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  • 10 Year Old Boy With Down Syndrome Survives Night in the Woods...Thanks to His Puppies

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The puppies that purportedly kept Camp warm. (WAFF-TV)

    Warning: The following story is so damn heartwarming it may melt your computer or mobile device.

    A 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome reported missing in Hackleburg, Ala., on Tuesday was found on Wednesday morning along a creek near his home with a pair of puppies that rescue workers believe kept him warm overnight.

    The boy, Kyle Camp, went missing Tuesday afternoon, his family said. Police, firefighters and as many as 150 volunteers launched an air-and-ground search that lasted well into the night, covering several square miles, Marion County Sheriff's Dept. officials said, and resumed early Wednesday morning.

    Jamie Swinney, one of the volunteers, told WAFF-TV that he followed the Camp family's dog along the creek and discovered the boy in thick with the dog's two puppies at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    "I heard the dogs barking again and followed him down there and started hollering for the puppies and I hollered for him and he hollered back," Swinney said. "He was in the creek about a half a mile over the ridge."

    According to WAFF, the boy was found wet and without shoes, and officials "think the puppies kept him warm overnight."

    The boy was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and was released.

  • Brothers Wait Years to Claim Lottery Prize

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Two brothers from central New York have claimed a $5 million lottery prize for a scratch-off ticket they bought at their parents' Syracuse store six years ago, state officials said.

    Andy Ashkar, 34, of Camillus, and Nayel Ashkar, 36, of Cicero, came forward March 1, just 11 days before the top prize in the "$500,000,000 Extravaganza" scratch-off game would have expired, New York Lottery said.

    Andy Ashkar said he bought the ticket at his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in 2006 and decided to share the winnings with his brother, officials said.

    The agency said the younger brother said he waited so long to claim his prize because he was concerned the windfall could "negatively influence" his life if he didn't plan properly before being publicly introduced as the winner. Andy Ashkar also told lottery officials that he also didn't want the windfall to influence his engagement and subsequent marriage.

    Calls to phone numbers listed for the Ashkar brothers went unanswered Wednesday morning.

    Nayel Ashkar's wife, Sara, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse on Tuesday that news of the winnings was spreading fast, with family and friends calling to express their surprise and excitement.

    "It's crazy," she said. "Hard to believe. It's still sinking in."

    The brothers' mother, Wasa Ashkar, said her husband, Neyef, sold the winning ticket to Andy at the couple's Green Ale Market, but she couldn't remember exactly when. She said she and her husband were Palestinians from Jerusalem who immigrated to the United States nearly 40 years ago and have owned the store for 12 years.

    "I'm happy. Of course I'm happy," she told The Associated Press over the phone before ending the conversation because she was busy with customers Wednesday morning.

    Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said the brothers claimed their prize at the agency's Schenectady headquarters on March 1. Unlike winning tickets for games such as Lotto and Mega Million that expire in a year, tickets for scratch-off games expire a year after a game is retired. The Extravaganza game was retired on March 12, 2011, Hapeman said.

    As is routine whenever a winner is related to the owner of the store that sold the ticket, the agency conducted an investigation. The inquiry determined Ashkar's scratch-off ticket was bought legitimately, Hapeman said.

    The Ashkar brothers, both employed as managers at separate central New York auto dealerships, will be introduced at a news conference at a later date, the lottery spokeswoman said.

  • World's Oldest Dad

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    A 96-year-old farmer in Indiasays that he has set the record for the world's oldest new dad - for the second time.

    Ramjit Raghav and his 52-year-old wife Shakuntala Devi, who live in Haryana, 31 miles northwest of Delhi, welcomed baby Ranjeet earlier this month. The healthy baby boy was born on Oct. 5,         according to The Times of India.

    Raghav has now beaten his own record for being the world's oldest new dad, which he set two years ago when he and Shakuntala welcomed their first son together,  Vikramajeet. Raghav credits his healthy sex drive at his advanced age for the two late-in-life children, and says it was all natural.

    "I didn't take any performance enhancers … I just prayed to go to complete my family, either a boy or a girl," the nonagenarian said in an interview posted online.

