. A witness said the wreckage was "encrusted with shells".
Wife of passenger: "I don't believe debris belongs to MH370"
Zhang Qian's husband was on the missing plane and heard the upsetting news last night.
The 28-year-old told Sky News: "For all those times, we deeply believed the plane has gone missing but our loved ones are still alive.
"Even now, I still don't believe that debris belongs to MH370, and the conclusion that the plane crashed into the ocean.
"I am just worried the official will give this conclusion in a rush for some reason – I can't accept it."
Currents may have propelled wreckage thousands of miles
Vast, rotating currents sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near Africa, thousands of kilometres from where it is thought to have crashed, oceanographers said today.
If the Reunion wreckage is confirmed to be part of the missing Boeing 777, experts will try to model its drift to retrace where the debris could have come from, although they cautioned it was unlikely to help in narrowing down the plane's final resting place beyond the vast swathe of ocean off Australia that has been the focus of the search for months.
"This wreckage has been in the water, if it is MH370, for well over a year so it could have moved so far that its not going to be that helpful in pinpointing precisely where the aircraft is," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told reporters.
"It certainly would suggest the search area is roughly in the right place."
Wife of missing crew member is torn by news
The wife of the in-flight supervisor for the missing MH370 plane, Jacquita Gonzales, told the BBC that she doesn't known how to feel about the news.
She said: "A part of me hopes that it is (MH370) so that I could have some closure and bury my husband properly but the other part of me says 'no, no, no' because there is still hope."
There were 239 passengers and crew - most of whom were from China - on board when the plane disappeared.

Number stamped on wreckage could help identify aircraft

A number stamped on a piece of aircraft debris found on La Reunion Island could help quickly identify whether it came Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australia's deputy prime minister said.
Officials believe it is "almost certain" that the debris, thought to be a wing part called a flaperon, belongs to a Boeing 777 aircraft but have yet to confirm it is from MH370.
The number was not a serial number but could have been some sort of maintenance number that would help with trying to identify it, Warren Truss told reporters.
"This kind of work is obviously going to take some time although the number may help to identify the aircraft parts, assuming that's what they are, much more quickly than might otherwise be the case," he said.
Australian deputy PM: "This is a major lead"
Australia's deputy prime minister Warren Truss called the discovery of the debris a "significant development" and a "major lead".
"This is obviously a very significant development," he told a news conference in Sydney.
'A piece of debris could've floated a long, long way in 16 months."
Note of caution from French air expert
A local official on Reunion warned about rushing to conclusions as the investigation is at an early stage.
"People are getting ahead of themselves over this," Eric Chesneau, an officer in the air transport police, told Reuters in response to speculation on social media.
"It is more than likely plane debris, (but) we don't know what exact part it may be."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Is piece of wing found on remote French island part of missing Malaysian Airlines plane?

Wing Piece that was found!

Pat of suitcase also found ...maybe from plane

Malaysia has sent a team to the French island of Reunion to investigate whether wreckage found there could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane which disappeared last year.

