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Man survives seven days in his car on snowy California road

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A 29-year-old California man survived a week in his car after being trapped in a deep snowbank, according to The Associated Press.

“He didn’t lose hope, he would not give up. He said he couldn’t do that to his family,” the mom of Harland Earls explained of how he survived.

Earls was driving back to North Lake Tahoe when a winter storm hit, forcing him to find an alternative route back home.

But his GPS rerouted him through an unplowed section of Tahoe National Forest, causing his vehicle to get stuck in about six to eight inches of snow.

After his cell phone got wet and stopped working, Earls hunkered down in the back of his car.

He eventually managed to revive the device using a bag of uncooked pasta and a hand warmer — but couldn’t get a signal.

He eventually had to hike through chest-deep snow to where he could get a signal and call 911.

“That area has spotty cell service. He was fortunate that he was able to locate a spot with a signal,” Sierra Nevada Sheriff-Coroner Mike Fisher said.

Emergency dispatchers managed to track Earls location and send a helicopter to rescue him.

“He was soaking cold with snow up to his chest, he thought he’d be a goner,” his mother, Julie, said.

“People blindly follow their GPS,” said Fisher in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicler.

“When you’re in the city, the worst thing that could happen is, it takes you out of your way. When you’re in the mountains, you might die.”

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Florida woman allegedly crashed children’s party, raped teen

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A Florida woman crashed a children’s birthday party and allegedly raped a 17-year-old boy — in front of another child, authorities said.

Jessica Rae Good, 43, was arrested Wednesday after the teen told a staffer at his high school that he was sexually assaulted over the weekend at a home in Port Charlotte after a birthday bash, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Good had been out drinking with a friend before crashing the celebration for another teen on May 9 when her buddy went to bed, authorities said.

“After returning home intoxicated, Good continued to ‘hang out’ with the juveniles while allegedly making extremely inappropriate sexual comments and providing the 17-year-old victim with alcohol,” sheriff officials said in a statement.

A 12-year-old girl at the party told deputies she was asleep on a bean bag in the home when she was awoken by sounds of two people having sex.

The girl, who was just a foot away from Good and the 17-year-old, said the teen whispered to her to help him, according to an arrest report obtained by the Port Charlotte Sun.

The boy later told deputies that Good forced herself on him after he fell asleep, claiming he was unable to push the woman off him due to her size, the arrest report states. Good is listed at 250 pounds in jail records.

At one point, the boy got up to use the bathroom, where he vomited, the 12-year-old girl told deputies. The pair continued having sex and Good then got her belongings and left the home, according to the report.

Good told investigators she had “blacked out” and claimed to not remember most of the illicit sexual contact, the arrest report states.

It’s illegal in Florida for an adult to have sex with a minor, even if the activity is consensual — although some exceptions exist, sheriff officials said.

Good, of Punta Gorda, was charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. She was released from the Charlotte County Jail Monday after posting $150,000 bond, jail records show. It’s unclear if she’s hired an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

Court records show Good has no criminal history in Charlotte County, the Port Charlotte Sun reported. She’s due to be arraigned on June 21.

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Surfer killed in shark attack at Australian beach

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A surfer in Australia was killed in a shark attack on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The man, in his 50s, was attacked while surfing at Tuncurry Beach in New South Wales, a police statement said.

He suffered injuries to his upper right thigh, police said.

Other beachgoers pulled the surfer from the water.

“Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene the man could not be resuscitated,” NSW Ambulance tweeted.

Beaches in the area closed following the fatal attack.

A drone search over the waters spotted two sharks in the area, according to Lower North Coast Surf Life Saving branch president Brian Wilcox.

“It’s pretty unprecedented. I can’t recall ever having a shark attack in this area,” Wilcox told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Before Tuesday, the last fatal shark attack in Australia was in November when a 55-year-old surfer was killed in Broome.

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Mom charged with murdering kids claims no memory of tragedy

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An Arizona mom charged with murdering her two kids claimed at a court appearance Monday that she has no memory of the tragedy.

Authorities had said that 40-year-old Yui Inoue told Tempe cops that she woke up Saturday with blood on her hands and her kids dead nearby – but no memory of their gruesome ends, AZCentral reported.

In Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday, a Japanese interpreter for Inoue translated her saying she hadn’t killed the 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

“I didn’t kill anybody,” she said, according to the translator.

Before the court appearance, a statement from Tempe police said the bodies of the children had signs of trauma that included “some amputations,” according to AZCentral.

When police arrested Inoue on a first-degree murder charge over the weekend, they said she had driven to the police station and told an officer she was “hearing voices telling her to kill her kids,” Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Steven Carbajal said at the time.

“There was an officer that was heading out of the station just to take care of his normal patrol duties for the day and she seemed pretty frantic and flagged him down,” Carbajal said Saturday at a press conference.

Police had been to Inoue’s apartment on a domestic dispute earlier in the night but didn’t make an arrest.

Both children were in bed when police left, AZCentral said.

In a police statement obtained by the publication, police said Inoue’s husband left the apartment after an argument in which she allegedly threatened to stab him.

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