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Today in History

1618   Johann Kepler discovers the third Law of Planetary Motion.  
1702   Queen Ann becomes the monarch of England upon the death of William III.  
1790   George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.
1853   The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, D.C.  
1855   The first train crosses Niagara Falls on a suspension bridge.  
1862   On the second day of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Confederate forces, including some Indian troops, under General Earl Van Dorn surprise Union troops, but the Union troops win the battle.    
1862   The Confederate ironclad C.S.S. Virginia (formerly U.S.S. Merrimack) is launched.
1880   President Rutherford B. Hays declares that the United States will have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.  
1904   The Bundestag in Germany lifts the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.  
1908   The House of Commons, London, turns down the women's suffrage bill.  
1909   Pope Pius X lifts the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.  
1910   Baroness de Laroche becomes the first woman to obtain a pilot's license in France.  
1921   Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato is assassinated while leaving Parliament in Madrid.  
1921   French troops occupy Dusseldorf.  
1941   Martial law is proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.  
1942   Japanese troops capture Rangoon, Burma.  
1943   Japanese forces attack American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle will last five days.  
1945   Phyllis Mae Daley recieves a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
1948   The U.S. Supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.  
1954   France and Vietnam open talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.  
1961   Max Conrad circles the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in Piper Aztec.   
1965   More than 4,000 Marines land at Da Nang in South Vietnam and become the first U.S. combat troops in Vietnam.  
1966   Australia announces that it will triple the number of troops in Vietnam.  
1970   The Nixon administration discloses the deaths of 27 Americans in Laos.  
1973   Two bombs explode near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain injuring 234 people.
1982   The United States accuses the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas.  
1985  Thomas Creighton dies after having three heart transplants in a 46-hour period.

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Man burned by fajitas while praying can't sue restaurant

A man who leaned over a plate of sizzling fajitas to pray can't sue a restaurant in Westampton, New Jersey, because the dish burned him, an appellate court ruled on Wednesday. Hiram Jimenez sought damages from Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar after a March 2010 incident at the chain's restaurant on Burlington-Mount Holly Road.
But an appellate panel said Applebee's can't be held responsible because the hot food posed an "open and obvious" danger. According to the ruling, Jimenez ordered fajitas that were placed in front of him in a "sizzling skillet." When he bowed his head "close to the table," the ruling says, Jimenez heard "a loud sizzling noise, followed by 'a pop noise' and then felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face."
In an incident report prepared for Appelebee's, Jimenez said he was burned on his face, neck and arms after "grease popped" on the fajitas. His lawsuit said a waitress did not warn Jimenez that the dish was hot. It argued Jimenez suffered "serious and permanent" injuries "solely as a result of (Applebee's) negligence when he came in contact with a dangerous and hazardous condition, specifically, 'a plate of hot food'."
A trial judge dismissed the suit, finding Applebee's, a California-based chain with more than 1,900 restaurants, was not required to warn Jimenez "against a danger that is open and obvious." Jimenez appealed, but a two-judge panel came to the same conclusion. It noted business owners are required to "discover and eliminate dangerous conditions, to maintain the premises in safe condition and to avoid creating conditions that would render the premises unsafe." But it said the risk posed by the hot platter was "self-evident." Applebee's, the ruling said, "had no duty to warn (Jimenez) that the food was sizzling hot and should be approached with due care."

Fake surveillance cameras stolen before man had a chance to install them

A recent theft in the Washington Park West neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, made the homeowner laugh.
To help deter crime, Brian Schwarz ordered three fake surveillance cameras and security stickers for his house.
"They were $7 apiece, so I thought it was a good investment," Schwarz said. The fake cameras were shipped to Schwarz but the box was stolen from his front porch before he arrived home from work.

Schwarz said: "I like the image of the thief sitting on his living room floor thinking he hit the jackpot and all he gets is three fake surveillance cameras with fake stickers. That's delicious irony."

