• The mother of an eighth grader has withdrawn her daughter from an Akron, Ohio, charter school after the girl was given a harsh punishment for possessing a sugar and Kool-Aid mix the youth are calling “Happy Crack” to her peers.

    Iverson Sibley, 14, was called into the principal’s office of Akros Middle School after school officials caught her on security cameras making “what looked like a drug type transaction”

    Upon learning that the substance was not crack cocaine as they suspected, but simply a quick-fix, sugar jolt that turns the kids finger tips and tongues red, school administrators still decided Sibley should be given a five-day suspension from school.

    Sibley’s mother, Erika Yarborough, thinks the punishment is too harsh considering her daughter was only carrying around sugar and drink crystals. She said the students trade in coupons, not cash.

    Several other students besides Sibley were suspended for their part in the sugar trafficking ring, which Yarborough feels is extreme.

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  • Woman intentionally blinds herself to fulfill lifelong dream

    Jewel Shuping has been living with a rare condition

    A woman with a rare psychological condition achieved her lifelong dream of being blind by intentionally damaging her eye sight.

    Jewel Shuping has Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition that makes able-bodied people believe they are supposed to be disabled. The 30-year-old from North Carolina has felt that she was meant to be blind ever since she was a child. As a teen she took on traits normally associated with being blind, like walking with a cane and reading in braille.

    Shuping claims that when she was 21, she found a psychologist who agreed to pour drain cleaner into her eyes. She waited half an hour to go to the hospital, so that the damage would already be done.

    “It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” Shuping told People. “All I could think was, ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.'”

    She agreed not to name the psychologist. The decision to go blind has put a strain on her family. Shuping’s

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  • Federal scientist under investigation for ‘Harperman’ song retires

    An Environment Canada scientist under investigation for his part in a protest song has retired from public service, according to his union.

    Tony Turner was put on administrative leave while he was investigated for writing and playing a song against Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

    The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) said Friday that Turner chose to retire rather than wait an unknown number of days, or even weeks, to learn his fate from his employer.

    “I have always believed I acted within my rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that I was not in a conflict of interest with the department’s values and ethics code,” Turner said in the union’s news release. “I have always maintained impartiality and objectivity in the conduct of my duties.”

    Turner said he was assured a quick investigation and decision when Environment Canada suspended him earlier this summer.

    “That has not happened and I have decided it better to retire and continue to

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  • It’s not called the politics of division for nothing.

    A war of words has broken out between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Conservative candidate Jason Kenney over the Tories’ take on the niqab issue.

    Nenshi sparked the verbal spar during an interview Wednesday on the radio show “Everything is Political.”

    “This is unbelievably dangerous stuff,” Nenshi said. “I spoke with a group of mayors and councillors from all over Alberta last week, and in my speech with all of these people from small town Alberta, I stood up and said this is disgusting and it is time for us to say stop it — to say this is enough.”

    The Calgary mayor decried the “dog whistle politics” being played out on the federal hustings, noting that millions of dollars of taxpayer money is being spent on a federal appeal to try and hold up the ban.

    The comments did not go unnoticed by Kenney, who was the citizenship and immigration minister that brought in the ban on women wearing a niqab while taking their oath of

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  • After years of struggles, father-to-be weeps when he finds out wife is pregnant

    “I’ve never been that excited before in my life and I mean not mainly for myself, for her"

    A mother-to-be surprised her husband with news that she’s pregnant, and his reaction is sure to give you all the feels. 

    Dana Griffin-Graves and Arkell Graves from Dinwiddie County, Virginia, have been trying to have a baby for 17 years. After four miscarriages and one stillborn birth, they had all but officially given up, Dana explains in the video description on YouTube.

    The couple had begun to slowly come to grips with their struggles. As her heart began to heal, Dana channelled her energy towards her weight loss efforts, Fox40 News reports. 

    Dana started walking with friends on a regular basis, but she seemed to be the only one of the bunch that was not losing any weight. She decided to visit her doctor, and that’s when she received the shocking news. Dana is five months pregnant. 

    When it came time to share the news with her husband, Dana decided to plant a few clever clues in their kitchen. She placed literal buns in the oven, along with the baby’s ultrasound pictures next to the

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  • Russian scientist injects himself with ‘eternal life’ bacteria

    "I’ve never had a flu for the last two years."

    Does the secret to living longer lay deep in the far-reaching areas of Siberia? A Russian scientist seems to think so – and he’s not afraid to find out.

