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Texas couple stranded in remote Utah desert for six days

Helena and Gerald Byler, both in their seventies, made a narrow escape from a bad end after being stranded in the Utah desert for six days.

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According to Utah news outlet the Deseret News, if the couple had been subjected to the desert environment for even one more day, they might not have made it out.

“It’s totally unbelievable. So many things seem to have fallen in place on their behalf,” said Kane County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge in an interview. “Many little things fell into place that allowed the Bylers to be located alive.”

What was supposed to be a day trip turned bad when the Bylers’ car was disabled on rough terrain far off the main road. They tried to get back on foot, spending the first night walking through rain.

When her husband couldn’t walk any further after that night, Helena left him their remaining food — a few pecans — and continued walking on her own. She ended up wandering the desert for another five days. She slept wherever she could, made an “SOS” sign in the road, and suffered hallucinations from the physical strain.

She was eventually found on Oct. 2, seemingly out of sheer luck, by Dell LeFevre, of Panguitch, Utah. LeFevre was checking on the cattle he keeps on the Grand Staircase Monument’s land when he found Helena lying in the road, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. He got her into his vehicle, gave her water, and contacted the police.

Gerald was found later, having taken shelter in a group of old trailers, and evacuated by helicopter to Dixie Regional Medical Center. One of the trailers near his showed signs that Helena may have sheltered there, not knowing Gerald was so close. Her ‘SOS’ sign was only 3 miles from their abandoned car.

Both of the Bylers recovering well and expected to return home soon.

“I’m a firm believer in God. He’s pulled me out of quite a few messes in my life,” LeFevre said in an interview regarding the rescue. “If she had gone off the road, no one ever would have found them.”

325-Pound Florida Woman Accused Of Killing Child By Sitting On Her

325-Pound Florida Woman Accused Of Killing Child By Sitting On Her

19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Washington boy found in dumpster

A 19-year-old man from Kerrville, Texas, who is a relative of the boy and was visiting family in Lynnwood, Washington, has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail for first-degree murder of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko.

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A police statement alleges the 19-year-old admitted to filling a bathtub with water with the intention of drowning Dayvid, then called the boy to the bathroom, picked him up and placed him face-down in the water, and held his head underneath for approximately 30 seconds before Dayvid became still.

The statement from police then alleges the 19-year-old left the boy face down in the water for approximately six minutes before he wrapped the boy's body in a blanket and placed him in a cardboard box, which he used to dispose of the body in the nearest garbage dumpster. 

"It's a tragic ending to a long search operation," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton.

Authorities said the body was found about 2 a.m. Tuesday in a dumpster at the Bristol Square Apartment complex on 44th Avenue West.

The body was found by officers with the Violent Offenders Task Force. In cases of missing children, the officers, who represent several law enforcement agencies, are deployed to check on registered sex offenders in the area. That's when they found the child's body.

Detectives are working on getting a search warrant and are processing the crime scene, where they're expected to be working for several hours. 

Once a search warrant is obtained, detectives will go through the apartment building and dumpster for evidence.

The boy was reported missing about 5 p.m. Monday.

Crews, including 100 volunteers, searched the area of 44th Avenue West between 156th Street and State Route 99, just outside the Lynnwood city limits.

According to the Sheriff’s Office and relatives, Dayvid stayed home sick from school Monday. 

The boy lives with his mother, who was at work when he disappeared. He was last seen about 2:30 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office said Dayvid was under adult supervision while he was at home, but did not say who he was with.

The Snohomish County medical examiner will determine the boy's cause of death.

'Nuclear war may break out any moment': North Korea intensifies rhetoric against USA

North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”

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Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s -- and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense.

He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using “nuclear assets” and said what is more dangerous is what he called a U.S. plan to stage a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership.”

This year, Kim said, North Korea completed its “state nuclear force and thus became the full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets.”

“The entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range and if the U.S. dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,” he warned.

Kim’s speech follows escalating threats between North Korea and the United States, and increasingly tough U.N. sanctions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that his country is curtailing economic, scientific and other ties with North Korea in line with U.N. sanctions, and the European Union announced new sanctions on Pyongyang for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.” His commitment to diplomacy came despite President Donald Trump’s tweets several weeks ago that his chief envoy was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he derisively referred to as “Little Rocket Man.”

North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador called his country’s nuclear and missile arsenal “a precious strategic asset that cannot be reversed or bartered for anything.”

