Man breaks into funeral home, steals items from deceased

A Kentucky man is wanted for breaking into a funeral home and stealing personal belongings of the deceased.

The Associated Press reports the man was caught on the funeral home’s surveillance video stealing jewelry and clothing that belonged to the man who was scheduled to be buried, and then sat down to drink a soda and take a nap. The suspect also stole keys to a hearse.

Police are still investigating, but the funeral home director says he’s received tips about the man’s identity.

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Will the world end on Sept. 23? Conspiracy theorists say yes

If you had plans this weekend, you may want to cancel them, because according to conspiracy theorist and self-described researcher David Meade, the world is ending on Saturday.

Meade details in his book, “Planet X – The 2017 Arrival,” how Planet X — otherwise referred to as Nibiru — will devastate the Earth, changing the landscape as we know it. NASA, however, has debunked the theory the planet even exists.

“Nibiru, a purported large object headed toward Earth, simply put – does not exist,” a NASA blog post dispelling another 2012 doomsday theory said. “There is no credible evidence – telescopic or otherwise – for this object’s existence. There is also no evidence of any kind for its gravitational affects upon bodies in our solar system”

But, Meade insists his theory of the world ending is different from others.

“What’s different is that this Revelation 12:1 sign is completely absolutely different,” Meade said in an interview with an Irish radio show host. “It pinpoints the beginning of the day of the lord the 7 year tribulation to Sept. 23 and planet X is the main cause, or factor, of the trumpet judgment.”

Meade references the following Bible verse to bolster his claims the world will end:

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Meade’s theory suggests that the alignment of Virgo and Leo symbolizes Revelation 12:1 — Virgo being the woman clothed with the sun and the Leo constellation being the crown of 12 stars.

Meade says Sept. 23 is the beginning of the end — while not totally wiping out the planet, Nibiru, according to Meade, will trigger a series of Earth-changing events.

“The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,” Meade told the Washington Post, adding later: “A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.”

Meade told an Irish talk show he will go to the mountains to prepare for the event and said he can’t fathom a reality where Nibiru doesn’t change the world.

NASA has a running project called the Near-Earth Object Program that provides information on objects near the Earth.

“Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit,” NASA said in a blog post addressing 2012 doomsday theories. “We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office website.”

 

 

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Duh? Don’t take selfies with bears, Aspen police say

Don’t take selfies with bears.

That’s the reminder Colorado’s Aspen Police Department issued recently after a crowd surrounded a mama bear and her cubs coming down from a tree near a mall Wednesday, KUSA reported.

It was a “fairly large crowd of photo takers and those that insisted on trying ot get close enough to take selfies,” Sgt. Rob Fabrocini told KUSA.

“We were trying to do the best we can to keep people away, but it’s a large area and people get by us,” Fabrocini told KUSA. “There was a woman holding a child within 5 feet of the bear trying to take a selfie with her back to the bear, which was very aggravating to see that.”

The situation escalated, KUSA reported. People were not only putting themselves and their children in harm’s way, but also endangering the bears, Fabrocini said.

“At one point, (the bears) made a run for it,” Fabrocini told KUSA. “They got away, but people followed them and the mom got separated from the cubs. She returned to the mall, clearly agitated, and crying out, looking for her cubs, and people were still approaching her, getting within 5 or 6 feet of her.”

On Thursday, the bears returned. This time, people kept their distance, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife tranquilized and removed the bears, KUSA reported.

Aspen police issued multiple warnings on Facebook. One was a more playful “selfie strike,” equating the frenzied photographers with paparazzi. The other was more stern.

“These bears went through quite an ordeal last night,” a Sept. 14 post said. “And we’re not quite sure why they decided to go up the same tree today, most comfy branches in town perhaps? But we do know one thing, we could do a better job as a community to set these bears up for success.”

Mobs of selfie seekers have not only angered animals, they’ve caused deaths, according to multiple reports.

A baby dolphin died in August after hundreds of people swarmed it on a Spanish beach and passed it around to take pictures with it, the Washington Post reported. Another dolphin died after a similar situation last year in Argentina. 

Yellowstone National Park had a spate of bison attacks in 2015, in part thanks to tourists getting to close for the animals’ comfort, the Post reported.

A 43-year-old woman was thrown in the air after trying to take a selfie with a bison — and her 6-year-old daughter, the Post reported. A 16-year-old was gored while taking a group photo with her back turned to the animal. When officials arrived to help her, tourists remained within 10 feet of the same bison that injured her.

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Elderly man pushes police suspect off roof, ending standoff

An 83-year-old California man helped police end an hours-long standoff when he pushed the suspect off of his roof.

KGO-TV says the suspect continually refused commands from officers to come down, prompting Wilford Burgess to use his neighbor’s ladder to get on top of the house.

“I said…’I’m going up on the roof, that sucker’s coming off,'” Burgess said.

Police Captain Tim Murakami issued this statement via Twitter, “Stand off w/man jumping on roof tops ended by 83 yr old man who got tired of his games and pushed him off The grandpa did what we couldn’t.”

Burgess’ granddaughter, Ashely Wrenn, recorded the incident on video and said she was thankful her grandfather was protecting his family.

 

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SC mayor pulled over on lawn mower with beer

South Carolina police pulled the mayor of Aynor over while he was driving a lawn mower with an open beer down a two-lane street.

Local news station WMBF reports Mayor John Gardner told police he was driving to the gas station to fill up the mower when he was stopped. Officers called local Aynor police to the scene, and an unidentified individual arrived to drive the lawn mower away.

Gardner wasn’t issued a citation or charged in the incident.

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Mysterious sea creature that washed up on beach after Harvey identified

Photos of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on a Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey have gone viral.

The photos were posted on Twitter on Sept. 6 by Preeti Desai, a social media manager at the National Audubon Society.

Desai captioned the photos by saying, “Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?”

Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City, TX. #wildlifeid pic.twitter.com/9IUuuL65qh

— Preeti Desai🌿 (@preetalina) September 6, 2017

Preeti said she spotted the creature on a beach about 15 miles outside Galveston.

She traveled to Texas with other conservationists to assess the damage from the storm.

The photos immediately went viral and garnered several responses from her followers and others on social media. 

Desai told BBC News someone told her to contact Kenneth Tighe, a museum specialist who works in the Division of  Amphibians and Reptiles at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Tighe said he believed the creature was a fangtooth snake-eel, or possibly a garden or conger eel, according to the BBC News article. 

Tighe told Earth Touch News Network those eel species occur off the Texas coast and live in burrows 100-300 feet down.

Desai did not say how long or big the creature was but according to Fishbase.org, a male fangtooth snake-eel can reach a maximum total length of 84 centimeters.

After taking the photos, Desai told BBC News that she left the creature alone to let nature take its course.

She tweeted on Wednesday that the creature wasn’t frightening, colossal or a monster, just a sea creature trying to live its life. 

 

 

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