TIME Crime

Man Arrested in Connection with Headless Torso Discovery

The victim is thought to be a light-skinned male

Police in San Francisco have arrested a man suspected of involvement in the case of a suitcase discovered earlier this week containing a headless human torso, plus other body parts in surrounding blocks.

59-year-old Mark Andrus was arrested today less than a mile from where the suitcase was discovered, reports NBC Bay Area.

An anonymous tipster called the SFPD and said that Andrus, allegedly shown in a photograph released by police, was staying at the Sala Burton Manor apartment building.

The suitcase was found in the city’s South of Market neighborhood, a block away from Twitter’s headquarters.

The victim has yet to be identified, but medical examiners have confirmed that the parts are from a light-skinned male.

[NBC Bay Area]

TIME Sports

This is Probably What a Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch Press Conference Would Actually Look Like

The least and most reticent of football stars, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman, share the stage in this Key & Peele Super Bowl skit.

You won’t come away knowing any more about the big game, but you might get a new perspective on the Academy Award-nominated movie Selma — and a mean hankering for biscuits and gravy. (Those do go with chicken wings, right?)

Key & Peele’s Super Bowl special aired on Comedy Central Friday night. More sketches can be seen here.

TIME World

French Tourists to Be Deported Over Nude Photo Shoot at Cambodian Temple

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The Angkor Wat temple complex at sunrise in Cambodia's Angkor National Park, Siem Reap province, Nov. 8, 2014. Alex Ogle—AFP/Getty Images

Court claimed three men were taking naked photos for use 'in publications such as a calendar'

A trio of tourists from France were arrested for taking nude photos of each other at a world-famous Cambodian temple, and will be deported.

The three men in their early twenties were found Thursday inside Banteay Kdei temple at Angkor Archaeological Park, AFP reports, which houses Angkor Wat — a 12th-century temple and UNESCO World Heritage site.

The trio were arrested by Cambodian authorities and given a suspended prison sentence of six months, plus deportation from Cambodia and a four-year ban on coming back to the country. The men were also fined $750 each.

“They confessed to making a mistake and asked for the Cambodian people to forgive them for their actions,” prosecutor Koeut Sovannareth told AFP. The men claimed that they took the pictures as souvenirs, “but we believe that their intention was to use the photos in publications such as a calendar,” Sovannareth said.

[AFP]

TIME Infectious Disease

White House Urges Measles Vaccinations As Number of Infected Passes 100

Outbreak has now spread to 14 states

The White House said on Friday that parents should be “listening to our public health officials,” who urge vaccinations against measles, as it emerged the disease has now infected more than 100 people in the U.S.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama thinks parents should ultimately make their own decision whether or not to vaccinate their children, Reuters reports, but added that the science clearly points to vaccinating.

“People should evaluate this for themselves with a bias toward good science and toward the advice of our public health professionals,” said Earnest.

According to new numbers from the California Department of Public Health, 91 of the confirmed cases are in California, ground zero for the recent U.S. measles outbreak that began in December.

58 of those cases are believed to be linked to the December Disneyland outbreak, where it likely arrived from overseas. Measles has quickly spread to 13 other states—Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington state—and Mexico.

Measles was wiped from the U.S. in 2000, but CDC health officials say it’s back because some people aren’t getting vaccinated. The New York Times published interviews Saturday with several parents who oppose vaccination for their children; one woman, Kelly McMenimen, told the newspaper that she “meditated on it a lot” about the vaccine but decided she didn’t want “so many toxins” entering her 8-year-old son.

The majority of new measles cases are in people who aren’t vaccinated, and California is especially vulnerable. Once a baseline vaccination rate dips below 95%, a community becomes less protected against the disease—and California is now at 92%.

[Reuters]

TIME Transportation

JetBlue Flight Narrowly Avoids Midair Collision

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Seth Wenig—AP

One passenger said she saw the plane coming closer through the window

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation after two planes nearly collided during a JetBlue flight from Orlando to Westchester County Airport in New York last week.

According to the Lower Hudson Valley-based Journal News, air traffic controllers told the pilot aboard JetBlue Airways Flight 94 that another smaller plane was about two miles away, the FAA said in a statement.

After receiving word, the JetBlue pilot then adjusted the flight path and landed, the airline said in a separate statement. The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 25.

One passenger on board, Megan Sikorski, told WABC-TV that she could see the other plane approaching through her window, when she buried herself in her mother’s lap grabbed onto the other passenger sitting next to her. “Our plane went up, and you could hear the whoosh of the other airplane underneath us,” she said.

Both planes landed safely, the FAA said.

[USA Today]

 

TIME weather

This State Has Record Low Snowfall This Year

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Snowpacks are as low as 16% of their normal levels

As the East Coast continues to bear the brunt of winter weather, the western state of Oregon is struggling with record low levels of snow.

Snowpack levels are as low as 16% of what they usually are in the state’s western regions, the Associated Press reports. The colder, eastern part is a little better off, with snowpack levels at 47-79% of normal levels.

Still, that’s bad news for Oregon, which relies on mountain snowpack levels to eventually melt and feed its streams. “We are really kind of staring climate change right in the eye right now,” said Kathie Dello, associated director of the Oregon Climate Change Institute at Oregon State University.

2014 was officially the hottest year on record, and the future also looks warm for Oregon, with the U.S. Drought Monitor predicting even more intense drought to come to some parts of the state. In San Francisco, just over 300 miles south of Oregon’s border, there has been no rain at all in January.

