On a guns, Queen Elizabeth II and Edward Snowden


This guy’s had it

For a Florida gun store owner, the fatal shootings of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week were the final straw.
Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, says, effective immediately, his shop is a “Muslim-free zone,” reports WDBO in Orlando, Fla.
In a video posted online, Hallinan discusses the history of the Confederate flag and goes on to say, “Our leaders are telling you Islam is a peaceful religion full of tolerance and love and hope. Don’t believe their lies.”
He plans to offer concealed-carry classes and open his range to anyone who wants to use it.
In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it will ask the Department of Justice to investigate possible civil rights violations.

Queen of the road

She waits for no one.
Queen Elizabeth II, apparently impatient as she drove herself to church, swerved her Jaguar X-Type onto the grass to go around a young family strolling in Windsor Great Park, The Telegraph reports.
Despite veering around the couple, who was with their two children — one on a tricycle and one in a stroller — the monarch smiled and waved as she proceeded down the 2.6-mile Long Walk, says Scarlett Vincent, who was visiting from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire with her husband, Toby Core.
“We actually didn’t have time to get out of the way, as we were in a world of our own,” Vincent recalls. “I turned to (Core) and just said, “Oh my God, it’s the queen.”


No road, no problem for Queen Elizabeth II.

Old-school execution for Snowden?

If Saxby Chambliss gets his way, leaker Edward Snowden would be publicly hanged.
“We need to hang him on the courthouse square as soon as we get our hands on him,” the former Georgia lawmaker, who was the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told students at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, according to The Hill.
“I hope none of you have any sympathy for him.”
Chambliss’ remarks were made during a discussion about the theft of 22 million people’s data from the Office of Personnel Management.
“Just like with Snowden, we’re going to lose American lives as a result of this breach,” he warned.
Snowden has sought refuge in Russia for the past two years to avoid U.S. espionage charges.


Going out on a limb


Doctors in China saved a man’s hand severed in an industrial accident — by grafting it onto his ankle for a month.

It's not the first time that Chinese surgeons have attempted the procedure. Another factory worker's hand was saved in 2013 at a hospital in Changde, also in Hunan province.

It’s not the first time that Chinese surgeons have attempted the procedure. Another factory worker’s hand was saved in 2013   at a hospital in Changde, also in Hunan province.

A factory worker known as Zhou lost his left hand to a spinning blade machine, reports The Independent.

Surgeons at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China, couldn’t reattach it immediately because severed nerves and tendons needed to heal.

The hand was sewn onto Zhou’s leg to keep it “alive” until the arm was ready.

Dr. Tang Juyu, head of microsurgery at the hospital, tells The Telegraph: “Under normal temperatures, a severed finger needs to resume blood supply within 10 hours, but the time is even shorter for a separated limb.”

As for Zhou? The feeling in his fingers has returned, but months of rehabilitation remain.


ISIS: A moniker no more


If getting rid of ISIS were only that easy.

With the emergence of the Islamic State terror group, the World Meteorological Organization has removed the name from the official hurricane list, according to USA Today.


Hurricane Iselle (left) is followed by Hurricane Julio as they approach Hawaii from the east in early August 2014. Photo: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response via Getty Images

Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess, was on the list of names for 2016 for storms to form in the eastern Pacific. Its replacement? Ivette.

Names on the hurricane lists are recycled every six years, unless a storm causes enough damage that its name is retired, such as in the recent case of Odile, which walloped Mexico in September, killing 11 and causing in excess of $1 billion in damage.




Dubai, or Mars?


Under an orange haze caused by a huge sandstorm, the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city could have been mistaken for the Red Planet on Thursday.

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai amid a sandstorm. (Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images)

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai.
Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A Dubai metro train navigates through the haze. Photo: Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A metro train disappears into the dust. Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

The sandstorm could last until the weekend, BBC reports.


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