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the U.S. is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” Kim said.

He told the disarmament committee that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- North Korea’s official name -- had hoped for a nuclear-free world.

Instead, Kim said, all nuclear states are accelerating the modernization of their weapons and “reviving a nuclear arms race reminiscent of (the) Cold War era.” He noted that the nuclear weapon states, including the United States, boycotted negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was approved in July by 122 countries at the United Nations.

“The DPRK consistently supports the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the efforts for denuclearization of the entire world,” he said. But as long as the United States rejects the treaty and “constantly threatens and blackmails the DPRK with nuclear weapons … the DPRK is not in position to accede to the treaty.”

1-Year-Old Florida Boy Dies After Getting Struck By Suv; Family Retaliates Against Driver

1-Year-Old Florida Boy Dies After Getting Struck By Suv; Family Retaliates Against Driver

One in nine American men infected with oral HPV, study finds

Oral human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. However, men are more at risk than women, with one in nine American males infected, according to a new report published in Annals of Internal of Medicine

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Researchers from Harvard University and other institutions across the country recently conducted a study to determine the difference in prevalence of oral and genital HPV infection among men and women. 

To do so, they used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination, a CDC survey that monitors the health and nutritional statuses of Americans.

Scientists specifically gathered information from the 2011 to 2014 records, examining adults aged 18 to 69, who were given physical examinations that included tests for 37 types of HPV as well as an interview.

>>Related: HPV vaccination of adolescents increases; suburban, rural areas lag

After analyzing the results, they estimated that 11.5 percent of the 11 million men assessed had an oral HPV infection, and 3.2 percent of the 3.2 million women evaluated had oral HPV.

Furthermore, analysts found that the prevalence of all HPV types was highest among men. High-risk HPV affected about 7.3 percent of men, overall, and just 1.4 percent of women, overall. 

The probability of high-risk oral HPV was greatest among black participants, marijuana users, cigarette smokers who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day and those who reported having 16 or more vaginal or oral sex partners. 

>>Related: Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men

“This study's findings provide several policy implications to guide future OPSCC prevention efforts to combat 

this disease,” the authors said in the study.

That’s why researchers hope to conduct more studies to find better ways to screen for the disease and get the HPV vaccine to people of all ages. 

>>Related: Medical tests, exams women in their 30s should have 

Iguana eluding officers taken into custody at Florida restaurant

An iguana hunt was on in South Florida after a large reptile was said to be hiding from authorities. 

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The Stuart Police Department posted a picture on Facebook of the “suspicious iguana,” which had eluded officers for days at a downtown restaurant. 

The big guy was taken into custody on Monday at Spritz City Bistro, according to Facebook comments. 

Social media users are going crazy over this wild catch.

 

Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

 

Family and friends gathered Monday at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California to bid a final farewell to legendary rocker Tom Petty, People magazine reported.

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Petty died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at the age of 66.

The grounds of the shrine are just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on Sunset Boulevard, and includes a temple, windmill chapel and meditation garden. The sanctuary also includes a spring-fed lake, waterfalls, and wildlife. 

The funeral for George Harrison, the iconic Beatle and Petty’s Traveling Wilburys band mate,  was held at the shrine in 2001, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

There’s no word on who attended Petty’s private burial, but the musician’s daughter AnnaKim Violette Petty shared scenes from the day on Instagram.

>> Related: Rocker Tom Petty dead at 66, manager says

The music community and fans around the world were grief-stricken with word of Petty’s sudden and unexpected death. Numerous tributes have poured in and musicians have been playing Petty’s music at concerts and shows, honoring his memory. 

Man brings ‘Star Wars’ to his neighborhood for Halloween

Anyone thinking they’ll compete with an Ohio man in a neighborhood Halloween decorating contest should just pack up the pumpkins, bury the zombies and try again next year.

Nick Meyer has built a nearly full-sized replica of an All Terrain Armored Transport from “Star Wars.” Most people know them as AT-ATs, The Associated Press reported.

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He used wood, foam and plastic barrels to build the four-legged walker from the “Star Wars” film franchise. It is almost the same height as his two-story house, Cleveland.com reported.

The building project was months in the making as Meyer started collecting everything back in April and has been working on the AT-AT over the past few months.

It took about two days to actually install the walker with the help of friends.

Meyer told Cleveland.com that despite appearances to the contrary, like the two-story AT-AT, he’s not a fanatic when it comes to “Star Wars.”

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