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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Today in History

375 Enraged by the insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West, dies of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.
1558 Queen Elizabeth ascends to the throne of England.
1558 The Cult of England is re-established.
1636 Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil.
1796 Napoleon Bonaparte defeats an Italian army near the Alpone River, Italy.
1800 The Sixth Congress (2nd session) convenes for the first time in Washington, D.C.
1842 A grim abolitionist meeting is held in Marlboro Chapel, Boston, after the imprisonment of a mulatto named George Latimer, one of the first fugitive slaves to be apprehended in Massachusetts.
1862 Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign.
1869 The Suez Canal is formally opened.
1877 Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia.
1885 The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria.
1903 Vladimir Lenin’s efforts to impose his own radical views on the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits the party into two factions, the Bolsheviks, who support Lenin, and the Mensheviks.
1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
1918 Influenza deaths reported in the United States have far exceeded World War I casualties.
1918 German troops evacuate Brussels.
1931 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.
1941 German Luftwaffe general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet commits suicide. The Nazi government tells the public that he died in a flying accident.
1951 Britain reports development of the world’s first nuclear-powered heating system.
1965 The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the Ia Drang Valley, almost wiping them out.
1967 The American Surveyor 6 makes a six-second flight on the moon, the first liftoff on the lunar surface.
1970 Soviet unmanned Luna 17 touches down on the moon.
1980 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station.
1986 Renault President Georges Besse is shot to death by leftists of the Direct Action Group in Paris.
1989 Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29.
1993 US House of Representatives passes resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1993 Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan.
2000 Controversial President of Peru Alberto Fujimori removed from office.

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Scientists Just Confirmed the Single Best Way to Prevent Colds

by Melaina Juntti
Sleep and Sickness
Sleep and SicknessA new study proves that the number on defense against colds is getting enough sleep. Although doctors have long known that lack of sleep can make you more prone to illness, a pivotal new study proves just how crucial sufficient shuteye really is. After being exposed to the common cold virus, healthy adults who regularly got less than six hours per night were four times more likely to actually get sick than those who slept seven hours.
While most sleep studies have participants self-report their sleep patterns, which is notoriously inaccurate, this trial was far more advanced. For one week, 164 otherwise healthy men and women, average age 30, wore a FitBit-like wrist sensor at home while they snoozed. This measured their sleep quality and duration and provided the researchers with a picture of what a normal week of sleep looked like for these folks. Next, they were quarantined in a hotel and given nasal drops laced with rhinovirus. Then every day for the following week, the researchers collected mucus samples to determine, via the number of antibodies present, whether the infection had taken hold. To gauge cold symptoms, they also measured the volunteers' levels of congestion and collected and evaluated every tissue they blew their noses on throughout the week.
Of the participants who'd slept at least six hours per night the week prior to being exposed to the virus, only 18 percent actually got sick. By contrast, 39 percent of those who logged less than six hours wound up with a cold. Looking at the data another way, the researchers determined that if you sleep seven or more hours per night and you become exposed to the virus, your odds of catching the cold are only 17 percent. The risk jumps up to 23 percent if you get six to seven hours of sleep, 30 percent if you log five to six hours, and a whopping 45 percent if you sleep for less than five.
"What can I say? Sleep is a hugely important health behavior and one that's oftentimes neglected," says study author Aric Prather, a psychiatry professor at the University of California, San Francisco. "Sleep bolsters the immune system in several ways. When you're deprived, T cells — the body's army against viruses — don't proliferate. Inflammation also increases throughout the body." Prather says these results also prove that insufficient sleep influences cold susceptibility more so than body weight, age, smoking, and even excess stress.
Lack of sleep is a chronic problem for too many of us. According to a recent National Sleep Foundation survey, American adults average just 6 hours and 31 minutes of shuteye on workdays, while the amount needed to function optimally is 7 hours, 13 minutes. Sixty-nine percent of us get less sleep than we need during the workweek; 42 percent don't even sleep enough on the weekends.
"Sleep too often takes back seat to nutrition, exercise, and other healthy behaviors we spend time investing in," Prather says. "After we fill up our whole day, we allocate whatever time is left over for sleep — and studies like this show that's a big detriment to our health."

