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Elon Musk sending engineers to help Thai authorities in cave rescue

Billionaire Elon Musk said he is sending engineers from two of his companies to Thailand in an effort to help the government rescue the members of a youth soccer team trapped in a flooded cave, The Associated Press reported Friday.

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Musk tweeted earlier that his Boring Company was “pretty good at digging holes” and discussed inserting a nylon tube into the cave, inflating it like “a bouncy castle” to create an underwater tunnel, the BBC reported. He suggested that engineers from Boring and SpaceX needed to be at the site to survey the rescue possibilities, the AP reported.

>> Former Thai navy diver dies in rescue attempt

According to a Boring Company spokesman, Musk’s organization is “speaking with the Thai government to see how we can help, and we are sending SpaceX/Boring Company people from the U.S. to Thailand today to offer support on the ground,” the BBC reported.

Musk’s offer came in the wake of the announcement that a former Thai navy diver died while returning from bringing oxygen to the 12 boys and their coach, who have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave area in northern Thailand.

Polar bear kills man protecting children, reports say

A Canadian man was killed protecting his children from a polar bear, according to multiple media reports. Aaron Gibbons was with his daughters at the fishing and hunting spot Sentry Island when the family was surprised by the bear, the BBC reported.

The bear started to stalk or charge at the girls when Gibbons stepped between the children and the bears, the BBC reported.

Gibbons was not armed, the CBC reported. He told his daughters to run to their boat, The Star reported. They got to the safety of the vessel and called for help on the radio, telling family members on the other end what was happening as the bear killed Gibbons.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene, The Star reported

The bear was shot and killed, the CBC reported.

“Definitely Aaron died a hero. He protected his children,” Gibbons cousin, Eric Anoee, told the CBC.

Canadian girl, 9, with cerebral palsy saves baby brother from drowning

A 9-year-old girl from Canada with cerebral palsy could not physically save her brother from drowning in the backyard pool, but Lexie Comeau-Drisdelle’s verbal actions to alert her family helped prevent a family tragedy, CTV News reported.

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“You don’t need to be able to walk and talk,” Lexie’s grandmother, Nancy Comeau-Drisdelle, told CTV Atlantic. “You can still make yourself heard and you can still help. And yes, she did save his life.”

On May 5, Lexie was watching her mother and grandmother prepare for her ninth birthday party at the family home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while her 18-month-old brother, Leeland, was asleep.

After the boy woke up, the children’s mother, Kelly Jackson, went upstairs to get changed, CTV News reported.

“Mum brought him downstairs for me,” Jackson, a mother of three, told the television station. “We didn’t communicate about, ‘Oh the door isn’t locked.’”

Comeau-Drisdelle turned around for a few seconds, giving Leeland the chance to slip out the back door and head into the backyard pool. Lexie, seeing what was happening, began to scream.

"I was upstairs changing for the party, her dad was picking up her older brother, and my mom was in the kitchen, when suddenly I just heard Lexie screaming. I panicked and immediately thought 'Oh no, she must have fallen off her chair,' " Jackson told CNN.

“She’s yelling and she’s pointing at the door, and I realize Leeland’s not with her,” Comeau-Drisdelle told CTV News.

Comeau-Drisdelle quickly rushed into the backyard and fished Leeland out of the pool. Although the boy coughed up some water, he was OK. The family took him to a hospital as a precaution, CTV News reported.

The family installed a fence and a locked gate between their house and pool within two days, CTV News said.

Lexie was given awards from the Halifax Regional Police and her local Modern Language Association. She was honored at Halifax City Hall on Wednesday.

“Heroes come in all sizes,” Halifax Mayor Mike Savage tweeted.

Bridal party says sunbather refused to move for wedding photos

You wouldn’t think that a wedding and sunbathing would go together. And in reality, they don’t. Just ask a wedding party and a sunbather who wanted to use the same location Saturday.

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Mark Ling and Mandy Cripwell were married Saturday and were hoping to take photos at Tessier Gardens, in Devon, England, Fox News reported. They had their wedding party with them ready to pose, but there was someone who wasn’t invited to the party there - a sunbather who apparently decided that the romantic spot would be perfect to catch some rays.