Man tried to rob bank while armed with a spoon

A 24-year-old man attempted to rob a bank in Vienna, Austria, while armed with a stainless steel spoon.
The man tried to pretend he had a knife but bank staff immediately saw it was just a dessert spoon and called the police, refusing to hand over any cash.
The man entered a bank branch just before 4pm in Weintraubengasse on Tuesday afternoon, marched straight to the cashier and demanded he give him some money. He seemed to be under the impression that the silver object in his hand would be mistaken for a knife. Witnesses said that no one took the man seriously.
The cashier pretended that he was going to get some cash and then called the police. Meanwhile the would-be thief sat down in the waiting area, where police found and arrested him when they arrived at the bank. He’s currently being held in prison and said that his only motive for the attempted bank robbery was that he needed money.

Man held his mother hostage because she wouldn't buy him basketball cards and a mask

An Illinois man threatened his mother with a machete and later held her hostage in a police station parking lot because she refused to buy him $4,000 worth of basketball cards and a costume mask on eBay, according to police. “This is one of the most bizarre domestic situations I have ever seen in my 30 years at the Riverside Police Department,” Chief Thomas Weitzel said. The machete-wielding son went so far as to slice up bedroom sheets in front of this mother to make the point that he would harm her, he added.
The incident started at about 7:30pm on Saturday at a Riverside home when 19-year-old Aaron M. Perez asked his mother to use her eBay account, according to a Riverside police statement. He wanted to buy basketball cards and a costume mask from a popular movie that was being bid at $4,000, police said. She refused because she didn’t have the money. That’s when Perez said: “Things are gonna go my way,” and robbed her of $130 in cash while armed with a machete, police claim. He then held her hostage in her bedroom, forcing her to sign in to her eBay account and give him her phone so he could buy the items, authorities allege.
At some point, he sliced up the bed linen to convince his mother he would harm her if she didn’t obey, police claim. The mother was ultimately able to run to a car parked in the driveway, police said. The son followed, but she persuaded him to drop the machete and come with her to a relative’s home. Instead, she drove to the nearby police station in North Riverside. She made multiple 911 calls on the way, and at one point told dispatchers she was being held hostage in a vehicle in the police station parking lot. North Riverside officers arrested Perez without incident, and he later gave a full statement after he was turned over to Riverside police, the statement said.
“The mother, who was in fear of her life the entire time this incident took place, acted as calm as she could and I credit her with her actions that led to the arrest of her son,” Weitzel said in the statement. Police later recovered the shredded sheets, machete and stolen cash and phone, the statement said. Perez, of Riverside, is charged with felony counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful restraint and intimidation, as well as misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon. He was ordered to be held on a $50,000 bond on Monday. “To think that this entire incident took place over the purchase of a movie mask on eBay and other eBay purchases that the son wanted to make is simply astonishing,” Weitzel said.

Authorities seek to charge Georgia police chief

Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to indict Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom on a reckless conduct charge in the Jan. 1 shooting of his wife.

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Genghis Khan's military base

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Mind Blowing… These Unbelievable Facts Will DESTROY Your Understanding Of Time

Time has always perplexed the human race. We’ve tried to define it, track it, and measure it since the emergence of civilization. However, facts like these listed here show us how distorted our perception of time can be and how much we still need to learn about the fourth dimension.
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Higgs Boson & Dark Matter

The hunt for the source of dark matter is one of the most hotly anticipated searches of our time and the Higgs boson might be able to light the way to a possible dark matter discovery.

Four Star Massive Exoplanet

For only the second time, an exoplanet living with an expansive family of four stars has been revealed.

Curiosity Suspended

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are scrambling to figure out the cause of an electrical glitch on the Mars rover Curiosity which stopped science operations cold.

Ripe for Life

NASA's Dawn mission is about to arrive in orbit around Ceres and the hunt for the dwarf planet's past (and possibly present) habitable potential is on.

