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Black metal drummer 'accidentally' elected to town council

A Norwegian black metal drummer has "accidentally" been elected to his local town council.

The frontman for the band Darkthrone mistakenly agreed to be on a list of backup representatives and assumed that he’d never be called upon. To ensure this, Glyve "Fenriz" Nagell posted a picture of himself holding his cat with the caption, “Please don’t vote for me.” 

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Locals loved the low-key campaign, and instead he won a position on the council. He’ll have to serve as a backup representative for the next four years and is quite unhappy about it, citing how boring it is and the lack of good pay. 

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Posted by Darkthrone on Thursday, September 15, 2016

Brazilian actor dies when police mistake drowning for soap opera scene

A popular Brazilian actor died while swimming in an area near where he had been recording scenes for a soap opera, authorities said Friday.

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Domingos Montagner, 54, was swimming in the São Francisco River in Brazil with actress co-star Camila Pitanga when a strong current pulled him away and carried him underwater.

Pitanga tried to grab Montagner but was unable to reach him, the Associated Press reported. Pitanga later told police that she was able to swim to a rock.

Pitanga screamed for help, but authorities didn't respond because they thought the noise was a part of filming for a show. She alerted search and rescue teams of the incident after authorities initially didn't take action.

Montagner was found hours later nearly 60 feet below the surface and 1,000 feet from where he was last seen, according to Jose Aparecido Cardoso, director of the state Legal Medical Institute. He was lodged between two rocks, according to rescue crews.

"They thought they had chosen a safe spot to swim, but that is one of the most dangerous areas in the town of Canindé and is usually avoided by locals," police chief Antonio Francisco Filho told O Globo.

Pitanga and Montagner appear in "Velho Chico" ("Old Boy"), Brazil's best-known and most popular soap opera, according to Fox News Latino. The actors had recently finished filming scenes for the show in Canindé, in the state of Sergipe.

On average, one person has drowned every year in Canindé since 2005, BBC reported.

Montagner's funeral was held Saturday in his home town of Sao Paulo. He had been married to actress Luciana Lima for 14 years, and the couple had three children together. 

Pitanga wrote on Instagram Sunday, saying, "I have received a sea of love, and this has been extremely important to strengthen me. Eternal gratitude to all of you who are in this chain of love."

A photo posted by Portal Estrelando (@portalestrelando) on Sep 18, 2016 at 9:16am PDT

Reports of hostage situation in Paris turn out to be false alarm

There were a flurry of reports on social media Saturday of a hostage situation taking place in Paris.

A church near the Étienne Marcel transit station was being referenced on Twitter as the place where significant police activity was taking place.

An attack alert was issued, but police cleared the area and declared the area safe a short while later.

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The initial reports drew a large police response.

New French law bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery

France has passed a law to ensure that all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically sourced materials, the Independent reported. 

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The law, which takes effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – a plan that will allow France to tackle climate change more effectively. 

Pack2Go Europe, a Brussels-based organization representing European packaging manufacturers, says it will keep fighting the law and hopes it doesn't spread to the rest of the continent.

"We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law," Pack2go Europe secretary general Eamonn Bates told The Associated Press. "If they don't, we will." 

 

World's oldest man to finally celebrate bar mitzvah at age 113

He wasn't able to celebrate the religious coming-of-age ceremony Jewish boys go through at age 13 because his mother had died and his father had been drafted into the Russian army. Now, 100 years later, Yisrael Kristal will finally have his bar mitzvah.

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He just turned 113 years old, and was recently named as the world's oldest man.

Kristal was born in 1903 in Poland and survived both World Wars and lived through the Holocaust, his family told BBC News. He and his family were sent to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz where his wife was murdered. His two children also died in the Holocaust.

Kristal emigrated to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son.

The bar mitzvah is set for later September with a ceremony in Haifa, Israel where he will be surrounded with family in friends. The date coincides with his birthday according to the Hebrew date.

His daughter, Shulamit Kuperstoch, told the BBC that his bar mitzvah will be a "corrective experience".

Kuperstoch says her father would perform the traditional bar mitzvah rituals, including putting on phylacteries (small boxes containing biblical verses worn on the head and arm) and saying blessings over the Torah (Jewish holy book).

