A woman accidentally set herself on fire while attempting to kill an infestation of bed bugs, authorities have said.
The 31-year-old was using rubbing alcohol to torch her car in Pontiac, Michigan, because she believed bed bugs were inside, police said.
Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office were called at 1:39 p.m. Tuesday to the 1200 block of Perry Street because of a car fire, ClickOnDetroit reported.
Officials told the publication that the woman who owned the car had a panic attack because there were bed bugs inside and decided to pour rubbing alcohol inside the vehicle before lighting it on fire.
However, during the torching she accidentally set herself on fire, police said.
The unidentified woman is reported to have suffered second-degree burns from the incident. She was taken to McLaren Oakland Hospital, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit, for treatment, according to officials.
The Oakland Township Fire Department is investigating.
Newsweek has contacted the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the Oakland Township Fire Department for comment.
Bed bugs can be found in bedding and mattresses, as well as personal belongings such as jackets, purses and luggage.
“No bedbugs at Doral. The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!” Trump responded over Twitter.
Fortunately, bed bug bites usually don’t lead to serious medical problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your home is infested, one of the best ways to properly get rid of them is by calling a professional pest control company to assure complete removal, the CDC recommends.
Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic has been knocked out in the semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics, ending his bid for a long-awaited Golden Slam.
The Serbian player was defeated by Germany’s Alexander Zverev in three sets.
Djokovic won the first 6-1 but fell behind in the second and third, losing 6-3 and 6-1.
He won his 20th Grand Slam with his Wimbledon title this month—matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal—but had hoped to become the first male tennis player to complete a Golden Slam by winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in addition to the four majors.
Steffi Graf in 1988 is the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam, winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the same calendar year.
Djokovic’s only Olympic medal came in 2008 at the Beijing Games when he won bronze in singles from his first Olympic appearance.
He then lost to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in his next two Games: in the 2012 bronze-medal match and the first round at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Jeopardy! has just two guest hosts left after LeVar Burton ends his run on July 30. The former Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek star spent a week as the guest host after a huge fan campaign, and he has come on top of a number of polls asking who should be the next Jeopardy! guest host.
The game show still has two more potential presenters to come before a decision is made about who will become Alex Trebek’s permanent replacement. Here are who those final two presenters will be.
Who Is the Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host After LeVar Burton?
Burton’s final show is set to air on Friday, July 30, the last of five shows by the Grammy, Peabody and 12-time Emmy winner. After that, the next guest host will begin on Monday, August 2.
He will be David Faber, the financial journalist and host of the CNBC morning show Squawk on the Street. He will host from August 2 to Friday, August 6.
As for all guests hosts before him, Jeopardy! is making a contribution to a charity of Faber’s choice. The financial journalist will be supporting the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York City-based charity that tackles poverty in the city.
Like other guest hosts Aaron Rodgers, Ken Jennings, Anderson Cooper and Robin Roberts before him, Faber is a former contestant on Jeopardy! In 2012, he took part in the show’s Jeopardy! Power Players tournament, where he beat basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Fox News‘ Dana Perino and won $50,000.
After news that he was set to host the show came out, Faber celebrated with a self-deprecating tweet. He said: “He is the least well known out of an incredible group of guest hosts, but promises not to disappoint Jeopardy‘s many fans. Correct response: This guy!”
Burton, meanwhile, has spoken about the shaky start to his run, which saw a contestant with the lowest-ever score of negative $7,400. He told the Associated Press: “I came backstage after taping the first episode and I said to Stephanie [Cozart Burton, his wife], ‘Well, how did I do?’ She said, ‘Ehhh.’ Now, this is a woman who loves me enough to tell me the truth. She said it wasn’t me.”
He added: “You’re not going to be smooth as Alex [Trebek], let go of that. But what you can bring to the table is you. So that became my point of focus. And when it did, I started having fun.”
Burton remains many viewers’ choice to become permanent host, with a recent TVLine poll seeing him unseat Ken Jennings as the fans’ choice.
