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An Italian woman may go to jail for not doing enough housework

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An Italian woman could face prison time because she did not do enough housework, according to media reports.

The woman, a 40-year-old from the town of Sonnino in the Lazio region, has been charged with "mistreatment of the family," and if convicted could be given a sentence of up to six years in jail.

According to the Local, which cites an article in Il Fatto Quotidiano, the woman was accused by her husband in a legal complaint of "poor management of the household chores." He alleged that for two years, he had been "forced to live in conditions with poor hygiene," where he was also subject to verbal abuse and neglect.

In a 2013 survey, it was found that Italian women on average do 21 more hours of unpaid housework than their male counterparts — a discrepancy that was the most lopsided in the developed world.

Some in Europe have sought to counteract this sort of gender inequality.

A committee of the European Parliament in Strasbourg suggested last summer in a report that men be compelled to do half the chores of a household as part of a "strategy for equality." It also proposed new measures to curb domestic violence against women, a problem that's quite apparent in Italy despite recent legislation aimed at combating it.

California man breaks mountain lion’s neck

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A San Luis Obispo man and former NCAA wrestler fought off a mountain lion that attacked him Saturday evening near a Prefumo Canyon hiking trail. The mountain lion died in the struggle. [KSBY]

Robin Olson was hiking with his son around 5:30 p.m. They wandered off the trail and came in contact with a mountain lion.

Olson told his son to run away, he said. Olson tried to avoid the mountain lion, but the animal lunged at him and started attacking.

The former wrestler grabbed the mountain lion’s neck. He held onto the cat’s neck as it was scratching him, Olson said.

During the struggle, Olson broke the mountain lion’s neck, killing it instantly. He left with numerous scratches on his body.

Olson said he regrets what happened and that he loves animals. He said he just happened to be in the mountain lion’s space by accident.

His experience should be a lesson to other hikers to stay on the trails, he said.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife instructs hikers not to run if they come in contact with a mountain lion. Rather than running, hikers should make noise and try to look big by waving their arms.

Lock of Lennon's hair expected to fetch $10K at auction

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A lock of hair snipped from the head of John Lennon as the Beatle prepared for a film role is expected to sell for $10,000 at a Dallas auction later this month.

Heritage Auctions said in a news release Monday that the 4-inch lock was collected by a German hairdresser who trimmed Lennon's hair before he started shooting "How I Won the War."

The dark comedy, released in 1967, follows the World War II misadventures of British troops led by an inept commander.

The auction will be held Feb. 20 and Heritage says it will include other rare items linked to The Beatles, such as a signed photograph of all four members.

Memorabilia from other artists such as Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin also will be auctioned.

Paris now has meat vending machines

independent.co.uk

Parisians who need raw meat 24/7 are now well catered for after the city installed its first meat-dispensing vending machine.

The machine was installed outside a butchers shop in the 11th Arrondissement of the French capital and offers products including a faux-filet of beef, Bayonne ham from the Basque country, and beef carpaccio.

Local media report the machine sells products at market prices - with the cost of two pork chops around £3.85 - and accepts credit and debit cards.

Owner of the Basque butcher's shop L’Ami Txulette, Florence Pouzol, told the Telegraph: “The vending machine offers a selection of our products which we prepare and vacuum-pack ourselves. We wanted to give our customers an additional service when the shop is closed.”

The vending machine is not the first to dispense food other than snacks in Paris. In 2011, baguette vending machines became popular after a baker installed one next to his boulangerie.

The rise of vending fresh food from machines is a reaction to France’s reluctance to open stores seven days a week, coupled with the desire for easily accessible fresh produce.

Broncos Fan Spends $21K on Super Bowl Tickets Without Consulting Wife

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For some football fans, going to see their favorite team play in the Super Bowl is priceless.

However, the rules of marriage should always trump the laws of fandom: Always check with the spouse first before spending an exorbitant amount of money.

