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British beer thief resembles 'Friends' star David Schwimmer

Update 12:30 p.m. EST Nov. 13: Police in Blackpool tweeted Tuesday that an alleged beer thief who resembled actor David Schwimmer has been arrested.

“Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft,” Blackpool’s police wrote on its Twitter account. “Thanks for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!”

Original report: This beer thief in the United Kingdom didn’t know how to pivot.

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Police in Blackpool are looking for a man who stole beer from a restaurant, and social media posters are having a field day since the man bears a strong resemblance to David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller on “Friends,” the BBC reported..

Blackpool police posted the image of the man last Saturday on its Facebook page, which elicited memes and videos of some of Schwimmer’s more memorable quotes from the situation comedy that ran from 1994 to 2004.

Police quickly confirmed that the thief was not Schwimmer.

“Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses,” the police department commented on its Facebook post. “We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We're so sorry it has to be this way.”

Schwimmer also took to social media using the hashtag #itwasntme, re-creating the scene in Blackpool with a video of his own.

“Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation,” Schwimmer tweeted.

Apple, Samsung fined by Italian authorities for slowing down phones

Apple and Samsung were fined by Italian authorities for “planned obsolescence” in slowing down smartphones, the BBC reported.

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Apple was fined nearly $11.4 million (10 million euros), while Samsung was hit with a $5.7 million fine (5 million euros), The Guardian reported.

"Apple and Samsung implemented unfair commercial practices," the Italian competition authority said in a statement.

The competition authority began an investigation in January and found that certain smartphone software updates have a negative effect on the devices’ performances, the BBC reported.

“Apple and Samsung implemented dishonest commercial practices” and that operating system updates “caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced performance, thus accelerating phones’ substitution,” the competition authority said in its statement.

Samsung told owners of its Galaxy Note 4 phone to install a new version of Google’s Android operating system, The Guardian reported. It was intended for the newer Galaxy Note 7 and rendered the older model sluggish.

Galaxy Note 4 phone to install a new version of Google’s Android operating system intended for the more recent Galaxy Note 7, but which rendered the old model sluggish. Apple, meanwhile, told iPhone 6 owners to install an operating system designed for an iPhone 7, which led to issued, The Guardian reported.

Apple’s fine was higher because it also failed to tell customers important details about iPhone batteries, the BBC reported.

Samsung said it was "disappointed" with the decision and said it would appeal, the BBC reported.

"Samsung did not issue any software update that reduced the Galaxy Note 4's performance," a spokesman said.

"In contrast, Samsung has always released software updates, enabling our customers to have the best experience possible."

Apple has not commented, the BBC reported.

NASA discovers perfectly formed, rectangular ice sheet

A perfectly formed, rectangular ice sheet was spotted during a flyover in Antarctica on Oct. 16, NASA reported.’

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The flyover was part of Operation IceBridge, which is NASA’s aerial survey of polar ice. It originated from Punta Arenas, Chile, on Oct. 10. During the mission last week, senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck spotted the sharply angular iceberg floating just off the Larsen C ice shelf.

“I thought it was pretty interesting; I often see icebergs with relatively straight edges, but I've not really seen one before with two corners at such right angles like this one had,” Harbeck said in a statement

The iceberg appears to be calved from Larsen C. In July 2017, it released a chunk of ice the size of the state of Delaware, NASA said.

“I was actually more interested in capturing the A68 iceberg that we were about to fly over, but I thought this rectangular iceberg was visually interesting and fairly photogenic, so on a lark, I just took a couple photos,” Harbeck said.

The flight is scheduled to end Nov. 18, NASA said.

Shocking video: Rome escalator collapse injures at least 20 at metro station

A shocking video captured the moment an escalator inside an Italian metro station went out of control, injuring at least 20 people Tuesday night.

>> Watch the video here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

According to The Associated Press, officials have not said what caused the incident at the Piazza Repubblica station in Rome.

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Seven people were seriously hurt, Rome fire officials said. Most of the injured were Russian soccer fans there to see CSKA Moscow face off against Roma, the AP reported.

Witnesses said people "were jumping and dancing on the escalator before the accident," the AP said, citing a report by Italy's ANSA news agency.

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‘Headless chicken monster’ found floating in deep ocean is really sea cucumber

It looks like how everyone is describing it, a “headless chicken monster,” and when you see a photo of it, it may make you ask, “What is it?”

It’s actually a sea cucumber that lives in the depths of the Antarctic Ocean that has a transparent body and a webbed veil, USA Today reported.

The official name, despite the descriptive “headless chicken monster” moniker, is Enypniastes eximia.

Even scientists who study the creatures of the deep admit to its similarity to tonight’s possible dinner entree. 

“It looks a bit like a chicken just before you put it in the oven,” said Dirk Welsford, program leader for the Australian Antarctic Division. He was one of the researchers who found the odd animal.

It was originally only photographed one time in the Gulf of Mexico last year, the New York Times reported.

But now it has been found swimming, or floating, in the waters of the Southern Ocean, 2,500 miles from Australia, the Times reported.

So how did the researchers get the rare images of the creature?

The camera attaches to toothfish longlines in the Southern Ocean, CNN reported. A toothfish longline is used to catch the fish using weighted lines that sink in the deep water, according to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

The camera attached to the line operates for a long time, under the pressure of the water depths, and is in pitch black surroundings, CNN reported.

Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: 7 stunning photos of nature's light show

The Orionid meteor shower, which occurs from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 every year thanks to debris from Halley's Comet, peaked this weekend, offering stunning light displays in the night sky.

