1. This family survived 2 days of below-freezing cold in an overturned Jeep
By Michelle Rindels and Scott Sonner/AP
Officials wheel in two of the children into Pershing General Hospital Tuesday after the family was lost for two days in the frigid mountains near Lovelock, Nev. Cathleen Allison/AP
A desperate search for a couple and four children missing for two days in the below-zero cold of Nevada turned jubilant Tuesday when rescuers found them alive near their overturned Jeep.
About 200 people had searched for the group of six after they failed to return Sunday from a trip to play in the snow near their hometown of Lovelock, Nev.
Their Jeep had overturned just off the road. A member of the rescue team said the engine would no longer start, but the group stayed in the upside-down vehicle for shelter, burning the spare tire to keep warm.
"Their father kept them alive and well," said Patty Bianchi, CEO of Pershing General Hospital, where the six were taken. "Everybody is in good shape. There was no frostbite. They are stable. They suffered a little exposure and dehydration, but that is all."
The mother and her youngest child have been discharged from the hospital. The father and three other children are doing well, but doctors say they will remain at a hospital for observation, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.show more
2. Say goodbye to Volkswagen's hippie van
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After 63 years of service, the Volkswagen T2 is about to cease production, bringing the final curtain down on one of the most iconic vehicles of the 20th century.
Launched in 1950 and based on the same platform as the equally iconic Beetle, the Volkswagen T2 Transporter Kombi has remained in production in some part of the world ever since, whether as a simple panel van, a pick-up hybrid or in its best-known incarnation as a camper van.
Known affectionately as the Bulli, microbus, minibus, kombi, Pão-de-Forma (Portuguese for bread loaf), Rugbrød, (Rye Bread in Danish), Kleinbus (mini bus in Finnish), hippie van, Volksie Bus (South Africa), Danfo (Nigeria) or VW camper, it has remained synonymous with surfers, backpacking Australians and the 1960s counterculture that swept the U.S. and Europe and to this day is one of the few vehicles of the 20th century (along with its little brother the Beetle) that is universally recognized.
Originally built in Hanover before moving to Australia, Mexico and Argentina, it is currently solely manufactured in Brazil, where growing affluence and increasing calls for road safety measures mean that it will no longer meet the country's road regulations when, in 2014, all new vehicles must feature driver and passenger airbags and an ABS braking system.
So old is the car and its inner workings that it is simply not cost-effective to make these changes - in fact, it would be cheaper to build an entirely new vehicle. All of which means that the last ever camper van will roll off the Sao Bernardo do Campo on Dec. 20.show more
3. What exactly is Imgur, and why is Yahoo trying to buy it?
By Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The men of the Imgur team preparing for Movember. Imgur
It is the internet's favorite sharing service for comedy photos and quirky images, but Imgur is now reportedly at the centre of some very grown-up negotiations that could see it bought by Yahoo.
Talks between Yahoo and Imgur began this autumn, according to a source talking to Business Insider, but this would be just the latest statement acquisition by Yahoo's chief executive Marissa Mayer.
Since leaving Google in 2012, Mayer has bought dozens of popular web startups, including paying $1.1 billion for blogging site Tumblr and $29 million for news app Summly.
With more than 100 million users, and generating money through ads and image-hosting services for companies as well as recently tested sponsored images, Imgur would be a significant addition to Yahoo's stable of consumer services.
What is Imgur?
Imgur is an image hosting and sharing site, favoured by users of social media and social news sites including Reddit, Twitter and Digg because of its ease of use and flexibility.
It hosts images for free in various formats, including animated Gif files, supported by advertising, with paid-for professional accounts available.
Those images are kept online for free, only deleted if the image is not accessed at least once during any six-month period.
Users of the site can post comments, use tools to create new images and then share those images with both Imgur users and the wider internet.
Despite being written as "Imgur", the site's name is actually pronounced "imager", which makes sense given it is an image upload, sharing and hosting site. But it seems that almost no one realises that.show more
4. This country just became the first to legalize pot
By Pablo Fernandez/AP
Marcelo Vazquez, a marijuana grower, checks the leaves of his marijuana plants, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday. Matilde Campodonico/AP
Uruguay has become the first country to create a national marketplace for legal marijuana, with the government regulating the production, sales and use of pot in a bold bid to control addiction and drug violence.
The Senate gave final legislative approval to the bill late Tuesday, and President Jose Mujica, who campaigned for the legislation, is expected to sign it into law.
The 78-year-old president has said he wants the market to begin operating next year.
Congress' lower house approved the measure in late July. The groundbreaking legislation to create a government-run marijuana industry was opposed by two-thirds Uruguayans, recent opinion polls said.
Uruguay's drug control agency will have 120 days, until mid-April, to draft regulations imposing state control over the entire market for marijuana, from seed to smoke.
Everyone involved must be licensed and registered, with government monitors enforcing limits such as the 40 grams a month any adult will be able to buy at pharmacies for any reason or the six marijuana plants that license-holders will be allowed to grow at home.
By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / Reformer Staff
Eugene Narrett's artwork. (Reformer/Howard Weiss-Tisman)
BRATTLEBORO -- Eugene Narrett, a published author and scholar, had recently taken up painting again and he was in Brattleboro Friday night for the first opening of his work in a Brattleboro gallery. It was a cold and dreary night but downtown Brattleboro was abuzz with all the excitement Gallery Walk brings, along with the pre-Christmas festivities that kept the streets busy. Just after 7 p.m., as Narrett was approaching his car on Western Avenue, a vehicle hit him and left the scene.
The Brattleboro Police Department is investigating the crash. Narrett, 64, from Maynard, Mass., was in Brattleboro during Gallery Walk because he was visiting Gallery in the Woods on Main Street which was showing some of his work. His brother Seth Narrett, who has been in contact with the Brattleboro Police, said his brother was 200 feet from his car on Western Avenue before the vehicle struck and killed him.
Narrett's family had a vacation home in South Windham and Seth Narrett said they have been coming up to southern Vermont for decades.
"We all had a long-term love affair with Vermont," Seth Narrett said. "Eugene had taken up painting again and he did it because he loved it. He loved to push himself, he was not doing this for the money. This was the first time he was showing in Brattleboro and he must have been so excited about it. Everyone is shocked. Everyone is heart broken." Brattleboro Police Chief Gene Wrinn declined to comment directly about the case, saying that the investigation is ongoing.
Wrinn did say a fatal hit-and-run can be very hard to investigate. If the victim dies and there are not many witnesses who saw the crash, police can have a hard time tracking down the driver.
"It has its challenges," said Wrinn. "It's important to get as much information when it is fresh and you hope someone comes forward. You just have to keep your ears to the ground and keep working it." A person who is convicted in Vermont of a hit and run crime that results in a death can get up to 15 years in prison.
According to Wrinn there are a variety of state laws and local ordinances that govern how and where pedestrians can cross the road. Downtown there is an ordinance for jay walking, and a police officer can give out a ticket if someone crosses outside the cross walk. But Wrinn said the department is walking a tight rope when trying to keep pedestrians from jay walking.
Last year an officer handed out a few tickets and some residents were outraged that the police department would waste their resources on cracking down on otherwise law abiding citizens. And handing out tickets, as well, to residents or tourists who fail to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk can have unintended consequences.show more