Following Faber’s five-day stint on the show, Jeopardy! will get its final guest in sportscaster Joe Buck, who will present from August 9 to August 13. After that, a permanent host is set to be announced.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) may face criminal charges for the 2020 Zogg Fire, while the company remains under investigation after admitting earlier this month that its equipment might have started the large Dixie Fire that’s still raging in California.
In a Facebook post on Thursday evening, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said she believes PG&E is “criminally liable” for the Zogg Fire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Bridgett said that a “filing decision” will be made against the utility company, the largest in the U.S., by the September 27 anniversary of the Zogg Fire, but she didn’t elaborate on the charges that could be filed.
“This fire caused the deaths of four people and damaged numerous homes and other structures, killed wildlife and harmed our community,” Bridgett’s office said in the statement.
“I hope this information brings awareness to the importance of fire prevention during the current drought and severe wildfire season.”
In a statement responding to Bridgett’s announcement, PG&E described the effects of the fire as “heartbreaking,” and explained that “we recognize that nothing can heal the hearts of those who have lost so much.”
However, the company claimed that it “has resolved civil claims with Shasta County and continues to reach settlements with individual victims and their families impacted by the Zogg Fire” and said that it does not agree that “criminal charges are warranted given the facts of this case.”
In March 2021, fire investigators concluded that the Zogg Fire was started after a gray pine tree fell onto a PG&E transmission line, with the Shasta and Tehama counties suing the utility company claiming that the tree had been marked to be removed in 2018.
The large fire eventually destroyed 204 homes and burned 56,338 acres in California, equivalent to 87.5 square miles of land – around 20 square miles bigger than Washington, D.C.
PG&E has faced several issues over the last few years after being linked to faulty or old equipment that reportedly started fires across California.
The utility company filed for bankruptcy in 2019 after pleading guilty to more than 80 counts of involuntary manslaughter after its equipment was blamed for starting the Camp Fire, which saw 85 people die and 10,000 homes destroyed.
The company also made headlines earlier in the month when it told regulators its equipment may have caused the current Dixie Fire, which has so far burned 226,421 acres in California, while still only being 23 percent contained.
At least eight residential structures have been destroyed by the fire, which began burning on July 14, while 64 commercial structures have also been destroyed, according to Cal Fire.
Start of the Dixie Fire
In court documents obtained by KCRA 3 on Thursday, PG&E said that it struggled for hours to get to the site of a trapped fuse close to the start of the Dixie Fire because of a highway closure and an access road that was difficult to navigate, with a crew member having to drive at 3mph at one point due to a steep hill.
The utility company is under investigation for possibly causing the Dixie Fire and PG&E told the local outlet that some of its equipment has been taken by Cal Fire as part of the probe, but confirmed that no decision on what started the blaze has yet been determined.
Newsweek has contacted representatives of Bridgett and PG&E for comment.
The Green Knight is the latest King Arthur story to be adapted, this time from director David Lowery. It follows his nephew, Sir Gawain (played by Dev Patel) who takes on a quest to prove his worth and honor.
The story is a chivalric romance, a genre of literature originating from the Medieval period that tells tales of the fantastical adventures and exploits of heroic knights.
These stories often contained elements of folklore, magic, and morality.
Ralph Ineson, in a video explaining the origins of the story of The Green Knight, called it a “far-reaching, culturally resonant, mythic morality tale.”
The Poem On Which The Green Knight Is Based
The question of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight‘s historical accuracy is difficult. Historians have not found evidence to substantiate the existence of King Arthur.
According to History, while Arthur appeared in various manuscripts, some of which blended history and mythology, no one has been able to prove he was real.
However, Dr. Andrew Breeze, a philologist and Celticist from the University of Navarre in Spain, thinks a ninth-century chronicle titled The History Of The Britons suggests Arthur may have been an actual person—but not quite the one we have come to know him as.
Breeze told The Independent: “He will have been a Briton of southern Scotland, fighting all his battles there; but he was not fighting the English.
“His enemies were other British peoples, around Edinburgh and Carlisle. He was not of course a king. He will have been a brave general who soon became a legend.”
Speaking to Newsweek, Professor Inga Bryden from the University of Winchester in the U.K. said: “The figure of Gawain appears in the early literature about King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, so in that sense he is a legendary (rather than actual) character, who came to symbolize fearlessness, courtesy and courtliness.
