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August 30, 2016 at 11:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Not a bright spark: “A New Mexico police sergeant accused of unwittingly recording himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend has been released from jail. He faces charges of distribution of marijuana, conspiracy and felony embezzlement. According to state police, McKinney also allegedly embezzled $785 and an 8-ounce brick of marijuana not submitted to the department’s evidence vault.

‘Strong signal’ stirs interest in hunt for alien life: “A “strong signal” detected by a radio telescope in Russia that is scanning the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life has stirred interest among the scientific community. “No one is claiming that this is the work of an extraterrestrial civilization, but it is certainly worth further study,” said Paul Gilster, author of the Centauri Dreams website which covers peer-reviewed research on deep space exploration. The signal is from the direction of a HD164595, a star about 95 light-years from Earth. The star is known to have at least one planet, and may have more. The observation is being made public now, but was actually detected last year by the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, he said. Experts say it is far too early to know what the signal means or where, precisely,it came from”

300 reindeer are killed by a single lightning strike after a Norwegian national park is hit by stormy weather: “More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster. The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The agency says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves. The animal tragedy is believed to have occurred during a lightning storm Friday. Environment Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told the AP it’s not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes. However, the agency said ‘we have not heard about such numbers before.’ Knutsen said reindeer tend to stay very close to each other in bad weather. This, he added, could explain how so many were killed at once”

Teenage boy dies from a stroke after his girlfriend gives him a hickey: “A TEENAGE boy has died after getting a love bite from his girlfriend. Julio Macias Gonzalez, 17, began convulsing at the dinner table with his family in Mexico City after spending time with his 24-year-old lover, The Sun reports. It is thought the woman gave him a hickey earlier that evening which caused a blood clot that travelled to the teen’s brain, triggering a stroke. Paramedics were called to the scene but Julio could not be saved. The young man’s family are blaming his girlfriend for his death, but she has now disappeared. In 2011, a 44-year-old woman in New Zealand lost movement in her left arm after having a stroke. On noticing a faded love bite, doctors quickly realised damage to a major artery in her neck and linked it to her paralysis”

London Police’s Super Recogniser Unit: “HE’S a modern-day Sherlock Holmes who is so good, even criminals respect him. Metropolitan Detention Officer Idris Bada has a special skill most of us can only dream of — the ability to never forget a face no matter how long it’s been or how fleetingly he glimpsed it. The Londoner is single-handedly responsible for nearly 370 arrests in the last year of everyone from thieves to fraudsters and others down to his “staggering ‘super recogniser” ability. The remarkable man is the star of the Met’s specialist Super Recogniser unit, responsible for more than 2500 arrests in the last year. The combination of identifying those with natural abilities and new technology is rapidly becoming regarded as a new frontier that could revolutionise policing across Europe.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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