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  • 500-pound goliath grouper eats shark as shocked Florida fishermen watch: 'He just sucked it in'

    There's a reason goliath groupers are called the garbage disposals of the sea - they eat everything in sight, including sharks apparently. A group of fishermen were able to witness a 500-pound grouper's "rare" meal during a fishing trip off the coast of Everglades City, Florida, last week. Captain Jimmy Wheeler with Everglades Fishing Company watched as someone in his group caught a 3-foot shark. As the fisherman started reeling the creature in, a large shadow appeared. Wheeler instantly knew what was going to happen next. "Watch this. You guys are going to freak out," Wheeler warned. "He just sucked it in. I don't remember ever seeing anything this crazy." - Michelle Wheeler Suddenly, an open-mouthed

  • Russian spy offered sex for access and was praised for 'upstaging Anna Chapman', US prosecutors claim

    A flame-haired female Russian student was a Kremlin spy who offered sex as she sought to make influential connections in the US political system, a court heard. Maria Butina, 29, took part in a "years-long conspiracy" to secretly advance the interests of the Russian government in America, it was alleged. Butina appeared in court in Washington on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, and acting as a foreign agent, which carry a possible 10-year jail term. Dressed in an orange jump suit, and pink training shoes, she showed little emotion and said nothing, taking copious handwritten notes during a lengthy hearing. Judge Deborah Robinson denied bail, saying there was no other way to prevent Butina seeking diplomatic refuge at the Russian Embassy. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  The court was shown an FBI surveillance photograph of Butina having dinner with a Russian intelligence officer at a restaurant called Bistro Bis in Washington. Prosecutors said there were also photographs of her with Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador. For several years Butina had been studying at American University in Washington, and she also became a high profile pro-gun activist, telling how she learned to hunt wolves and bears in Siberia. In a 29-page complaint, which read like an extract from a spy novel, prosecutors alleged that was a cover story. At one point she had been praised by her Kremlin handler for “upstaging” the former Russian spy Anna Chapman, it was alleged. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  Ms Chapman, a red-haired Russian intelligence agent, was expelled from the US in 2010 and has since become a celebrity in Russia. After a series of news articles were published about Butina's gun activism a Russian official wrote to her: "Good morning! How are you faring there in the rays of the new fame? Are your admirers asking for your autographs yet? "You have upstaged Anna Chapman. She poses with toy pistols, while you are being published with real ones.” Through her gun activism Butina had her photograph taken with a string of high profile Republican figures including state governors Scott Walker, Rick Scott and Bobby Jindal, Senator Rick Santorum, and National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre. A courtroom sketch depicts Maria Butina, in orange suit listening to her attorney Robert Driscoll  as he speaks to Judge Deborah Robinson during a hearing in federal court in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Credit: Dana Verkouteren/AP She also asked Donald Trump a question about Russia following his speech at a National Prayer Breakfast event in February last year. In another message she was praised by a Russian official for being a ”daredevil” after she shared a photograph of herself near the US Capitol on Mr Trump's Inauguration Day. Butina wrote back: “Good teachers!” Prosecutors alleged Butina developed a relationship with a 56-year-old American. He was named in court only as "Person 1" but US media reported that he was a Republican strategist.  In papers seized by the FBI, Butina allegedly “complained about living” with the older man and “expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate” with him, according to prosecutors. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  It was also alleged that Butina offered another person “sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organisation”.  The FBI also allegedly found a hand-written note with the words "How to respond to FSB offer of employment”. The FSB is the successor to the KGB.  In her communications Butina repeatedly referred to a billionaire Russian oligarch as her "funder," prosecutors alleged. Butina was arrested after the FBI suspected she might trying to leave the country. Robert Driscoll, Butina's lawyer, told the court she denied wrongdoing. He said: "There's a completely innocent explanation. She’s accused of having dinner at Bistro Bis.  She’s accused of going to political events. She’s accused of going to the Capitol on Inauguration Day."

  • ‘Brady Bunch’ house in Southern California for sale for nearly $1.9 million

    LOS ANGELES - The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch” is for sale for $1.885 million. Records show George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for $61,000. Real estate agent Ernie Carswell tells the Los Angeles Times the house has been updated and upgraded, but the interior layout does not resemble what was featured on the show, which ran from 1969 to 1974. Interior scenes were shot in a studio. Carswell says a rock-wall fireplace, wood-paneled walls and floral wallpaper are vintage touches of what homes looked like in the 1970s. The agent says the home attracts 30

  • Ask Amy: Should I tell this woman to leave my boyfriend alone?

    DEAR AMY: My boyfriend of six months has really opened himself up to me. He gave me his social media account passwords, and has added my thumbprint to his phone (which I find really cute because I didn’t really ask him for it). I trust him. I noticed that his ex has been texting him. This wouldn’t really bother me if she had no bad intentions. But I know for a fact that she is still into him. Though my boyfriend never answers her texts - ever - she texts him on his phone number and also on WhatsApp. She still tries to talk to him, even when he doesn’t reply. She has even called him various times. My boyfriend tells me to go to his text messages and just reply to her, saying whatever I want. But

  • `Heartbroken` Family, Friends Ask for Help for Teen Who Became Paralyzed After Stroke

    Michael Trent, 14, is paralyzed with only the ability to move his eyes after he suffered a stroke on the Fourth of July.

  • Video captures Army pilot surprising his dog after coming back from deployment

    A Golden Retriever seemed like he couldn’t wag his tail fast enough after finding out that his human, Army pilot Zack Vohaska, was home once again after serving overseas. And witnesses to the tender moment captured it on video. Vohaska returned to Woodstock, Illinois after being in Afghanistan and decided to surprise his dog, Buddy, after the pair was separated for six months, Fox 32 Chicago reported. As the serviceman disguises himself beneath a pile of pillows and blankets on the couch, Buddy comes into frame and seems to smell something familiar. Buddy continues to poke his nose in the couch as his tail seems to wag faster and faster. The pooch can hardly contain himself as he soon discovers