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6th Grader Brings $20K To School, Hands Out Cash To Students

A 6th grader showed up to school on Monday with $20K cash in her backpack and was seen handing out the money to fellow students.

According to reports, the 12-year-old girl brought the bag filled with $100 bills to Sixth Grade Academy in Taylor, Michigan and got the school principal's attention when she started distributing the money to other students.

The principal then notified the police, who has seized the $20K cash and now investigating where it came from and what it is for.

"The situation that took place yesterday at our Sixth Grade Academy Building was truly an unusual one. We do not have a specific protocol for this type of situation. There was no threat to the student body in the building and the matter is currently in the hands of the Taylor Police Department," Teresa D. Winnie, Assistant Superintendent of the Taylor School District, said in a statement Tuesday.

When asked about where she got the money from, the 6th grader said a playmate from her neighborhood …

100,000 Killer Bees Attack Park Employees In Florida (Video)

About 100,000 killer bees attacked two Florida park workers, who accidentally disturbed a hive, ABC Action News reported Wednesday.

Rodney Pugh and David Zeledon, employees at Picnic Island Park in Port Tampa, were sent to a hospital after they were swarmed by 100,000 Africanized honey bees, known colloquially as killer bees.

The two men were removing garbage near the entrance of the park when they lifted an old tire that happened to be the hive of the bees. Both of them were stung nearly 100 times. They are, however, expected to recover from the attack.

"It was like a thousand little knives poking me in my body," Pugh told ABC Action News. "My ears were just throbbing with pain. It's the worst feeling, because you just had so many and they wouldn't stop."

According to the California Research Bureau, the killer bee is a highly defensive and aggressive cross between the familiar European honeybee and an African variety imported into Brazil for experiment…

Sabah Standoff: Ph Embassy Team Arrives In Lahad Datu

As the standoff in Sabah continues, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur sent a team to Lahad Datu for a humanitarian and consular mission to Filipinos affected there.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose S. Brillantes informed Sunday Royal Malaysian Police Inspector General Tan Sri Ismail Omar of the group's presence and their mission.

"We would like to see how we could work with local authorities in further assisting our nationals affected by the situation," Undersecretary Brilliantes said.

"We are here in Lahad Datu on a consular, humanitarian mission. We would also like to extend consular assistance to the wounded and other affected nationals, and have access to them once practicable," Ambassador Malaya stated.

Undersecretary Brilliantes was dispatched from Manila to Malaysia last February 25 to assist the Philippine Embassy in handling the situation.

The Embassy consular team that are in Lahad Datu …

13,200 Girl Scout Cookie Boxes Destroyed

A CBS News video of 13,200 unsold Girl Scout cookie boxes being destroyed by bulldozer in a warehouse in Riverside, California has been causing a storm of controversy around Los Angeles.

The cookies in question were originally ordered by the San Gorgonio Council of the Girl Scouts in Redlands and are reportedly still within their expiration date.

This is apparently not an isolated incident as the supplier, ABC Bakery, only allows a maximum of one per cent of any unsold cookies to be returned for a refund and this kind of unnecessary food waste goes on all the time.

The report claims that the excess cookies could easily have been donated to any number of charity organizations but the council chose to have the 13,200 Girl Scout cookie boxes destroyed as they could not be refunded.

Chuck McKinnon, a representative for the council, claims he was not aware of the destruction of so many cookies and agreed that they should eve been donated to a local food charity, which they have done in the…

Woman Marries Twin Sister's Killer In Argentina (Photo)

A woman in Argentina married her twin sister's killer on Thursday and many people, including the woman's family, aren't happy about it.

In a Valentine's Day civil wedding held in the town of Pico Truncado, Edith Casas, 22, exchanged vows with Victor Cingolani, who was convicted of killing Casas' twin sister, Johana, two years ago.

No one from Casas' family attended the ceremony and a mob reportedly gathered outside the venue, throwing stones and eggs.

Casas believes that Cinggolani is innocent despite his conviction. She had to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which was requested by her mother, to have a judge approve a day pass for the groom, who is serving a 13-year jail sentence for the murder.

