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London cabbie improvises with ‘hotel-for-one’

With the London Olympics threatening to put a crimp on his business, one local cab driver improved his chances by converting his cab into a mini-motel, The Daily Mail reports. “I’m offering the authentic London experience,” cabbie David Weekes said. “I know this city like the back of my hand…

Idaho billboard compares Pres. Obama to Aurora shooter James Holmes

A billboard in Caldwell, Idaho that compares President Barack Obama to alleged mass murderer James Holmes has drawn complaints and allegations that the foundation responsible for the billboard has gone too far. Over a photograph of Holmes, blocky text reads, “Kills 12 in movie theater with assault rifle. Everyone freaks…

Engineers design ‘Mantabot’ to swim like a ray

Engineers at the University of Virginia and three other universities are designing an “autonomous underwater vehicle” that will swim with the effortless grace of a ray. According to Science Daily, “Batoid rays, such as stingrays and manta rays, are among nature’s most elegant swimmers. They are fast, highly maneuverable, graceful,…

Florida man kills door-to-door salesman: I’ll kill anybody that steps on my property

A man in Cape Coral, Florida on Wednesday was arrested for shooting and killing an unarmed door-to-door salesman on his property. Kenneth Bailey Roop, 52, has been charged with second-degree murder for killing 30-year-old Nicholas Rainey. A co-worker who witnessed the shooting said Rainey had knocked on Roop’s door, but…

Evangelical radio host: ‘Allah is a demon god’

The director of issues analysis of a conservative fundamentalist Christian organization On Wednesday warned that Muslims were worshipping a “demon god.” On his daily radio show, the American Family Associations’s Bryan Fischer defended Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Republicans who have suggested that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s…

California cat hoarder busted with 113 dead kittens and 51 neglected cats

Police and SPCA officials in Seaside, California raided two properties on Tuesday after a tip from an apartment manager turned out to be connected to a residence officials were already investigating. At the apartment, rescuers found the remains of 113 dead kittens; at the residence, they found 51 alive, but…

Obama campaign accuses Romney of ‘Cold War mentality’

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign is highlighting recent comments made by Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisor, claiming it is evidence of the Republican candidate’s “Cold War mentality.” During a forum at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, Romney’s senior foreign policy advisor Richard Williamson said that Syria was strategically important…

Hate crime suspected after gay man burned by firebombing in Oklahoma

A gay Oklahoma City man is recovering from second-degree burns that were caused when his car was firebombed last week — and the attack may be considered a hate crime because a homophobic slur was also painted on the vehicle. Jon Ferguson told KWTV that when his car alarm woke…

‘Robot cameras’ to be used for Olympic footage

3D cameras, lenses mounted on especially agile robotic arms and even electronic eyes that fly will be prominently featured at this year’s Summer Olympics in London. A host of innovations in recent years in covering sporting events has led the world’s leading photography agencies, Reuters, Getty and AFP, to embark…

‘Expert’ told Mass. girl to hold rabid bat — and then it bit her

A 10-year-old Massachusetts girl is receiving a series of painful rabies shots after a woman in Spencer Town Beach, who claimed to be an expert, told her that the rabid animal was safe to hold because it was “the friendliest thing ever.” JoJo Keefe was visiting Spencer last Tuesday when…

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