[AP]

TIME United Kingdom

Benedict Cumberbatch Backs Call to Pardon Gay Men Convicted in U.K.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. George Pimentel—WireImage/Getty Images

Alan Turing, whom the actor played in The Imitation Game, was among those convicted

Benedict Cumberbatch has joined 40,000 others in signing an open letter to the British government demanding the pardons of thousands of gay men convicted under historic indecency laws in the UK.

“The U.K.’s homophobic laws made the lives of generations of gay and bisexual men intolerable,” reads the letter published in The Guardian. “It is up to young leaders of today, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to acknowledge this mark on our history and not allow it to stand.”

Cumberbatch played Alan Turing in the Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game, which documents the codebreaker’s struggles under the UK’s early twentieth-century anti-gay laws. In 1952, Turing was convicted of gross indecency—one of 49,000 men found guilty under the laws. He was chemically castrated and died by suicide two years later. Homosexual sex was outlawed in England and Wales until 1967.

MORE: The History Behind Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Imitation Game

In 2013, Turing was pardoned by the Queen, but 15,000 of the men convicted are believed to still be alive. Cumberbatch—along with many others, some of whom were involved with the film—are demanding for their records to be wiped clean. “We call upon Her Majesty’s government to begin a discussion about the possibility of pardoning all the men, alive or deceased, who like Alan Turing were convicted,” the letter reads.

[The Guardian]

TIME Military

Hagel: Ground Troops May Be Needed in Iraq

'I would say we're not there yet'

Departing defense secretary Chuck Hagel said it’s possible the United States may need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help deter the Islamic State.

Hagel, who resigned as Pentagon chief on Nov. 24, told CNN in an interview Friday that he thinks the deployment of American troops for intelligence-gathering and locating targets is a possibility, reports Reuters.

He said he wasn’t sure, however, that it would come to that. “I would say we’re not there yet,” he said. “Whether we get there or not, I don’t know.”

MORE: Obama’s Awkward Farewell to Hagel

Currently, 4,500 troops are already committed to roles in Iraq including training and advising. President Obama sent reinforcements to Iraq in advising roles in September.

President Barack Obama has nominated Ashton Carter to replace Hagel as defense secretary.

[Reuters]

 

TIME public health

Super Bowl Teams’ Cities See 18% Spike in Flu Death

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The University of Phoenix Stadium, host of Super Bowl XLIX, is seen on Jan. 29, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Charlie Riedel—AP

Call it Super Bowl fever. In cities that send teams to the big February game, researchers see an 18% spike in flu death in adults age 65 and older, a new paper from Tulane University shows. And the effect can get seven times worse when the game happens close to the peak of a particularly bad flu season—like the one we’re in right now.

Economists looked at cities hosting and sending teams to the Super Bowl between 1974 and 2009 and analyzed data from death records, population and weather. Cities that hosted the Super Bowl weren’t at increased risk for negative health outcomes, they found—probably in part because they tended to be in warmer areas, which protects against the flu. But in the cities that sent a team to the game, there was an 18% spike in influenza deaths in people 65 and older.

Researchers were able to determine causality, they say, since participation in the Super Bowl is as good as random. And it’s not like the heartbreak of a losing team could be blamed: There wasn’t a difference between winners and losers as the effect seemed to occur in the time leading up to the game, says lead author Charles Stoecker, PhD, assistant professor in the department of global health management and policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Can you blame the spike in socializing and the communal nachos? “People go out to a bar or to a Super Bowl party, and they have contact with people they wouldn’t normally or in ways they wouldn’t normally,” he says. “There’s few occasions when we share chips and dip.”

MORE: Here’s How Many Calories You’ll Eat During the Super Bowl

Flu death spikes are common after big one-time events like the winter Olympics and rock festivals, Stoecker says, but the Super Bowl may be in a league of its own since it always happens squarely in flu season.

Would it be a good idea to move the Super Bowl out of the bounds of flu season? Maybe, says Stoecker, especially in years when the influenza strain looks particularly deadly—or in years like this one, when the flu vaccine is only 23% effective. “In lieu of canceling the Super Bowl outright, it would be one way of mitigating transmission.”

So if you must dip, do your part to help: Wash your hands first.

TIME Diet/Nutrition

Here’s How Many Calories You’ll Eat During the Super Bowl

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And how much exercise you'd have to do to burn them off

The game lasts four hours, but what you eat will stick with you way longer than that. By some (admittedly unscientific) estimates, Americans who snack on typical Super Bowl fare, like pizza, beer, soda, chips, dips, hot wings and nachos, could take in as many as 2,400 calories and 121 grams of fat just during the game. That’s more than most people should eat in a single day. In fact, you’d have to run an entire marathon to burn it off, says Sara Bleich, PhD, associate professor in health policy and management at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. That’s assuming you’re 175 pounds and running a 15-minute mile, Bleich tells us.

Add on a few miles if you happen to root for the team that loses. A 2013 study in the journal Psychological Science found that on the Monday after a big football game, people who had cheered for the team that lost ate 16% more saturated fat than they usually did. (Fans of the winning team got a win for their waistlines; they ate 9% less saturated fat than usual.)

Here’s how much these Super Bowl food bombs will cost you, according to the USDA’s national nutrient database:

3 slices of pepperoni pizza: 939 calories

5 cans of regular beer: 732 calories

3 cans of cola: 455 calories

6 chicken wings: 710 calories

2 servings of cheese nachos: 549 calories

3 servings of barbecue potato chips: 412 calories

Half a cup of salsa con queso: 179 calories

And the lowest scorer in the Super Bowl calorie game? Half a dozen celery sticks with a tablespoon of ranch: 67 calories. Feel free to load up on those.

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