"Police in Toledo, Ohio have just released surveillance video of an incident from New Year's Day. They say it shows 25-year-old Melodi Dushane pulling up to a McDonald's drive-through window with a neighbor at about 6:30 in the morning, and objecting strongly when workers said she could not get Chicken McNuggets at that hour because the eatery had started serving breakfast at 2:30 AM. At that point, she is seen getting out of the car and hitting the drive-through employee in the mouth. Then the manager comes over, Dushane swings a few more times, and the manager tries to pull her up through the window by her hair. Other employees prompted the manager to let her go. They close the window as Dushane tries to push it open - but she then breaks the glass with an object from her car. The car passenger's mother said it was the employees who allowed the situation to escalate. Police later charged Dushane with vandalism. "
"The UK's Telegraph is reporting that Saudi prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his servant, Bandar Abdulaziz. Although the prince initially assumed, upon his arrest, that he would be granted diplomatic immunity, the British justice system did not give him special status as a member of the Saudi royal family. The royal strangled his servant after biting him on both cheeks in a violent attack that is said to have been sexual in nature. The initial beating, which occurred after a night out on Valentine's Day, was caught on tape by an elevator camera in the 5-star London hotel where the prince and his servant were staying. The Old Bailey jury convicted Saud of murder after a deliberation that lasted just one hour and 35 minutes. He was also convicted of a second count of grievous bodily harm with intent for his elevator attack. Justice Bean said to the prince during the sentencing, ''No-one in this country is above the law. It would be wrong for me to sentence you either more severely or more leniently because of your membership of the Saudi royal family.'' Saud may need to seek asylum in Britain upon completing his prison sentence instead of returning home because of the possibility of execution. In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is a capital offense."
"The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, moved into his new home in Mumbai, which is 27 stories high and valued at approximately 630 million GBP. Ambani, his wife and three children moved into a building named after the mythical island, Antilia. The home boasts a health club, gym, dance studio, a studio, a ballroom, guest rooms, a range of lounges and a 50 seat cinema. The roof sports helicopter pads. There is also underground parking for 160 cars, which will come in handy for guests at Ambani's upcoming housewarming party. The 53-year old tycoon is not only the richest man in India, but the fourth in the entire world."
Joseph Cerniglia, a New Jersey restaurant owner who previously appeared on an episode of chef Gordon Ramsay's show "Kitchen Nightmares," was found dead in the Hudson River. A body was found soon after a motorist reported seeing a man jump off of the George Washington Bridge. Police have not yet ruled a suicide and are currently conducting an investigation. On the reality TV show, Ramsay criticized how Cerniglia ran his restaurant and wasted food. Cerniglia was depicted on the show as having financial issues. Ramsay once said on the show that Cerniglia's business was going to "swim down the Hudson." He had eerily predicted the troubled chef's fate.
Japan earned a 1-0 victory in its Group E match vs. Cameroon at Free State Stadium on Monday in what could be considered the biggest upset to this point of the FIFA World Cup. Cameroon, which features the likes of forward Samuel Eto'o of European Champions Inter Milan, midfielder Alexandre Song of Arsenal, and defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong of Tottenham, looked out of sorts against a club that had never won a World Cup match outside its home country prior to Monday's game. But it was one of Japan's few international stars that stole the show with a goal in the 38th minute. CSKA Moscow striker Keisuke Honda put his side atop Group E, alongside the Netherlands - which beat Denmark 2-0 earlier in the day - with three points apiece. With the game deadlocked at zero and neither team really doing much, Cameroon started pushing the action after the half-hour mark. Eyong Enoh had the first shot on goal for the Indomitable Lions in the 37th minute. But just a minute later Japan went up 1-0 when midfielder Daisuke Matsui set up a goal from the right side. The midfielder controlled the ball in the offensive third on the wing, faked a cross with his right foot and cut back to his left before looping a ball to the back post for Honda, who took a touch and easily slotted home past Cameroon goalkeeper Hamidou Souleymanou. The goal came on Japan's first shot of the game. Cameroon's best chance came minutes after the break when Eto'o beat three defenders on the byline, just to the right of the area before picking out Maxim Choupo-Moting in the middle of the penalty area. Choupo-Moting wasted the opportunity, however, missing the shot badly. Stephane Mbia had a chance to pull Cameroon level four minutes from time when he unleashed a 35-year rocket that thundered off the crossbar and out of danger, as the Indomitable Lions have still never come back to win after conceding the first goal in a World Cup match. Japan plays the Netherlands on Saturday in a match between the Group E leaders, while Cameroon will aim to rebound later the same day against Denmark.
