International Mexican Fisherman Rescued After a Week at Sea

People aboard a Mexican pleasure boat have rescued a fisherman who had been adrift at sea for about a week.

Crew members of the 42-foot (12.8-meter) sailboat U-Fin videoed the thin, exhausted man as he floated in a giant foam cooler about 6 miles (10 kilometers) off Acapulco on Monday and then brought him aboard.

The U-Fin’s captain, Roberto Odis Vazquez, said Wednesday that the rescued man had caught a seagull for food and didn’t want to let the carcass go when he was rescued.

“The poor man, he didn’t want to let go of that seagull. He wanted to bring it with him to eat,” Odis Vazquez said.

Odis Vazquez said the man gave his name as Raymundo and said he and a colleague had set out to fish about five or six days ago, when Tropical Storm Polo caused rough weather in the area.

The man said that their fishing boat swamped in high waves and that they threw out their catch and took refuge in the huge ice chest they used to store the sharks they caught.

The man said his companion on the fishing trip had died farther out to sea, Odis Vazquez said.

Odis Vazquez said that the fisherman appeared to be suffering from hypothermia and that he had turned the man over to local authorities for medical care.

The port captain was not available to comment, but local media reported that the second fisherman’s body had been found.

Why the State Department Tweeted ‘Photos’ of Dead ISIS Fighters

Think Again Turn Away — the U.S. State Department’s anti-jihad Twitter messaging arm — tweeted warnings and images today meant to dissuade anyone from being radicalized and becoming a terrorist.

The account, @ThinkAgain_DOS, tweeted photos that appear to show U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and dead bodies being zipped into body bags, apparently ISIS fighters killed in the bombing campaign.

The U.S., along with several Arab nations, began a bombing campaign on Monday to eliminate ISIS targets in Syria. The bombs began falling late at night on Sept. 22, in Eastern time, which would be Sept. 23 in Syria–the date referenced on the photos.

Airstrikes ‘Successful’ Against ISIS Targets in Syria, US Military Says

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The images lack context, so it’s not certain that the corpses belong to ISIS fighters, who took the photos, or where they were taken.

The State Dept. and the @ThinkAgain_DOS account have not yet returned ABC News requests for comment.

The account highlights messages from the State Dept., ISIS atrocities, jihadists wanted or arrested by law-enforcement authorities and favorable tidbits about the Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting ISIS. All are part of an anti-jihad PR campaign aimed at countering the spread of Islamic extremism online.

Another tweet, from Tuesday, showed Pentagon video of U.S. strikes against ISIS:

ISIS has gained infamy for using social media to communicate propaganda, spread its ideology, and recruit fighters from around the world.

@ThinkAgain_DOS has served as the State Dept.’s antidote to that trend.

International ISIS Supporters Appear to Behead French Captive

The French President today condemned the apparent beheading of a French mountain climber at the hands of Algerian militants, who pledge their allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in a new video.

PHOTO: French national Herve Gourdel, shown in this Facebook profile picture, is seen in a new video in which masked men who claim to be acting on behalf of ISIS threaten to kill him over French actions in Iraq.

The video, which appeared online today, shows a man who appears to be 55-year-old Nice native Herve Gourdel kneeling in front of several armed militants as a statement is made by one of them in Arabic. Near the end of the nearly 5-minute video, Gourdel is pushed over and held down, at which point the video cuts out. When it returns, he appears to have been killed.

Before Gourdel’s death, the militant says he and his comrades will be “closer to Allah by killing this filthy Frenchman in defense of Allah’s religion,” and then addresses ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying, “we are with you… here are your soldiers fighting those you fight and making peace with those you make peace with.”

Hours after the video’s release, French President Francois Hollande spoke at the United Nations General Assembly and said France is “going through a tragedy following an assassination of one of our compatriots.”

“But France will never give in to blackmail, to pressure, to barbaric acts,” he said. “Quite to the contrary, France knows what is expected… The fight against terrorism will be pursued and accelerated as much as necessary with the respect for law.”

The video appears to be a dark copycat of several beheading videos released by ISIS showing the deaths of American and British captives in Syria.

Police: Man Uses Banana to Rob Store (Video Inc)

Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

Police on Wednesday posted surveillance video ( ) of the holdup reported in the East Parkside neighborhood.