“As a character in Arthurian legend he also appears in the ‘histories’ of the Kings of Britain—the figure was popularised for example in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain c.1136.”
The exploits of King Arthur, known as Arthurian legend, are chronicled in the History of the Kings of Britain, which is part of the Matter of Britain, a collection of story cycles written by various people.
Within the Matter of Britain is the story of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, whose author is unknown.
Only one manuscript of Sir Gawain remains intact, and an important scholar on the matter was Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien.
He called the story “a window of many-colored glass looking back into the Middle Ages,” according to Ralph Ineson’s introduction.
The story has strong moral themes, such as honor and chivalry, as Sir Gawain is forced to go on a journey to meet the Green Knight.
Bryden continued: “Chivalric romances celebrated chivalric and courtly values (how to conduct oneself socially, as it were).
“The Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Middle English Arthurian poem draws on English and French traditions; the English nobility read French chivalric romance and used courtly French expressions.
“Some commentators have highlighted the religious aspects of the poem – and that there might be a critique of courtly values at play too.”
This latter point is certainly prominent in Lowery’s telling of The Green Knight.
The Plot of The Green Knight
Ahead are spoilers for The Green Knight.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight begins with Sir Gawain and the Knights of the Round Table coming together for Christmas.
An intruder, The Green Knight, arrives and challenges one of them to a duel: If any knight can land a strike on him, they can keep his axe but must return to him with the weapon after one year and accept a similar blow.
Sir Gawain steps up and cuts the head off the Green Knight, thinking that is the game finished. The Green Knight, still alive, picks up his head and tells Sir Gawain to meet him one year hence to accept his fate.
Following this, Sir Gawain goes on a perilous journey where he must prove his courage and honor before meeting The Green Knight for their final showdown.
The film has a slightly different ending to that of the poem.
In the poem, Sir Gawain refuses to remove an enchanted green sash from his waist, which he believes will protect him from harm.
As a result, the Green Knight’s strikes barely injure him, and though Gawain dishonestly concealed the sash, they part on good terms after he offers his neck for a second blow without its protection.
The Green Knight—who was a local lord in disguise—declares Gawain to be a true knight. Gawain and the knights of the Round Table then begin wearing a green sash around their arms to remind them of the importance of honesty.
However, in the film, alternate endings are shown, one of which shows him taking the strike while wearing the green band.
In this version, he returns home wearing his green belt and refuses to remove it at any point due to his desire to cheat death.
He sleeps with Esel (Alicia Vikander) and she has a baby, but he takes the baby from her, leaving her destitute as he marries a princess from another land (Erin Kellyman).
The knight becomes king after Arthur’s death, wielding Excalibur, but wars and famines plague the lands, with his people turning against him.
Gawain is unhappy throughout his life but continues to wear the belt until his dying day when he finally allows death to come after his family abandons him.
In the second ending, which is more in line with the poem, he chooses to remove the belt in order to take his blow, properly, knowing his honor is destroyed if he attempts to survive his meeting with the knight.
As a result, the knight congratulates him and sends him home to be celebrated among his peers.
But, differently from the poem, the Green Knight is revealed to be King Arthur himself, testing his nephew’s courage.
A video of a grown man having his marriage proposal ruined by his mother has reached more than 9.4 million views on TikTok.
In the video, a TikTok user with the name @catdaddan, writes, “To the girl I was going to propose to, but my mom put a stop to it.”
The video shows him and his girlfriend awkwardly smiling near a stone wall with a countryside landscape behind them. His parents watch from behind the camera. A ring emoji and an arrow overlaid on the video points to a small bulge in the man’s right pocket.
The video then cuts to footage of the girlfriend standing on the wall. She excitedly places her hands between her legs as the man’s mother protests, “Danny, no! Get down! Nooooo!”
The video then ends suddenly.
Numerous commenters on TikTok criticized the man for not going through with the engagement despite his mother’s protest.
One commented, “She got lucky then. Who wants to marry someone who lets mom pick out their wife?”