Malaysia has sent a team to the French island of Reunion to investigate whether wreckage found there could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane which disappeared last year.
Last night investigators confirmed the debris, discovered near to the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, is that of a Boeing 777.
The Malaysia Airlines jet - also a Boeing 777 - is thought to have come down in the same ocean on March 8 last year.
There have been four serious accidents involving 777s in the 20 years since the jet came into service. Only MH370 is thought to have crashed south of the equator.
"No hypothesis can be ruled out, including that it would come from a Boeing 777," the Reunion prefecture and the French Justice Ministry said in a joint statement today.
"It is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. Our chief investigator here told me this," Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told Reuters.
New pictures of the luggage recovered on Reunion have been released.
A suitcase was found by workers on a Reunion beach - close to the site where an aircraft part believed to be from missing flight MH370 was discovered. 
Johnny Begue, the head of a cleaning team, found aircraft debris that looks increasingly likely to be from the Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing since March 8, 2014.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced that plane debris washed up on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean will be shipped to French authorities in Toulouse to verify if it came for Flight MH370.
"The location is consistent with the drift analysis provided to the Malaysian investigation team, which showed a route from the southern Indian Ocean to Africa," Najib said in a statement.
Najib said the object found on Reunion, a French overseas department in the southern Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, would be sent to the nearest office of France's crash investigation agency, the BEA, in Toulouse.
Aviation experts who have seen widely circulated pictures of the debris said it may be a moving wing surface known as a flaperon, situated close to the fuselage.
Reunion island - where wreckage from a Boeing 777 is believed to have been found - is a 40-mile long island around 4,000 miles from where doomed flight MH370 was last seen.
The island, off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean is also more than 3,000 miles from the search area investigators have been trawling off the coast of Australia.
Reunion is a French island with a population of around 800,000 and is officially the outermost region of the European Union.
Wreckage from what is 'almost certainly' from a Boeing 777 was discovered washed up on the west coast of the island near Saint-Andre last night.
The barnacles seen in pictures of the aircraft part believed to be from missing Air Malaysia flight MH370 are likely to have been growing there for a year, an expert has said.
This would roughly correspond with the date the passenger jet carrying 239 passengers and crew went missing - March last year.
Newspaper Journal de l'Ile de la Reunion  showed the pictures of shellfish attached to the aircraft part found on the shore of Saint-Andre in Reunion to a marine biology researcher from the Naval School of Brest.
Joseph Poupin said the animals belong to the species Lepas Anatifera, which live in temperate or warm waters.
Wind and ocean current maps suggest plane wreckage found off the coast of Africa could be missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370.
An historic NASA video shows how the Indian Ocean currents generally operate in an anti-clockwise direction.
In theory, the debris could have been swept from a crash site south west of Australia, northwards, before being spat out onto La Reunion island.
In fact, oceanographers created a chart a year ago which predicted MH370 debris could end up in a similar area.
Oceanographers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) say the location of the aircraft debris is"'entirely consistent" with a graphic they created 12 months ago showing the potential drift patterns of the missing plane.
A suitcase was found by workers on a Reunion beach - close to the site where an aircraft part believed to be from missing flight MH370 was discovered. 
Johnny Begue, the head of a cleaning team, found aircraft debris that looks increasingly likely to be from the Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing since March 8, 2014. 
This morning, he again went to the scene and found the remains of a suitcase on wheels, in the same area as the aircraft debris, reportsLe Journal de la Reunion.
Wife of American victim speaks of turmoil
Sarah Bajc, an American who lost her partner, IBM executive Philip Wood, told CNN: "My heart has been in my throat for most of the day.
"If ultimately this is the piece of the wing, then that little thread of hope that I have been holding on to will have to break. And reality will have to take over.
"But, yeah, up until now, I and most of the family members have continued to believe that until we have a body ... we can't give up hoping they will still come back."
Could barnacles on the wreckage be vital clue?
Barnacles on the plane part could help investigators discover how long it has been in the water, according to Australian officials.
Yannick Pitou, a journalist on Reunion told the BBC World Service that a piece of the debris had been sent to France for analysis.
He said: "The debris is made of metal and is two metres by two metres, and as soon as they discovered it, the local workers of the beach called the police and the air transport officials were alerted.
"The whole situation around this mysterious object developed quickly after that.
"The debris was taken out of the water and was brought to the local airport in Sainte-Marie to a secure location and a piece of it has been sent to France for further analysis and to confirm if it is aeroplane debris – although there is little doubt of that."

What is a flaperon?
Experts from aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Malaysian aviation experts are all but certain that the debris is from a 777- the same model as missing flight MH370.
Aviation experts who have seen widely circulated pictures of the debris said it may be a moving wing surface known as a flaperon, situated close to the fuselage.
A flaperon is a type of aircraft control surface used to control the banking, or roll, of the aircraft.
Flaperons combine aspects of both flaps and ailerons, which are located on the wing and control the flow of air over it to change direction.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015



A dog in Milwaukee was expected to make a full recovery after being shot in apparent mistake for a lion reported to have been prowling city streets, authorities said on Wednesday.
The white pit bull with one blue eye, whose owner has not been found, was shot in the right paw on Tuesday on the city's North Side about two miles away from the reported lion sighting, animal control officials said.
"It's ludicrous. It's not tall and not anywhere near the size of a lion," said Karen Sparapani, director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.
"We are trying to tell people not to panic."
Police could not immediately be reached for comment on the shooting, which followed a telephone call to police on Monday from a woman who reported seeing a lion in her neighborhood.
A cell phone video clip surfaced hours later showing a blurry image of a large cat-like animal strolling about, heightening fears and speculation.
"It's not outside the realm of possibility that someone could try to raise a lion in their basement and then get overwhelmed with the care," Sparapani said.
The reports have set Milwaukee abuzz.
On its Twitter account, the Milwaukee Zoo said all its lions were accounted for.
Police said they received about two dozen telephone calls since Monday reporting lion sightings. Every call was investigated, but no such animal has been found.
"Animal experts have advised that no attempts should be made to capture the animal, as it may be a dangerous predator," the Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement.
(Editing by Victoria Cavaliere and Clarence Fernandez)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Who will inherit Whitney Houston's millions?