"For me, they are both dead. Johana is with God and Edith with the devil," said Casas' father, Valentin.

Cingolani, who was escorted by several armed police officers, was taken back to prison in handcuffs immediately after the controversial wedding wh…

Bunnies attacking cars at Denver International Airport

Bunnies attacking cars at Denver International Airport’s parking area are giving headache to a lot of people.

The bunnies reportedly chew on the insulator part of the ignition cables of the cars, causing damage of up to a few thousand dollars.

In an effort to solve the problem, about 100 rabbits are being removed from the area each month. Apparently, the method has not been successful as the problem still persists.

USAirport Parking is now planning to install new fences to make it harder for the bunnies to burrow under.

Meanwhile, local mechanics have advised car owners to coat the cables with predator urine, such as that of coyote and fox. It said to be an effective way to keep the little nibblers away.

Michael Moore: 'NRA Is Doomed' As Result Of Sandy Hook Incident

Michael Moore said the NRA is doomed as a result of the deadly Newtown, Conn. school shootings.

In his interview with the Huffington Post last Friday, the award-winning movie director and gun control advocate said the Sandy Hook incident was a "tipping point."

"I think the mood of the country is not changed. People did not forget about this after Christmas. In fact, after Christmas when parents started taking their kids back to school and dropping them off in the morning, they couldn't get this out of their heads," Moore said.

He added: "That is the worst. That's the thing that, the NRA, they are doomed as a result of this, because every day now, every parent that drops their kid off at school or sends them out to the bus stop or whatever can’t help but think, you know, worry, 'What if I don’t see my child later?'"

But according to the U.S. National Rifle Association, it welcomed 250,000 new members the month following the Dec. 14 school s…

McGovern Estate Sale Held In South Dakota

An estate sale for some of the possessions of the late U.S. Sen. George McGovern was held over the weekend at his home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Hundreds of people attended the estate sale, which featured the three-time presidential hopeful's furniture, campaign material, books, artwork and other personal items, including those owned by McGovern's wife Eleanor, who passed away in 2007.

McGovern, one of the most-outspoken voices for liberalism and against the Vietnam War, died last October 21st at age 90.

Daughter Ann McGovern said the family decided to hold an estate sale over an auction to allow those with some connection with them to buy the items.

"What we're hoping is that a significant number of these things will either go to people we either know or have some connection with, and my parents collected a fair amount of art and some really nice pieces over the years, and to see them sort of sold at an auction or something where everybo…

20,000 Pizzas To Troops: Group Sending Thousands Of Pizzas To US Military Personnel In The Middle East

Over 20,000 pizzas will be sent to US troops in the Middle East by a non-profit organization on Super Bowl Sunday - the biggest day of the year for eating pizza in America.

Pizzas 4 Patriots will be teaming up with DHL Express to deliver 21,000 pizzas, which are enough to feed every soldier stationed in Afghanistan and Kuwait. DHL Express will be donating its services to the group.

"Since 2008, we have had the pleasure of providing our brave U.S. servicemen and women overseas with the most delicious, authentic ‘slices of home’, letting them know we care and we are thinking of them," said Ret. Master Sergeant Mark Evans, founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots. "While our soldiers’ presence in the Middle East continues to become smaller, they still need to know that we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us, our families and our country."

From Great Kitchens in Illinois, the ready-to-make Chicago-style pizzas will be shipped via DHL Express to the American troops st…

70-Vehicle Pileup Injures 5, Closes Stretch Of Ontario Highway

A 70-vehicle pileup in wintry weather on a major highway in Ontario, Canada has left at least five people injured on Friday afternoon.

The Ontario Provincial Police said five people, two of whom suffered serious injuries, were transported to hospital after the multi-vehicle collision at around 3 p.m. on Highway 401, one of the widest and busiest highways in the world.

None of the injuries was life-threatening, according to OPP spokeswoman Constable Linda Wolf said.

The 70-vehicle pileup occupied a 10-kilometer stretch of Highway 401, which was temporarily closed.

