Posts by Dylan Stableford
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News9 hrs ago
A Florida man who has collected more than $21,000 in loose change over the past 10 years has donated it to charity.
Rick Snyder, of Bradenton, Fla., says he found the bulk of the coins (and bills) during his daily four-hour walks, digging them out of vending machines and car wash vacuums.
"It astounds me how wasteful people are," Snyder, who owns a 48-unit condominium complex, told the Bradenton Herald. (He also collects discarded towels — washing and donating them to shelters — and plastic bottles for recycling.)
Snyder estimates he walks between 45 and 48 miles per week, finding, on average, $5.60 a day. The change — all 2,500 pounds of it — went to the Gulf Shore Animal League, which takes care of feral cats — something else Snyder sees on his walks.
"I've been taking care of feral cats for years and I started noticing a lot of change laying around," he said. "So I started picking it up and keeping track of it."
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News10 hrs ago
An Austin, Texas, girl abducted 12 years ago has been found in Mexico, law enforcement officials say.
The girl, Sabrina Allen, was located with her mother in a town south of Mexico City by a Texas-based rescue team that included state and federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals office and Mexican police.
Officials arrested the girl's 44-year-old mother, Dara Llorens, and charged her with aggravated kidnapping. Both Llorens and her daughter were transported back to the United States. A press conference on the case is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Austin, the FBI said. One agent was injured during the rescue mission but is expected to make a full recovery.
KTBC-TV reports that Sabrina is "currently being kept in an undisclosed location and is undergoing medical and emotional care."
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News11 hrs ago
Bill O'Reilly's plan to defeat the Islamic State militants with a 25,000-person mercenary army has been widely mocked since he introduced it last week. But the Fox News host is not backing down.
“Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad,” O’Reilly said. “They don’t know anything. And when somebody gets beheaded, their reaction is, ‘Oh, that’s bad!’ But by being completely vacant, it doesn’t stop these people from mocking ideas that might have some value, might solve some complex problems.”
The Fox News star pointed to an unscientific poll showing 70 percent of his viewers supported his mercenary army idea.
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News13 hrs ago
What do women want?
A category on long-running TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" called "What Women Want" that appeared on Monday's show sparked a backlash among viewers who took issue with what they contend were sexist clues.
Maybe that's not surprising. Among them:
• “Some help around the house; Would it kill you to get out the Bissell bagless canister one of these every once in a while?” (Answer: A vacuum cleaner.)
• “A few moments of quiet to do this, especially the one edited by Will Shortz in The New York Times.” (Answer: The crossword puzzle.)
• "Time to exercise; perhaps a class in this discipline named for founder Joseph, who initially called it Contrology." (Answer: Pilates.) • And: "A pair of jeans that fit well, like the 525s from this brand." (Answer: Levi's.) Those clues didn't sit well with many women, who took to Twitter to express their outrage. Actress Sophia Bush was among them.
The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest lake in the world, is nearly gone.
Satellite images released by NASA this week show half of the inland lake that spans the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border in Central Asia are almost totally dry.
"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA said in a release.
The shrinking began in the 1960s, NASA reported, when the former Soviet Union started diverting the Aral Sea's snowmelt-fed water from the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers to irrigate the desert farms of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
The first satellite image, taken in 2000, shows the lake split in two, creating the Northern and Southern Aral seas. A 2005 emergency dam project by Kazakhstan's government to save the northern part, followed by a four-year drought, expedited the southern sea's disappearance. The most recent image, taken in August, shows a dry lakebed where the Southern Aral Sea used to be.
A shooting at a North Carolina high school early Tuesday left one male student wounded and another in custody, officials say.
Local police took a call reporting that shots had been fired in a courtyard outside Albemarle High School at 7:40 a.m., just before classes began. When officers arrived, they found one student, later identified as Bernard Miller, with a gunshot wound to the leg, Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said at a news conference. The suspected shooter, Jalen Russell, placed the gun on the ground and surrendered to school's resource officer, an Albemarle police officer.
"In this case we had the suspect immediately in custody," Halliburton said. "We had 20 officers there within minutes."
Miller was taken to Stanly Regional Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known.
The school, located about 35 miles northeast of Charlotte, was put on lockdown and later evacuated. Parents of the 466 students enrolled at Albemarle were asked to reunite with their children at North Albemarle Baptist Church, about a block from the school.
After months of insisting he was not interested in running for president again, Mitt Romney now says he's keeping the door open.
“We’ve got a lot of people looking at the race,” the 2012 Republican nominee told the New York Times Magazine when he was asked about the possibility of seeking the nomination in 2016. “We’ll see what happens.”
Romney, who was soundly defeated by President Barack Obama in 2012, has been watching the crop of possible 2016 GOP candidates — including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, his former running mate — and what the Times calls the "lack of a clear Republican heir apparent."
But in June, Romney dismissed talk that a GOP fundraising event he hosted in Park City, Utah — attended by many of those same potential nominees — was a precursor to another presidential run for him.
George Zimmerman's brother wanted to turn him into a reality television star.
In a 5,000-word GQ profile of the Zimmerman family, Robert Zimmerman describes his attempts to rebrand the 30-year-old former Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watchman after he was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case sparked an international debate about race. Martin was black and unarmed. Zimmerman is described as mixed-race Hispanic.
"I learn a lot from watching 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,'" Robert Zimmerman told the magazine. "Like, use the s--- you've got."
The show, a mix between the "Kardashians," "America's Most Wanted" and "Candid Camera," would have featured George punking, say, unsuspecting self-defense instructors.
Another idea Robert had for rebranding the family: launching a signature line of home-security company products aimed at women.
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News2 days ago
A 5-year-old girl who is being treated for cancer has created an amazing "commercial" to help inspire other kids with cancer to be brave.
"If you have cancer, don't worry," Hannah Higgins says in the two-minute video recently posted to YouTube. "'Cause I am brave, and you can be brave also."
Hannah, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February, underwent six months of chemotherapy and radiation at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. She also had surgery to remove her left kidney and part of her right kidney, according to her father, Joshua Higgins.
"Throughout her ordeal, she has always been very matter-of-fact about the entire situation," her father explained a post accompanying the video. "She understands what's going on and knows what's needed to fix it."
The commercial was Hannah's idea.
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News2 days ago
A drone operator captured footage of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong's central business district on Monday, the fourth consecutive day of pro-democracy demonstrations.
The Associated Press reports that Hong Kong's embattled police force appeared to soften their tactics, a day after they used tear gas against what they said were "violent protesters," injuring dozens of people.
The use of force backfired, with older protesters joining students and other activists in a show of solidarity.
"We are not scared, we are not frightened, we just fight for it," Carol Chan, a 55-year-old civil service worker, told the AP.
Occupy Central, which is helping organize the protests, urged Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign after the Chinese government announced candidates for the city's first-ever election for a leader must be screened by Beijing business owners.
Leung called Occupy Central's occupation “unlawful."