Now that Bobbi Kristina Brown is gone, six months after she mysteriously fell into unconsciousness, what happens to the estate she was to inherit from her late mother, Whitney Houston? Who will control the estimated millions Houston left in a trust for Bobbi Kristina in her will? Will it be her grieving father, Bobby Brown? He maintained a vigil at her bedside as she lay in a medically induced coma for months in Atlanta hospitals and a hospice. Or will it be her maternal family, led by grandmother Cissy Houston and her aunt Pat Houston, who also were at her side? They have controlled the bulk of Bobbi Kristina's money under the terms of Whitney Houston's will. One thing is likely: Many lawyers will be involved. "It's going to be a windfall for the lawyers, unfortunately," says Jerry Reisman, a trusts and estate-law expert and partner at the Long Island firm of Reisman, Peirez, Reisman and Capobianco. Just three years after her mother was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., home, on Jan. 31. She died Sunday at age 22 at a hospice outside Atlanta. It is still unclear what happened to her and why, but local police and the district attorney have been investigating whether a crime was committed. An autopsy to be performed by the Fulton County Medical Examiner could take weeks to produce results, according to a statement issued Monday. The Brown and Houston families, who have not seen eye to eye on Bobbi Kristina for years, may be headed for a long and expensive litigation unless the two families can come to some agreement outside court. They have already demonstrated they can. In April, Bobby Brown and Pat Houston were appointed guardians over Bobbi Kristina by a Georgia family court, and a conservator was appointed to look after her assets. Family court hearings in Georgia are closed to the public so no one in the families has spoken publicly about the proceedings. David Long, attorney for Houston, released a statement for her saying at the time the guardianship case was a "family matter" and would not be discussed publicly. "We hope to resolve this in a manner that is respectful of Bobbi Kristina's sensitive health information," the statement said. "The Houston family has always looked out for the best interest of Bobbi Kristina Brown. ... We trust that others have the same objective." But the questions about what happens now to her estate suggest a murky legal situation, Reisman says. "Everyone is going to try to grab (her money), but it's not necessarily up for grabs," Reisman says. "And it's a lot of money. Don't forget the royalties coming in (from Houston's music). That estate is never going to end." Neither could the potential litigation arising from this case of mother-daughter tragedy, he says. Inheritance laws differ from state to state, he says, but the terms of Whitney's will are likely to trump all state laws unless the terms are disputed in court. If so, "the court would have to determine what (Houston) meant to do," he says. "But generally the will governs." And under its terms, Bobbi Kristina was not to get full access to all the money until she turned 30. When Houston died in 2012, her estimated $20 million estate was left to Bobbi Kristina, who was her only child. Houston first drafted her will in 1993, and she amended it in April 2000, but even after that Bobbi Kristina inherited everything — all of Houston's money, furniture, clothing, cars, including the townhouse in Roswell where she had been living. The estate was placed in a trust until Bobbi Kristina turned 21, on March 4, 2014. At that time, she received 10% of the estate, or about $2 million. The will dictated that she was to get another sixth of the estate when she turned 25, and the rest at age 30. So now what? Since Bobbi Kristina died before she turned 30, who benefits? Under the terms of the will, it goes to Cissy Houston, and Whitney's two brothers. Cissy was named executor of the will but renounced the appointment, and a Georgia probate judge later named Whitney's sister-in-law and manager, Marion (Pat) Houston, as the sole administrator of the estate. What about her father? Originally, Bobby Brown was listed as a beneficiary in the will, too, but he and Whitney divorced in 2007. Reisman says that means that generally Bobby Brown would not be entitled to any part of his ex-wife's estate now that Bobbi Kristina has died. But, says Atlanta estate lawyer Bruce Gaynes, he would be entitled to whatever Bobbi Kristina has received so far from her mother's will. "For the purposes of Bobbi Kristina's estate, he is the sole beneficiary, if she has no husband and if she has no will," says Gaynes, of the Kitchens Kelley Gaynes firm. Bobby Brown could seek to gain control of some or all of the Whitney millions in trust for his daughter, but "he would have to argue that in court and it would mean a lot of litigation," Reisman adds. What about the rights, if any, of Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon? Bobbi Kristina claimed on social media that the two were "married." If he can produce proof of this marriage, Reisman says, then he might be entitled. "If they are married, in every state, assuming there is no (Bobbi Kristina) will, a husband has certain marital rights to a spouse's estate, and absent a waiver or a pre-nup agreement, it's almost impossible to prevent that spouse from obtaining a share, if not all, of an estate," Reisman says. But Bobby Brown insists Gordon was not married to his daughter, and so far, Gordon has not produced any proof. Moreover, Gordon is a possible target of the investigation of what happened to Bobbi Kristina, and has been sued for millions by her court-appointed conservator, Bedelia Hargrove. That lawsuit asserts that Gordon beat up Bobbi Kristina the day she was found, knocking out a tooth and leaving her unconscious and suffering from what her grandmother later said was "global brain-damage." He also allegedly stole thousands from her bank account while she was unconscious, the lawsuit charges. Ian Halperin, an investigative journalist who looked into the circumstances of what happened to Bobbi Kristina for his book, Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame, says police in Roswell may now move forward now that Bobbi Kristina has died. "The autopsy is the final detail," Halperin said. "The police will release their findings soon. My sources say criminal charges are most likely to be filed." Could Gordon have a claim as a "common-law" husband? Some states allow common-law marriages; Georgia, where they had been living, no longer does. "He's going to have a very difficult time proving they were married," Reisman says. "And even if he could make the case, he has no rights (to an estate) under a common-law marriage." Gaynes says that if there is a dispute over the estate and Gordon's relationship to Bobbi Kristina, it won't follow the typical reason for such disputes. "More often than not the most typical reason for disputes seems to be a second marriage (widow or widower) with the children from the first marriage," he says. "A dispute about whether there was a marriage — that would be unusual. Fighting over money? Not unusual." Could Gordon still benefit? Bobbi Kristina's relatives could pay him with a percentage of her estate to go away, Reisman says, to avoid years of litigation. "If he gets lawyers, they would go 'forum shopping' as we call it, looking for the state with the best possible forum most favorable to them," Reisman says. "If he does bring litigation, he would lose but it would probably be wise for the family to settle with him." On the other hand, if Gordon is charged and convicted of having some involvement in the events that led to Bobbi Kristina's death, a settlement is unlikely. If he were to be convicted, the state "slayer statute," which most states have, would prevent him from inheriting from Bobbi Kristina's estate, Gaynes said. Contributing: Ann Oldenburg

