Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

  • Japanese parents of daughter, abducted by North Korea, meet legacy left behind

    Couple sees granddaughter and great-granddaughter for first time

    In this July 22, 2010, file photo, Shigeru, left, and Sakie Yokota, parents of Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national who was abducted by North Korea in 1977, speak at a news conference in Karuizawa, central Japan. (Kyodo News/AP)

    Nearly 40 years ago, Megumi Yokota, then 13, was abducted by a North Korean agent. Her parents, Shigeru and Sakie Yokota of Japan, have not seen her since.

    The couple recently met their 26-year-old granddaughter and 10-month-old great-granddaughter for the first time. The meeting was held in Mongolia and arranged by Foreign Ministry officials from Japan and North Korea, CNN reports. Megumi Yokota was not in attendance.

    At a press conference, Shigeru Yokota, Megumi's father, expressed his joy at meeting his granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

    From CNN:

    "Our long-cherished dream had come true," Shigeru Yokota said at a press conference. "It was actually first time to meet her although I've been seeing her on TV (since she was) 14 or 15."

    Megumi was abducted in 1977 while walking home from school. In 2002, North Korea admitted that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese citizens to train them as spies, Reuters reported.

    North Korea claims Megumi died, but Japanese officials say North Korea has

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  • KTLA news anchors dive under desk during earthquake

    'Earthquake! We're having an earthquake!'

    A pair of news anchors at KTLA in Los Angeles did the old "duck and cover" routine when their studio started shaking on the air on Monday morning.

    The earthquake, reportedly a 4.4 and centered six miles north of Beverly Hills, didn't cause any immediate damage or injuries. Still, as the video shows, it was clearly felt in KTLA's Hollywood studios.

    Early morning TV viewers saw anchors Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble sense something is amiss. Schauble interrupts Henderson, points up and says, "Earthquake! We're having an earthquake!"

    They then hide under the news desk like two students during a Cold War nuclear missile drill while the shaky camera focuses on a suddenly abandoned studio.

    The scene was reminiscent of Kent Shocknek's on-air freakout during a 1987 quake in southern California. Then at KNBC in Los Angeles, Shocknek dove under his desk and in doing so earned himself the nickname "Kent Shockwave."

    Looking cool is overrated. Safety first, kids.

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  • High school gymnast shines in competition despite rare neurological disorder

    Brittany Capozzi is a high school gymnast facing an unusual battle. The junior at Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire excels in gymnastics despite having a rare neurological disorder known as Kleine-Levin Syndrome, WMUR reports.

    People with KLS — sometimes known as "Sleeping Beauty Syndrome" — experience waves of excessive sleeping (around 22 hours a day) and an inability to function and comprehend while awake, according to the KLS Foundation. Brittany experiences these symptoms at some incredibly inopportune times.

    Her last episode hit her the day of the state gymnastic competition last month, WMUR reports. Brittany said she doesn't know how she got through the event. "Probably muscle memory," she guessed.

    Some memory — Brittany managed to finish second in the all-around and helped lead her team to an undefeated season.

    Each of Brittany's KLS episodes lasts about a week, she told WMUR. There is no known cure, but some people do eventually outgrow it.

    In the meantime, Brittany hasn't

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  • After a year, retired Air Force sergeant reunited with service dog from Iraq

    Picked up right where they left off

    They were partners while serving in Iraq. Now they'll get to enjoy retirement together.

    Retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Simpson flew to Germany to be reunited with Robbie, his former canine partner from their time in Iraq, reports.

    The two hadn't seen each other since last year, but Robbie ran to Simpson and began playing with him as if the two had never been seperated. Cameras captured their reunion, and though the footage is only 18 seconds, it still packs an emotional wallop.

    Simpson retired from the Air Force last year. Robbie continued on until recently, when it was finally time for him to hang up his collar. 

    The two will reportedly enjoy their time together in Simpson's hometown of Mulberry, Fla., along with Simpson's three children, according to

    Simpson told that his goal is to let Robbie "have as much fun and relaxation for the rest of his life. I just want him to enjoy his retirement."

    Cats, beware.

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  • Man turns lost hoops bet into big win

    Has to dance on street corner, but ends up with a date and plenty of partners

    Andrew Wilcox had never lost a one-on-one basketball game to his little brother. So he felt pretty confident making a bet that would result in the loser having to dance for 30 minutes on a busy street corner in Provo, Utah.

    The bad news: Andrew lost three games in a row. Actually, maybe that's the good news. The young man ended up landing a date and making plenty of friends while rocking out to the good-time vibes of Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy.

    Lemons, meet lemonade.

    A report from Buzz60 notes that after Andrew began to dance, he was quickly joined by a woman who worked at a nearby auto repair shop. She gave him her number, and they're going to dinner this week.

    But the video is about more than just scoring digits. It's almost a celebration. Strangers dance for no good reason. A dog is excited to be part of the action. And, it must be said — Andrew knows how to move. Dude does a back flip like it's no big whoop.

    All lost bets should end this well.

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  • Man survives New York blast thanks to 'cocoon' of pianos

    5 stories of debris fell on Colin Patterson's ground-floor apartment

    Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (Jeremy Sailing/AP)

    As horrific as Wednesday's gas explosion in East Harlem, N.Y., was, it could have been even worse were it not for a "cocoon" of pianos that kept one man safe from the debris, the New York Post reports.

    The suspected gas explosion left at least seven dead and two buildings as a pile of rubble. Colin Patterson was lucky enough to survive the catastrophe. The piano technician told the New York Post he was watching television when the 1646 Park Avenue building came crashing down on him.

    An explosion that felt "like a sonic boom from a jet" hit, and "the whole building was on me," said Patterson, who lived on the building's ground floor.

    Via the New York Post:

    “The pianos flew in the air — pianos were all around me,” he said.

    “They were literally on their side. I was stuck in some miraculous cocoon” of pianos, he said of the massive wood and steel instruments that fell benignly around his body — shielding him from the weight of five stories worth of debris.

    Incredibly, Patterson escaped

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  • Ping-pong-pow! Over-the-top ad shows robot playing table tennis at human level

    Hollywood has taught us that robots are better than humans at a lot of things, including war ("Terminator"), love ("A.I."), policing post-apocalyptic Detroit ("RoboCop"), and cracking wise with Steve Guttenberg ("Short Circuit").

    But, according to this over-the-top advertisement from Kuka Robotics, the human race still has the upper hand when it comes to table tennis. It ain't much, but we'll take it.

    Full ad below:

    In the ad, professional table tennis player Timo Boll does battle with a long-limbed robot from Kuka. At first, the robot appears to have Boll's number, blasting shots past the apparently overwhelmed Boll (remember this is an ad, so take everything with two barrels of salt).

    But then, like Rocky fighting off a relentless Ivan Drago, Boll mounts a comeback for the ages, eventually besting the robotic limb. At the end of the spot, the screen reads, "Not the best in table tennis. But probably the best in robotics.”

    Also, not the best when it comes to sportsmanship. Notice

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  • Amazing video captures hippo saving a gnu from a crocodile

    Score one for Team Mammal.

    In addition to their reputation for being hungry (HUNGRY!), hippos are also known for being rather ruthless, and one of Africa's most dangerous animals. But let it never be said that the hippopotamus doesn't have a heart. 

    Case in point: This video captures the moment when a hippo came to the rescue of a gnu that had been attacked by a crocodile.

    The heroic hippo chases off the crocodile, then does what it can to help the injured gnu get to shore, pushing it along with its snout.

    The photographs in the slideshow below were taken by Vadim Onishchenko, 34, who was visiting the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.

    He told MailOnline: "I've heard of cases where the animal's instinct is to protect other species, I think the hippo's parental instincts took over."

    The footage appears to have been taken in 2012. It only recently went viral.

    Click image to see more photos. (Vadim Onishchenko/Caters News)

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  • Video of store clerk refusing 'armed' robber is mesmerizing

    He recognized the gun as a replica. The crook turned and left

    Crime doesn't pay, especially for the man who tried and failed to rob a convenience store in Victoria, Australia.

    The masked man was thwarted by employee Steve Ewart, who wasn't intimidated by the would-be robber's replica gun (despite the robber holding the gun in an I-mean-business sideways manner).

    The robber, yet to be identified, had little choice but to turn around and exit. He didn't even grab a loaf of bread on his way out.

    The security footage doesn't have sound, but Ewart, 46, spoke to about the experience. The conversation was part "Dirty Harry," part "Dumb and Dumber."


    "He told me 'give me all your money.' And I said: 'It's not going to happen.' Then he pulled the gun out. Now, I've been around guns all my life and I knew he had a replica gun. So I said to him again: 'It's not going to happen.'"

    "Then he had another go and said: 'Do you want to test me, mate?'"

    "And I said, 'It's still only a cap gun, I'll test you all day." Then he gave

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  • 20 years after being told he had just two weeks to live, a Nebraska man looks back

    Don Brouillette celebrates life as heart transplanted in 1994 still beats strong

    Twenty years ago, doctors told Don Brouillette he had about two weeks to live. But decades later the Omaha resident is still going strong, thanks to a heart transplant that gave him another chance, KETV reports.

    In 1994, when Brouillette first got the news that he needed a new heart, the procedure was considered risky. Bypass surgery failed the previous year, according to a blog from the Nebraska Medical Center.

    Brouillette told KETV that when he was going down to the operating room, he had a 50-50 chance he'd be coming back.

    "We were treading in waters that we hadn't put our feet in yet," Dr. Thomas Sears, a cardiologist at the Nebraska Medical Center where Brouillette received the transplant, told KETV. “He turned out to be our first cardiac transplantation that we actually had that was done at our institution."

    Brouillette and his wife Maria have made the most of the past 20 years. He told KETV, "It feels wonderful. I've got to see two grandkids grow up. I've just enjoyed life and

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