    Raghav's age is recorded in the Haryana government's social welfare department as 96 years old, the Times reported. Those records could not be confirmed by ABC News.

    Raghav told The Times of India that he remained a bachelor and was celibate throughout most of his life until he met Shakuntala 10 years ago.

    "After staying together, we decided to extend our family and aspired for two sons. With God's grace, our wish has been fulfilled," Raghav said.

    Raghav told The Times that he credits his vivacity to his diet and lifestyle. He says he has been a teetotaler and strict vegetarian his entire life.

    The world's previous oldest dad was thought to be Indian farmer Nanu Ram Jog, who reportedly had his 21         st child at the age of 90.

  • Dog Saves 9 Week Old Baby

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    A dog that was rescued 6 years ago and given a chance at a wonderful new life has returned the favour in the best way possible. On Sunday night Duke, a normally obedient dog, jumped on the bed of Jenna Brousseau. He was shaking and jumping around, which woke up Brousseau and her husband who
    were at first confused by his strange behaviour.
    But confusion quickly turned to alarm when they realized he was quivering uncontrollably. ”He is insanely obedient, so this is extremely bizarre,” Brousseau said. They immediately went to check on their 9 week old daughter, Harper, and found that she was not breathing. ”My husband called 911 and the ambulance came here and it was because of our Dukey dog, who alerted us,” said Brousseau.
    Harper was taken to hospital after being revived by paramedics and is now doing well back at home. This is every parents worst nightmare, and because of Duke’s incredible instincts and persistence, Harper is alive and well today. It is also a testament to the Brousseau’s for paying attention to Duke’s behaviour, which was extremely out of character for him. Jenna Brousseau believes that Duke understands what they did for him when they rescued him and truly wanted to return the favour. They also want to share their story to encourage others to rescue a dog and give it a second chance at a happy life.

  • NCAA Referee Arrested For Joke

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Late Saturday night, Freisema was returning from a UAA tournament through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage. The gate agent accidentally placed Freisema's luggage sticker on his traveling companion's bag, but he was told it was no big deal since they were both headed to the same destination and because the bags were already on the belt.

    Then Freisema, 44, did what we all want to do at airports, but undoubtedly know what the repercussions are for doing so; i.e., make a witty, wholly inappropriate joke at the expense of an oversensitive atmosphere.

    From the Anchorage Daily News:

    What Friesema said next temporarily shut down the airport, forced hundreds of passengers into the cold night air, caused many to miss connections, and landed him in jail. "But my friend's bag has a bomb in it," the agent remembers him saying, according to a charging document. He recounted it to authorities slightly differently, more to the effect of "what if my friend's bag has a bomb in it?"

    Either way, his comment was "perhaps an effort to be funny or flirtatious," Assistant District Attorney Adam Alexander said Sunday before Friesema made a court appearance.

    ("Flirtatious?" Oh dear … it's the root of all men's ill-timed jokes, isn't it?)

    As a result of his quip, the airport was evacuated (!) until 3 a.m. and Friesema was charged with disorderly conduct. The Daily News reports that the FBI is considering other charges, which could include making terrorist threats; i.e., joking about a bomb and causing the evacuation of a public place.

    Friesema was ordered to remain in Alaska by a judge on Sunday, which probably doesn't bode well for upcoming officiating gigs.

    Goon's World received a "no comment" from the WCHA regarding the situation, but with the story having gone national, one wonders how long the league can go without addressing it.

    Hopefully this all blows over so Friesema can get back to work; and by that we mean making jokes about having viral meningitis in a crowded hospital lobby and/or about carrying a shot gun to a speech by the president.

    As for hockey … how fast does the first player who chirps him with "what are you going to do, put a bomb in my bag?" get a game misconduct?

    UPDATE: The WCHA has released a statement --

    The Western Collegiate Hockey Association today (Oct. 15) announced that men's referee Peter Friesema has been suspended indefinitely from his officiating duties with the league pending a review of an off-ice incident that occurred at the Anchorage International Airport on Sunday, Oct. 14.