Provincial police reopened the westbound lanes of the highway between Newcastle and Newtonville around 11:40 p.m. ET and the eastbound lanes 2 hours earlier. They are now conducting an investigation, which Wolf says may take several days because of the number of vehicles involved.

15,000 Crocodiles Escape From Breeding Farm In South Africa

Around 15,000 crocodiles escaped from a breeding farm in South Africa following heavy rains and flooding.

The crocodiles sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm, situated along a river on the South Africa-Botswana border, when the farm gates were opened due to rising flood waters.

Officials have sought assistance from experts to help sort out the crocodile crisis.

"Due to the number of crocodiles that have been washed away there is a need for expertise, people who have expertise to come and assist," Hangwani Mulaudzi Mulaudzi, a spokesman for the police in Limpopo Province, said Friday. "So we are just making appeals to anyone ... who has knowledge of catching crocodiles to come and assist."

A number of crocodiles have since been recaptured, but around 10,000 remain on the loose, scattered far and wide. Most of the recapturing efforts were taking place at night as the crocs are easier to hunt when it is dark because their eyes glow when hit with a beam of ligh…

Texting While Walking, Woman Falls Into Canal [Youtube Video]

A CCTV camera caught a texting woman falling into a freezing canal in England.

In the footage, the woman, who got distracted with texting her boyfriend, can be seen walking down the steps of the Mailbox shopping centre when she plunged straight into the icy water.

Not shown in the 30-seconder clip, reports indicate a man, who tried to warn the woman, ran over to her to pull her out the canal.

The woman in the video was identified as Birmingham radio newsreader Laura Safe.

"I thought ice on the canal was pavement because it looked dark in the corner of my eye," Safe told UK's The Sun newspaper. "I heard a man called out "stop" to me and I looked up at him, but it was too late by that point.

She added: "I tried to get my balance and ended up slipping into the canal. But not before I'd saved my handbag and mobile phone."

Safe, who works as a newsreader for Capital FM Breakfast Show, spent more than an hour drying off and warming up in a pizza c…

Suicide blast kills 18 at funeral in Iraq

A suicide blast killed 18 people at a Shiite funeral in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir al-Zaidi said a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt inside a mosque in the city of Tuz Khormato, where a funeral for a relative of a politician was being held.

"Corpses are on the ground of the Husseiniyah (Shia mosque)," said Shallal Abdul, mayor of Tuz Khurmatu. "The suicide bomber managed to enter and blow himself up in the middle of the mourners."

Raed Ibrahim, a health official, said 18 individuals died in the blast while 44 were wounded.

Among those who sustained wounds was Ali Hashem Mukhtar, the deputy chief of the Iraqi Turkman Front and a provincial councillor in Salaheddin province.

The funeral was for Mukhtar's brother-in-law, who died in a shooting incident in the city a day earlier.

Situated around 175km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Tuz Khormato is disputed by Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen, all of whom have claims to it.

Rifle In J.C. Penney: Utah Man Takes Gun In Department Store, Raises Some Eyebrows

A Utah man raised some eyebrows after taking his rifle with him in a J.C. Penney store in Riverdale.

Cindy Yorgason was shopping at the department store on Wednesday when she saw the man with the rifle slung across his back.

Finding it out of the ordinary, Yorgason snapped some photos of the man and posted them to her Facebook page, where images quickly went viral and received quite a number of comments and shares.

The Salt Lake Tribune identified the man as 22-year-old Joseph Kelley, who says he brought the gun to show that the weapons aren't dangerous when handled by law-abiding people.

Kelley says the AR-15 he was carrying was unloaded, which is legal. He also had a handgun with him that time. He told the Tribune that he has a permit to carry the guns, that he is an ex-military, and that he informed police dispatch about his plans before he left his home.

SUV Nearly Swallowed By Gaping Hole In New York

An SUV was nearly swallowed by a gaping hole caused by a water main break in Smithtown, New York, officials said Tuesday.

Reports indicate that the driver of the SUV was able to get his vehicle out and did not sustain any injuries.

The water main break occurred on Mt. Pleasant Road early Tuesday morning, affecting 26 homes. The road was closed between Daisy Lane and Cambridge Drive.

