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At a petting zoo in Israel, a baboon has adopted a tiny kitten who recently strayed into its cage and then refused to leave.
The baboon now cares for the kitten, rarely letting the feline out of her sight. Footage shot at the zoo shows that the baboon even checks the kitty for fleas, according to The Associated Press.
Zoo officials told local news website Walla that although the baboon is caring for the cat as it would its own infant, the two are a complex pair that do not always get along. Often the baboon can be seen stealing the kitten's food, officials said. If that thievery continues, the pals will have to be separated, the zoo's manager told Walla News.
Until then, the unlikely pair will continue to enjoy each other's company.
In a procedure that the massage parlor touts as "one million percent safe," a woman named Rassameesaitarn Wongsirodkul (New Series World), aka Tata, will deliver precision blows "using Thai wisdom to bring out your own beauty," according to her company's website.
"Face slapping brings out your hidden beauty potential, without invasive procedures. And it's 100 percent chemical free. I am proud to be the only one to bring the face slapping knowledge … to the western hemisphere," Tata says in an online video.
Tata is the co-owner of Tata Massage in San Francisco's Richmond District with her husband, Mawin Sombuntham. The parlor is set to open and begin firming faces across the Bay Area today.
The procedure involves Tata, donning a hat adorned with plastic flowers, slinking around to Thai pop music and delivering a few quick blows. She then firmly pinches her client's cheeks, and gives the client a few more hard slaps.
Sombuntham told ABC News that Tata went through a month of training with professional face slapper Kung Khemika, who runs her own parlor in Bangkok and has dozens of customers per day.
Andy N. Ashkar, 34, and his brother, Nayel N. Ashkar, 36, came forward as winners of $5 million top prize in the "$500 million Extravaganza" scratch-off game seven months ago. Andy had purchased the ticket from the Green Ale Market, a convenience store in a rough section of Syracuse that his parents have owned for over a decade.
The brothers claimed the prize on March 1 at the Lottery's Customer Service Center in Schenectady, N.Y.
"It's unusual, highly unusual," lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said Tuesday.
Andy Ashkar said that the reason for the extended delay in coming forward was because that he worried reveling himself would negatively influence his life if he did not plan properly before being publicly introduced, according to a release from the New York Lottery.
In New York State, winners of $1 million or more are required to attend a news conference and check presenting. The date the Ashkar brothers will attend their news conference has yet to be determined, according to the New York Lottery.
A newborn baby girl left abandoned on the side of the road in southern Afghanistan has been discovered by a group of Polish soldiers. The soldiers came upon the baby, who they have named Pola, after Poland, wrapped in a towel on Wednesday while they were checking a route near their Waghez military base for safety, Defense Ministry spokesman Janusz Walczak told The Associated Press.
The group of soldiers was first suspicious when they discovered the baby, as there is a risk of hidden roadside bombs across Afghanistan.
It is still unclear who left baby Pola on the side of the road. The AP reported that there was no one found in a mile radius of where the baby was discovered.
After the troops found her, she was brought to a medical center at their base. The soldiers then bought the girl baby formula, a bottle and a bib.
Edward Duke Rancic, who weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, was born in Denver Wednesday via a gestational surrogate.
"The 'Duke' has landed! Edward Duke Rancic was welcomed into the world last night at 7lbs 4oz. G & I feel blessed beyond words … We did it!" he posted to his Twitter early Thursday.
Both Giuliana and Bill were in the delivery room for the four-hour labor and birth, The AP reported.
The couple, who wed in Italy in 2007, now stars in the Style Network reality show "Giuliana & Bill." While Giuliana, 37, had been a red carpet fixture for years while at E!, Bill, 41,gained fame as the winner of the first season "The Apprentice" in 2004.
In 2008, the couple launched a television production company called You and I Productions, which produces reality and scripted programming. In 2010 they also wrote a book together entitled "I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple."
