Canada paramedic unknowingly treated daughter in fatal crash
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian paramedic who unknowingly treated her own daughter after a fatal crash brushed away tears as she remembered a beautiful girl who fought until the end. Jayme Erickson was called to the crash north of Calgary on Nov. 15 and sat with a seriously injured girl who was was extricated from the vehicle and taken to hospital, where she died. It wasn’t until Erickson got home at the end of the day that she was met by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, who told her the patient was her 17-year-old daughter, Montana.
Remote desert camps house World Cup fans on a budget
AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — World Cup fans who found hotels in central Doha booked up or far beyond their budget have settled for vast fan villages some hour away from the city. From the moment that Qatar was named host of the World Cup, fears mounted over how the tiny country would find rooms for the massive influx of 1.2 million fans — roughly a third of the nation’s total population. Qatar’s frenzied building program delivered tens of thousands of rooms through new hotels, rented apartments and even three giant cruise ships. But soaring prices have forced many thrifty fans into remote desert campsites and giant fan villages in Doha’s outer reaches, including one near the airport consisting of corrugated box rooms.
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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Facial recognition technology is mostly associated with uses such as surveillance and the authentication of human faces, but a group of scientists believe they’ve found a new use for it: saving seals. A research team at Colgate University has developed SealNet, a database of seal faces created by taking pictures of dozens of harbor seals in Maine’s Casco Bay. The team found its accuracy at identifying the marine mammals is close to 100%, which is no small accomplishment in an ecosystem home to thousands of seals. The researchers are working on expanding their database to make it available to other scientists.
Gone in 9 minutes: How Celtic gold heist unfolded in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Officials say thieves who broke into a southern German museum and stole hundreds of ancient gold coins got in and out in nine minutes. Police have launched an international hunt for the thieves and their loot, consisting of 483 Celtic coins and a lump of unworked gold discovered near the town of Manching in 1999. Museum security systems recorded that a door was pried open at 1:26 a.m. and then how the thieves left again at 1:35 a.m. Bavarian police said there were “parallels” between the heist in Manching and the theft of priceless jewels and a large gold coin in Dresden and Berlin. Bavaria’s minister of science and arts said Wednesday evidence pointed to the work of professionals.
Researchers: AI in connected cars eased rush hour congestion
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Researchers in Tennessee say they have successfully used artificial intelligence in a group of wirelessly connected cars to help ease rush hour traffic on Interstate 24. In the experiment, 100 test cars sent traffic information back and forth. Their adaptive cruise control was modified to react to the overall flow of traffic using artificial intelligence. The aim was to reduce phantom traffic jams. That's the start-and-stop congestion on crowded roads that has no obvious cause. Researchers are still crunching the numbers but say the experiment was a success. In addition to easing driver frustration, less stop-and-go driving means fuel savings and less pollution.
4 Philadelphia teens shot in drive-by near high school
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Four students are injured from an apparent drive-by shooting shortly after their Philadelphia high school let out early for the day. City police said two 15-year-old girls and two 16-year-old boys were shot late Wednesday morning. All were in stable condition and receiving hospital treatment. The shooting took place about a block from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia. It occurred shortly after school let out early for parent-teacher conferences.
LAPD officer unjustified in shooting that killed girl, 14
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Commission has ruled that an officer violated policy when he fired a rifle at a suspect inside a clothing store last year, killing a 14-year-old girl. The civilian panel ruled Tuesday that Officer William Jones was justified in firing one shot but not the other two in quick sequence at a Burlington store in North Hollywood last December. A man, Daniel Elena Lopez, wielding a heavy bike lock had brutally attacked two women in the store. Jones told investigators that he believed Elena Lopez had a gun and was shooting people. His shots killed Elena Lopez and one went through a dressing room wall, killing Valentina Orellana Peralta. Her family has sued.
Salt, drought decimate buffaloes in Iraq's southern marshes
CHIBAYISH, Iraq (AP) — Iraq’s water buffaloes are suffering from dire water shortages in the country's iconic southern marshes. Herders are struggling to keep their animals alive and have watched many die, poisoned by salty water seeping into the low-lying wetlands. The marshes — a lush remnant of the cradle of civilization and a sharp contrast to the desert that prevails across much of the Middle East — were reborn after the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein, when dams he had built to drain the area and root out Shiite rebels were dismantled. But today, drought that experts believe is spurred by climate change and invading salt, coupled with lack of political agreement between Iraq and Turkey, are endangering them again.
Seven Michigan St football players charged in tunnel melee
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Charges have been filed against seven Michigan State football players stemming from a melee in Michigan Stadium’s tunnel last month. That's according to a statement from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. Michigan State player Khary Crump faces the most serious charge — felonious assault. Charges against the six other players are misdemeanors. Five are charged with aggravated assault and one with assault and battery. The incident occurred on Oct. 29 when multiple members of Michigan State’s football team roughed up two Michigan players. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had said earlier he expected the suspended Spartans to be charged.
Taliban lash 12 people before stadium crowd in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A local official says that the Taliban have lashed three women and nine men in front of hundreds of spectators in a provincial sports stadium in central Afghanistan. It signaled the religious extremist group’s resumption of a brutal form of punishment that was a hallmark of their rule in the 1990s. The governor's office in Logar province sent out invitations to Wednesday's lashings via social media. Those being punished received between 21 and 39 lashes each, after being convicted in a local court of purported theft and adultery. The resumption of the practice underscored the Taliban’s intention of sticking to their radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia.