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Robot Vacuum ‘Eats’ Sleeping Woman’s Hair

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A woman whose hair was swallowed up by a robot vacuum cleaner while she was sleeping on the floor had to be freed by emergency crews.

The 52-year-old, called Yoon, woke in agony at her South Korean home after the robot apparently mistook her hair for fluff.

Unable to free herself, she called the Changwon city fire department in desperation.

Four emergency workers took half an hour to free her after opening the device.

The woman escaped serious injury.

A woman whose hair was targeted by a robot vacuum cleaner while she was sleeping had to be freed by emergency crews.

It took emergency teams half an hour to free the woman

“This case was quite special,” the fire department said. “We had seen weird things, but this was a very weird call that we received.”

It is not clear whether the woman has retained the robot cleaner’s services.

Such devices have become popular in the last decade, with US firm iRobot selling more than 10 million units of its circular Roomba.

The devices have sensors that usually allow them to avoid obstacles.

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Warning Over TV Which Listens In On Users

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Samsung has warned people against discussing sensitive and private information in the vicinity of its new smart televisions – because it will be translated into text and stored in a central computer.

The new privacy policy for the voice-activated television allows the company and its partners to listen in on everything that people say.

The policy states: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of voice recognition.

“While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it.”

Samsung insists that the data is encrypted to keep it safe, and points out that owners can disconnect their TV from wifi to keep their data secure.

In a statement it said: “In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers’ personal information and prevent unauthorised collection or use.”

However, without an internet connection the voice recognition feature stops working entirely.

While lots of voice-recognition devices use an internet connection to better translate sounds into actions, the storing and sharing with third parties is a particular privacy concern for some Samsung users.

The privacy policy was first highlighted by a Reddit user, and many of the comments compared the situation to the telescreens described in George Orwell novel 1984.

In the book, Orwell wrote: “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.”

 

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Whoa Baby! Newborn Weighs 14.1 Pounds

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A woman in the US has given birth to a baby weighing 14.1 pounds (6.4kg) – and he is already eating double the amount of an average-sized newborn.

Maxxzandra Ford’s son Avery is the heaviest ever baby to be born at St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Avery, who was delivered in a natural birth lasting 18 hours, is one of the largest-ever born in the state.

Ms Ford did not know she was pregnant until about 35 weeks in, according to media reports in the US.

She told television stations WFLA and WFTS that after she rapidly gained weight last autumn, doctors confirmed she was pregnant.

Ms Ford said she thought she was having twins at first.

Debbie Moore, a registered nurse at the hospital, said they would “definitely not” have recommended a natural birth if they had known how much Avery weighed, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Avery’s father, Allen Denton, told the newspaper: “I got a linebacker now instead of a fullback.”

Avery remains in neonatal intensive care after his 29 January birth, but he is expected to go home soon.

Ms Ford, who already has a one-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, said she “just melted” when she finally held Avery.

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Woah Baby! Newborn Weighs 14.1 Pounds

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A woman in the US has given birth to a baby weighing 14.1 pounds (6.4kg) – and he is already eating double the amount of an average-sized newborn.

Maxxzandra Ford’s son Avery is the heaviest ever baby to be born at St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Avery, who was delivered in a natural birth lasting 18 hours, is one of the largest-ever born in the state.

Ms Ford did not know she was pregnant until about 35 weeks in, according to media reports in the US.

She told television stations WFLA and WFTS that after she rapidly gained weight last autumn, doctors confirmed she was pregnant.

Ms Ford said she thought she was having twins at first.

Debbie Moore, a registered nurse at the hospital, said they would “definitely not” have recommended a natural birth if they had known how much Avery weighed, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Avery’s father, Allen Denton, told the newspaper: “I got a linebacker now instead of a fullback.”

Avery remains in neonatal intensive care after his 29 January birth, but he is expected to go home soon.

Ms Ford, who already has a one-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, said she “just melted” when she finally held Avery.

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Mum Has 14-Pound Baby After Surprise Pregnancy

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A woman in the US has given birth to a baby weighing 14.1 pounds (6.4kg) – and he is already eating double the amount of an average-sized newborn.

