September 11, 2013

Lance Armstrong racing in the 2010 Cancer Council Hotline Classic in Adelaide     Photo: PoweriPics

Judge Rules Armstrong Lied Legally

Protected under free speech

A federal judge has ruled that Lance Armstrong had a right to lie to readers in his autobiographical books, throwing out a lawsuit asking for more than $5 million in damages. According to USA TODAY, a group of Armstrong's readers filed a suit accusing the former cyclist of penning "fairy tales" designed to dupe them into buying his books.

"The Court concludes, despite plaintiffs' allegations that the Armstrong books contained false and misleading statements, that the content of the books is afforded full First Amendment protection," [U.S. District Judge Morrison England] wrote.

It's one of five fraud lawsuits filed since Armstrong confessed on Oprah Winfrey, including a $3 million lawsuit filed by an insurance company.

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Siberian 'Forest Boy' Found

Lived in the woods for 16 years

Russian authorities have found a young man who claims to have lived in a Siberian forest for over 16 years with his family. A local woman in the town of Belokurikha initially brought the boy to the prosecutor's office, fearing he would not survive the winter.

According to the boy, whose name has not been released, he was born in 1993 and moved with his family to the forest in 1997 after they decided to separate themselves from society. He said he has been alone since his parents left him in the hut in May and that he went to the nearby village for help as the summer began to wane. “He was just afraid that he won't survive the winter without his parents,” said Roman Fomin of the local prosecutor’s office.

Fearing the boy may have to spend a Siberian winter alone in the wilderness, the prosecutor’s office is appealing in court to have his identification documents reestablished so that he may seek state support.

The Russian media has taken a keen interest in the boy, calling him “forest boy” or “Siberian Mowgli,” after the lead character in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Fomin described him as “normal and healthy.” His only recognizable quirk is that he speaks very slowly, likely the result of infrequent communication with others.

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Two Guides Hacked to Death in Papua New Guinea

Tourists survive with minor injuries

Two porters were killed and a group of Western tourists attacked while trekking through a remote jungle trail in Papua New Guinea Tuesday. The group, thought to include eight Australians and a New Zealander, was robbed and attacked by six bandits wielding machetes, knives, and spears, the Daily Mail reports.

The gang of six attackers disappeared back into the jungle after the attack, having killed two porters and wounding the others. The tourists suffered relatively minor injuries, including cuts and minor head wounds, though one of the Australians was speared in the leg. The trek leader and only woman among the group led the tourists to find assistance.

Authorities are unsure whether the bandits intended only to rob the tourists or to forcefully object to porters from another district bringing visitors into their area and benefiting from tourist fees.

The trek generally takes three days and covers leech- and mosquito-infesting territory. The track was cut in the 1920s by prospectors looking for gold.

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