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Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists.

The woman inside the Mickey Mouse costume went to the hospital with neck injuries caused by a grandmother patting the character’s head, while the employees wearing the Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck costumes were groped by tourists, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The incidents come after a 51-year-old man was arrested in November after an employee portraying a Disney Princess told investigators he groped her breast while getting a photo taken.

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British family stranded abroad after accidentally leaving passports on a plane


A British family have found themselves stranded abroad after accidentally leaving their passports on the plane.

Victoria Walker, 29, her mother, husband and two children flew to Geneva on a skiing holiday with EasyJet.

But their dream break turned into a nightmare when they got off the plane in Switzerland and Victoria realised her daughter had put their passports in the pocket of the seat in front of them.

By the time Victoria realised their mistake in the queue for immigration, the plane was already on its way back to Manchester.

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Victoria Walker, 29, said her daughter had put the passports in the seat in front of them on the plane. (SWNS)
Victoria Walker, 29, said her daughter had put the passports in the seat in front of them on the plane. (SWNS)

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The Walker family were due to fly to Switzerland on an EasyJet for a skiing holiday. (SWNS)

Eleven dead, 300 treated after drinking coconut wine in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – At least 11 people have been killed and more than 300 treated in hospital after drinking coconut wine in the Philippines, including some who were celebrating at a Christmas party, health and local authorities said on Monday.

The poisoning occurred in Laguna and Quezon, two provinces south of Manila, and all had consumed lambanog, a drink popular in provinces and consumed widely during holidays and celebrations.

Many were admitted to hospitals on the urging of mayor Vener Munoz in Rizal, Laguna, where the deaths occurred between Thursday and Sunday.

Two people who had been in critical condition were improving, he told local radio. The coconut wine that was consumed had been made in his town, he added

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Police: 63-vehicle pileup in Virginia results in injuries

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A pileup involving more than 60 cars on a major interstate in Virginia on Sunday morning injured dozens of people, some critically, according to state police.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 64 in York County and for a time shut down traffic in both directions, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said in a statement.

The agency tweeted that there was fog and ice along a bridge when what was described as a chain-reaction wreck began.

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Crews work to clear vehicles from the Queens Creek overpass on I-64 in York County, Va., Sunday December 22, 2019 after a chain-reaction crash involving multiple vehicles cars. The crash happened Sunday morning. (Rob Ostermaier/The Daily Press via AP)
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A flight bound for New York took off from Germany, flew for 8 hours, then landed 85 miles from where it started

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  • Passengers on a Lufthansa flight last Monday flew for eight hours and landed 85 miles from where the plane took off.
  • Flight LH404 departed from Frankfurt, Germany, and was destined for JFK Airport in New York but was forced to do a U-turn as it reached the Atlantic because of a fault in the plane’s hydraulics system.
  • Frankfurt Airport is closed at night, so the plane was forced to land in nearby Cologne and passengers were transported by bus back to Frankfurt, a Lufthansa spokesman told Business Insider.
  • The spokesman said that the plane made a safe landing and that there were no problems despite the concern about the hydraulics system.

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Passenger stung repeatedly by scorpion during flight


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A passenger on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta had a nasty surprise: A scorpion sting.

TMZ posted a photo of the unwelcome passenger Friday and noted that a scorpion, a distant cousin species of the spider that some people eat, fell from her pant leg after she was stung multiple times. 

Natalie Noonan, a spokesperson for United Airlines, confirmed to USA TODAY that a passenger had been stung.

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A passenger on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta had a nasty surprise — a scorpion sting. The horrific event unfolded Friday when a scoprion fell from the flier’s pant leg after stinging her repeatedly, according to USA Today. (lamyai/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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2 Hikers Fall To Their Deaths In Utah’s Arches National Park

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Two California visitors fell to their deaths while hiking to the Delicate Arch sandstone formation in Arches National Park.

An unidentified 60-year-old woman and 65-year-old man were killed in the fall Friday into the lower bowl area next to the iconic arch, according to a statement from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab, Utah.

A third Californian, a 30-year-old man, also fell and was injured. He was airlifted to Moab Regional Hospital.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the three fell. They appeared to be hiking together and may have been related, noted the sheriff’s statement. The weather was inclement and conditions were slippery following rain and snow. One area visitor responding to the Facebook post by the sheriff said there were “extremely strong winds” near the arch.

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Dolphins drag British girl, 10, underwater during ‘ethical’ swimming experience in Mexico


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Two bottlenose dolphins dragged a frightened schoolgirl underwater and left her injured after a swimming experience with the animals went wrong.

Lexi Yeo, ten, was in the water with the sea creatures at Dolphin Discovery in Cancun, Mexico, when they suddenly turned on her.

Her mother Laura-Jane Yeo watched in horror as the youngster was submerged during the TUI holiday.

She was eventually rescued from the sea pen when trainers grabbed her on her bodyboard.

Lexi suffered cuts, bruises and deep wounds after she was bitten by the dolphins. 

Ms Yeo, from east London, told The Sun: “It was terrifying. I thought she was going to die.

“But I’ve not even had a card, flowers or terry bear for Lexi from TUI. They have washed their hands of us.

“More concerning, the dolphins are still swimming with tourists and TUI are continuing to work with the company.”

Dolphin Discovery blamed the behaviour of the animals on adverse weather conditions that put them under stress.

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Crew encountered situation not in training manuals on fatal Southwest flight, investigators say

This NTSB photo-illustration shows the damaged left fan cowl from the engine failure and depressurization of the April 17, 2018 accident involving Southwest Airlines Flight 1380.
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During the chaotic scene inside Southwest Flight 1380, flight attendants had to deal with a situation not covered in the training manual.

The left engine had just suffered severe damage, causing debris to pierce the side of the plane and blow out a window. The woman sitting in seat 14A, Jennifer Riordan, was partially sucked out of the plane and died from her injuries. 

The death of Riordan, a New Mexico businesswoman, marked the first passenger fatality in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) history. On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the April 17, 2018 accident.

The NTSB is the government agency charged with investigating transportation accidents. As part of the investigation process, the NTSB makes recommendations to other parties about how to prevent similar events from happening again.

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‘Idiots’: No Sympathy From Bystander as Waves Topple Tourists on Iceland Beach

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When tour guide Thorolfur Sævar Sæmundsson brings a group to Iceland’s iconic Reynisfjara Beach, he warns them not to go down to the shoreline.

His reason? The beach is well known for having a dangerous undertow and so-called “sneaker waves,” which can catch people by surprise. Several tourists have died there over the past decade or so, Iceland Monitor reported.

On November 11, a dramatic illustration of the dangers of the waves at the beach was observed, from a safe distance, by Sæmundsson, who recorded video of tourists floundering after being caught out.

Emergency services were called to the scene to assess a tourist who was knocked over and injured, the Icelandic news site Visir said.

While the beach is safe “95% of the time,” Sæmundsson told Storyful, “sometimes we have high waves. People need to be careful.” Credit: Thorolfur Saevar Saemundsson via Storyful

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