The birth of their son was happy news for the couple after she suffered a miscarriage in 2010.
Three day care workers are accused of encouraging a fight between toddlers in their care - and police say a videotape shows the 3-year-olds punching each other, with one boy screaming, crying and trying in vain to escape.
Tiana Harris, 19, Estefania Myers, 21, and Lisa Parker, 47, were released from a Delaware jail Tuesday after posting $10,000 bond each following their arrest Monday on felony assault and conspiracy charges, along with a number of misdemeanor counts relating to child endangerment, according to a police news release.
The three women were employed by Hands of Our Future LLC Day Care, where, authorities said, they organized a fight between two toddlers while a number of other children were present.
Authorities obtained footage of the March 6 incident, which was taken on one of the accused women's cell phones. The footage was discovered during an unrelated investigation, according to ABC News station WPVI.
The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics brought a dash of traditional British pomp and culminated with a number of performances by English pop and rock super stars and a show-stopper by the beloved Spice Girls.
In contrast to director Danny Boyle's divisive opening ceremony, which featured performances from Paul McCartney, rapper Dizzee Rascal and rockers the Arctic Monkeys, the closing event had the vibe of Britain's famed and diverse music festivals, and featured performances by 1980s pop mainstays Madness and the Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, modern rockers The Kaiser Chiefs, singer Annie Lennox and many more.
It was the reunited Spice Girls that made the biggest splash at Sunday night's event, which was viewed an estimated 300 million around the world and 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium.
Melanie Chisholm ("Sporty Spice"), Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice"), Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice"), Victoria Beckham ("Posh Spice"), and Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice") arrived via multicolored taxis into the center of the stadium, the floor of which was arranged to resemble the Union Jack.
"Hello. On on the road from 377 to Valley View and I just found a guy laying on the road," the caller says.
"Is he responsive?" the dispatcher asks.
"I haven't gotten out of my vehicle yet, I'm staying in my vehicle just to make sure."
"Are you OK?"
"I'm spooked out," the caller says.
Police say the 53-year-old country superstar was involved in a single car accident, and then took a nap on the side of the road. Authorities said there was a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication."
Justin Bieber is now in stable condition having suffering a concussion after he reportedly ran into a glass wall during a concert in Paris.
Bieber, 18, had been performing in Paris when he walked off stage in between songs and hit the glass, according to TMZ, who spoke with the pop star. Bieber then returned to the stage and finished his set, the site reports.
The "Baby" singer then returned to his dressing room, where he tells TMZ that he passed out for about 15 seconds. Doctors reportedly said that Bieber suffered a concussion, but will be fine.
"It really hurt," Bieber told TMZ. "After that I went off stage and immediately felt really weak … I passed out for like 15 seconds and I was unresponsive."
He later posted on Twitter: "i will see u again Glass. I will have my revenge. BIEBER vs GLASS. MGM LAS VEGAS 2013. lol. #GottaLaughAtYourself," he tweeted.
- Kevin Dolak at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago
Tourists and locals at the half-Dutch/half-French island's Maho Beach, which is famous for its close proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport, regularly seek a cheap thrill by standing as close as possible to the runway as planes fly over the beach, taking off and landing. The beach and the 7,000-foot runway are separated by a thin, two-lane highway.
Tourists with beers and cameras often hold tight to a nearby fence as the jet engines that can easily produce winds of more than 100 mph whiz by. One teenage girl was no match for the roaring engine and went airborne - her head slamming against concrete - as a JetBlue plane took off.
The video shows the teen with her arms flailing and hair going wild in the wind. She quickly goes airborne and crashes, head-first, into a low wall. The girl, whose name and age is unknown, is reportedly OK after the incident, but she has a deep gash in her head. Another teen tourist reportedly broke his leg.
The incident, which was caught on video and posted to YouTube, is just the latest reminder of why signs warning people about the dangers are posted at the end of runway. The signs note that jet blasts can cause injury or death.