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Landscaper charged with killing 5 allegedly hid some remains in large planters: Cops

Landscaper charged with killing 5 allegedly hid some remains in large planters: Cops

World
A landscaper described by Toronto police as an alleged serial killer is accused of hiding some dismembered remains in the bottom of large planters, authorities said. Bruce McArthur was charged this month with the deaths of five men, Toronto police said, adding that there could be even more victims. Police say the dismembered remains of at least three people have been found hidden in the bottom of large planters in the backyard of a home McArthur allegedly used for storage. Those remains have not yet been identified. Police are conducting searches at 30 properties where McArthur worked and said more remains could be discovered. Over a dozen planters have been recovered from various addresses, Toronto Police Sgt. Hank Idsinga said. "We do believe there are more" victims, Idsinga said at...
Some BBC male presenters agree pay cut

Some BBC male presenters agree pay cut

Entertainment
Some of the BBC's leading male presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Nicky Campbell is among several people who have all agreed, either formally or in principle, to reduce their salaries.Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards have also agreed to pay cuts, either formally or in principle, BBC media editor Amol Rajan said.And the corporation is believed to be in discussions with North America editor Jon Sopel.It follows Carrie Gracie's resignation from her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors. An independent audit into equal pay at the BBC will be published next week. The corporation said: "We've already set out a range of action we're taking on fair pay, and we'll have more to say on the iss...
Science Says: Are poinsettias poisonous? Some holiday truths

Science Says: Are poinsettias poisonous? Some holiday truths

Technology
Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them: FLOWER POWER Poinsettias, those showy holiday plants with red and green foliage, are not nearly as harmful as a persistent myth says. Mild rashes from touching the plants or nausea from chewing or eating the leaves may occur but they aren't deadly, for humans or their pets. Poinsettias belong to the same botanical family as rubber plants that produce latex, so some skin rashes occur in people allergic to latex. According to a Western Journal of Emergency Medicine research review, the plants' toxic reputation "stems from a single unconfirmed death of a 2...
Some ships carrying skeletons are mysteriously washing ashore in Japan

Some ships carrying skeletons are mysteriously washing ashore in Japan

World
Several wooden boats, some carrying skeletons, have mysteriously washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks. Authorities are still investigating where the so-called "ghost ships" came from, but experts say all signs point to North Korea. The Japanese coast guard on Thursday recovered one decrepit vessel drifting off the western coast of Matsumae town on the northern island of Hokkaido. Ten men found aboard the wooden ship identified themselves as North Koreans and said they were taking refuge at an island nearby due to rough weather. On Monday, the partially decomposed bodies of eight men were discovered on a rickety wooden boat on the coast of Japan's Akita prefecture, which faces North Korea across the Sea of Japan. The coast guard first spotted the unidentified ship Saturday, but rough s...
Possible link found between some Utah suicides, electronics

Possible link found between some Utah suicides, electronics

Health
Researchers studying a spike in teen suicides in Utah found that 18 of the 150 youngsters who took their own lives in a five-year period had recently lost privileges to use their electronic devices such as phones, tablets and gaming systems, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report made public Thursday. The report was released after outside researchers earlier this month issued findings based on CDC data showing an increase in suicide rates among teens across the U.S. over the 2010-2015 period occurred at the same time social media use surged. Teen suicides had declined in the two previous decades. Both reports stop short of blaming electronics and social media for the rise in suicides, but say the findings beg for more research on the topic. The findings add ...