"It is not a sinkhole, as some are reporting," the Suffolk County Water Authority said. "Just a main break. We're optimistic road can be reopened by late afternoon."

It added, "Break was along the length of about 12 feet of pipe, causing an unusually large amount of water to burst from the pipe."

Water service was restored at approximately noon while the road was reopened at around 6 p.m.

Newtown Conspiracy Theory Claims Shootings Didn't Happen As Reported

A Newtown conspiracy theory by a college professor has stirred controversy in the United States.

James Tracy, a communications professor at the Florida Atlantic University, claims that the deadly Newtown shootings didn't happen as reported or may not have happened at all. He believes that trained "crisis actors" may have been hired by the Obama administration in an effort to further a political anti-gun agenda.

"As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends," Tracy wrote on his blog.

"While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place -- at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described," the 47-year-old p…

Ugly Flash Mob Empties Mall In Louisiana (Video)

A flash mob at an upscale shopping mall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana went terribly wrong when a large fight broke out, causing panicked onlookers to rush towards the exits.

Reports indicate that the social-media generated flash mob gathered Saturday more than 200 teenagers in the Mall of Louisiana's food court, where the brawl took place. It is unclear how many were involved in the fight, which caused overturning of chairs and tables.

The situation got out of hand that mall employees were told to abandon their posts and to evacuate the building immediately.

The panic spread with reports of gunfire, but those were denied by police.

"First I am ok, at the mall of Louisiana had a person or person's with a gun, saw people running and screaming I turned around a girl told me someone has a gun I started running with them , a poor Ellet lady froze I grabed her hand and pulled her with me, we got out, young girl in front if me feel me and her friend got her up and ran , they le…

7.5-Magnitude Alaska Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Warning

The 7.5-magnitude Alaska earthquake that struck just before midnight Friday prompted officials to issue a tsunami warning.

The warning area extended for about 764km, stretching from 120km southeast of Cordova, Alaska to the north tip of Vancouver Island, Canada.

The powerful quake did generate a small tsunami, but the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (ATWC)  said the waves didn’t pose a threat.

ATWC canceled the warning at about 2 a.m on Saturday.

The temblor, which was 9.8km, hit off the coast of Alaska 102km west of Craig, a town on Prince of Wales Island, and 335km south of the capital of Juneau, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake.

Robbers Think KFC A Jewelry Store

Two robbers ended up at a KFC restaurant, after attempting to break into a jewelry store next door by tunneling through a wall.

Police say the pair tore down the toilet block at the rear of the connected shops in Beaudesert, Australia and used an iron bar to hack into a fibro wall, creating a small tunnel through which they crawled.

Apparently their calculations were wrong and instead of landing in Wrights Jewellers, the thieves found themselves in the local KFC, where they encountered restaurant staff.

Peter Welsh, 32, and Dwayne Doolan, 31 made the most of their situation by staging an impromptu hold-up. They were able to escape with $2,600.

The robbers were arrested and charged with the New Year's Eve robbery on Wednesday after police raided Welsh's home.

According to the police, the toilet block tunnel was the pair's third attempt to break into the jewellery store that day.

Implants Left At Hotel In UK

A pair of breast implants was left at a hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne, England by a guest who was en-route to London for a cosmetic operation.

The unnamed woman reportedly bought the implants from the United States and left it at Newcastle Central Travelodge.

The implants are among the items listed on the "2012 Travelodge List Of Bizarre Left Behinds" by UK’s very first budget hotel chain, Travelodge.

This year's list also includes a winning EuroMillions ticket, the original Harry Potter wand which was used in the popular Harry Potter films, an 8ft pop up spray tanning booth, keys to a Bugatti, a stamp album worth a quarter of a million pounds, a box of 200 Queen Elizabeth mask, a valuable set of Olympic tickets, a trunk of chocolate bars, a diamond encrusted wedding ring, a Persian Chinchilla kitten worth £600, a suitcase of vinyl records, a set of false teeth with diamonds, a Rolex watch worth £50,000, a tiffany engagement ring, a pilot’s training manual, a Kenwood Magi…