However, this viral fail has a happy ending. In response to his critics, @catdaddan posted a follow-up video. In it, he said, “So I didn’t propose at that moment for obvious reasons.”
“But [my girlfriend] didn’t get too lucky,” he continues. “And to commemorate the moment, we ended up taking our engagement photos on the wall,” he adds.
His follow-up video then shows an image of him and his now-fiancee holding each other and touching foreheads while standing together on the stone wall. The sun-kissed countryside stretches into the horizon behind them.
Naturally, this isn’t the only viral video showing a marriage proposal going horribly wrong.
A video that went viral in May showed a woman’s now-fiancé proposing during a gondola ride. The ride was at The Venetian Las Vegas resort in Nevada.
The man got on one knee to propose. After his girlfriend accepted, he then stood up. But as he rose to place the ring onto her finger, he lost balance and fell into the water.
The man put his hand over the friend’s mouth and dragged her off to the side. The kidnapped friend waved her arms as her eyes widened in shock. Fortunately, the “kidnapper” was just the woman’s husband, trying to make sure that his wife’s reaction didn’t overshadow the proposal itself.
Text overlaying the video read: “So our cousin didn’t know about the proposal … and we knew she’d be extra. So her husband had ONE job … don’t ruin the romantic moment. Definitely a much better reaction than we anticipated.”
The first major doping allegation from the Tokyo Summer Olympics happened shortly after the men’s 200-meter backstroke on Thursday night, which was late Friday morning in Japan. And it was an American accusing a Russian swimmer of being “not clean.”
Shortly after the men’s gold medal race ended, American Ryan Murphy said he won the silver medal instead of gold because race winner Evegny Rylov was “not clean” of performance-enhancing drugs.
Murphy, who was the defending Olympic champion and by far the best backstroke swimmer in America, was asked after the 200-meters if he thought the race was fair. He knew his true thoughts would probably get him into trouble, so he danced around the question and answered the parts he felt would be fair game for him to respond. He still felt like all swimmers weren’t clean.
“I’ve got about 15 thoughts … 13 of them would get me into a lot of trouble. It is what it is. I try not to get caught up in that,” Murphy said in Swimming World magazine. “It is a huge mental drain on me to go throughout the year that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean, and that is what it is. The people that know a lot more about the situation made the decision they did. It frustrates me, but I have to swim the field that’s next to me. I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decisions that they’re making the wrong decisions.”
This comes after Murphy won gold in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but won bronze in the 100 earlier in these Games and then silver on Friday.
This also comes as Russia has been banned from competing in major international events for a four-year span because of doping allegations. That ban included the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Some Russian athletes were allowed to complete under the moniker “Russian Olympic Committee” that’s otherwise seen as ROC in results and on TV.
Rylov blistered the field, swimming the race in 1 minute, 53.27 seconds, which is a new Olympic record. It was also nearly a full second ahead of Murphy’s 1:54.15 time for the silver medal, and it was almost a second and a half faster than the 1:54.72 of Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank.
American Bryce Mefford was fourth in the race.
Murphy saying the field was “not clean” has been the first major doping allegation that has surfaced since the Tokyo Games began last week.
A video captured a 55-year-old woman being decapitated by an attacker who then threw her body into the street.
The attack occurred on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. local time in Shakopee, Minnesota. Video circulating online reportedly showed the woman, America Mafalda Thayer, being beheaded by a male attacker before he dumped her body on the road.
“We are aware that a bystander took a video of this incident,” Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate told Bring Me the News, a Minnesota news website. “We have that video. It is deeply disturbing that the first instinct was to post that on social media.”
Police found Thayer’s head laying next to her body near a car, KMSP-TV reported. They then found a knife sheath in a nearby yard and a knife in a nearby alley trash can.
Soon after, police apprehended a 42-year-old man named Alexis Saborit on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police believe Saborit was in a long-term relationship with Thayer, and that this wasn’t a random act of violence, WCCO-TV reported.
While Saborit is being held at the Scott County Jail, he hasn’t been charged as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Scott County Attorney’s Office. Court records revealed that Saborit was previously convicted of gross misdemeanor domestic assault. In U.S. law, gross misdemeanors are considered more serious than regular misdemeanor crimes.