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Remains Of Victims Of Nazi Experiments Found In France

A plaque in memory of 86 Jews killed for Nazi medical experiments at the university of Strasbourg during World War II is pictured at the entrance of the anatomy school in Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, July 20, 2015 PARIS (AP) — It started with a letter, a brief reference to samples taken from the bodies of Holocaust victims used in Nazi medical research. Decades later, the jars and test tubes found behind a glass cupboard in a locked room testified to history's horror. Raphael Toledano, a researcher from Strasbourg who has spent more than a decade delving into the eastern French city's Nazi past, stumbled upon the 1952 letter from Camille Simonin, the director of the forensic science school at the University of Strasbourg, detailing the storage of tissue samples taken from some of the 86 Jews gassed for the experiments of August Hirt, a notorious Nazi anatomy researcher. The autopsy samples were intended to be used to prosecute Hirt, who directed the construction of a gas chamber built specifically to provide victims for experiments carried out at the facility. At the time, Germans had replaced the French staff, which largely decamped elsewhere.
A plaque in memory of 86 Jews killed for Nazi medical experiments at the university of Strasbourg during World War II is pictured at the entrance of the anatomy school in Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, July 20, 2015 Strasbourg was liberated by the Americans, Hirt ultimately committed suicide, and the remains ended up in the highly specialist forensic science museum at the university, which has since become one of France's most prestigious medical schools. Simonin's letter was directed at a judge who planned to put Hirt on trial, asking if the samples could be of use. It's not known how or whether the judge responded, said Jean-Sebastien Raul, the institute's current director. The samples were apparently forgotten until July 9, when Toledano and Raul cracked open the door. The storage container and jar and test tubes, holding a fragment of human skin and other body samples, were meticulously labeled just as the letter detailed, Toledano said. "It was a shock to discover that these jars were still there, that we put in a museum display a part of these Jews who were murdered by the Nazis," Toledano said. The Strasbourg mayor's office said Monday it hopes to return the remains to Strasbourg's Jewish community for eventual burial in the city, which sits on the border of France and Germany.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