A San Antonio Taco Bell customer was so enraged that the seven burritos he ordered had gone up in price fired an air gun at an employee and later fired an assault rifle at officers before barricading himself into a hotel room. San Antonio police Sgt. Chris Benavides says officers used tear gas Sunday night to force the man from the hotel room after a three-hour standoff. The man is charged with three counts of attempted capital murder. His identity has yet to be released. Brian Tillerson, a manager at the Taco Bell/KFC restaurant, told the San Antonio Express-News that the man was angry the Beefy Crunch Burrito had gone from 99 cents to $1.49 each. Police say the man fired on officers during a traffic stop after the restaurant incident.
"NASA's anticipated press conference today did announce the existence of new life. No, it's not E.T.; but it is a revolutionary finding. Up until now, scientists would say that six elements were absolutely necessary for life to exist: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a NASA astrobiology fellow at the United States Geological Survey has broadened that list, as evidenced by her research revealed today. Here's how... The key element of phosphorus is what links the backbone of DNA together. Arsenic sits just beneath phosphorus on the periodic table of elements, and it is toxic to life. However, Dr. Wolfe-Simon found an organism that actually learned to cope with arsenic. Taking mud bacteria samples from the bottom of Mono Lake in California, she gradually fed the life form arsenic. To her surprise, the experiment did not kill the organism. Instead, she suggests, it incorporated the element into it's phosphorus lifestyle. Columbia University Astrobiologist Caleb Scharf compares this adaptation to ""if you or I morphed into fully functioning cyborgs after being thrown into a room of electronic scrap with nothing to eat"". The findings have a relationship with NASA's search for life in space because it expands the scope of what possible life conditions to look for in other worlds. "
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) just released its affordable new handset, the Nokia C5-03. The smartphone is equipped with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display and is a Symbian^1 touch phone with 5 mega-pixel camera, wi-fi enabled and GPS. The display of the handset offers a resolution of 360 x 240 pixels on top of a 24-bit color depth. It uses the 600 MHz ARM11 micro-architecture and has 40 mega bites of internal memory, which can be expanded to as much as 16 giga-bites through the use of a microSD card. The device also boasts a free version of Ovi Maps, so the user can take advantage of them when it is necessary. The smartphone will be made available worldwide by the end of the year for approximately $237 before taxes and subsidies. SmarTrend is bullish on shares of Nokia and our subscribers were alerted to buy on August 03, 2010 at $9.64. The stock has risen 13.6% since the alert was issued.
The AP reports that North Korea may have added Facebook to its roster of other social networking sites in an effort to mount "its propaganda war against South Korea and the U.S." The AP reports that the account was opened late Thursday under the Korean username "uriminzokkiri." An official at South Korea's Communications Standards Commission said on Friday that this translates to "on our own as a nation." The Commission had blocked North Korea's Twitter account from being accessed in the South, and just hours later the Facebook account was opened. The Commission stated through officials that the Twitter account was blocked because it contained information "that is illegal under South Korean security laws." The Twitter account went under the name uriminzok. The AP reports that this means "our nation" in Korean. Posting only 30 tweets in the week it was up, the account gained over 8,500 followers. Tweets linked to reports that praised North Korean leader Kim Jong II. The Facebook account carries as its profile picture an image of the Three Charters for National Reunification Memorial Tower. According to the official Korean Central News Agency, this is a monument in Pyongyang that "reflects the strong will of the 70 million Korean people to achieve the reunification of the country with their concerted effort." As of Friday, the Facebook account had 50 friends.
A killer whale at central Florida's SeaWorld amusement park killed a trainer on Wednesday. Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer with 16 years of experience at the park, died before rescue teams arrived. Reports say she was rubbing the orca whale's head, named Tillikum or Tilly, when the animal pulled her into the Shamu Stadium pool, thrashing her around by the waist. This occurred just minutes before a performance, the tragedy instead resulted in an emergency evacuation of the stadium. Killer whale shows have been suspended at all SeaWorld Park locations nationwide. SeaWorld is owned by the Blackstone Group, ticker symbol BX. Blackstone is trading up 1% Thursday morning, at $14.15 per share.