The footage shows a man entering the corner grocery store on Tuesday. He waits in line and then takes a banana from the counter by the cash register.

The suspect then sticks the banana in a front pocket of his sweatshirt and points it toward the cashier.

Police say the man demanded money and cigarettes, and made off with an undetermined amount of cash. The video shows him riding off on a bicycle.

7 Crucial Rules for Dating Your Friend’s Ex

Lots of people have told me unequivocally that they would never date a friend’s ex. They wholeheartedly believe that it’s wrong, disrespectful, and if a friend did that to them, they’d never talk to that person again. They believe this is something everybody knows, that they’re just following the rules.

What I’ve noticed, though, is that every person I’ve heard espouse this worldview was straight. This rule is almost never stated or enforced among queer communities. If you’re gay, you will almost inevitably date a friend’s ex at some point. Queer communities are often small and insular, and once you’ve found one, you tend to hold on to it for dear life. It’s difficult to meet people you’re romantically interested in beyond an already-defined circle, and outside of your city’s queer scene, most people you run into are likely to be straight. Even if you meet someone to whom you think you have no previous connection, a 10-minute conversation almost always reveals that she went to high school with your college roommate, used to be on a volleyball team with that girl from your book club, and had a six-month stand with your favorite barista.

Queers don’t tend to expect our dates to come into our lives completely free of prior complication. We know our backstories will be tangled and intertwined. I can count the degrees of hookup separation between my closest friends and myself, and usually come up with no more than two or three. In fact, when we met, my now-partner was on a date with my best friend. They dated casually for a few weeks before they split up and we got together, and three years later the same friend gave one of the readings at our wedding.

Whether you’re gay, straight, bi, or not into labels, dating a friend’s ex can absolutely be done without sacrificing your friendship — you just have to follow a few simple guidelines.

1. Don’t gossip. It’s common to assume that anything shared with you is by default shared with your partner as well; however, your friend might be much less comfortable speaking to you in confidence if she thought the details of her personal life were going to be relayed to someone who used to share her toothbrush. (I’m going to use female pronouns for your friend, and male pronouns for your sweetie, for the sake of simplicity; however, every rule here applies no matter the genders of the participants.) Keep your friend’s secrets. The reverse is also true; no matter how much you love discussing your dude with your besties, his ex can probably live without hearing the details of his current sex life. Save it for your diary or for anyone who didn’t date him.

2. Don’t trash talk. It’s OK to come to your partner for advice if you’re arguing with your friend, or vice versa, but absolutely resist the urge to belittle or insult one of them to the other. This can be extremely tempting if they ended on bad terms and you know you’ll find a sympathetic ear. However, in order to maintain a healthy relationship with both of them, it’s crucial that you never seem even a little like you’re taking sides in their breakup or casting either one as the bad guy, even months or years after the fact. If you need to vent about one of them, find a neutral party.

3. Respect boundaries without making assumptions. For instance, if your friend doesn’t want to go to parties where her ex will be in attendance, don’t pressure her. But don’t assume she doesn’t want an invite if you haven’t asked! In general, allow your friend and your sweetheart to decide how much contact they want with each other, and don’t push them to associate if they’re not into it. Remember that you can love them both without them necessarily having to enjoy each other. This goes for friends and partners who haven’t dated, too, now that I think of it. Set aside time for each of them and honor it — don’t drag your lover along on girls’ night out (not even if your lover is a lady; queer chicks are so bad about this), and don’t invite your friend to what was supposed to be a romantic dinner at home.

4. No comparisons. Don’t ask your man if you’re prettier/smarter/better at Scrabble than his last girlfriend. Don’t do this ever, but especially not if his last girlfriend is the person you’re going rock climbing with Sunday. No matter what his answer is, it’s going to make things weird. Besides, comparing yourself to anybody — even if you come out ahead — is always going to lead to feeling crappy, because basing your self-esteem on where you stand relative to someone else is Not Healthy. So don’t seek out comparisons, and if your dude brings up the topic, tell him you’re not interested in hearing it. You and your friend are not in competition, except when you’re actually playing Scrabble.

