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Footage of Navy Yard shooter released

Posted by Dana Hatic September 25, 2013 01:49 PM

The FBI released security footage today of alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis as he navigated the facility carrying a weapon and ducking behind walls.

Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy reservist and IT contractor, allegedly opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, killing 12 people. He was killed in a shootout with police.

See photos from the video surveillance.

The Navy released documents detailing the history of Alexis' military career. He received an Honorable discharge, and was issued a Navy Reserve Identification and Privilege card in February 2011.

Alexis reportedly stayed in Thai Buddhist temple in Raynham in mid-August. He also visited a Veterans Affairs hospital in Providence, R.I. and complained of insomnia.

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Watch: Eagle's-eye view of flight

Posted by Dana Hatic September 18, 2013 01:11 PM

If you've ever wondered what it's like to fly over a landscape like birds do, here is your chance. A camera strapped to an eagle's back provides an aerial tour of Chamonix, France, complete with bumping and gliding as the bird flaps its wings.

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Watch: Men fill plumbing with beer to prank friend

Posted by Dana Hatic September 18, 2013 11:14 AM

"Prank" may not be the right word, but that's what these guys called it when they hooked up their friend's plumbing to kegs, making all the faucets in his house spew cold, frothy beer.

The group of friends in New Zealand rolled kegs under the house and rigged the plumbing, giving their buddy quite a shock when he came home to find that his house did runneth over with beer. Small cameras set up around the house captured his reaction.

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Watch: News presenter mistakes ream of paper for iPad, goes on air

Posted by Dana Hatic September 18, 2013 10:35 AM

BBC news presenter Simon McCoy mistook a ream of paper for his iPad before going on air, and with live news leaving little room for adjustment, McCoy carried on presenting, paper in hand, as if nothing was amiss.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said McCoy "didn't have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it," the Daily Mail reported.

The British reporter has a history of on-air quirks. He once was found resting his head on the news desk during a live shot, to which he responded on Twitter, "I was not asleep!"

During coverage of the birth of the Prince George, McCoy presented outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth with a degree of snark about the whole affair, saying, "Well, plenty more to come from here of course. None of it news because that will come from Buckingham Palace. But that won't stop us."

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Watch: Lightning strikes tree during band performance at football game

Posted by Dana Hatic September 18, 2013 10:20 AM

A marching band and football fans in Florida had a shock when lightning struck a tree near the field.

In the middle of the band's performance, lightning hit the tree, briefly igniting it before the flame fizzled.

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Video: Anthony Weiner erupts in shouting match with Jewish voter

Posted by Dana Hatic September 4, 2013 02:16 PM

Former US representative Anthony Weiner remains in New York City mayoral race even after revelations of another sexting scandal, and the embattled candidate's contentious patterns emerged again on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, as he engaged in a shouting match with a Jewish voter.

With his mouth full of food, Weiner chastised a man, who could not immediately be heard on the video, for waiting until Weiner walked out of a bakery in Brooklyn to say something to him. Weiner repeatedly asked "you're my judge?" as the man expressed his feelings toward the candidate. The pair continued talking over each other and Weiner raised his voice.

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The man said, "You talk to God, you work out your problems, but stay out of the public eye," as he gestured with his hand and used an even tone.

"I've fought very hard for this community and delivered more than you will ever in your entire life," Weiner said, his voice dominating the conversation.

They eventually parted, and Weiner answered an unheard question, saying, "when I do I don't back down." When prompted with a question about forgiving the man in the context of Rosh Hashanah, Weiner said he would forgive him and wouldn't hold it against him.

Weiner responded to criticism on Twitter.


The candidate has a history of colorful interactions, including one where he argued with a voter over his sexting scandal.

In another interview, he mocked a British reporter.

A poll released Aug. 28 indicated Weiner had 8 percent of likely Democratic voters, ranked behind three other candidates.

Mom does back-to-school dance as kids leave on bus

Posted by Dana Hatic September 2, 2013 10:13 AM

When her kids climb on that big yellow bus, Tracy Moutafis busts out some dance moves to send them on their way. It's the Framingham mom's back-to-school ritual.

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Watch: Russian hovercraft docks at packed beach

Posted by Dana Hatic August 22, 2013 08:16 AM

When the warm weather hits Russia, Russians hit the beach. This weekend, people packed the shore near the village Mechnikovo, in that piece of Russia that sits between Poland and Lithuania.

It was a day without incident; that is, until a military-grade hovercraft docked on the crowded beach.

No one was injured as beachgoers cleared space for the 550-ton hovercraft, which apparently docks in the area on a regular basis. A Russian paper reported that the Ministry of Defense owns the beach.

Here is raw video of the craft landing.

