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Sandra Baker said when Mercer County school officials called the family to pick her son up, they were told he was “jumping off the walls”

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Sandra Baker, a Kentucky mom picking up her son at school, was shocked to find he was stuffed in a bag – not by bullies – but by school workers who wanted to teach him a lesson. Sandra Baker said she noticed the large green bag when she arrived at the school to pick up her son, but as she walked down the hallway, the bag moved. Then it spoke: “Momma, is that you?” It was her son, 9-ye...

High school student Angela Zhang from Cupertino has found a possible cure for cancer and she has been rewarded with a scholarship for $100,000

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...Zhang shared a project she had created in her spare time with her Monta Vista High School, chemistry teacher, Kavita Gupta it was the beginning of an extraordinary sequence of events. The project, an advanced research paper detailing a method for curing cancer, was beyond her teacher. “Cure for cancer – a high school student,” Kavita Gupta told CBS. “It’s just so mind-boggling. I just...

French police hunting an Algerian-origin gunman suspected of killing seven people in southern France in two separate attacks, including Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, have surrounded his flat in Toulouse

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...ed thousands of people to attend. The attacker gunned down Jonathan Sandler, a 30-year-old rabbi and teacher of religion, his two young sons Arieh and Gabriel and then – at point blank range – the head teacher’s daughter, 7-year-old Myriam Monsonego, in Monday’s attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse. Their bodies were carried out of Ozar Hatorah school on Tuesday in two bla...

Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have been making playable flutes with everything from leeks to carrots

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Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping, two brothers from Beijing, have carved out an unusual career – making musical instruments from carrots, potatoes and other vegetables. The Chinese brothers grew up surrounded by vegetables on a farm in central China with a music teacher father. The idea of playing music with vegetables came to Nan Weidong, 43, and Nan Weiping, 41, only two years ago, but it has...

TJ Lane, 17, appeared for a preliminary hearing in court, at which prosecutors alleged that the teenager did not know his victims and chose them at random

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A third student has died in the aftermath of the Chardon High School shooting in Ohio, US. Demetrius Hewlin died hours after Russell King Jr., 17, was declared brain dead. Daniel Parmertor, 16, died shortly after Monday’s shooting. Gunfire broke out at Chardon High School at 07:30 a.m. on Monday. The suspected shooter, who has been identified by Geauga County Juvenile Court as TJ Lane, appe...

At least eight Palestinian children have been killed in a collision between a school bus and an Israeli lorry on a road in the West Bank

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President Mahmoud Abbas has declared three days of mourning after at least eight Palestinian children have been killed in a collision between a school bus and an Israeli lorry on a road in the West Bank. The school bus was carrying children as young as five or six on their way to Ramallah, just north of Jerusalem. The vehicle overturned on impact and burst into flames. More than 30 children were...

The students were shot by a gunman who opened fire in the cafeteria at Chardon High School, which was busy at breakfast time

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One student has been killed and other four injured in a high school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, according to police. The students were injured when a gunman opened fire in the cafeteria at Chardon High School, the FBI said, which was busy at breakfast time. Two of the injured were taken by helicopter to Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, and three others went by ambulance to Cleveland Hospita...

American classical composer Elliott Carter has died at the age of 103

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American classical composer Elliott Carter has died at the age of 103. Known for his challenging and complex pieces, Elliott Carter won two Pulitzer Prizes and was also honored with the US National Medal of Arts. While not widely known by the general public, Elliott Carter was hugely respected by critics and musicians. In 2002, The New York Times said Elliott Carter’s string quartets were a...

Bryson Foster is set to open the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon this Labor Day weekend

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Bryson Foster of Concord, North Carolina, is set to open the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon this Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 1, 9/8c, on ABC television stations across the country. Bryson Foster, 13, will make his second consecutive network television appearance as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s National Goodwill Ambassador during the two-hour broadcast of the tele...

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova performed alongside Madonna at a concert in New York

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Russian punk rock band  Pussy Riot have signed an open letter insisting Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova not be billed as members. The letter said Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova had forgotten about the “aspirations and ideals of our group”. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova performed alongside Madonna at a concert in New York on Wednesday. They were jail...

Backstreet Boys will open the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon

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Backstreet Boys will open the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon tonight at 9/8c, on ABC television stations across the country. The multiplatinum group of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell will perform their newest single In A World Like This from their eighth studio album and nationwide tour of the same name. In addition to their new song, the...

Police have detained a gunman who held four people hostage at CIC bank in the southern city of Toulouse

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Police have detained a gunman who held four people hostage at CIC bank in the southern city of Toulouse, France, for almost seven hours. The man initially demanded money but when he was refused, a shot was fired and the hostages taken. Claiming to be linked to al-Qaeda, he demanded to speak to the elite Raid police unit that killed Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah nearby in March. He freed two hosta...

Eva Rausing may have been dead for up to a week before her corpse was discovered

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Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of his wife Eva Rausing, an inquest heard yesterday. Police are still waiting to quiz Hans Kristian Rausing, 49, after interviews were suspended on Tuesday so he could be treated for alcohol withdrawal. Yesterday Hans Kristian Rausing remained in a secure medical facility for treatment and is not fit to be qu...