"We are excited, we're happy, it is a great honour to celebrate his bar mitzvah. He has children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins and everyone is coming," Kuperstoch said.

What's his secret to long life?

"I don't know the secret for long life," Kristal said. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost."

Apple iPhone 7 Plus, jet black models sold out; other models limited in stores

If  you are expecting to swing by the Apple store today to get a new iPhone 7 Plus as it hits store shelves, you are going to be disappointed.

According to Apple, that version of the next generation of its smartphone is sold out, thanks to online sales. And, if you are looking for the jet black version of the iPhone 7, sit down, there is more bad news. 

Yep, that one’s sold out, too. 

If you are not picky about the smartphone’s color, you have a shot at finding one in Apple retail stores or in “partner locations,” Apple said in a statement released Thursday.

“We couldn’t be happier with the initial response to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and we are looking forward to beginning sales through our retail stores and partners around the world,” a statement from Apple read.

 “Beginning Friday, limited quantities of iPhone 7 in silver, gold, rose gold, and black will be available for walk-in customers at Apple retail stores. During the online pre-order period, initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus in all finishes and iPhone 7 in jet black sold out and will not be available for walk-in customers. Availability at partner locations for all finishes may vary and we recommend checking directly with them. 

“Customers can continue to order all models in all colors on apple.com. We sincerely appreciate our customers’ patience as we work hard to get the new iPhone into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”

According to reports, the backorders on some phones may push delivery into November. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile phone networks have said that they have received record orders for the new phones.

The companies all announced free iPhone 7 deals that require customers to trade in a qualifying iPhone (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus) and agree to a two-year contract. The contract credits the wireless account each month for 24 months to equal the price of a 32 GB iPhone 7.  

The iPhone 7 (32 GB) sells for $649. The iPhone 7 Plus (32) is $769.

Australians petition to put Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin on currency

If tens of thousands of people get their way, the Crocodile Hunter could be featured on Australian currency.

Five Australian teens started a Change.org petition last week to pay respect to "the all time greatest Australian bloke." Their goal is to convince the Australian government to put Steve Irwin's face on a coin or note.

One of the petition's creators told the BBC: "We started this petition because the newer generation barely knows who is representing our currency. We believed that having a childhood icon and conservationist like Steve would be a great idea."

Current Australian banknotes feature several poets, religious officials and politicians, most of whom were born in the 1800s and died in the mid-1900s.

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As of Thursday morning, the petition had over 23,000 signatures. It has gotten the attention of the Royal Australian Mint, which produced a Steve Irwin commemorative coin in 2009.

The mint's chief executive told The Telegraph: "This petition has further highlighted the passion throughout a sub-section of the Australian community to recognize Mr Irwin, and we invite those who are leading the cause to ... submit a written proposal to us directly for consideration."

The petition was started just days after the 10th anniversary of Irwin's death. He was killed after a giant stringray stabbed him in the heart while he was filming an underwater documentary.

7 things to know now: Police shoot, kill teen carrying BB gun; Clinton, Trump health; ‘South Park’ on Kaepernick

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Teen carrying BB gun killed: Police shot and killed  a 13-year-old who pulled a BB gun on officers in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday night. The shooting happened when officers responded to a report of an armed robbery around 7:45 p.m. Police arriving on the scene, spotted three people who matched the description of the suspects, and attempted to talk to them when they ran. Officers followed two of the suspects into an alley when the 13-year-old pulled the BB gun from his waistband. Police shot the teen who later died.

2. ACC leaves NC: The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that they will not hold championship games in the state of North Carolina, joining the NCAA in boycotting the state because of a law that requires that transgender people use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender at birth. The college sports conference is left to scramble to find a place to play its football championship game which was set for Dec. 3 for the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

3. Drug price increase bill: A bipartisan group of lawmakers plan to introduce a bill Thursday that would  require drug manufacturers to explain to the Department of Health and Human Services any price increase in a drug that would be greater than 10 percent.  The bill’s sponsors, including Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), say the companies would be required to notify HHS at least a month prior to the planned price increase.

