• It’s not quite clear if it was a slap, or a scratch, but whatever it was it has landed a city commissioner in Dothan, Alabama with misdemeanour assault charges.

    Amos Newsome has been charged with third degree assault and slapped with $500 bond following a confrontation between him and a reporter on Tuesday, according to WTVY.

    Newsome had been facing some heat from the station and other local news outlets in the lead-up to a vote on his future over several voter fraud convictions related to his 2013 re-election in which he won by 13 votes.

    In video of the incident, senior reporter Ken Curtis asked Newsome multiple times if he had plans to resign over the allegations.

    Newsome pushed Curtis aside as the two crossed the street from the Dothan City Convention Centre following a commission meeting and Curtis tells the commissioner, “You can’t do that.”

    As they reach the parking lot, Curtis still asking for comment, Newsome lashes out with an open hand seeming to claw Curtis in the face with his

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  • Pitting man versus machine is a concept that has been used in science fiction novels and movies alike for generations. The good ones make us wonder whether artificial intelligence will ever actually be able to compare to the fascinating labyrinth of biochemistry that is the human brain. We can stop wondering now, because scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that is as smart as a four-year-old.

    It’s called the ConceptNet 4. It’s built using natural language processing tools which allow it to understand words just like humans do. A separate piece of software allows the ConceptNet 4 to understand questions. Combined together, the machine can come up with the answers to questions in a verbal IQ test.

    Results of the study concluded that the machine did well in testing related to vocabulary and being able to judge similarities between things, but not so well in comprehension and in understanding word reasoning. While it is an interesting finding for scientists,

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  • In North America, we see autumn as the beginning of football season, Pumpkin Spice Latte’s invading every coffee shop and the best fall fashion. 

    But we have a lot to learn about preparing the short days, colder nights and months of blustery snow around the corner, and it’s been suggested that we should look to the Danes.

    Morley College in the UK is trying to teach it’s students about the Danish idea of hygge. Pronounced Hoo-Ga, the word translates to coziness, and is a principle idea to the Nordic country’s way of life.

    So what is hygge?

    “Hygge could be families and friends getting together for a meal, with the lighting dimmed, or it could be time spent on your own reading a good book,“ Susan Nilsson, a lecturer at Morley College said. "It works best when there’s not too large an empty space around the person or people." 

    "Hygge seems to me to be about being kind to yourself - indulging, having a nice time, not punishing or denying yourself anything,” explained Helen Russell, author of

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  • The traffic jams on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto don’t even come close to what Chinese motorists had to face this week.

    As the seven-day national holiday known as the ‘Golden Week’ wrapped up in China, thousands of motorists trying to return to the capital were stuck in a 50-lane traffic jam on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway.

    The shocking scenes captured by aerial footage show Beijing-bound vehicles in complete gridlock, a traffic jam caused by a new checkpoint added recently on either side of the toll booth. It reduced the 50-lane road to less than 20 lanes, according to the Daily Mail.

    Vehicles are seen stuck in a traffic jam at the end of a week-long national holiday, in Beijing, China.Vehicles are seen stuck in a traffic jam at the end of a week-long national holiday, in Beijing, China.

    Many motorists were reportedly spotted leaving their vehicles and taking a stroll just to kill the time.

    According to the National Tourism Administration in China, the number of Chinese people traveling during the ‘Golden Week’ was expected to reach a record high.

    The China Tourism Academy estimated that almost half the country’s population would be traveling during the seven-day long

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  • People are silhouetted by an art exhibit at the Nuit Blanche art festivalPeople are silhouetted by an art exhibit at the Nuit Blanche art festival

    Compared to music, dance or other cultural events, the visual arts have a much more refined wine-sipping vibe. Stuffy even. Even the most provocative art exhibitions in history have triggered little more than harsh words, graffiti and some vandalism. Yet Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, where visual art installations are on display all over the core for a mere 12 hours one fall night, has gained a much more anarchic reputation.

    During this year’s Nuit Blanche, hundreds of young people surrounded a handful of police officers in Yonge-Dundas Square, who had come to check on reports of a gun. Bottles and other objects were hurled at the officers, one of whom suffered a broken bone in one hand.

    “We saw behaviour that was dangerous, behaviour that was reckless, behaviour that could have caused extreme, serious injuries,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told a news conference a few days later. “It seems clear that for many there, it was a party atmosphere. There were smiles, laughter,

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  • Man says shark attack saved his life after cancerous tumor found

    “If this didn’t happen with the shark... I would have never known about this cancer."

    After another summer of shark-induced scares, a Massachusetts man claims his run-in with the scary fish had actually saved his life.