Australian Genevieve Cook first met Barack Obama in 1983 in the kitchen of a mutual friend’s New York flat

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Australian Genevieve Cook first met Barack Obama in 1983 in the kitchen of a mutual friend’s New York flat. In those days most Americans, even supposedly cosmopolitan New Yorkers, couldn’t tell a Cockney from a Kiwi. But Barack Obama had met many Aussies while living in Indonesia as a young boy with his mother and stepfather, and it turned out he and Genevieve Cook – the daughter of a promi...

It looks like Tom Cruise's unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age

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It looks like Tom Cruise’s unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age. Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes were all in their early thirties when their marriages to Tom Cruise took a turn for the worse. Fans of Tom Cruise searched for a meaning, some postulating that the number 33 is related somehow to his religion, Scientol...

Heidemarie Schwermer from Germany has lived without money for 16 years following a lifetime of guilt about wealth stemming from her time as a World War Two refugee

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Heidemarie Schwermer from Germany has lived without money for 16 years following a lifetime of guilt about wealth stemming from her time as a World War Two refugee. Growing up in Prussia, Heidemarie Schwermer was the daughter of a successful businessman and her family kept a nanny and full-time gardener on their payroll. But when war struck Europe in 1939 for the second time that century Heidemar...

French police say four people have been taken hostage in CIC bank in the city of Toulouse by a man claiming to be linked to al-Qaeda

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French police say four people have been taken hostage in CIC bank in the city of Toulouse by a man claiming to be linked to al-Qaeda. The man fired a shot and demanded to speak to the elite police unit which shot Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah. Mohamed Merah, who claimed to have al-Qaeda training, killed seven people in Toulouse in March before he was shot dead by police. The director of the bank,...

Daphne Selfe, the oldest world’s supermodel, agreed to pose as Madonna in her prime

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Daphne Selfe, the world’s oldest supermodel, agreed to pose as Madonna in her prime. And if that were not enough, Daphne Selfe, 83, is wearing only the iconic conical bra and corset made by Jean Paul Gaultier for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour in 1990. It’s a replica, but it’s still “terribly unforgiving. I thought they might have done a bit of airbrushing!” says Daphne Selfe, joking. “I’m not th...

During their 10-year stay in Pakistan Osama Bin Laden and his family travelled all across the country, had access to medical and maternity services, and were in constant communication with the outside world

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Osama Bin Laden’s documents released on Thursday provide an insight into the workings of the mind of the slain al-Qaeda chief, but they reveal precious little about his family life during the years in hiding in Pakistan. According to other sources, during their 10-year stay in Pakistan Osama Bin Laden and his family travelled all across the country, had access to medical and maternity services, a...

German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who was once described as the most influential singer of the 20th Century, has died, aged 86

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German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who was once described as “the most influential singer of the 20th Century”, has died, aged 86. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, was famed for his performances of Winter’s Journey (Winterreise) by Schubert. Born in Berlin in May 1925, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, emerged as a performer after World War II and was swiftly recognized as one of his ge...

David State, 25, from Redcar, who works with the Scout movement and raises money for charity, knelt as he asked Christine Langham, 27, to marry him

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A torchbearer has proposed to his eight-month pregnant girlfriend during day 31 of the Olympic torch relay from Middlesbrough to Hull. David State, 25, from Redcar, who works with the Scout movement and raises money for charity, knelt as he asked Christine Langham, 27, to marry him. She accepted and David State then had to carry on his stint in Loftus, Teesside. He described the moment as “...

Police have fired tear gas in Greece to disperse anarchists throwing petrol bombs near parliament in Athens

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Police have fired tear gas in Greece to disperse anarchists throwing petrol bombs near parliament in Athens. Dozens were arrested during the one-day strike against planned spending cuts of 11.5 billion euros ($15 billion). It was the first union-led action since a conservative-led coalition came to power in June. The savings are a pre-condition to Greece receiving its next tranche of bailout fund...

The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling’s first adult book, is due to be published on Thursday

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JK Rowling said her next novel would be for adults and it seems she has succeeded. Days before its official launch, excerpts from JK Rowling’s first book in the post-Harry Potter era have begun to emerge online – and it is clear that it is for grown-up eyes only. While the full text of The Casual Vacancy is a closely guarded secret, an American journalist who has read it in the offices of publish...

The FBI has replaced Osama Bin Laden with Eric Justin Toth, an accused child pornographer, on its Ten Most Wanted list of fugitives

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The FBI has replaced Osama Bin Laden with Eric Justin Toth, an accused child pornographer, on its Ten Most Wanted list of fugitives. How does America’s most prominent federal law enforcement bureau choose who is featured on the list? Osama Bin Laden was one of the world’s most wanted terrorists before his death in May 2011, after a US special forces raid in Pakistan. Eric Justin Toth,...

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged Germany’s continuing support to Greece, during her first visit to Athens since the eurozone crisis erupted nearly three years ago. Angela Merkel said Greece had made good progress in dealing with its vast debt but that it was on a “difficult path”. Thousands of people who blame Germany for forcing painful austerity measures on Greece are prot...