In the hot, sticky summers of many of America's cities, the smell of urine can be all too familiar. San Francisco is peeing back at public urinators by painting its walls with UV-coated, urine-repellent paint, local TV station KPIX reports. The paint is so hydrophobic that it keeps the wall clean and sprays urine right back at offenders. “We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru told SFGate. “Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.” San Fran -- which CNN reports has a bad whiz kid problem -- got the idea from Germany, whose hard-partying city of Hamburg can "smell like a sewer" each morning, said Julia Staron, who organized the city's paint campaign. San Francisco Public Works has received 375 requests to steam-clean pee-soaked walls since January, CNN reports. Public urination has been punishable by a $50 to $100 fine there since 2002, but the fine has done little to curb the problem. Walls that pee back just might. Crews have already painted 10 walls in San Francisco and Public Works intends to expand the program, according to KPIX. Your move, New York!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Boy Studying Outside McDonald's Gets Scholarship

A homeless boy who was pictured doing his homework by the light from a McDonald's has been inundated with offers of help.
Images of Daniel Cabrera writing and reading at a small bench on the pavement outside the restaurant went viral after they were placed on Facebook.
People who saw the photos have now donated cash, school supplies and a college scholarship - which he hopes will enable him to fulfil his dream of becoming a police officer.
Daniel's mother, Christina Espinosa, said: "We're overjoyed. I don't know what I will do with all of these blessings.
"Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies."
The photo, taken on an island in central Philippines, was posted on Facebook last month by college student Joyce Torrefranca.
The 20-year-old medical technology student told a local news network: "For me as a student, it just hit me a lot.
"This kid, he doesn't have anything but he has dedication to study."
The ABS-CBN channel tracked down the Cabrera family and found they did not have a permanent home after their house had been gutted by fire.
The grade three student, who has limited access to electric light, sets himself up under the dim glow of the restaurant's bulbs every evening to carry out his studies.
Ms Espinosa told AFP that she and her three youngest children, including Cabrera, had been living in her employer's mini-grocery store in Mandaue, on the island of Cebu, since their slum dwelling was destroyed five years ago.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thief Returns Stones After 20 Years Of Bad Luck

A thief has returned two archaeological treasures with a confession note - after apparently experiencing 20 years of bad luck.
The 2,000-year-old sling stones were taken from the ancient city of Gamla on the Golan Heights in July 1995, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said.
They were returned in a bag to the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Israel's southern city of Beersheba, along with a note from the thief.
The note, in Hebrew, read: "These are two Roman ballista balls from Gamla, from a residential quarter at the foot of the summit.
"I stole them in July 1995, and since then they have brought me nothing but trouble. Please, do not steal antiquities!"
The thief did not elaborate on the nature of his or her bad luck.
The IAA said almost 2,000 similar stones were found in Gamla.
They were used by Romans against the Jews who were trying to prevent the conquest of the hilltop city
Historians said that this was not the first time stolen treasures had been returned.
One resident, from Tel Aviv, took back an ancient coffin which had taken pride of place in his bedroom - eventually noting its "morbid nature".

Monday, July 20, 2015

Skydiving Plane Forced To Land On Busy Road

A skydiving plane has been forced to make an emergency landing on a highway after running out of power.
The single-engine plane was carrying five people when it was forced into the manoeuvre in Stafford Township, New Jersey.
Video of the incident released by police shows the aircraft gliding onto the grass-covered reservation in the middle of the road, narrowly missing passing vehicles.
The instructor on board suffered a cut on his arm, but no other injuries were reported in Sunday morning's incident.
The incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, local media reported.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stalking Squirrel Arrested By German Police

An exhausted red squirrel was captured by police after it chased a young woman in Germany.
A video posted on the Facebook page of North-Rhine Westphalia Police showing officers feeding the animal with slices of apple and honey tea, has been viewed more than 400,000 times.
A police press release said: "A very unusual emergency reached police this morning in Bottrop. A squirrel pursued a young woman in Oak Street.
"Officers took the pursuer into custody and brought him to the police station where it showed signs of exhaustion."
Once it had recovered from its ordeal, the rodent was expected to be taken to a local animal sanctuary.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

MINION Saves Five-Year-Old Girl From Death

Colorado police say a Minion stuffed toy helped save the life of a five-year-old girl after she fell from a third-floor apartment window.
The youngster escaped with a broken arm after the cuddly toy helped absorb the impact of her plunge on Thursday night in Colorado Springs.
"Fortunately, when the child fell out of the window, she continued holding on to a stuffed Minion teddy bear that is believed to have cushioned her fall," police said in a statement.
The girl was playing in her bedroom when she fell backwards out of her window, police said.
She was treated in hospital and released. Authorities have ruled the incident to be an accident.
The Minions first appeared as henchmen to the lovable villain in the animated film Despicable Me.
The havoc-wreaking yellow creatures are currently featuring in their own spin-off movie.