    The WCHA will have no comment on this matter until all the facts have been gathered and the investigation completed

  • Today's Country Quickie

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     Josh Turner will make a return performance on tonight's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC.

    Josh is traveling the country in support of his latest album release, "Josh Turner – Live Across America", now available in all Cracker Barrel locations.

    ~~Trace Adkins returns to Donald Trump's boardroom for the first ever "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice".

    Trace will compete on behalf of the American Red Cross. He joins 12 other celebrities who were previously "fired" by The Donald say.

    The other celeb contenders include... actors Stephen Baldwin and Gary Busey; magician and illusionist Penn Jillette; NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman; and Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who won 'Celeb Aprpentice' in 2010.

    The winner, as usual, will collect $250,000 to donate to his or her chosen charity.

    The season starts March 2013 on NBC-TV.

    ~~Dierks Bentley‘s annual Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert — scheduled for Sunday afternoon — was canceled due to severe weather in the Nashville area.

    Bentley says he is “so bummed” that he was forced to make the disappointing decision to pull the plug on the event last minute.

    There is no word yet on a new date for the Nashville Music and Miles for Kids event, or if there will be any changes in the lineup.

    ~~ Taylor Swift and Papa John's have partnered to promote the release of her album "Red", out Oct. 22. Beginning that day, the pizza chain will offer a large one-topping pizza and a copy of the CD for $22. A

    Taylor is featured on a customized large pizza box and in point-of-purchase displays.


    ~~ Tim McGraw teamed up with Ne-Yo for a track on the R&B singer’s upcoming album.

    Tim is returning a favor. You might recall that Ne-Yo made an appearance in ‘Only Human’ on McGraw’s ‘Emotional Traffic’ album, which hit shelves in January of this year. 

    The song called "She Is" on Ne-Yo's "R.E.D. (Realizing Every Dream)" album, out Nov. 6.

    (Tim also teamed up with Nelly on the track "Over and Over" back in 2004.)

  • Man Hits Pay Dirt While Panning For Gold

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    A Wisconsin man sifting through mud from a friend's well stumbled across a find that turned out to be a real gem.

    Dan Fagnan of St. Croix County, Wis., was panning for gold flakes in wet mud from a 120-foot well which his friend had recently drilled.

    "Everyone thinks I'm a fruit loop for panning for gold," he told the New Richmond News of his hobby. The newspaper noted that the local gold Fagnan finds is often small flakes that don't amount to much.

    But something caught his eye while he was sifting through wet sand and stone from his friend's well.

    It was an irregular-shaped, transparent rock that Fagnan initially thought was a piece of glass.

    Was he ever wrong.

    A trip to a local jewelry shop revealed Fagnan had found a rough diamond—1.22 carats of it.

    Still, the owner of the shop, Karen Greaton, wanted to confirm the finding, the New Richmond News noted. Greaton had it checked by a mineralogist, who confirmed it was a diamond.

    "My dad told me it's unlikely to find a diamond here, but diamonds can actually be found anywhere in the world," Greaton told the newspaper.

    One thought about how the diamond reached Wisconsin is that volcanic activity from Canada pushed the stone south and deposited it in the state after the ice age.

    Fagnan told the newspaper he was thrilled about his find and plans to incorporate the stone in a necklace for his  soon-to-be-born child.

    Some things are just too precious.

  • Jason Aldean Says His Marriage is Just Fine. Really? My Wife Would KILL ME!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Jason Aldean's marriage is fine following his affair. He tells CMT,   “I think when it comes to all the things that have been going on lately,   it's just been a tough situation. I know everybody's kinda going to have their   opinion, and for the people that know me...and the people that are standing   by us and supporting us, all I've got to say to them is thanks...It's just been   a really unfortunate thing. Really embarrassing, I think, more than anything.   You can go hide and run form it, or you can get up and face it and deal with   it. The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get   out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. The main thing is that me and   my family are OK, and everything’s good there. So I think it’s been   a tough deal. But I kind of said what I needed to say to them an, hopefully,   they understand that. And the rest of it will be us dealing with it in private   and trying to fix it.”