    Eugene Finney, of Fitchburg, northwest of Boston, was on a family vacation in Huntington, California, when a shark smashed into him while swimming, CBS Boston reports.

    “Something struck me from behind. I’d never been hit like that before. It was pretty jarring. It kind of gave me an instant whiplash,” Finney told CBS.

    Though he sustained a gash across his back from the shark, it was not until later that night, at home, that Finney started experiencing real pain.  

    After bouts of chest and back pain, the father of two went to the hospital, where doctors found interior bruising and gave him an additional (and unexpected) diagnosis – he had a walnut-sized tumor on his right kidney.

    Doctors at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center removed the cancerous tumor using minimally-invasive robotic surgery and Finney says he feels lucky to be alive.

    “If this didn’t happen

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  • Dad teaches himself to style daughter’s hair, gives free class to other fathers

    'I love the time spent with her and she loves the cool hair, so it’s a win-win'

    (Photo: Imgur)(Photo: Imgur)
    The task of styling a daughter’s hair is often thought of as a mom’s responsibility. After all, it’s generally the woman of the house who has more experience with ponytails and braids. 

    But when Florida dad Philippe Morgese became a single father when his daughter, Emma, was one, he realized that he would be the one brushing, parting and plaiting his little girl’s hair.

    Morgese tells BuzzFeed that he started with simple clips before putting Emma’s shiny, light brown hair into two neat pigtails. 

    But as time passed and Emma got older, Morgese did not rest on his hairstyling laurels, but instead taught himself ever more complicated styles, until Emma was sporting multi-braid side ponytails and fancy braid-wrapped pony-tails to school.

    “I love the time spent with her and she loves the cool hair, so it’s a win-win,” he tells BuzzFeed.

    (Photo: Facebook)(Photo: Facebook)
    Other dads in the neighbourhood began to take notice of Emma’s hair, and Morgese started receiving requests for tips on how to do their own daughters’ locks.

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  • Tory candidates continue to be hard to reach on the campaign trails, including at riding debates.

    Some debates in Calgary’s 10 federal ridings have been cancelled or delayed because of attendance refusals or lack of attendance from Conservative candidates, Brian Lee of the Calgary Leadership Forum told the Calgary Herald.

    “All of the political parties have been very keen on participating except for one,” said Lee, a former Progressive Conservative MLA in Alberta, told the Herald. “I’ll let you guess. It starts with a ‘C.’”

    Lee wasn’t immediately available for comment with Yahoo Canada News.

    Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt did attend a Calgary event on Wednesday to increase voter turnout, CBC News reported, along with Liberal, NDP and Green candidates.

    The problem with media and public access to Conservative candidates in the federal election goes beyond Calgary. The party didn’t send a representative to speak about issues affecting Ottawa at a Monday debate organized by the

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  • Steve Rannazzisi breaks silence about his surviving 9/11 lie on Howard Stern Show

    "I know what I did was terrible. And I know that I hurt a lot of people."

    A comedian who fabricated a story about surviving the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, is coming clean for the first time.

    For years, Steve Rannazzisi had spoken in great detail about his experience during the attack, telling various podcasts and other media outlets that he had escaped from the World Trade Center.

    Last month, the New York Times uncovered that none of that story checked out. The backlash came fast and hard – the star of the sitcom “The League” not only lost respect from his colleagues and fans but also an endorsement deal with Buffalo Wild Wing.

    Earlier this week, the comedian went on Howard Stern to speak frankly about why he chose to invent such a story. Watch the complete interview in the video below.

    The tale began to spin when he was hanging out at a comedy club, shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New York, when the attacks were still fresh in people’s minds. When other comedians asked if he’d been in the area of the Twin Towers, he told them he had.

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  • An Atlanta man has been fired as a result of racist comments made about his Facebook profile photo, which contained the image of a coworker’s young black son. 

    Gerod Roth took a selfie while in the offices of Polaris Marketing Group, his place of work, reports Fox 5 Atlanta. He made the image his profile photo. In the background of the photo stands a little boy, three-year-old Cayden Jenkins. Cayden had been visiting his mom at the office, and Roth took and posted the photo without the mother’s knowledge or permission.

    Cayden appears innocent and adorable, but what followed was anything but. 

    Friends of Roth’s began posting disturbingly racist comments. Among them, “I didn’t know you were a slave owner,” “Dude, where the hell did you get a black kid,” and “But Massuh, I dindu nuffin.” 

    Roth’s response to this alarming outpouring of prejudice? “He was feral.” 

    If this seems like just another putrid example to throw on the ever-growing pile of evidence that the internet is a vile and

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