5. Don’t be paranoid. Don’t try to keep your boyfriend and your bud from associating because you’re afraid they still have feelings for each other, and don’t constantly seek reassurance that that’s not the case. Trust that your dude is with you because he likes you and you’re awesome, not because he’s biding his time until your friend takes him back. Trust that your friend is happy you’ve found someone you dig, not plotting to sabotage your love. And don’t ever use jealousy or insecurity over their past relationship to excuse irrational or controlling behavior on your part. Of course, if your sweetie gives you a legitimate reason to believe he’s untrustworthy, get out of there stat, but if there’s really nothing wrong, don’t create problems where none exist.

6. Don’t pry into their relationship. It may be tempting ask your friend to analyze what happened between the two of them so that you can avoid making the same mistakes, but resist that urge. Likewise, don’t grill your boyfriend on what went wrong or insist that he account for his behavior throughout the entire time they dated. Their relationship is between them; it’s not your cautionary tale or your soap opera. If they choose to share details with you, that’s fine — you don’t need to stick your fingers in your ears, unless an overt comparison is being made (see No. 4) — but don’t push. Your relationship and theirs are separate things, and you don’t need to know anything they don’t care to tell you.

7. Recognize that some exes really are off-limits. It’s easier, of course, to have hard-line rules — “exes are never OK” versus “exes are totally fine” — but that’s not the world we live in. If someone seriously mistreated your friend (we’re talking emotional or physical abuse, infidelity, lying, stealing, etc.), don’t date him, no matter how awesome his butt looks in jeans. This has nothing to do with some kind of Eternal Dibs situation, and everything to do with the fact that, by choosing to build a relationship with someone who treated her horribly, you’re telling your friend you don’t think what he did to her was all that bad. Just walk away. There are lots of people out there who are just as good in bed and haven’t traumatized anyone you care about. Set the precedent that people who are awful to your friends are people who don’t get to see you naked, and your life will be the better because of it.

Man at Texas Chick-Fil-A Pays $1K to Treat Diners

A generous customer has paid $1,000 to pick up the tab for diners in dozens of vehicles at the drive-thru lanes of a West Texas fast-food restaurant.

KTXS-TV ( ) reports the man was in a white truck at a Chick-fil-A in Abilene on Monday night when he handed over the cash.

The man in the drive-thru lane told employees he wanted to pay for everyone behind him for as long as the cash lasted. He told workers that his name is John, he just wanted to make everyone’s Monday better and he handed over $100 bills — 10 of them.

The franchise owner, Brian LaCroix (luh-KROY’), says the cash was enough to pay for drive-thru food for people in 88 vehicles over about an hour.

The donor’s identity remains unknown.

Police: Man Caused $14K Damage by Doing Doughnuts

Police say a Pennsylvania man caused more than $14,000 damage to several other vehicles when he took a dare to do a “doughnut” with his pickup truck in a bar parking lot. Police say 35-year-old Brett Whitmire’s truck kicked up damaging stones as it spun in a tight circle in the parking lot of the Beer Garden in Washington Township on Aug. 18. Butler County prosecutors tell the Butler Eagle ( ) they’re willing to drop a felony criminal mischief charge if Whitmire, of Butler, pays for the damage. Whitmire was arraigned by video Tuesday as he’s in a state prison on a parole violation. His attorney called the incident a “mistake.” He says criminal mischief requires prosecutors to prove the damage was intentional, not just an accident.

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Man caught red handed raping a young girl

AN INSUZA orphan was caught red-handed raping a Grade 3 pupil after she had visited his homestead to collect a needle.

The orphan, who claimed that he was 16 years old, appeared before regional magistrate Chrispen Mberewere and pleaded guilty to rape. He said he has no birth certificate or a birth record to ascertain or confirm his exact age, but a clinical examination done by a Mpilo Central Hospital dentist estimated that he was between 19 and 20 years old.

Another dentist at the same hospital estimated that the girl, who also does not have a birth certificate or a birth record, was aged between eight and nine.

Magistrate Mberewere convicted and remanded the alleged rapist in custody to Monday and tasked prosecutors to confirm his correct age as it has a huge bearing on his sentence.

“You’ll come back to court on Monday where you’ll hear your sentence after the state has established your age,” the magistrate told the rapist, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

In mitigation, the rapist said he was born on July 23, 1998, and both his parents are dead, which made it difficult for him to get a birth certificate or a birth record number.