  • Country Quicky

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    ~~Carrie Underwood will once again pull double duty at this year's CMA Awards.

    In addition to co-hosting the show with Brad Paisley for the fifth time, Carrie will also perform at this year's show, along with newly announced performers Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and The Band Perry.

    Church is this year's top nominee; Chesney could break a CMA record with an entertainer of the year win; and The Band Perry are nominated for vocal group of the year.

    The four new acts join a roster of previously announced performers that includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Paisley and Zac Brown Band.

    The 46th Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. Thu., November 1 on ABC.

    ~~ CMT Artists Of The Year returns for its third installment Dec. 8, but this time the list of honorees will be kept secret until the show premieres.

    Past recipients of the honor include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.


  • How Did Woman Live To Be 132?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Possibly the last person on the planet who knew the taste of the air in 1880 has died.

    Antisa Khvichava, who claimed to be 132 years old, was enjoying her 47th year of retirement in Sachino, a remote village in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, when she passed away, according to a British newspaper, the Independent. If she was as old as she said, Khvichava would've been the oldest person to ever live.

    Though a birth certificate and passport indicate Khvichava was born July 8, 1880, they are replacements of documents she had lost over the years, raising skepticism over her claim.

    But science can't rule out her feat absolutely. If there's a maximum possible human age, it hasn't been found yet.

    In 1798, the then-oldest verified person died at 103, according to the Gerontology Research Group. In 1997, France's Jeanne Calment, the current verified oldest, died at 122. [Infographic: Global Life Expectancy]

    If Kvichava did, indeed, walk the Earth for well over a century, what did she do right?

    Based on current science, the answer might be that, other than avoiding obvious physical threats, she didn't do much to earn her longevity.

    Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University showed last year that, among a studied population of people older than 95, bad health habits such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise were about as common as in the general population, meaning their longevity seemed to be largely based on genes.

    But this does not mean the general population should abandon healthy living and adopt a doctrine of genetic fatalism. Rather, that study and others suggest longevity outliers like Kvichava, a reported daily brandy drinker, have rare genetic protections that transcend unhealthy habits, propelling them into very old age in spite of lifestyle.

    For people who aren't prepared to take a gamble that they're genetically predisposed to break 100 (the 2010 Census counted 53,364 centenarians in the United States), the famously abstemious and healthy-living Seventh-Day Adventists seem to hint at a practical regimen for increasing lifespan.

    Studies by Dr. Gary Fraser, of Loma Linda University's school of medicine, and colleagues have linked the Seventh-Day Adventists' unusually long lives to exercise, a high incidence of vegetarianism, abstinence from smoking, and frequent consumption of nuts.

    Superstitious seekers of longevity also have the option of moving to a place called Georgia. When Kvichava died, she passed the torch for the oldest living person to 116-year-old Besse Cooper in the United States' Georgia.

    Cooper's birthday is verified to be Aug. 26, 1896.

  • Man Dies After Live-Roach Eating Contest

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    MIAMI (AP) — The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.

    About 30 contestants ate the insects during Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.

    Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement released Monday. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were waiting for results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

    "Unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don't think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat," said Michael Adams, professor of entomology at the University of California at Riverside, who added that he has never heard of someone dying after consuming roaches. "Some people do have allergies to roaches," he said, "but there are no toxins in roaches or related insects."

    None of the other contestants became ill, the sheriff's office said.

    There was no updated phone number listed for Archbold in West Palm Beach.

    "We feel terribly awful," said store owner Ben Siegel, who added that Archbold did not appear to be sick before the contest. "He looked like he just wanted to show off and was very nice," Siegel said, adding that Archbold was "the life of the party."

    Siegel said Archbold was selling the exotic prize to a friend who took him to the contest.

    The Miami Herald reported the grand prize has been put aside in Archbold's name and will be given to his estate.

    A statement from Siegel's attorney said all the participants signed waivers "accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest."

    The bugs consumed were from an inventory of insects "that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles."