Watch: You Need to Meet This Guy Who Fought a Crocodile to Impress a Girl

An 18-year-old Australian man jumped into crocodile-infested waters to impress a girl. He nearly lost his arm, but he did score a date.

Lee De Paauw was attacked by a crocodile last year in his efforts to impress Sophie Paterson, a young British tourist. After numerous alcoholic beverages, De Paauw told the young lady that “backpackers are more likely to get eaten by a crocodile than Australians.” To “test the theory,” he decided to jump into the dangerous waters.

“I was thinking, s***, I’m gone,” he said of the moment a crocodile first attacked him. “I’m gone for sure.”

The crocodile bit his arm and took him under. Though he suffered serious damage to his arm, the Aussie was able to escape the attack by punching the animal in the snout and then gouging its eye. “I punched it in the snout and on my second hit I got it straight in the eye and then it let go,” he told 9 News. . .

“I done it for Sophie; she’s beautiful, caring, and kind,” he said of Paterson, with whom he managed to score a movie date. (Read more from “Watch: You Need to Meet This Guy Who Fought a Crocodile to Impress a Girl” HERE)

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Robots Can Now Grow Human Organs

An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle developed the new system.

The advance promises to greatly expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery, according to Benjamin Freedman, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Nephrology, at the UW School of Medicine, who led the research effort.

“This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,’ said Freedman, who is a scientist at the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, as well as at the Kidney Research Institute, a collaboration between the Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine.

A report describing the new technique will be published online May 17 in the journal Cell Stem Cell. The lead authors were research scientists Stefan Czerniecki, and Nelly Cruz from the Freedman lab, and Dr. Jennifer Harder, assistant professor of internal medicine, Division of Nephrology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, where she is a kidney disease specialist.

The traditional way to grow cells for biomedical research, Freeman explained, is to culture them as flat, two-dimensional sheets, which are overly simplistic. In recent years, researchers have been increasingly successful in growing stem cells into more complex, three-dimensional structures called mini-organs or organoids. These resemble rudimentary organs and in many ways behave similarly. While these properties make organoids ideal for biomedical research, they also pose a challenge for mass production. The ability to mass produce organoids is the most exciting potential applications of the new robotic technology, according to the developers. (Read more from “Robots Can Now Grow Human Organs” HERE)

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Passenger Intentionally Urinates on Seat During Flight

By CBS News. Frontier Airlines says they are aware of a recent situation aboard a flight from Denver to South Carolina in which a passenger allegedly urinated on the passenger’s seat in front of him.

According to another passenger on the flight, the man, later identified in FBI documents as Michael Allen Haag, urinated on the seat in front of hers after being kicked out of his previous seat for inappropriate behavior.

The FBI told CBS4 that Haag has a Boulder address listed as his residence.

The passenger told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas she was sitting in the same row as Haag, across the aisle, when he unbuckled his seat belt and urinated on the back of the chair.

The woman said Haag was moved to the row she was in after he allegedly verbally and physically assaulted two other women near his previous seat. She also said Haag allegedly touched one sleeping female passenger and later asked another woman about her sexual and marital life. (Read more from “Passenger Intentionally Urinates on Seat During Flight” HERE)

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Suspected Urinating Passenger Identified as Boulder Man

By CBS News. The man who allegedly urinated on a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to South Carolina has been identified. . .

The witness says Haag was moved to the row she was in after he allegedly verbally and physically assaulted the women. She also said Haag allegedly touched one sleeping female passenger and later asked another woman about her sexual and marital life. . .

In a statement to CBS4’s Dillon Thomas, Frontier Airlines spokesman Richard Oliver said,

The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority at Frontier. We have been made aware of this situation and are working with the appropriate authorities.

The woman said the suspect was arrested at the gate in Charleston approximately 30 minutes later. (Read more from “Suspected Urinating Passenger Identified as Boulder Man” HERE)

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132-Pound Ovarian Tumor Removed from Connecticut Woman

A 132-pound ovarian tumor was removed from a 38-year-old Connecticut woman this year, according to two doctors involved in the case.

The patient, who wished to remain anonymous, reported that the tumor began growing at a rate of about 10 pounds per week in November. A medical team, including 12 surgeons, removed it in a five-hour procedure February 14 at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, according to Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, a gynecologic oncologist for Western Connecticut Health Network and a lead surgeon on the case.