Prosecutor Trust Muduma told the court that on September 8 this year, the victim went to his homestead at around 2PM to collect a needle and found him alone.

He dragged the girl to a hut and raped her once, but was caught by the girl’s brother who had followed to check why she was taking long.

TB Joshua Latest..

Investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw has described the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and “Prophet” TB Joshua as one of Africa’s most influential men, who tried to bribe him during an interview.

A guesthouse under construction at the Lagos headquarters of the SCOAN collapsed on Friday.

Three extra storeys were being added to the existing two of a guest house of the church compound, where visitors from abroad flock to stay.

In a shock announcement on Tuesday night, President Jacob Zuma disclosed that 67 South Africans had died in the tragedy.

The National Emergency Management Agency in Nigeria says the death toll stands at 80, while 131 survivors have been pulled from the rubble.

There are mounting calls for someone to be held responsible for the deaths and all eyes are now on Joshua.

But the charismatic preacher insists the collapse was the result of a planned attack on him.

Pauw, author of Profit of Doom, an expose on Joshua’s church, says the preacher once tried to bribe his entire television crew.

He said he accompanied the late Blue Bulls lock Wium Basson to Lagos for healing. Basson died in April 2001 aged 25.

“Basson was dying of liver cancer and while he was there, the prophet refused to pray for him. He obviously realised that it was going to be bad publicity for him and then he handed an envelope full of $100 notes to me and the sound person. We told him we couldn’t accept it and he said it was a gift from God.”

Pauw said this is an indication of how Joshua operates.

He said Joshua wasn’t very forthcoming in the interview.

“It was difficult to find out where he comes from, how much money he has and how much power he wields. The church is also very suspicious because after we broadcast the documentary, there was a campaign against us in Nigeria. On their website, we were described as the disciples of the devil.”

Pauw said he and his crew were incarcerated in his church for almost three weeks and not allowed to leave the compound.

“You aren’t allowed to leave without the group you came with. These groups normally go for a week. You can’t leave to go to a restaurant and the gates are locked.”

Pauw described Joshua as a “soft spoken and very charismatic person”.

Joshua founded the church in the late 1980s with only eight members and at the moment he has between 15,000 to 20,000 people who attend his sermons every Sunday in Lagos.

The church also has branches in South Africa, Greece, Ghana and the United Kingdom.

Africa Report magazine recently named Joshua as one of the 50 most influential people in Africa.

“His net worth is estimated at around R170 million. The God business has been very good for him.”

Joshua also owns a TV network, Emmanuel TV, through which his Sunday sermons are broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world.
Several African leaders have traveled to Nigeria to meet with spiritual “healer” Joshua, including former Malawian President Joyce Banda and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.

20 days in prison for saying to his wife: ‘Uri hure remukadzi’

A polygamous man, who could not stomach the rumour that one of his wives was having an adulterous affair with another man, got himself into trouble after saying he had married a ‘prostitute’.

Langton Madamombe (45) of Brompton Mine, Kadoma, on Wednesday appeared before magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba for contravening Section 182 of the Criminal Code Chapter 9: 23, “contempt of court” for breaching a protection order issued against him in February this year.

Accused was convicted on his own plea of guilt and fined $80 or alternatively spend 20 days in jail.

Allegations against Madamombe were that on September 14 this year and at Brompton Mine, the accused unlawfully and intentionally failed to comply with a provision of a protection order granted against him in favour of his second wife Grace Ndhlovu (35) by insulting her knowing or realising that he was in breach of the court order granted at Kadoma Civil Court sometime in February 2014.

In mitigation, the accused told the court that he dearly loved his second wife with whom he has one child. Madamombe said he vented his anger in public by calling her a “prostitute” after he got wind that she had been spotted by a fellow compound dweller coming out of another man’s house.

Accused said he was suspicious Ndhlovu was having a sexual relationship with the unidentified man, hence the furore between the couple. Ndhlovu denied she was having an affair, but alleged her hubby was “over-protective and abusive”.

The presiding magistrate chastised the accused advising him to employ dignified means to resolve disputes with his wife rather than to impair her reputation by name-calling her in public.
Wayne Togara prosecuted.