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World's first fully-automated coin-operated car vending machine has opened

Used–car business Carvana have opened what it describes as the world's first, fully-automated, coin-operated car vending machine in Nashville, Tennessee. “We are delighted to launch the world’s first robotic Vending Machine for cars,” Ernie Garcia, founder and CEO of Carvana, a Phoenix-based company, said.
“Our new Vending Machine is a state-of-the-art, multi-story structure that delivers our customers’ cars by merely inserting a custom coin," he added. The vending machine, which is a five-story glass tower, can store up to 20 cars at a time. Inside the glass structure there’s a "welcome center," an automated delivery system and three delivery bays.

This new way of buying a car is supposed to save you money. "By virtue of cutting out all the middle men and getting rid of all the costs we save customers about $1,500 to $2,000 for every car they purchase," said Garcia. Carvana also sends buyers home with a personalized video of their vending machine experience which can shared with friends. Carvana customers who live in Tennessee are able to pick up their vehicles at the Nashville location for free.

But for those who do not live in the area, Carvana has agreed to “subsidize $200 in airfare and arrange white glove transportation from the Nashville airport.” “Carvana’s mission is to create a better way to buy a car, and this new Vending Machine will be a one-of-a-kind experience that mirrors just how simple and easy we’ve made it to buy a car online," Garcia said. While this is currently one of a kind, Carvana said it plans to build more car vending machines.

Impersonator caused motel management to break windows

Boone County fire crews and deputies responded to a call for a gas leak on Friday night.
When they arrived at the Budget Inn at Midway, Missouri, it was apparent that there was no gas leak after talking to motel staff.
Battalion Chief Chuck Leake said someone dressed as an official told motel management there was a gas leak and they needed to evacuate the place.
Management broke a few windows of rooms, per that person's orders. The sheriff's department is now investigating the incident, although they currently have no suspects.

'Gooseman' arrested for suspected insurance fraud in connection with fire at his home

A man known as “The Gooseman” has been arrested in connection with a July fire at his home in Modale, Iowa. Paul Messerschmidt, 58, has been arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud for allegedly giving a false report about items lost in the fire, according to the Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office. Messerschmidt travels the state and country with a flock of geese dressed in a variety of outfits for parades and county and state fairs. He also takes along his pet skunk.
While he was at a fair in Malvern on July 11, his home burned to the ground in what the fire marshal’s office has called a suspicious fire. No animals were injured in the fire. John Ticer of the Fire Marshal’s office said an investigation revealed items Messerschmidt reported lost in the fire were not destroyed. Ticer said he was unable to say what those items were. In July, Messerschmidt said he lost half of his roughly 20 outfits for his geese and his sewing machine.
Messerschmidt also allegedly “provided false information to the insurance company and criminal investigators in the case,” Ticer said. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office arrested Messerschmidt on Monday. He posted a $1,500 bond. An investigation into what caused the fire continues. Ticer called the circumstances suspicious. “At this time, we don’t have a specific cause or a specific suspect for who set the fire, if it was set,” he said. In August, Ticer noted two reasons why the fire is suspicious.
It was the third fire on the property. In 2013, an outbuilding burned down, and in 2014, a machine shed burned down. Messerschmidt’s home had been foreclosed upon. A day before the fire, on July 10, a bank had closed on a purchase of the house. The house sold at a sheriff’s sale, Ticer said. Messerschmidt was still living at the house at the time despite the sale. In July, Messerschmidt said he bought the house about 10 years ago and spent the first year working with his daughter and son-in-law to renovate it. He said then he was staying with his daughter and her family.

Man arrested for accidentally shooting woman during 'freaky sex'

A Florida man was arrested and charged with manslaughter after he said he accidentally shot a woman in the head during what he described as ‘freaky sex,’ according to Tampa Police. The shooting happened on Nov. 7 at the Regency Inn and Suites in Tampa. TPD officers responded to a call of a woman shot in the head at the hotel room. When they arrived they found the man who called 911. They also saw the victim on the bed with a gunshot wound to the head.
Paramedics took her to a hospital where she died. The man in the room identified himself as Tyrone Fields, 21. He told police he accidentally shot the woman. In several unsolicited statements before the arrest he said it was an accident during ‘freaky sex.’ When officers took him to the police headquarters, he explained what had happened. He said he had only known the victim for a couple of days before their date at the hotel.
He told detectives the woman had asked him to put a gun to her head as a part of what he described as ‘role-play scenario’ during sexual activity. Fields took the magazine out of the 9mm semi-automatic pistol but forgot about one bullet in the chamber, according to the TPD report. Fields said they were not having sex yet, he was just laying on top of the victim, when he put the gun to her head as part of the role-play and pulled the trigger.