“During the surgery, we removed this gigantic tumor that originated from her left ovary. We removed her left ovary, her left (fallopian) tube, and we removed the affected peritoneal tissue that was adhering to the ovary,” Andikyan said.

The tumor originated in the epithelial cells lining the ovary and was “mucinous,” meaning it was filled with a gelatin-like substance produced by the tumor cells, according to Andikyan. (Read more from “132-Pound Ovarian Tumor Removed from Connecticut Woman” HERE)

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A Study Just Revealed Something Nasty About Bathroom Hand Dryers

. . .The study, published by the American Society for Microbiology, did microbial surveys of bathrooms at the University of Connecticut to find out whether hot-air hand dryers draw in microbes and then blow them back out. The findings were gross — really gross.

“The full cycle goes like this: when you flush a toilet that doesn’t have a lid, the turbulence of the flush sends fecal particles into the air, where they hover in a miasmic cloud; when the dryers switch on, they pull these particles in through their intake, heat them up, and spray them onto your moist hands and other moist, hospitable surfaces where their bacteria can thrive,” BoingBoing reported . . .

Said the study:

S533 “was almost certainly dispersed throughout bathrooms in the research areas as spores, which would easily survive desiccation in room air, as well as the elevated temperatures in hand dryer air; however, growing or stationary-phase bacteria would not be nearly so hardy as spores,” the authors note. “However, the facile dispersion of one bacterial strain throughout a research facility should probably be a concern to risk assessors and risk managers when dispersion of potentially pathogenic bacteria is considered.”

In a final test, the researchers did a cursory look at some of the other bacteria the dryers were blowing around. They found that with or without a HEPA filter, the blowers stirred up potential pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus.

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‘Zombie’ Raccoons Terrifying Residents

By WND. Youngstown police were busy this weekend fighting crime — and raccoons. Several scared homeowners called, saying the animals were in their yards, acting strangely. Police said it didn’t seem like rabies was the cause.

In the past couple of weeks, Youngstown police have responded to over a dozen of these raccoon calls — all of them with reports of the same strange, zombie-like behavior. The majority of the calls happened in the daytime, too, even though raccoons are nocturnal.

“I looked over there and got distracted because I saw a raccoon coming our way,” said Robert Coggeshall, whose playtime with his dogs was interrupted by a fiesty and sick raccoon last week . . .

Once inside, the wildlife photographer grabbed his camera to document what he called “extremely strange behavior.”

“He would stand up on his hind legs, which I’ve never seen a raccoon do before, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall over backward and go into almost a comatose condition,” Coggeshall said. (Read more from “‘Zombie’ Raccoons Terrifying Residents” HERE)

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‘Zombie’ Raccoons Are Terrifying Ohio Residents in Broad Daylight With Odd Behavior

By Fox News.
“Zombie-like” raccoons have made for a spooky sight in one Ohio city.

Authorities in Youngstown “have responded to over a dozen” calls in recent weeks about the mammals behaving oddly in the daytime, WKBN-TV reported Tuesday . . .

The animals were probably suffering from distemper, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) told WKBN.

The viral disease causes coughing, tremors and seizures and leads raccoons to lose their fear of humans.

“Raccoons can transmit rabies, canine distemper, and parvovirus to domestic animals and humans,” DNR warns online. “You should avoid any raccoon that is active during daylight hours, has lost its fear of humans, or appears uncoordinated, confused or listless.” (Read more from “‘Zombie’ Raccoons Are Terrifying Ohio Residents in Broad Daylight With Odd Behavior” HERE)

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American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter

U.S. adults continue to put on the pounds. New data show that nearly 40 percent of them were obese in 2015 and 2016, a sharp increase from a decade earlier, federal health officials reported Friday.

The prevalence of severe obesity in U.S. adults is also rising, heightening their risks of developing heart disease, diabetes and various cancers. According to the latest data, published Friday in JAMA, 7.7 percent of U.S. adults were severely obese in the same period.

The data – gathered in a large-scale federal survey that is considered the gold standard for health data – measured trends in obesity from 2015 and 2016 back to 2007 and 2008, when 5.7 percent of U.S. adults were severely obese and 33.7 percent were obese. The survey counted people with a body mass index of 30 or more as obese, and those with a BMI of 40 or more as severely obese.