Maxxzandra Ford’s son Avery is the heaviest ever baby to be born at St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Avery, who was delivered in a natural birth lasting 18 hours, is one of the largest-ever born in the state.

Ms Ford did not know she was pregnant until about 35 weeks in, according to media reports in the US.

She told television stations WFLA and WFTS that after she rapidly gained weight last autumn, doctors confirmed she was pregnant.

Ms Ford said she thought she was having twins at first.

Debbie Moore, a registered nurse at the hospital, said they would “definitely not” have recommended a natural birth if they had known how much Avery weighed, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Avery’s father, Allen Denton, told the newspaper: “I got a linebacker now instead of a fullback.”

Avery remains in neonatal intensive care after his 29 January birth, but he is expected to go home soon.

Ms Ford, who already has a one-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, said she “just melted” when she finally held Avery.

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Has Bigfoot Been Spotted At Yellowstone?

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By Sky News US Team

Has bigfoot finally been spotted?

According to some Sasquatch enthusiasts, footage shot at Yellowstone National Park shows not one but four of the mythological creatures.

The footage shows bison roaming around in a snow-covered park – until four creatures walking upright appear in the background.

The footage posted by user Mary Greeley has been watched some 40,000 times since the end of December.

Sasquatch footprint near Mount Everest

Bigfoot print? This image was taken near Mount Everest 13 December 1951

“News they don’t want you to hear”, says a caption as the clip starts.

The video, captured on camera near the tourist attraction’s Old Faithful geyser, cuts away before the camera can take a closer look at the creatures.

Bigfoot is said to have flat feet – similar to a human’s – and a footprint that spans over 40cm.

Enthusiasts have long hoped to find evidence proving the existence of a creature widely thought to be fictional.

Scientists believe that most supposed sightings are cases of misidentification of other animals or hoaxes.

Yellowstone National Park Spokesperson Al Nash told ABC: “Bigfoot sightings are not frequent, but it happens.

“People say a lot of crazy things about Yellowstone all the time and bigfoot is just one of them.”

Despite its controversial status, the beast is a very popular cultural symbol in North America, and  was used as one of the mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

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Humanoid Robot Firefighter Tested By US Navy

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By Sky News US Team

The US Navy has unveiled a prototype robot firefighter – but don’t hold your breath waiting for this ponderous machine to rush to the rescue if you’re ever in a burning building.

The 5ft 11in, 143lb (64kg) robot walks on feet and can perform a range of tasks – but is not exactly the quickest thing on two legs.

Nevertheless, the US Navy says the machine showed promise during tests in November on the USS Shadwell, a decommissioned Navy ship.

The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) walked on uneven floors, used thermal imaging to identify overheated equipment and extinguished a small fire with a hose.

It also has a rotating laser to see through dense smoke.

Dr Thomas McKenna, programme manager at the Office of Naval Research, said: “The long-term goal is to keep sailors from the danger of direct exposure to fire.”

Developed by scientists at Virginia Tech, SAFFiR can perform its own tasks, though it is controlled by a computer console.

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Frugal Janitor Was Secret Multimillionaire

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By Sky News US Team

A man who worked as a janitor has left behind an estate valued at around $8m (£5.2).

Ronald Read, from Brattleboro in Vermont, gave no hint of the size of his fortune before his death in June 2014, aged 92.

The former gas station employee and janitor held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood.

However, he regularly read the Wall Street Journal and had a knack for picking stocks – a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6m to his local library and hospital.

His investments “grew substantially” over the years, said his attorney Laurie Rowell.

“He was unbelievably frugal,” Ms Rowell said.

When Mr Read visited her office, “sometimes he parked so far away so he wouldn’t have to pay the meter”.

He left $4.8m to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and $1.2m to the town’s Brooks Memorial Library – the largest bequests each institution has ever received.

Mr Read also made a number of smaller bequests and his total fortune amounted to roughly $8m, local reports said.

Besides cash, he had an antique Edison phonograph with dozens of recording drums that he left to the Dummerston Historical Society.

Mr Read was born in the small town of Dummerston in 1921.

He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, walking and hitchhiking about four miles each way from his home to school in Brattleboro.