Thayer was a Cuban immigrant who worked at the local Dollar Tree and MyPillow in Shakopee. Domestic abuse had been an ongoing problem between her and Saborit, a coworker told SW News Media.
Jamie Worley, a coworker friend of Thayer’s said she was kind and soft-spoken.
“Went to the store and got her a rose and a teddy bear to put on her desk,” Thayer said, narrating his day at MyPillow following Thayer’s murder. “When I got there, I didn’t even look at any other of my coworkers. I just stood at her desk with my head down. Everyone was just crying. It was a very emotional day and it still is.”
The police department expressed its appreciation to the agencies who assisted with the murder and its investigation. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension helped investigate the crime scene. The police department also extended its condolences to Thayer’s family.
Approximately one in four women and one in nine men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Nearly half of the women murdered in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018 were killed by a current or former intimate partner, The Washington Post wrote in a 2018 article. In an analysis of five cities, nearly a third of the male murderers were known to be a potential threat ahead of the attack.
Newsweek contacted the Shakopee Police Department for comment.
It’s fire season again in the Western United States with temperatures up and rainfall levels down. Massive wildfires are wreaking havoc on humans and animals alike, but nothing can keep these cute critters down. Read ahead and view five adorable animals who have faced down west coast fires, and come out the other side still looking like total sweetie pies.
Meet Tamarack the black bear cub, named for the forest fire that injured his tiny jelly bean paws. The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care said in a series of Facebook posts that it got a call from a homeowner who saw the injured cub in their yard. Tamarack was lucky because this area was still under restriction, and rescuers had to get special permission to get him and take him into their healing facility.
He had horrible red burns on all his feet, but with skin grafts and TLC he is now doing much better, according to vets, Dr. Sheets and Dr. Peyton.
Officials believe the Tamarack fire started because of a lightning strike. As of Wednesday, it had burned about 68,400 acres.
A few hundred miles to the south, in California’s Sequoia National Forest, another cute bear has escaped actual burns but is still struggling from the effects of the widespread wildfires.
“This poor bear cub was spotted in a campground today looking completely defeated as its food and water sources have been ravaged by this year’s devastating drought and fires,” wrote a Kern River Conservancy employee on their Facebook page.
The brown bear, looking thin and wan, has been pushed into human areas and campsites of the forest, looking for food and water, since its normal sources have been stretched and depleted by fire and drought.
Up north, in the state of Oregon, the Bootleg fire has burned more than 394,000 acres. A safety officer fighting the perimeter of the fire sighted this adorable cub living in the recently scorched trees and was able to snap a few pictures. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the cub was around seven or eight months old and looked healthy, if a little scared. Thankfully, its mother was spotted soon after, and the two are now together.
Also in the midst of the Bootleg fire, we can’t forget our feathered friends. They live in trees. And when fires destroyed their homes, where will they go?
The engine boss of Pacific Oasis, a firefighting operation, found these abandoned baby nighthawks wandering around with no nest, and no parents. When mom never returned, the hawks were brought to a local wildlife rehabilitation specialist and are now under her care.
Moving on from birds and bears, we go to bobcats. This cutie was clearly once an elegant king of Mount Shasta near Weed, California. Now, thanks to the Lava fire, he’s a bit out of sorts but is obviously on the mend.
According to Shasta Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, who found him, “He [was] emaciated, weighing only about 50% of his normal 30-35% weight and blood work shows he is anemic.” He was also found with fourth-degree burns and a puncture wound to his side.
He’s now staying at Gold Country Wildlife Rescue under the care of some very good vets.
“Despite his grave condition we are optimistic about his prognosis, but it will take lots of care and support to get him back to normal so he can return to his life in the wild.”
Newsweek reached out to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for comment.
Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is equally contagious whether it’s contracted by a vaccinated or unvaccinated person.
This means that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are equally capable of transmitting the virus to other people.
Both unvaccinated people and the Delta variant have been primarily responsible for a recent increase in new COVID-19 cases nationwide. When a vaccinated person contracts COVID-19, it is referred to as a “breakthrough” case, because the virus has broken through the immunity provided by the vaccination.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.