First-responding officers found a single fired projectile and a cartridge casing in the hotel room. The gun was also located. According to TPD, Fields leased the room in person on Nov. 6. The hotel surveillance video shows him and the victim walking into the room consensually. The victim was identified as Christina Meagher, 18, of Tampa. According to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Department, she didn’t have any injuries consistent with sexual battery. Tyrone Fields is in the Hillsborough County jail. His bond is set at $30,000.

Jail for man who squirted children with semen-loaded water pistol

A man from Albuquerque, New Mexico, accused of spraying children in the mouth and eyes with semen with a water pistol changed his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘no contest’ in court on Friday afternoon. He was then sentenced to 18 years in prison. According to the victims, then 35-year-old Kevin Jaramillo told them he was making a video for his church in August 2013 and early 2014, trying to raise money to save puppies, when he squirted them with a strange substance.
Samples taken from two of the victims later confirmed that the substance was in fact semen. He was accused of squirting seven children and an 18-year-old woman. On Friday, before Judge Stan Whitaker, Jaramillo plead no contest to six counts of child abuse, one count of battery, two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. This was a plea deal. The fathers of two young female victims spoke before the court after he entered his plea.
“I wanted her to have good memories of her childhood, now she has to remember this,” one man said. “He’s tooken [sic] away her sense of security, she still hasn’t gone outside to play since that day,” the other dad said. Jaramillo then spoke before the court. He apologized for what he did. “I thought about everything, I realized that I needed to take responsibility for certain actions,” he said. “Also, I did, myself, consider these individuals having to go to trial and testify, and I didn’t think that was fair.”

Jaramillo spoke for about 15 minutes. He was eventually stopped during his statement by Judge Whitaker after making comments the judge deemed to be off track. After the statements ended, he was sentenced to 18 years with up to 20 years probation when he gets out. When he is released he will have to register as a sex offender. Jaramillo was arrested on unrelated molestation charges back in 2014. His plea to the two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 stems from this incident.

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Decades After Disappearing From Australia, A CIA-Linked Fugitive Is Found In Idaho

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Ten Unsolved Mysteries with Creepy Surveillance Footage

The public has spent collective millions on surveillance cameras in private homes, public areas, retail establishments and the like. The goal is to have video footage as backup in case of accident, theft or other emergency. Sometimes these videos pay off, perpetrators are apprehended and once unclear circumstances are understood. Yet occasionally the video footage not only doesn't clarify things, it deepens the mystery. Such is the case with the following story.
"In 1987, 50-year-old Dale Kerstetter was employed as a security guard at the Corning Glassworks plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania. On the evening of September 12, Dale arrived at the plant to work the graveyard shift. The following morning when another security guard showed up to relieve Dale, he was inexplicably missing.

Dale’s truck was still in the parking lot, and his keys and other personal items were left behind. It was soon discovered that $250,000 of platinum pipe had been stolen from the plant. The situation became even more perplexing when investigators checked the plant’s security tapes.
Surveillance footage showed that an unidentified masked man had entered the plant sometime during the night. At one point, Dale was seen leading this man through the building and staring directly at the camera. Upon first glance, it seemed like the intruder was forcing Dale to take him to the area where the platinum was stored, but the footage made it impossible to determine whether Dale was under duress or working in conjunction with the thief.
Dale was in debt at the time, so there was speculation that he may have been involved in the heist and skipped town with his share. The plant’s management seemed to think that Dale stared directly at the camera to taunt them. However, Dale’s family never believed that he was involved and suspected that he was an innocent murder victim.
Indeed, the surveillance footage also showed the masked intruder wheeling a large bag out of the plant, which could have contained Dale’s body. Whatever the truth, Dale Kerstetter has not been seen in nearly 30 years."

DNA from centuries-old Incan mummy provides scientists with clues to genetic diversity

Mummified remains of Incan boy -  University of Cuyo, Argentina
Archaeologists and geneticists have sequenced the genome of a boy sacrificed 500 years ago during an Incan ritual in the Andes, finding a previously unidentified lineage that hints at genetic diversity before the Spanish landed in the Americas.

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