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Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo by John Ashley Fine Art Photography, Facebook

2. Standen, East Grinstead, England

Photo by @simon_halstead, Twitter

3. Japan

Photo by Kouji Ohnishi, Facebook

4. Normanton, England

Photo by @Michiko_Smith, Twitter

5. Iceland

Photo by @clukinmarvelous, Instagram

6. Long Island, New York

Photo by @GSBImagesMBusch, Twitter

7. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Photo by @charnick_wx, Twitter

World Series 2018: Schedule, times released

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet in the 114th World Series, and Major League Baseball announced the dates and times for the Fall Classic on Sunday.

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The Red Sox led the majors with 108 wins this season and eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Red Sox are 5-0 on the road this postseason as they seek their fourth crown in 15 years.

The Dodgers took Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-1 win on Saturday night, landing their 23rd pennant. 

>> 2018 World Series: Some things you might not know

The World Series will open at Fenway Park for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, and all games will be televised nationally on Fox. ESPN Radio will carry the games on radio. 

Here is the schedule for the best-of-seven World Series:

 Game 1 - Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:09 p.m.

Game 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:09 p.m.

Game 3 - Friday, Oct. 26,  8:09 p.m.

Game 4 - Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m.

x-Game 5 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m.

x-Game 6 - Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m.

x-Game 7 - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m.

x-If necessary

Amy Schumer backs Colin Kaepernick, won't appear in Super Bowl ads 

Comedian Amy Schumer is following pop singer Rihanna’s lead in not participating in Super Bowl LIII.

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In a Friday post on Instagram, Schumer said she has decided to turn down any offers to participate in commercials for the Feb. 3 game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The move, she said, was in support of the “take-a-knee” protests by NFL players that was started in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ESPN reported. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

“Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote. “I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? 

Earlier this week, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show as a way to support Kaepernick.

In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a politically-themed Bud Light ad, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50, ESPN reported.

In her Instagram post, Schumer said she hoped Maroon 5, set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, will reconsider and withdraw.

She also suggested that white NFL players should join black players by taking a knee.

“Why not kneel next to your brothers?” Schumer wrote. “Otherwise, how are you not complicit?” 

>> Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show

Kaepernick was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.

He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the league.

Nike ad campaign featuring Kaepernick as the face of the athletic retail giant’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary has sparked debate, controversy and boycotts.

Schumer was arrested Oct. 4 during a protest in Washington against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN reported.

It was not clear if Schumer was approached to appear in an ad to run during Super Bowl LIII, ESPN reported.

UK woman who delayed chemo to give birth dies of cancer

A British woman who delayed chemotherapy so she could save her unborn baby’s life died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with ovarian cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

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Gemma Nuttall, 29, of Lancashire, was diagnosed with the cancer in 2014, while she was 16 weeks pregnant, People reported, citing a GoFundMe page set up by the woman’s mother, Helen Sproates.

“It is with an utterly broken heart that I have to tell you all that my beautiful warrior lost her battle early this morning,” Sproates wrote on Facebook. “We fought so hard but we just couldn’t do it anymore — I am one very proud but devastated mum right now — Sleep tight Gemma — My world will never be the same again.”

Doctors gave Nuttall the option to terminate the pregnancy to receive chemotherapy for her tumor, but she decided to delay treatment until she gave birth to her daughter, Penelope by emergency C-section in March 2014, The Sun reported.

Penelope is now 4.

After the child was born, Nuttall underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Doctors found cervical cancer and were able to remove the tumor, and Nuttall spent the next two years cancer-free, People reported. But in April 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and lung, the magazine reported.

Actress Kate Winslet stepped in, and with the help of “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, auctioned three dinners with “Jack and Rose” and raised $1.35 million in early 2018.

Winslet said Nuttall’s death was “tragically sad” and called her “a beacon of strength,” the Daily Mail reported.

“My heart breaks for her mum and daughter,” Winslet told the newspaper.

Cancer-stricken toddler Brody Allen, who got an early Christmas, dies

A 2-year-old Ohio boy suffering from inoperable brain cancer, whose town and family gave him an early Christmas, died Friday morning, the Journal-News reported.

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Brody Allen passed away around 6 a.m. Friday, his father, Todd Allen, posted on Facebook

"This morning at 6 a.m. Brody passed quietly, and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo," Allen wrote. "He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angels. While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God." 

Oncologists in Cincinnati told Brody’s parents in August that the toddler had less than two months to live. Doctors originally believed the boy had an ear infection, but it was something much worse as specialists discovered that Brody was born with an aggressive brain cancer that grew into four untreatable tumors, WCPO reported. 

Allen said his son’s cancer -- embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes --- is so rare that only 300 other people have been diagnosed with the condition, WCPO reported.

In September, Brody’s family decided to bring the Christmas holidays to him, decorating their home with lights, candy canes and polar bears, the television station reported.

>> Ohio boy with inoperable brain cancer gets early Christmas

Hundreds of people in Brody’s hometown of Colerain Township staged a Christmas parade last month, WCPO reported.

Colerain Township officials on Friday set aside a location for well-wishers to leave memorials, the television station reported. All items left there will be given to the Allen family, police said.

"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brody Allen," Colerain Township said in a news release. "Brody captured our attention and love over the past few months as he and his family bravely battled the disease that has ultimately taken his life."

Donations can be made to the an official Brody Allen Gofundme pageWCPO reported.

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