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New Orleans museum Halloween tour highlights the macabre

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Talk about spooky: a Halloween-themed tour of New Orleans’ grisly history opens next week and it’s not for the squeamish.

The Historic New Orleans Collection has given a PG-13 rating to “La Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History ,” a one-hour, $5 guided tour of its history galleries. And there’s good reason for the rating. Stops along the guided tour include a photograph of a shrine bedecked with plaster body parts, a picture of a woman who tortured slaves in the early 1800s, even a ragtime composition inspired by a New Orleans serial killer and titled “The Mysterious Axman’s Jazz .”

It also includes such gruesome lore such as colonial executions on the wheel, amputations during the War of 1812, and the chained, tortured slaves found in Madame Delphine LaLaurie’s attic after her house caught fire in 1834. But Eli Haddow, the museum’s marketing assistant, said, “We won’t bar anyone from entry. We just suggest that they’re not intended for children under the age of …

Honolulu store owners say thieves are targeting cans of Spam

HONOLULU (AP) — Cans of Spam have become a common item that’s being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities.

Ra Long, who owns a convenience store in the city, said shoplifters have typically targeted alcohol in the past, but recently more cans of Spam have gone missing, Hawaii News Now reported .

“I mean you try to keep an eye on it, but if they run, you just can’t leave the counter and chase them,” Long said. “So you just got to take the hit.”

Honolulu police said they took a report of a man lifting a case of the canned meat from a store earlier this month.

Kimo Carvalho, a spokesman for the Institute for Human Services, said people are stealing Spam because it’s easy to sell. “It’s quick cash for quick drug money,” Carvalho said.

Hawaiians eat millions of cans of Spam a year, the nation’s highest per-capita consumption of the processed meat, which is cobbled together from a mixture of pork shoulder, ham, sugar and salt.

The state’…

Taco-eating driver crashes truck in Washington

A driver who was distracted by a taco while driving a tractor-trailer Wednesday crashed on a Washington state highway, spilling a load of wood chips across the two-lane road.

The unnamed driver was eating a taco while driving when he lost control of his truck, according to the Yakima Herald.

Washington State Trooper Brian Moore said the driver drifted onto a shoulder of the Blewett Pass in the Wenatchee Mountains, and over-corrected to the point that the truck rolled, resulting in wood chips spread across the highway, which was temporarily closed.

The tractor-trailer’s overturn wasn’t the first on the Washington highway this week.

A semi-truck on Monday also rolled over at the Blewett Pass, leaving 56,000 pounds of Red Delicious apples strewn across the immediate area, KOMO News reported.

A new Washington state distracted driving law — mainly focused on handheld electronics — that was implemented by Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., in July was meant to crack down on sidetracked drivers.

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Former Manager of DOD Aerospace Threat Program: “UFOs are Real”

Something extraordinary was revealed today. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows came forward on one platform. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP/UFOs). The team includes a 25-year veteran of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, a Lockheed Martin Program Director for Advanced Systems at “Skunk Works”, and a former deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Today marked the official launch of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTS/AAS) an innovative Public Benefit Corporation which will advance research into unexplained phenomena and develop related technology. It has established three synergistic divisions: Science, Aerospace, and Entertainment. “We believe there are discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience,” says company President and CEO Tom DeLonge. …

Pole dancing could become an Olympic event

Along with dodgeball and arm-wrestling, it has been awarded observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). This means organisers will be given help to become compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency rules and towards receiving the required recognition from national Olympic committees. It comes following an 11-year campaign by the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF). IPSF president Katie Coates told Sky News it was "phenomenal" to be recognized - and that the plan now is to get to the Olympics. "We've been given interim recognition which is fantastic - fantastic for our sport, fantastic for our athletes and fantastic for our community," she said. "We want those gold medals up there in the Olympic games for our athletes, to be proud of our athletes and our sport." Asked if the sport could be judged as part of gymnastics, Ms Coates said she wanted to "compete in our own right". In the last six yea…