The groom’s son asked the woman to move, but he said that she pretended to be sleeping. The limousine driver also requested that she move. The unidentified woman did, but she left all of her sun soaking stuff right where it was at, Fox News reported.

One wedding guest said that she couldn't believe the woman didn’t know what was going on.

“She was surrounded by wedding guests, the couple were behind her and the photographer kept calling different people over for pictures, so she knew what was going on,” Natalie Ling told Devon Live.

“I don’t know if the photographer got any good photos or not,” Natalie Ling added. “Eventually she got up and left after about 10 minutes of us being there taking photos, but she still left all her stuff there. It was bloody rude and disrespectful.”

South African woman found alive in morgue refrigerator 

A South African woman who was believed to be dead after an automobile accident was discovered alive inside a mortuary refrigerator, The Times of Johannesburg reported.

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The woman, from Gauteng, was involved in the accident outside Carletonville in late June when the driver lost control of the vehicle. Two other occupants were killed, the Times reported.

The mistake is being investigated by the Gauteng Department of Health, Gauteng Forensic Pathology Services CEO Paul Morulethe told the newspaper.

A source told the Times that his colleagues at the mortuary had stored the bodies in the refrigerators after receiving them from Distress Alert paramedics, and were filling out forms when one worker returned to check on the bodies. 

“When he pulled out the woman’s body, he saw that she was breathing,” the source told the Times.

The woman was immediately rushed to a hospital. 

“This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained. There is no proof of any negligence by our crew‚” Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick told the newspaper. “Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman.”

It was not the first time such an incident has occurred, Bradnick told the Times, “and it will happen again.” He said it happened four years ago in Carletonville and again in 2016 in KwaZulu-Natal.

“These things are not meant to happen. There are protocols in place. But they do. It’s a mystery as to why,” Bradnick told the Times. “Thinking about her injuries, how long she lay waiting for the mortuary officials, the trip back to the morgue, then how she would have been undressed, weighed and then put in the fridge … we are just thankful she is alive.”

Marriage of 11-year-old girl to wealthy Malaysian trader sparks outrage

The apparent marriage of an 11-year-old girl to a wealthy 41-year-old Malaysian trader has sparked outrage, The Independent reported.

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The girl’s Thai parents, who work on a rubber plantation, said they agreed that their daughter could become Che Abdul Karim’s third wife as long as she could remain at their home until she was 16, the newspaper reported. That brought a sharp rebuke from the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF.

"If true, it is shocking and unacceptable," Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF's representative in Malaysia, said in a statement. “It is not in the best interest of the child.”

"Marrying an 11-year-old girl is like the behavior of a child predator or pedophile," activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi told Agence France Presse.

The legal age for marriage under civil laws in Malaysia is 18, the Independent reported. However, girls can marry at 16 with the permission of their state's chief minister. Islamic law has a minimum age limit of 16 for girls and allows even earlier marriages with the permission of a Shariah court, the Independent reported.

According to The Associated Press, photos on social media showed Karim holding the girl's hand after the marriage ceremony. 

The Malaysian trader apparently has two wives. His six children range in age from 5 to 18, the Independent reported.

The Malaysian government said there were no records in the courts or the regional religious office permitting the marriage. If there was no written permission from the Shariah court the marriage would be unlawful, officials said.

"The ministry looks seriously upon underage marriage,” the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development said in a statement. “The ministry wants to discuss and cooperate with religious councils to examine and tighten laws so it can eradicate the issue of underage marriage."

Girl dies after inflatable trampoline bursts, sending her flying 20 feet into air

A young girl has died after an air-filled trampoline burst, sending her 20 feet into the air.

It happened at the Bounce About play area at Gorleston beach in the United Kingdom on Sunday, The Telegraph reported.

First responders were called to the scene after there were reports of a child, estimated at being 4 years old, being “thrown from a bouncy castle.” They found the child in cardiac arrest and administered CPR. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died, The Telegraph reported.

An eyewitness told Sky News that they heard a bang as the inflatable exploded. 