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Vine captures truck flying off road

Posted by Dana Hatic August 20, 2013 02:56 PM

A woman in Michigan captured footage of a truck flying off the road into a ditch after driving into the median from a westbound road.

The man inside the vehicle was reportedly conscious when paramedics arrived but did sustain serious injuries.

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Twitter forms political action committee

Posted by Dana Hatic August 12, 2013 11:07 AM
Amid turmoil in Washington D.C. regarding government surveillance of communication, Twitter made a move to cement its presence in the discussion in Washington, forming its own political action committee and appointing its first lobbyist. The social media powerhouse established Twitter#PAC to advance its policy goals in the capital, The Washington Post reported.

William Carty, a policy manager for Twitter, will serve as a lobbyist in Washington, with Nu Wexler, a former spokesman for Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, as the policy and political issues spokesman.

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Little Fenway wiffle ball fundraiser ends with incredible catch

Posted by Dana Hatic August 12, 2013 08:18 AM
When a center fielder makes a miraculous catch over the right field wall at Fenway, you know it's a special moment. But when the player topples seesaw-style over the wall to cheers and whoops from players and fans, you know there's more to this story.

Yes, this scene unfolded at Fenway Park, but not in the 101-year-old stadium in Boston; rather, it occurred in Essex, Vt. in a replica stadium 1/4 the size of the real Fenway, during the 12th annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffleball Tournament.

Pat O'Connor built the scaled replica of Fenway at his Vermont home in 2001, complete with the old-style scoreboard and the Citgo sign over left field. After reading "Eleven Seconds", E.M. Swift's book about former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, who was paralyzed from the neck down in his first collegiate game, O'Connor pitched the idea of a charity tournament for Roy's foundation.

Since 2002, O'Connor has hosted an annual wiffleball tournament to raise money for spinal cord injury research. In 2007, he built a replica of Wrigley Field and the addition accommodated the tournament's expansion.

The tournament has raised more than $2 million over the last 12 years.

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Watch: Mass. fishermen catch 920-pound tuna off Cape Cod

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff August 11, 2013 01:55 PM

By Matt Juul/Boston.com Correspondent

Thought great white sharks were the only mega-sized sea creatures circling the Cape? Guess again.

Check out Dracut resident Gregg Looney's recent catch off the coast of Cape Cod, a 920-pound bluefin tuna, in the video embedded above.

Watch: Search continues after volcano erupts in Indonesia

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff August 11, 2013 12:56 PM

By Matt Juul/Boston.com Correspondent

Officials continued their search on Sunday for the bodies of two children following the erruption of Mount Rokatenda, a volcano located on a small island in eastern Indonesia, the day prior.

The volcanic explosion sent ash and smoke nearly a mile into the air and killed six people, including three adults and two children. Officials stated that the age of the sixth victim killed was not known.

The eruption also forced nearly 3,000 people to evacuate the island, according to the national Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Mount Rokatenda has been rumbling since last October.

'Dufnering' craze hits the PGA Championship

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff August 11, 2013 11:12 AM

By Matt Juul/Boston.com Correspondent

First there was "planking." Then there was "Tebowing." Now there's... "Dufnering?"

The latest picture pose craze to take over the web comes courtesy of professional golfer Jason Dufner, whose expressionless face and lackadaisical seated position has exploded as an internet meme.

Don't be surprised if "Dufnering" reaches new levels of popularity should Dufner emerge victorious from the final round of the PGA Championship today.

Watch: ‘Australian Sarah Palin’ calls Islam a country

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff August 11, 2013 10:40 AM

By Matt Juul/Boston.com Correspondent

Being able to tell the difference between religions and countries can be confusing at times.

Just ask Stephanie Banister, the 27-year-old former One Nation candidate in Australia's parliamentary elections, whose recent gaffe filled interview with 7 News went viral over the weekend.

"I don't oppose Islam as a country," Banister said, "but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia."

This head-scratching statement as well as other ridiculous sound bites from the video (embedded above) have earned Banister the moniker of the "Australian Sarah Palin" by commentators from around the world.

Thankfully for the citizens of Australia, though, Banister's political career lasted only a few days as she halted her campaign following fallout from the video interview.

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Fat cat struggles through dog door

Posted by Dana Hatic August 8, 2013 12:00 PM

Cats tend to be light on their feet, agile, and sprightly. This 26-pound cat? Not so much.

The YouTube contributor who posted the video says her cat doesn't like being outside. So, in the face of his undesirable situation, he manages to overcome a round-cat, square-door conundrum and force his way back inside.

Maybe if the rotund cat takes it easy on the lasagna, that process will get easier.

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Phoenix man has cheeky response to Amazon package theft

Posted by Dana Hatic August 8, 2013 11:26 AM
When a woman in Arizona stole an Amazon package from outside a man's front door, he launched a neighborhood campaign to find her. Upon seeing security camera footage of the theft, Tim Lake of Phoenix printed posters dripping with sarcastic hilarity and featuring a series of photos of the woman stealing the package.

