January 10, 2014

Bigfoot crossing.     Photo: Angie Chauvin / Shutterstock.com

$10 Million Bigfoot Bounty Offered

Bigfoot reality show premieres tonight

Lloyd's of London, an insurance market located in London's primary financial district, is awarding $10 million—the largest cash prize in television history—to whoever proves Bigfoot's existence. And the camera will be rolling the whole time.

The new one-hour competitive reality show, "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," premieres tonight on Spike TV. The show features nine teams of two, and each episode will follow different teams as they attempt to unearth evidence of Bigfoot's existence. In the competition are paranormal enthusiasts, survivalists, and a hunter who claims to have killed bigfoot and is preserving the meat in the freezer.

Each team's "evidence" will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including anthropologist Todd Disotell, of Daily Show fame, and actress Natalia Reagan.

Has Bigfoot been seen in your area? The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization provides the following sightings data:

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Fuentes snapped this photo of himself awaiting rescue.     Photo: Courtesy of Ferdinand Puentes

Survivor Records Plane Crash On His GoPro

New footage released

ABC News has obtained new footage taken from inside the cabin of the Cessna aircraft that crashed off the coast of Hawaii last month, killing state health director Loretta Fuddy. Passenger Ferdinand Puentes, 39, was on board and used his GoPro camera to capture the other passengers bracing for impact.

After the plane strikes the water, the cabin can be seen quickly filling with water. "It just bit into me like am I dreaming," Puentes says. "Steel-toed boots, heavy work jeans, and long sleeve shirt. It was hard and exhausting to swim with all that."

"The water was rough," passenger Rosa Key told ABC affiliate KITV. "The pilot was trying to get everybody together but it was kind of impossible because of the waves."

It was during the wait for rescue that Puentes took the incredible selfie above.

The plane departed from Molokai for Honolulu with nine people on December 11. Fuddy was the only fatality. The rest of the passengers were rescued by the Coast Guard an hour after the crash.  

Check out the footage below.

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Indian athletes with not compete under their national flag in Sochi.     Photo: Getty Images/Hemera

Indians To Compete Independently in Sochi

Following government corruption

The three Indian athletes competing in next month's Winter Olympics will do so under the Olympic flag, rather than the Indian flag, according to a report by the Associated Press. The decision follows a December 2012 IOC suspension of the Indian Olympic Association stemming from corruption charges against multiple officials.

The IOC has pledged to lift the suspension after the IOA holds new elections, but the India will not hold its next general assembly until February 9, two days after the Sochi games begin.

The Indian athletes reacted disdainfully, with 32-year-old luger and Olympic veteran Shiva Keshavan calling the development "shameful and pathetic." His countrymen, Himanshu Thakur and Nadeem Iqbal, will compete in the men's giant slalom and cross-country skiing, respectively.

Other recent examples of athletes competing independently include a South Sudanese marathon runner in London and the East Timor delegation in Sydney.

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More than three-quarters of the world's predators are in decline, a new study says.     Photo: mackenzie and john/Flickr

Large Predators Going Extinct

Including lions, wolves, bears.

Across the world, we’re losing our large carnivores.

A study published today found that more than three-quarters of all large predators—including wolves, bears, and lions—are in decline due to habitat loss and human persecution.

Many of the animals now roam territory that’s half the size of what it once was, and most carnivores have already become extinct in the developed world.   

"Their ranges are collapsing. Many of these animals are at risk of extinction, either locally or globally," lead author William Ripple from Oregon State University told BBC News. “Human tolerance of these species is a major issue for conservation.”

According to the researchers, the loss of our apex predators could have profound ecological impacts on the planet. Take Yellowstone National Park, for example. Fewer wolves and cougars mean more elk and deer, and too many grazers threatens vegetation and, in turn, other small mammals. Carnivores play a complex role in the ecosystem and humans need to recognize that, the study says.  

But all is not lost. This footage from GoPro shows that humans and lions can indeed coexist.   

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200,000 left without water in West Virginia (not pictured here).     Photo: Foxtrot101/Thinkstock

Thousands Without Water After Chemical Spill

West Virginia in state of emergency as 200,000 are without drinking water

More than 200,000 West Virginia residents are without water after a storage facility chemical spill on Thursday. A 48,000-gallon tank reportedly began leaking 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), which then seeped into the Elk River about a mile north of a major water treatment plant for the Charleston, West Virginia area.

Late Thursday, Governor Tomblin declared a state of emergency, and announced this morning that the federal government has approved a request of assistance. According to reports from the The New York Times, many stores were running out of bottled water and residents feared they drank tap water before the announcement was made.

“I’m six months pregnant and drank tap water at a restaurant about an hour before the notice was sent out,” one women explained on the West Virginia American Water Facebook page.

"Why did this alert take so long??," another person asked. "I drank it all day!!!"

The MCHM, which is used to wash and remove coal impurities, reportedly filled an overflow container and then began spilling into the river just above the treatment plant. MCHM is not toxic, but can lead to headaches, eye and skin irritation, and difficulty breathing, reports The Times.

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Fighting Fire with Beer

Texas man saves blazing 18-wheeler with Coors.

Fire Captain Craig Moreau was driving home on State Highway 71 Monday night when he passed an 18-wheeler on fire. In an act of haste and resourcefulness, Moreau used what was immediately available to him to quell the flames: beer.

At first, though, Moreau attempted to douse the fire with a small extinguisher, but when he checked under the bed, flames were still present. When the off-duty firefighter asked the trucker what he was carrying, the driver pointed to his rig and shouted, "It's beer! It's all beer!", NBC News reports.

Suddenly, one of the tires exploded.

Moreau and the driver immediately grabbed cans of Coor's Banquet from the truck's haul, shook them up and sprayed the booze over the burning tires. Though the beer-busting duo was not able to save the wheels, the beer halted the fire and saved the rest of the vehicle.

"It's in our nature to help folks, but this is the first time I've done it with beer," Moreau said.

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