After military service during World War II, he returned to Brattleboro and worked at a service station for 25 years and then 17 years as a janitor at the local outlet of department store chain JC Penney.

In 1960, he married a woman he met at the service station. She died in 1970.

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HIV Accused Argues Homosexual Acts ‘Not Sex’

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By Sky News US Team

A man charged with not telling a partner he was HIV-positive is arguing that homosexual acts do not constitute intercourse under Florida law.

Gary Debaun’s lawyer is making the contention in an attempt to have the case thrown out at the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Debaun was accused in Key West in 2011 of not providing the information about his medical status to a male sexual partner.

He was charged under a 1986 law that states it is illegal not to disclose an HIV infection before “sexual intercourse”.

But his lawyer, Brian Ellison, argues that definition applies only to sex between a man and a woman, not sex between two partners of any gender.

Debaun’s legal team convinced a circuit judge to dismiss the charge.

An appeals court overturned that ruling but asked the Supreme Court to resolve the question.

Mr Ellison argues in his brief to the high court: “The Florida Legislature and this court have always identified penile-vaginal union as ‘sexual intercourse’ and distinguished it from all other sexual contact.”

According to Florida law, he argued, sexual intercourse “does not refer to homosexual acts or oral sex”.

But the state argues that the law was intended to cover all sex acts, both homosexual and heterosexual, even if it did not precisely define the nature of sexual intercourse.

The prosecution wrote that “the lack of a definition of ‘sexual intercourse’ … did not render the statute ambiguous or unclear”.

Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Geldens says the legislature would obviously not enact a law to prevent the spread of HIV and exclude certain types of sexual activity.

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Classic Cars Forgotten On Farm Up For Sale

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A collection of rare classic cars that was were left forgotten on a farm for almost 50 years will go on sale on Friday.

The cars bear legendary marques such as Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Panhard-Levassor, Maserati, Ferrari, Delahaye and Delage.

The “sleeping beauties” are being auctioned by the Artcurial auction house and are expected to fetch €16m (£12m) in total.

They will be sold as seen, rusty and weather-beaten, having been kept poorly protected with some exposed to the elements for all those years.

Among the 60 is a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, one of only 37 ever made, found under a pile of old car magazines.

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  1. Some of the cars were overgrown with ivy

    Gallery: Classic Cars Found In ‘Metallic Graveyard’

    Artcurial were tipped-off to the collection of car that had been forgotten in western France

The car was once owned by actor Alain Delon, who was photographed in the car with actresses Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine.

Another discovery is a Talbot Lago T26 Cabriolet that was once owned by Egypt’s last monarch, King Farouk, a hugely rich man known for his extravagant tastes and great collections.

The once-in-a-lifetime discovery was found after a tip-off to one of the auction house’s specialists who was on the look out for rare items.

“This was somewhere between a metallic graveyard and a museum,” said Pierre Novikoff explaining how some of the cars were hidden by evergreen ivy while, in other cases, the cars were masked by corrugated iron.

“This is surely the last time that such a discovery will be made, anywhere in the world. What is so special here is the number of cars, the range and the quality and pedigree of the models.”

The exact location of the collection has been kept secret but the original owner is known to have been car enthusiast Roger Baillon.

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  1. The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California spider from the Baillon collection, which belonged to French actor Alain Delon

    Gallery: Long-Lost Classic Cars Go On Show At Retromobile

    A Ferrari 250 GT SWB California spider, which belonged to French actor Alain Delon, is displayed at the Retromobile Car Show 2015 in Paris

He made his fortune in the transport business at the end of the 1940s and used his money to buy the farm in Echire and turn it into a classic car museum.

Much of the collection was gathered between 1955 and 1965 with some of the cars restored and others left in their original state.

When his business suffered badly in the 1970s, Mr Baillon sold off a large part of his collection and dealers thought that was the end of the matter.

They did not realise he had held on to some of the best.

“This is a very rare opportunity presenting works of art unknown to the market!,” said Mr Novikoff.

“For the Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupe Saoutchik, caved in at the rear, I think it should be left in this condition. It is a sculpture.”

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