Lake even set up an email address for tips (yes, an AOL email address, which he says "is still cool") and included the police report number on the flier. He also sat for a staged interview and expressed the silliness of the theft with fake tears and a sardonic description of what life would be like if he had the contents of the package: k-cup coffee pods and ice trays. "I could have made iced coffee," Lake said.

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Cat in shark costume rides vacuum and chases duck

Posted by Dana Hatic August 8, 2013 09:07 AM

In the spirit of Shark Week, enjoy this cat riding a vacuum in a shark costume. Planted on a Roomba, the cat rides around on the floor while a curious duck investigates.

Sudden twists and turns don't faze the feline, who sits still as duck and Roomba jockeyed for position in the room. And just in case that isn't enough, a dog joins the party dressed in a hammerhead shark costume.

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Baby elephant splashes in inflatable pool

Posted by Dana Hatic August 7, 2013 09:30 AM

Take an inflatable kiddie pool, fill it with water, and add a more than 300-pound baby elephant. You may think "disaster," but the combination actually has a delightful result.

Belle, a baby elephant born at the Fort Worth Zoo on July 7, explored the wonders of the inflatable pool. She splashed and stepped in the pool, then flopped down on the side, spilling much of the water. After some adjustments she flopped again, perfectly snug within the circumference of the pool, and wiggled around in the water.

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Man wrestles shark in Nantucket

Posted by Dana Hatic July 17, 2013 10:11 AM

With two great white shark sightings off Chatham and others sighted around Cape Cod in the last week, a man made news in Nantucket for wrestling a 7-foot sand shark on Sconset beach.

It took 45 minutes for Elliot Sudal to wrestle the shark to shore. Sudal, a 24-year-old who moved to Massachusetts from Florida, said he had been a fisherman his whole life and was catching bluefish and bass before the sand shark took the bait. He and his friends snapped some photos, then pushed the shark back out into the water.

Sudal said he suspected a shark presence when some of the fish he reeled in showed signs of bite marks.

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Live video: Outside federal court in Boston after Marathon bombing suspect's appearnce, plea

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff July 10, 2013 03:58 PM

Follow live coverage after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entered a not guilty plea in a courtroom at the Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in South Boston.


San Francisco plane crash: Witness filmed impact

Posted by Dana Hatic July 8, 2013 08:35 AM

Fred Hayes and his wife were watching planes land at San Francisco International Airport on July 6 and Hayes filmed Asiana Airlines Flight 214 as it crashed on its approach.

The rear of the plane made impact first, then the nose bounced and the vessel skidded along the runway. Aviation and airline officials said the pilot of the Boeing 777 was landing at the San Francisco airport for the first time and tried to abort the landing after coming in too slow to set down safely.

Watch: Jennifer Lopez apologizes for Turkmenistan performance

Posted by Sean Smyth, Boston.com correspondent July 1, 2013 07:15 AM

Jennifer Lopez has apologized for singing happy birthday to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. Human rights groups say Berdimuhamedow is in charge of an oppressive state.

See the video below:

Aaron Hernandez made his first appearance in court (video)

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff June 26, 2013 04:36 PM

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez made his first appearance in court shortly after he was arrested and charged with killing a friend, Odin Lloyd a few days after they got into a dispute at a nightclub.

Watch: Aaron Hernandez being led out in handcuffs

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff June 26, 2013 11:08 AM

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday.

Watch: Wedding flash mob boogies down, led by minister

Posted by Dana Hatic June 24, 2013 09:40 AM

In their first act as a married couple, Gary and Tracy Richardson led their wedding guests in a dance break.

After "you may now kiss the bride," but before a final prayer, the couple and their enthusiastic officiant danced to "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory and "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang, and in the pews popped up and joined the choreographed dance.

The couple was married in Nottinghamshire, England.

Hernandez visits his lawyer's office in Boston (video)

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff June 20, 2013 05:57 PM

A report on WBZ-TV indicated that New England Patriots' tight end Aaron Hernandez visited his attorney's office today after he left Gillette Stadium at 12:15 p.m.

Watch: Deaf 3-year-old hears his father for the first time

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff June 20, 2013 01:16 PM

Three-year-old Grayson Clamp was born deaf, but a new implant gave him the gift of hearing. The young boy’s reaction to hearing the voice of his dad, Len, was priceless. The toddler from Charlotte, N.C., heard his father’s voice for the very first time. "Daddy loves you," Grayson's father said.

The “TODAY” show says the first-of-its-kind procedure is called an auditory brainstem implant, and Grayson is the first child to receive this kind of implant.

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