Iconic actor Kirk Douglas celebrated his 102nd birthday Sunday, and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones paid homage with a moving tribute, ETonline reported.
Jones, who is married to Douglas’ son, Michael Douglas, posted a black-and-white video on Instagram that showed the 49-year-old actress’ daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, playing the piano as a young child (she is now 15) and singing Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” ETonline reported. The video included black-and-white photos and videos of Douglas, highlighting his life, People reported.
"Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk," Zeta-Jones wrote on Instagram.
Carys also posted on Instagram, posting a photo of her grandfather and writing that “I can’t put into words how much you mean to me.”
Another grandchild, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on Instagram of Douglas in a boxing pose and wrote, “Happy birthday Pappy 102 years!!! Though you are adored by millions, my love for you is by far the greatest. Love you forever and always,” he wrote.
Roger the ripped kangaroo, a kickboxing marsupial who sprang into the public consciousness when a 2015 photo of him crushing a metal bucket went viral, has died, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. He was 12.
The kangaroo died of natural causes at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia.
"We have lost our beautiful boy," Chris Barns, the owner of the wildlife sanctuary, said in a statement. "He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world."
Roger stood 6-foot-7 and weighed nearly 200 pounds.
He was rescued as a 5-month-old joey in 2007 after his mother was killed in a car accident, the BBC reported. Barns removed Roger from his mother’s pouch.
"I rescued him out of his dead mother, 25 kilometers north of Alice Springs, when I was out patrolling the roads checking roadkill," Barns told ABC. "I used to call him Roger Rabbit because he looked like Roger Rabbit with these big ears that flopped over the top. And then that just became Roger as he got older.”
Roger became an internet sensation when images of him crushing a metal bucket between his paws like it was a piece of paper went viral, the BBC reported.
"Roger was as muscular as they come," Barns told the network. "Ever since he was featured on TV and clips went viral, there's been a lot of love and attention for him.”
Roger was buried at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, ABC reported.
Police fired tear gas Saturday as more than 1,500 “yellow vest” protesters gathered in Paris to oppose fuel tax increases, the BBC reported.
Nearly, 8,000 police officers and 12 armored vehicles were prowling central Paris to counter the anti-government protesters, the BBC reported.
Many streets in central Paris were closed to traffic, while major tourist attractions such as the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou and the Musee d’Orsay were closed, Reuters reported.
At least 211 people have been detained in Paris.
Nationwide, approximately 89,000 police have been deployed, Reuters reported. Officials in Paris are hoping to avoid last week’s violence, when rioters burned cars and looted stores along the Champs-Elysees. Protesters also defaced the Arc de Triomphe, Reuters reported.
Hundreds were arrested and dozens were arrested last week, the BBC reported.
Two former major-league baseball players were killed in an automobile accident Thursday night after playing a winter league game in Venezuela, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Cardenales de Lara teammates Jose Castillo, 37, and Luis Valbuena, 33, were returning to Barquisimeto with another former major-leaguer, Carlos Rivero, after a game in Caracas when their car collided with a sliding rock, ESPN reported.
Rivero's chauffeur veered off the road while trying to avoid the rock, according to an article from BeisbolPlay.com. While Rivero and the driver survived the wreck, a police report said Castillo and Valbuena died after being ejected from the vehicle, the Times reported.
Castillo played in the majors from 2004 to 2008 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros. Valbuena played 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, the Astros and the Los Angeles Angels.
The father of a North Carolina teenager who was kidnapped and killed has been denied a visa to attend her funeral.
Services for Hania Aguilar are set for Saturday in Lumberton.
Hania’s father lives in Guatemala and needs a special visa to attend.
About 10,000 people signed a petition, and Gov. Roy Cooper even got involved.
Naimeh Salem, the father’s attorney, told WSOC-TV that the visa was denied.
“They said he doesn’t have enough ties to the country to issue him a temporary visa to go to Hania's funeral,” Salem said.
Salem said they are still holding out hope that U.S. officials will have a change of heart.
Hania was taken from her home in early November.
Last week, her body was found in the water about 10 miles away.