3753 Cruithne

It's not a spare moon of ours, exactly, but Earth does have a sort of gravitational buddy out there, in the mellifluously named 3753 Cruithne. It orbits the sun, just like us, and is locked with Earth in what scientists call orbital resonance.

Mirror of Ancient Supernova

Researchers using the Hubble space telescope took advantage of a naturally occurring zoom lens in space to capture an unprecedented quadruple image of an ancient supernova.

Fastest Star

A ravaged star, having survived its partner's supernova explosion, is being flung out of the Milky Way at record speeds.

Martian Ocean

By mapping the distribution of water and 'semi-heavy water' over the Martian surface, scientists have revealed that the red planet had an ancient ocean covering nearly 20 percent of its landmass.

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Man arrested for stealing two bicycles and a goat

A bicycle theft investigation led detectives in Portland, Oregon, to a man who not only stole bikes, but also a family's goat, according to police. Penelope the goat was typically tethered and secured in the front yard of a home. On the morning of Aug. 4, 2014, Penelope's owners noticed their goat was gone. The Nigerian dwarf goat was like a pet to the family.

Fire investigation dog sisters hang up their detective boots after 126 years loyal service

Two fire investigation dogs have retired after helping secure convictions against "dozens" of criminals. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's search dogs Saxon, 11, and her sister Inca, ten, are hanging up their boots after a total of 18 years, or 126 dog years, loyal service.
The two Labradors have attended more than 500 incidents. Graham Howlett, the dogs' handler, said: "It's a pleasure to work with such talented lovely-natured dogs. I'm so proud of what they have achieved. We have done jobs where the evidence they have found has been instrumental in getting a conviction."
In 2010, both dogs identified an ignitable fluid at a house fire, showing that petrol had been poured through the letterbox. The man responsible was jailed for endangering life. Fire investigation dogs are trained to work out how fires started by using their sense of smell to hunt for traces of the flammable liquids used to start fires.
The dogs are able to smell one drop of petrol as far away as the length of a football pitch. Saxon has been with the service for more than ten years while Inca, her younger sister, has served eight years. Graham and his wife Jo are to take in the two dogs for their retirement.

Dog rescued after getting wedged between walls

Firefighters had to get creative to rescue a dog trapped between a wall and a hard place in West Hollywood, California, on Monday.
Every time the pooch whimpered or cried while stuck between a retaining wall and a house, he fell deeper into the gap. This would cause him to become even more tightly trapped.
Rescuers couldn't destroy either wall, so the Los Angeles County Fire Department first responders had to think outside the box. Firefighters slid a pike pole, which is normally used to pull down ceilings during a fire, under the dog to prevent him from falling farther, then tied webbing around his paws and pulled him out.

The dog, which was not injured, was reunited with his family. Inspector Randall Wright said the incident was a "great training opportunity for firefighters." Video from the rescue might be used to train firefighters who encounter a similar situation, Wright said.

Police helicopter scrambled to gorge following report of cries for help found a goat and her kid

A police helicopter went on a 40-mile round trip after a report of cries for help only to discover it was a goat and her kid. A worried member of the public dialed 999 saying they heard screams for help inside Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.
A National Police Air Service helicopter, fitted with high-powered video equipment, was scrambled from Filton in Bristol 20 miles away. But within minutes of arriving over the scene on Wednesday they realised the sounds were coming from a goat and her offspring.
The helicopter crew tweeted: "1205hrs Cheddar Gorge reports of cries for help. We located a goat and her baby believed responsible for the calling. We're not kidding!" Avon and Somerset police said: "A member of the public called to say they were concerned that someone was asking for help.
"The police helicopter used video imaging from the helicopter and decided it was just goats. They informed the caller it appeared to be a false alarm." It is estimated the police helicopter, which has two crew, a pilot and a spotter, costs around £800 an hour to operate. The aircraft is thought to have been in the air for around an hour, including hovering over the gorge in an attempt to locate the source of the cries.

'Extinct' Bird Suddenly Reappears

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