Woman gives up 300 rats
A woman living in a van in San Diego, California, with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them. The San Diego Humane Society on Oct. 8 went to the woman’s van near Del Mar, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the seats and gnawed the engine wiring. The woman was not hoarding the animals — she had started with just two pet rats, Captain Danee Cook of the animal shelter said. However, rats can give birth every four weeks and produce a dozen in a litter. Cook said the woman acknowledged things had gotten out of control. Authorities collected about 320 rats, and more than 100 are ready for adoption. The woman has found a new place to stay.
Woman tried to sell fetuses
A Colorado woman suspected of trying to sell three human fetuses from the 1920s and a fetal skeleton online has been indicted in California on charges of violating a federal law prohibiting the transfer of human fetal tissue. Emily Suzanne Cain, 38, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the charges, KUSA-TV reported. The case has been delayed until Nov. 20 in the District Court in San Francisco, court records showed. The fetuses are believed to be from stillborn infants from the 1920s, the records said. Cain in October last year attempted to mail a package from Canon City, Colorado, to an address in the UK, a criminal complaint said. The package, labeled “school teaching aids and T-shirts,” caught the attention of US Postal Service workers, who noticed there was no signature on a customs form certifying the package did not contain dangerous contents, authorities said in the complaint. An X-ray of the package revealed a human-like shape, San Francisco International Airport customs agents said in the complaint. Cain posted on Facebook that she acquired the fetuses from a university lab collection and was selling them for US$20,000, the complaint said. The specimens were traced to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, it said.
Livestreamer crashes again
A California woman on parole after serving a sentence for driving drunk while livestreaming a crash that killed her younger sister was on Thursday arrested after crashing a car during a police pursuit, officials said. Obdulia Sanchez, 20, was arrested on weapons and traffic charges and a parole violation, Stockton Police Department spokesman Joe Silva said. Officers tried to stop Sanchez for a vehicle code violation, but she did not pull over. She crashed near a highway on-ramp and was arrested. A man traveling with her escaped, Silva said. “The arresting officers saw she was on parole and was driving on a revoked driver’s license,” he added. Last year, Sanchez was sentenced to six years and four months in prison for driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter after her 14-year-old sister died in the 2017 crash. Prosecutors said Sanchez was livestreaming on Instagram while driving when she crashed. The video showed her taking her hands off the steering wheel. She was released from prison last month after serving two years and two months. State corrections department spokeswoman Terri Hardy said Sanchez received credit for the time she spent in jail before she was sentenced. Her sentence was also reduced under California law for good behavior, with credits for various rehabilitation programs.
OFF BORDER ISLAND: The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel wearing a life jacket and leaving behind his shoes, indicating an intentional move, Seoul said North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a COVID-19 precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said yesterday. It is the first killing of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade, and comes with Pyongyang at high alert over the COVID-19 pandemic and inter-Korean relations at a standstill. The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong on Monday, the official said. More than 24 hours later, North Korean forces located him in their waters and
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: One professor told her students to submit anonymized papers and not to record any online classes. Some US schools have announced similar steps Students at Oxford University specializing in the study of China are being asked to submit some papers anonymously to protect them from the possibility of retribution under the sweeping new security law introduced three months ago in Hong Kong. The anonymity ruling is to be applied in classes, and group tutorials are to be replaced by one-to-ones. Students are also to be warned that it will be viewed as a disciplinary offence if they tape classes or share them with outside groups. The Hong Kong National Security Law was imposed on June 30 by Beijing after more than a year of pro-democracy
Japan’s government yesterday urged people to seek help if they were struggling to cope, following Sunday’s death of the popular actress and Miss Sherlock star Yuko Takeuchi, 40. News of her death shocked the nation and follows other recent cases of Japanese celebrities taking their lives, with figures showing a recent rise in suicides. Takeuchi was a household name in Japan and had given birth to her second child in January. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato did not mention a particular case, but said that some people were struggling to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There has been an uptick in the number
China on Thursday lashed out at the US at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the COVID-19 pandemic, with its envoy declaring, “Enough is enough.” Two days after US President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China’s record, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft, also took an outraged tone — after which her Chinese counterpart showed palpable anger. “I must say, enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already,” Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun (張軍) told a Security Council meeting on global governance attended through videoconference