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The owner of the play area, Curt Johnson, said the trampoline exploded because of the heat, The Mirror reported. Meteorologists in the area said the temperature was 19.2 degrees Celsius around the time of the accident, or about 66.5 degrees Fahrenheit, The Telegraph reported. Some said that it was as high as 21 degrees Celsius or 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit, Sky News reported.

But another inflatable business owner said that the claims of heat causing the trampoline to explode isn’t true.

The owner, who was not identified, told The Telegraph, “I’d estimate 20,000 inflatables have been hired out this weekend. This is vanishingly rare. And they’re shipped off to Spain, to Argentina - this wasn’t the heat.”

He believes that one of the ties that connects the internal structure to the bed of the trampoline may have broken, causing the internal chambers to rupture and causing the trampoline to explode, The Telegraph reported.

Police are investigating and have cordoned off the area, Sky News reported.

Shark bites woman during Australian vacation

A woman from Australia had an encounter with a shark during a feeding excursion. 

Melissa Brunning was on vacation at Dugong Bay last month in northwest Australia and was taking part in a feeding of tawney nurse sharks. One of the sharks bit down on her finger, and she said it all happened so quickly, Newsweek reported

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“All I could really focus on was the fact that my finger is gone. It clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone. I came up and I was like, ‘I’ve lost my finger.’ I couldn’t even look at the finger because I thought if I looked at it and saw it again, I’d probably go into shock,” Brunning told 7 news Sydney

Not only did the shark bite down, it also pulled her into the water, which Sky News said was infested with saltwater crocodiles.

Brunning told Perth Now that she was on day three of her two-week getaway, so she decided to wait to see if the finger would heal on its own. When she got back home she went to the doctors and found out it didn’t heal as she had hoped, Perth Now reported.

Brunning said she had cuts, a fracture, a torn ligament and an infection, Sky News reported.

Canadian restaurant manager fired after refusing service to man wearing 'MAGA' hat

A floor manager at a popular Vancouver restaurant was fired after refusing service to a customer wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, CBC reported.

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Darin Hodge, who worked at Vancouver’s Stanley Park Teahouse for 18 months, said the incident began Tuesday when he asked the customer to remove his red MAGA baseball cap, Global News reported. The red caps with the slogan were an important part of Donald Trump’s campaign strategy en route to the presidency in 2016.

When the customer refused to remove the hat, Hodge asked the patron to leave the restaurant, Global News reported.

In an emailed statement, Hodge said he had no regrets.

“I stand by my decision to ask the patron to remove his hat. The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, islamaphobia (sic), misogyny, white supremacy, homophobia,” Hodge wrote. “As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear while in my former place of work.”

According to Andy Crimp, the restaurant's general manager, the man was seated on the patio that evening when Hodge confronted him, CBC reported.

"(He) took over the table and requested that (the customer) take the hat off," Crimp said.

"(The customer) said he had a right to wear it. (Hodge) said if you don't take the hat off, we won't serve you. And the man left."

The Sequoia Company, which owns the restaurant, told CBC that Hodge was fired for not following its "philosophy of tolerance."

“Sequoia does not support intolerance of any kind, and it is because of these principles that we cannot discriminate against someone based on their support for the current administration in the United States or any other bona fide political party,” the company said in a statement.

Serena Williams joins Meghan Markle to watch Prince Harry at polo match

Tennis star Serena Williams took time off from her preparations to chase her eighth Wimbledon women’s singles title to join Meghan Markle in Ascot on Saturday to watch Prince Harry and Prince William compete in the Audi Polo Challenge, the Sunday Express reported.

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Williams, who has won seven women’s singles titles at Wimbledon, was accompanied by her husband, Alexis Ohanian. Williams canceled her pre-tournament news conference to attend the polo match, The Guardian reported. 

Williams, who won her seventh Wimbledon crown in 2016 before giving birth to her first child, is ranked 25th in this year’s tournament. She attended the royal wedding last month at Windsor Castle.

Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, attended the match to watch her husband, who made a surprise visit at a polo match for the second straight day, the Daily Mail reported.

Prince Harry attended a charity match at British Polo Day in Oxfordshire on Friday, the Daily Mail reported, helping to raise nearly $265,000.

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