Justin Kerrigan, a Denver Broncos fan, told NBC Bay Area that he was probably going to be dropping a cool 30 grand on a trip to Super Bowl 50, including $21,000 on (four) tickets alone. The craziest part: He never talked to his wife about how much he was spending to cheer on the Broncos live.

Gulp.

Starving sea lion found in San Diego, California, restaurant

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In a photo provided by SeaWorld, an 8-month-old female sea lion pup is shown where it was found sleeping in a booth of the Marine Room, an upscale restaurant in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Experts were called from nearby SeaWorld, who said the pup was severely underweight and dehydrated. The pup was taken to SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Center and experts are cautiously optimistic about her recovery. There’s been a surge in sea lion mortality over the past year because, scientists say, the animals’ food supply has been affected by higher-than-normal ocean temperatures linked to El Nino.(Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld via AP) Photo: Mike Aguilera, AP / SeaWorld
A starving sea lion has been rescued after finding its way into the booth of a fancy San Diego restaurant.

Experts at SeaWorld were called Thursday morning to The Marine Room, an oceanfront restaurant in La Jolla.

Rescuers found an 8-month-old female pup asleep in a dining booth. The pup was severely underweight and dehydrated.

The pup was taken to SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Center, and experts are cautiously optimistic about her recovery.

There's been a surge in sea lion mortality over the past year, with marine biologists collecting thousands of sick, starving, stranded or dead pups. So far this year, SeaWorld has rescued 47 sea lions and other marine mammals.

Scientists say the animals' food supply has been affected by higher-than-normal ocean temperatures linked to El Nino.


Careening car ends up on roof of Southern California house

A crane removes a car that crashed off Palos Verdes Drive west and ended up on the roof of a home in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Firefighters pulled the man from the damaged car and took him to a hospital, but he wasn’t seriously hurt, and no one else was injured.  (Chuck Bennett/Daily Breeze via AP) Photo: Chuck Bennett, AP / The Daily Breeze

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It's hard to know what was more amazing: An out-of-control car ending up on the roof of a Southern California house or the driver somehow escaping serious injury despite the wild ride.

Palos Verdes Estates police Capt. Mark Velez says a driver with a medical problem lost control of his car on a residential street Wednesday.

Velez tells the Daily Breeze newspaper (http://bit.ly/1TFa6Tk ) that the man hit two parked cars, rolled up the driveway of a house, ricocheted off another car and was somehow sent skyward, ending up atop the detached garage of a neighboring house.

Firefighters pulled the man from the car and took him to a hospital, but he wasn't seriously hurt. No one else was injured.

Police got a crane to pull the car off the roof.

‘Please clap’: Jeb Bush begs crowd to applaud after speech is met with total silence

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Sruggling Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was forced to politely ask a group of supporters to applaud for him on Wednesday after a rant about his ability to lead the country was met with complete silence.

Speaking at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday, Bush lashed out at GOP hopeful Donald Trump, and promised not to be a divisive president.

“My pledge to you, I will be a commander-in-chief that will have the back of the military,” he said. “I won’t trash talk, I won’t be a divider-in-chief or an agitator-in-chief. I won’t be out there blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up.”

“I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter, but send a signal that we’re prepared to act in the national security interest of this country,” Bush added. “To get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world.”

Bush paused, waiting for approval from the crowd. But instead, he was met with an awkward silence.

“Please clap,” the candidate said, looking demoralized.

The crowd obliged.

Thai police arrest elderly bridge players in Pattaya

BBC News

A group of elderly bridge players in the Thai resort town of Pattaya were surprised by a visit from the police on Wednesday.

Thirty-two foreigners, including British, Swedish, Norwegian and Australian citizens, were arrested during the anti-gambling raid.

They said they were not playing for money, but were held for possessing too many unregistered playing cards.

Thailand's military rulers have vowed to crack down on corruption and crime.

The players were released on bail on Thursday, after 12 hours in custody.

In addition to 12 Britons, those arrested included three Norwegians, three Swedes, two Australians, a German, a Dane, a Canadian and a New Zealander, AFP news agency reported.

An 84-year-old Dutch woman was also among those held, local paper Pattaya One reported.