4. Clinton’s, Trump’s health: Hillary Clinton’s campaign released some more information about her health Wednesday, specifically information about her recent bout with pneumonia. Clinton’s physician said the Democratic nominee for president had a mild case of noncontagious bacterial pneumonia and is taking the antibiotic Levaquin. She also had an ear infection in January, the statement revealed. Meanwhile, Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, will find out  the results of  his medical report on the “Dr. Oz Show” set to air Thursday. According to reports, Oz analyzed the results of a physical that Trump took last week and will reveal them to him during the show. The show was taped Wednesday.

5. New poll numbers: Donald Trump has moved ahead of Hillary Clinton in some polls during the past week, gaining ground in the all-important swing states. According to a new CNN poll, Trump is leading in Ohio, Florida and Nevada and is making a run at Clinton in Maine where she is leading by only 3 percentage points. Clinton still remains ahead in most national polls.

And one more

In case you haven’t seen enough on Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem, you may want to check out “South Park.” The show that has no problem skewering anyone on any issue, took a swipe at media coverage that turned Kaepernick’s message on its ear. Here is a sample of the lyrics for the new anthem: “Colin Kaepernick is brave/Cops are pigs, cops are pigs/Wait, someone just took my stuff/I need to call the cops./Oh no, I just said ‘cops are pigs’/Whose gonna help me get my stuff?/Why did I listen to Colin Kaepernick?/He’s not even any good.”

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Couple overhears racist comments at restaurant, pays for their tea

A couple is going viral after fighting hate with love, according to a social media post.

Jarred Wall and his fiancee were enjoying tea at a Perth, Australia, cafe when he overheard two older women talking about Aboriginal people.

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"The first part of the conversation started with basically one of them saying 'He got into power because of the colour of his skin' and it escalated from there," Wall told Australian Broadcasting Corporation Local Radio.

"I could have unleashed a tirade of abuse, but that wouldn’t have helped," Wall wrote in a now-viral Facebook post that has been shared more than 2,500 times.

But Wall treated the women to a pot of tea and a note instead.

"Enjoy the tea! Compliments of the 2 aboriginals sitting next to you on table 26," Wall wrote on the bill, including the hastags #BlackLivesMatter and #EnglishBreakfastTea.

"It is hard to sit there when you can clearly hear something that does not sit well with you really, and I did not want to just sit there and say nothing, but I did not want to go over there and cause a scene," he told ABC Local Radio.

Wall hopes the moment humbles the women.

"They probably did not realise that I was Aboriginal. I am sure they have had their own experiences and their own things that have happened in life that might have caused them to have such a view."But not every book is the same."

Wall said he watched the ladies' reaction from afar, but did not stay to watch for long.

"By that time the kids were getting a bit antsy so we went down to the park," he told ABC Local Radio. "I could see the gist of how their reactions were."

"I hope they had a great day and a nice lunch," he said. "I just want people to think more before they speak."

"Hopefully there won’t be a next time."

Went out for lunch today. Food was great but to our misfortune we inadvertently heard two elderly ladies, seated next to...Posted by Jarred Wall on Thursday, September 8, 2016

Canada tries out heroin prescriptions

Canada is trying a controversial new way to deal with its opioid abuse problems: prescription heroin.

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New Canadian drug regulations allow doctors to provide a small amount of legally obtained pharmaceutical-grade heroin to patients who have a chronic heroin dependency.

The program is meant to give users just enough of the drug to take the edge off of their withdrawal symptoms, helping them stabilize their lives and avoid the crime and overdose risk that usually accompanies heroin use.

This doesn't mean doctors will be handing out heroin to any addict off the street, however, the Canadian government says the program will only cover a small minority of users who haven't had success with conventional treatments, like methadone.

British Columbia's Health Minister Terry Lake called the move "a more healthy approach to addiction. ... I think we need every single tool to fight this terrible problem that we have with addictions."

The program builds on work done by the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver, which has already obtained a court exemption allowing it to prescribe heroin doses to 52 addicts. Several European countries have successfully tested similar programs.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been a strong proponent of looser drug laws; he's already expanded the country's medical marijuana program and promised to legalize recreational marijuana use within the next year.

Canada's opposition Conservative Party is still opposed to any legal use of heroin. The party's health spokesman, Colin Carrie, told the media, "Our policy is to take heroin out of the hands of addicts and not put it in their arms."

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