    Anatoli Brouchkov, the head of the Geocryology department at Moscow State University, has admitted to injecting himself with 3.5-million-year-old bacteria to see if it has any effect on him.

    Brouchkov told The Siberian Times that since injecting himself with the Bacillus F bacteria, his health and energy have prospered. 

    “I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years.  After successful experiments on mice and fruit flies, I thought it would be interesting to try the inactivated bacterial culture,” he said.

    As the permafrost thaws, the bacteria “get into the environment, into the water,” Brouchkov told The Siberian Times.

    “The local population, the Yakut people … are getting these cells with water, and even seem to live longer than some other nations. So there was no danger for me,” he said.

    Found in 2009, in

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  • (Photo: Facebook)(Photo: Facebook)

    Whoever runs the Facebook page for Aussie supermarket Woolworths must be feeling like a rap master right about now.

    All it took was one post for people to start swearing their allegiance to the store over social media.

    It all started when Jamie McGloin wrote a post on the company’s page about a package of spaghetti he’d bought playing with the lyrics from ‘Eminem’s Lose Yourself,’ reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

    A simple Facebook like and it all could have ended right there, but Woolworths had different plans.

    Dear Woolworths,

    Yesterday I was searching for food to make mums spaghetti. I was nervous, my knees were weak, my palms were sweaty and to top it off, I had a vomit on my sweater already.
    To be honest, I was ready to drop bombs, but I kept on spaghetti what I wrote down. I feel I had one shot, one opportunity and I let it slip. I could have seized everything and I left with nothing but a brown onion and tomato paste. I lost myself in the spaghetti because I had spaghetti on my

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  • For the second time in two years Margaret Nyajur finds herself homeless in her own homeland. South Sudan's seasonal rains have left sticky red mud on the floor of the lightweight emergency tent that she and her four daughters live in. The 18’ x 10’ x 7’ shelter is inhabitable.

    Nyajur and her family have the distinction of being the first registered members of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Twic in Warrap state in South Sudan. The camp holds approximately 500 IDPs; mostly widowed mothers with young families, and some elderly. IDPs are defined as those who have fled their homes but not crossed an international border. They become refugees once in a foreign country.

    There is an abundance of misery in the IDP camp. Barefoot children with dust-covered feet and legs walk aimlessly and play in the dirt. A few have scaly, oozing rashes. All are thin; many have rust-coloured hair, a sign of malnourishment. There are no schools, no books, no playgrounds, and no sounds of

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  • A mom decided to pull a prank after her daughter told her she wasn’t afraid of anything, but not everyone online finds it funny.

    In the short clip, the little girl is standing in front of the TV screen, watching a DVD her mom just put in. At first it appears to be showing green fields with melodic music playing and the girls seems unsuspicious. 

    All of sudden, a screeching zombie-like figure pops up on the screen.

    The girl jumps backwards and falls over onto the carpet, then quickly gets up and runs off camera towards her mom, who is laughing and filming.

    The original video was posted by the mother, Milian Lee, and received more than 200,000 views in just nine hours on the Kyle and Jackie O Facebook page, Mirror reports.

    “I must be a terrible mother because I thought that was hilarious,” one user commented.

    But not everyone saw the humorous side.

    “Why would you want to instill fear into your child. Idiot!!” one user wrote.

    Another commented. “Dreadful! Not funny at all. Contact the

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  • WOW Air will start the £99 transatlantic flights in April 2015. [WOW Air]WOW Air will start the £99 transatlantic flights in April 2015. [WOW Air]

    A new discount carrier has entered the Canadian airline market, adding a low-cost option for travellers looking to get to Europe and willing to have an Icelandic stopover along the way — a move one expert says should keep fares competitive.

    Iceland-based Wow Air announced Thursday that it’ll begin running four weekly flights between Toronto or Montreal and Europe, with refuelling stopovers in Reykjavik, starting in next May.

    Wow’s fares will start at $99 one way to Reykjavik, and another $149 from Iceland to 16 other European destinations including Berlin and London. Wow is already flying out of Washington, D.C., and Boston in the United States.

    The entry of an international discount carrier into the Canadian market could be good news for consumers, Ambarish Chandra, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto who researches airline markets, tells Yahoo Canada News. 

    “I’ve long believed that there’s insufficient competition for travel both within Canada and in between Canada

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