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.