Detectives are still searching for evidence that leads them to her killer.
The petition to the Guatemalan Embassy was circulating online to get him a non-immigrant visa.
"They want to see that you have no intent to remain here in the U.S. if you enter on a non-immigrant visa, so they're gonna look at things people don't realize, like your income, your bank accounts, your family members, all the things that would say you are going to return to your home country,” immigration attorney Stacey Maynor said.Timeline:
Maynor said Hania's father would need the special visa and a green card, and the process to get one of those visas could take weeks.
“Even with enough support and contacting the right people to push it through, it is very unlikely that it's gonna happen in time for him to be here for the actual funeral,” Maynor said.
There is still a $30,000 reward for information that leads investigators to the person who killed the 13-year-old.
A restaurant chain in Britain is trying to get parents’ noses out of their phone and return their focus on family by offering them free food.
Frankie & Benny’s started a phone free zone that encourages patrons to put their cellphones in boxes when they sit down at their tables, The Lancashire Post reported.
If they do, then the family gets a free kid’s meal through a promotion that runs until the end of the week.
“Parents are role models in everything that they do and in everything that they say, so by managing their own screen time, parents are teaching their kids by example about when and where technology use is appropriate,” parenting expert Susan Atkins told the Post.
The Post said that 72 percent of British children wanted their parents to put down their phones and spend time with them.
Almost the same number of parents said they felt guilty spending so much time connected to the virtual world.
Your age is your age and legally it can’t be changed.
That’s the message Emile Ratelband got from a court in the Netherlands after he petitioned them to allow him to list his age of the one he feels, not his actual age.
Last month, Ratelband wanted to subtract 20 years from his legal age.
“Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,” the court said in a press release, NBC News reported. “But amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications”
Ratelband is 69 years old, but he wanted to be 49 legally, The Associated Press reported. He likened his petition to those who have changed their name or gender.
Dutch law, according to the court, assigns rights and obligations based on age -- rights like voting and attending school.
Ratelband isn’t accepting the court’s findings however and plans to file appeals. He said he’s one of “thousands of people who want to change their age,” the AP reported.
Ratelband said he is the victim of age discrimination, but the courts did not see it, saying, “There are other alternatives available for challenging age discrimination, rather than amending a person’s date of birth.”
A 20-foot Nordmann Fir tree from Windsor Great Park, entirely dressed in gold, is decorated and stands at the end of St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.
Officials for a half-marathon run in China last week said 258 runners were disqualified after widespread cheating was revealed, CNN reported.
Shenzhen Half-Marathon officials said as many as 18 runners were found to be wearing fake bibs and there were at least three imposters in the race, The Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing the Xinhua news agency in China. They face lifetime bans, the agency reported.
The other runners who broke rules took shortcuts during the race and were caught by traffic cameras and photographers, the Morning Herald reported. Those runners are facing two-year bans.
More than 16,000 runners participated in Sunday’s race, CNN reported.
"We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event. Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself," Xinhua quoted organizers as saying.
China has held 1,072 marathons and road races this year, CNN reported.
An 8-year-old male snow leopard was shot dead after escaping from its enclosure at a British zoo, the Birmingham Mail reported.
The Dudley Zoo confirmed that Margaash was shot by officials on Oct. 23, the BBC reported.
"Unfortunately, having no other option in the interest of public safety, the animal was euthanized by a senior member of the firearms team with a single shot and did not suffer,” zoo officials said in a statement.
The zoo confirmed the animal escaped after the site had closed and all visitors were away from the premises, the Mail reported.
"This was an incredibly sad incident and our staff are understandably heartbroken,” zoo Director Derek Grove told the BBC. “Euthanasia is, and always will be, a last resort. Efforts to persuade Margaash to return to his enclosure failed and as the animal was close to surrounding woodland and dark was approaching, the vet did not believe a tranquilizer dart was a safe option due to the amount of time the drug takes to work.
"Safety of the public is always of paramount importance and our staff are highly experienced and rigorously trained."
Margaash was born at Banham Zoo in Norfolk in May 2010 and was transferred to the Dudley Zoo in September 2011, the Mail reported.
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