Public health experts said that they were alarmed by the continuing rise in obesity among adults and by the fact that efforts to educate people about the health risks of a poor diet do not seem to be working.

“Most people know that being overweight or obese is unhealthy, and if you eat too much that contributes to being overweight,” said Dr. James Krieger, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington and executive director of Healthy Food America, an advocacy group. “But just telling people there’s a problem doesn’t solve it.” (Read more from “American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter” HERE)

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Starbucks Newest Gimmick Involves a Sugary Cold Beverage, Candy Sprinkles… and Your Future!

By The Daily Caller. Starbucks unveiled a new limited edition coffee drink, the Crystal Ball Frappuccino, which became available Thursday.

The fortune-telling Crystal Ball Frappuccino features a sugary cold beverage with candy sparkles available at U.S., Canada and Mexico chains until March 26, the New York Post reported. The Seattle-based chain hopes their drink will become a social media sensation, attracting new customers. The cream-based cooler is peach flavored and has three different colors of candy, which give you your fortune: blue for adventure, purple for magic, and green for luck, according to Starbucks frappucino’s official Facebook page.

“All signs point to yum,” the Starbucks Frappuccino’s official Facebook page said.

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Gaze Deeply Into Starbucks New Crystal Ball Frappuccino

By Starbucks. What do the mystical sparkles mean? Your fortune shall be revealed (for a limited time) with Starbucks new Crystal Ball Frappuccino® blended beverage.

Gaze into the Crystal Ball Frappuccino and you’ll see a vision of whirling color. It starts with a crème-based Frappuccino infused with peach flavor and turquoise sparkles that create an enchanting marbling effect.

The magic happens when the peach-flavored whipped cream is sprinkled with one of three colored candy gems, each color signifying a different fortune in vivid blue, green and purple. Only the fates can decide which color is revealed – the customer will not know which color of candy gem will top the beverage. (Read more from “Gaze Deeply Into Starbucks New Crystal Ball Frappuccino” HERE)

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This Is How to Avoid the Flu While Flying

By AP. Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over.

That’s what some experts have been saying for years, and it’s perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine the risks of catching germs on an airplane.

It turns out there’s been little research on the risks of catching a cold or flu during air travel. Some experts believed that sitting in a window seat would keep a passenger away from infectious people who may be on the aisle or moving around. (Read more from “This Is How to Avoid the Flu While Flying” HERE)

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How to Avoid the Flu While Flying

By ABC News. 1. Wipe down communal surfaces such as tray tables and armrests

Dr. Nicholas Testa said that you should be wary of the communal hard surfaces on airplanes, such as tray tables or armrests. . .

2. Turn on your air vent . . .

3. Let other passengers board first

It is not just aboard airplanes that travelers should be cautious of flu germs. Thousands of passengers also pass through major airports across the country every day, standing close together in tightly packed lines. (Read more from “How to Avoid the Flu While Flying” HERE)

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Lottery Winner Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

By CBS Local. A man who once won a $19 million lottery jackpot pleaded guilty Thursday to four federal counts of bank robbery, authorities said.

James Allen Hayes, 55, who was also known as James Killen and Ceaser Killen, was indicted last October in connection with bank heists in Newhall, Valencia and Santa Barbara counties. Authorities say he is believed to be the PT Cruiser Bandit and the Seasoned Bandit, so named by the FBI for his gray/white hair.

In each heist, the robber slipped a note to the teller demanding cash and threatening to shoot if they did not comply, according to the indictment.

As part of the plea deal, Hayes agreed to forfeit a light-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was allegedly used in some of the robberies.

Hayes was indicted in October for a string of bank heists between April and September in the Pacific Palisades, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Newhall, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Maria. (Read more from “Lottery Winner Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery” HERE)

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Powerball Jackpot Ticket Worth $457M Sold in Pennsylvania

By CNN. One Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania has matched all six numbers.

The single winning ticket is worth $456.7 million — the eighth-largest pot in the game’s history, officials said in a statement.

The winning numbers for the jackpot Saturday were: 22-57-59-60-66, and Powerball 7.

“The ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball to win the jackpot worth an estimated $456.7 million; $273.9 million cash value,” Powerball said. (Read more from “Powerball Jackpot Ticket Worth $457M Sold in Pennsylvania” HERE)

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