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  1. Former Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun. And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. “It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there,” he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. “There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasn’t a place that wasn’t filthy. “Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator.” The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit: Damian Dovarganes/ Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (£6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: “What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. “One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public,” said Mr Medina. “So I’m looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.”Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million.
  2. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A 9-year-old girl unwittingly ate, and handed out to other classmates, THC-laced candy, school officials said. The girl brought the candies to school last Thursday and said she could not see; another girl ate them and started to feel dizzy, Albuquerque School of Excellence Dean of Elementary School Students Kristy Del Curto told KRQE. “We noticed the student who initially brought the edible to our school was acting strange. She started saying she couldn’t see,” Del Curto said. Three students shared one gummy and the student who handed it out had three or four pieces, Del Curto said. Paramedics were called and monitored the students, who eventually recovered. The student who brought them to school did not know they were medicinal, THC-laced gummies, Del Curto said. “As marijuana becomes legal in each state, it’s going to become more and more of an issue, I believe,” Del Curto said.
  3. Fourteen thousand new flu cases were reported last week, bringing the total for the season to more than 74,000. And pediatric deaths are on the rise. Ten-year-old Charlie Herndon's insticts may have saved her life. "I couldn't really breathe, so I just screamed throughout the whole house, 'somebody call 911,'" Charlie said. Her mother, Kristina Valenzia, rushed her to the emergency room and Charlie was soon transferred to ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital. Charlie Herndon is suffering from this season's nasty flu. CBS NEWS "She had a fever of 103," Valenzia said. "They took the influenza test, and it came back positive." The Centers for Disease Control reports 30 children have died from influenza since October, and the number of states hit with high flu-like illness is now up to 32. "The dominant flu virus out there is one we call H3N2 – it's a more severe virus," said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Schaffner said this year's flu vaccine is about 20 to 30 percent effective. With the flu vaccine, "even if you've gotten the flu, despite having the vaccine, you're likely to have a less severe case. You're less likely to have complications like pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying," Schaffner said. This season's H3N2 flu virus is spreading. CBS NEWS This epidemic means extreme measures across the country. A few California hospitals built tents outside to cater to patient overflow. Some churches are telling parishioners to skip holding hands during prayer to avoid germs – and all schools in Bonham, Texas closed for a week, after flu cases there soared. Charlie also battled pneumonia, but after three weeks of treatment, she's now home and healthy. If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, the CDC recommends you get one right away so that it can only help -- and remember, flu season peaks in February.
  4. SEATTLE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail. The Seattle store, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove from the shelves, and what they put back. Cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous - customers are billed after leaving the store using credit cards on file. For grocers, the store's opening heralds another potential disruption at the hands of the world's largest online retailer, which bought high-end supermarket chain Whole Foods Market last year for $13.7 billion. Long lines can deter shoppers, so a company that figures out how to eradicate wait times will have an advantage. Amazon did not discuss if or when it will add more Go locations, and reiterated it has no plans to add the technology to the larger and more complex Whole Foods stores. The convenience-style store opened to Amazon employees on Dec. 5, 2016 in a test phase. At the time, Amazon said it expected members of the public could begin using the store in early 2017. But there have been challenges, according to a person familiar with the matter. These included correctly identifying shoppers with similar body types, the person said. When children were brought into the store during the trial, they caused havoc by moving items to incorrect places, the person added. Gianna Puerini, vice president of Amazon Go, said in an interview that the store worked very well throughout the test phase, thanks to four years of prior legwork. "This technology didn't exist," Puerini said, walking through the Seattle store. "It was really advancing the state of the art of computer vision and machine learning." "If you look at these products, you can see they're super similar," she said of two near-identical Starbucks drinks next to each other on a shelf. One had light cream and the other had regular, and Amazon's technology learned to tell them apart. HOW IT WORKS The 1800-square-foot (167-square-meter) store is located in an Amazon office building. To start shopping, customers must scan an Amazon Go smartphone app and pass through a gated turnstile. Ready-to-eat lunch items greet shoppers when they enter. Deeper into the store, shoppers can find a small selection of grocery items, including meats and meal kits. An Amazon employee checks IDs in the store's wine and beer section. Sleek black cameras monitoring from above and weight sensors in the shelves help Amazon determine exactly what people take. If someone passes back through the gates with an item, his or her associated account is charged. If a shopper puts an item back on the shelf, Amazon removes it from his or her virtual cart. Much of the store will feel familiar to shoppers, aside from the check-out process. Amazon, famous for dynamic pricing online, has printed price tags just as traditional brick-and-mortar stores do.
  5. A woman in Australia is being sued by the clinic who performed her eyebrow tattooing after she shared photos of the horrible reaction she had to the procedure. Amanda Coates posted the graphic photos on Facebook last July after having a terrible reaction to the eyebrow feathering she received from Skincare Laser Clinic in Melbourne. She said the short procedure left her skin swollen and irritated. “The next day I woke up, and my skin had come off onto the pillow,” she said. “I went to the doctor immediately because of the pain and severe swelling. “It felt like something was eating away at my skin; I was in so much pain,” she said, according to Yahoo Lifestyle. Coates said she wanted to share about the painful experience so no one else would have to endure it, Yahoo reports. But now the tattoo artist and clinic are seeking $150,000 in compensation from Coates, citing ridicule and the loss of 11 clients at the cost of $5,600 over her viral post. The owner of the clinic, Iain Cleveland, said Coates was “delighted” after her procedure and that she didn’t contact them until two and a half weeks later about the reaction she was having. “There’s no way we could possibly be responsible for the infection at that stage, two and a half weeks after the procedure,” the owner told the Daily Mail. Cleveland also issued a statement after Coates initial claim, saying the company follows “strict industry best practice, standards, and regulations. “At the beginning of the procedure, the client was shown the microblade and dressing pack contained in a sterilized environment,” he said. “These packs were opened in front of the client using sterilized gloves that remained in the room the entire procedure,” he added. “The client left the procedure satisfied. Based off feedback from industry experts, SLC believes the adverse reaction was due to an allergy to one of the supplementary products used.”
  6. Hart said people dumping in Tucson waters is an ongoing problem. "What they don't realize is that invasive species crowd out native species," he said. "It's a bad practice, and people don't want to destroy something that's been a pet. But it's not helpful and can lead to some confusion." Kevin Airola, who works at the Ocean Floor aquarium and tropical-fish store in Phoenix, said they typically have no more than five pacu fish in stock at any given time. The allure of the pacu fish is that it looks so similar to a piranha, Airola said, but its adult size can make it a less-than-ideal pet: The pacu can grow up to 2 feet long. "We do the best we can with explaining to people the size. One of the negatives of owning a pacu is they get quite large," he said, adding that those kept in aquariums can also be predatory, snacking on worms and small fish. Pacu mostly eat plants. Don Mitchell, Arizona Game and Fish regional aquatic wildlife program supervisor, said pacu fish are actually on Arizona's restricted wildlife list of animals that cannot be owned without a permit. Mitchell said one problem is that people buy pacu fish without permits and, oftentimes, whoever is selling pacu fish don't know the wildlife laws. "They're just there," he said. "You can even buy them with the internet." Mitchell said that, in 26 years, he has seen about 10 to 12 pacu fish in Arizona waters. Game and Fish in Tucson stocks lakes with rainbow trout in cold-weather months and catfish and sunfish in warm-weather months, according to Hart. He said he wants to raise awareness of the problem with non-native species and suggested people find a better option to get rid of pacu, like taking it back to the pet store. Airola, too, is aware of the issues of dumping pacu fish into lakes and ponds. He said customers who can no longer take care of the fish may bring it back to the Ocean Floor, which gladly takes fish back on donation.
  7. A Texas donut shop, inspired by a new social media craze called the Tide Pod challenge, created edible Tide Pod donuts. Hurts Donut shop posted photos of their creation with a caption that urged people to stop eating laundry detergent. The post said: "Laundry Detergent = Not Food. Donuts = Food. We will even fill them for you. With FOOD. Not laundry detergent." The growing popularity of the online trend prompted Tide to release a video clarifying the obvious -- Tide Pods should not be eaten. One person responded to the video saying, "I just ate one. No joke I wanted to do the challenge, and I think I may have swallowed some. Who do I contact to ask what I should do?" Tide's Twitter team responded "Contact your physician or your local poison control center. Also, call us at 1-800-879-8433 so we can find out how you're doing. Thanks!" As one can guess, the so-called "challenge" is dangerous. Tide Pods can cause vomiting, throat burns and eye injuries, among other issues, according to reports from CNN.
  8. Boxing legend Mike Tyson may have been a dope to squander his fortune – but he aims to get much it back by selling marijuana. Tyson, 51, revealed he plans to deliver the “best marijuana around” now it is legal to sell over the counter in California. He is in partnership with investors to create a “cannabis resort” in California City, a town in the Mojave Desert. And he insisted his desire in selling the drug is “100 per cent” to heal. Tyson is in partnership with investors to create a “cannabis resort” in California City, a town in the Mojave Desert (Image: Getty) REM “It’s not just about smoking to get high,” said dad-of-seven Tyson. “It helps people that cannot sleep, people with cancer and so many quagmires that people don’t know about.” He aims to start distributing in the next two months and is unworried by rivals. “We are going to have the best marijuana around,” he said. He revealed his high hopes at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film Kickboxer: Retaliation, with Jean Claude Van Damme. He wants to deliver the “best marijuana around” now it is legal to sell over the counter in California(Image: Getty) He insisted he is not dropping his movie career for dope and will next appear in China Salesman, with Steven Seagal. He also hopes for a cameo role in a biopic, with Jamie Foxx, of his rise from bullied kid to becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion at 20. But he is a long way from his bucket list dream of playing Othello. He said: “I am nowhere close yet. I’m too nervous.”
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