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Firefighters have dramatically stopped a man jumping to his death while holding a two-year-old child by kicking him through an open window back into his bedroom.
Soldiers and firefighters had rushed to a block of flats in Xining, the capital of China's Qinghai province, after a man threatened to throw himself from a window. 
The man, who at points was crying and screaming, was sat on the ledge while cradling the child.
Rescue workers quickly inflated a safety cushion at the foot of the building in case the man jumped or fell, but at the same time, two firefighters began abseiling down the building from higher windows.
When one was just a few metres above the man's head, he swung himself out from the wall before swinging back in to kick the man back into the bedroom.
Rescuers who had entered through another window were there to pick up the child.
The man had reportedly had an argument with his wife.

People who wait until their 20s to lose their virginity are more likely to enjoy a happy, satisfying relationship in later life than those who have sex in their teens, a study has found.

Research, by the University of Texas, found those who abstain until at least 20 years old were more likely to have had a university education and work in a well-paid job.

They were also likely to have fewer sexual partners later in life but less likely to be married.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, observed and investigated 1,659 same-sex sibling pairs between the ages of 16 to 29.
By recording when they lost their virginity, a team led by scientist Paige Harden, attempted to find whether the timing of "sexual initiation" had a significant effect on other areas of life.
Speaking of the findings, Dr Harden said: "Individuals who first navigate intimate relationships in young adulthood, after they have accrued cognitive and emotional maturity, may learn more effective relationship skills than individuals who first learn scripts for intimate relationships while they are still teenagers."

The study used data from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health to class participants who lost their virginity at younger than 15 as "early", those who had sex between 15 and 19 as "on-time" and those older than 19 as "late".
It found those who were "late" had higher educational attainment and higher household income in adulthood when compared with the early and on-time groups.
Those who were married or living with a partner also claimed to be more satisfied in their relationships.

Dr Harden said the association held up even after taking genetic and environmental factors into account and could not be explained by differences in adult educational attainment, income, or religiousness, or by adolescent differences in dating involvement, body mass index, or attractiveness.

She said the results suggest that the timing of sexual intercourse predicts the quality and stability of romantic relationships in young adulthood.
"It's possible, for example, that people who have their first sexual encounter later also have certain characteristics - for example, secure attachment style - that have downstream effects on both sexual delay and on relationship quality," Dr Harden said.
"They could be pickier in choosing romantic and sexual partners, resulting in a reluctance to enter into intimate relationships unless they are very satisfying.

"It's also possible, however, that people who have their first sexual encounter later have different experiences, avoiding early encounters with relational aggression or victimization that would otherwise have detrimental effects on later romantic outcomes."
Saving it for the Later I believe is the best way to go about it and that for the Right Person and in a Home and not anywhere else.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's military threatened Friday to strike a South Korean border area where anti-Pyongyang activists plan to launch leaflets from balloons next week. South Korea immediately vowed to retaliate if attacked.
North Korea has made similar threats without following through. Its latest vow came a day after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak warned against provocation as he made a surprise visit to a front-line island shelled by North Korea in 2010.
"Merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning" if South Korean activists make a move to fly leaflets on Monday, the North's military said in a statement in English. It also warned South Korean residents in the border area to evacuate in advance.
In South Korea, Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said at a parliamentary hearing that his troops would "thoroughly annihilate" any base responsible for the strike if the North attacked.
The exchange of strong warnings came as Glyn Davies, the top U.S. envoy for North Korea, met in Seoul with Lim Sung-nam, South Korea's envoy to stalled six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear arms programs .
Davies did not comment on the North's threat during a meeting with reporters, but urged Pyongyang to follow through with its commitments made in past nuclear agreements with the United States, South Korea, RussiaChina and Japan.
North Korean defectors and South Korean activists regularly send up balloons carrying leaflets criticizing North Korean leaders. North Korea accuses South Korea of supporting the activity, but Seoul denies it.
Animosity has run high between the Koreas since the North's 2010 shelling killed two marines and two civilians on South Korea's Yeonpyeong island in the Yellow Sea. Seoul also blames Pyongyang for the sinking of a warship that killed 46 South Korean sailors earlier that year. North Korea denies attacking the ship.
The two Koreas remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce.

 Lane Goodwin, a small-town boy who won a huge Facebook following for his thumbs-up attitude about his cancer, has lost his battle with the disease.
The 13-year-old Kentuckian died Wednesday night, eliciting an outpouring from his heartbroken followers.
The announcement of Lane's death came on his Facebook page, which had 369,000 followers as of Thursday. The announcement said the boy from Beech Grove who loved fishing and soccer had "gained his angel wings."
University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari was among the many whose thoughts and prayers were with Lane's family.
"Let's all give one more thumbs up for Lane," Calipari tweeted.
Lane was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and some Cardinals fans held up signs in support of Lane during the baseball playoffs.
Lane was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2010. He completed chemotherapy treatments late that year, but had a relapse in the summer of 2011.
The Thumbs-up for Lane campaign, started as a way to encourage the boy and his family, spread worldwide on social media. His followers included country music stars, athletes, politicians and Ernie Brown — the cable television star known as "The Turtleman."
Brown was Lane's favorite celebrity. The homespun star known for getting rid of unwanted reptiles and other critters with his bare hands had visited Lane's home in western Kentucky a few weeks ago. They hit it off from the start, Brown recalled Thursday.
Lane told Brown how he once hooked a shark. He showed Brown his room, filled with pictures of "Turtleman."
"We sat there and talked and talked and just had a good old time," said Brown, who choked up with emotion while remembering his young friend. "We got up and did the 'Turtleman' dance until he got worn out."
Brown said Lane was an inspiration to others.
"People really looked up to him," he added. "He sure made his mark in the world and he'll never be forgotten."
Lane's family issued a statement remembering his "beautiful smile" and his Christian faith." The family thanked his many supporters for their "incredible display of human kindness."
"We have been amazed and touched by the worldwide thumbs-up movement in honor of Lane," the family said.
"Lane believed that the awareness this movement brought for childhood cancers would lead to a cure. Lane's legacy will live on as we move forward with the commitment we made to him to find a cure."
Funeral services were set for Monday and will be streamed live over the Internet, according to a post on the Facebook page.

A huge car bomb that exploded in centralBeirut during rush hour on Friday killed a top security official and seven others, wounded about 80 and heightened fears that Syria's war is aggravating tensions in Lebanon.
Among the victims was Wissam al-Hassan, who was in charge of a top intelligence unit, Lebanon's al-Jadeed television said. He had led an investigation that uncovered a recent bomb plot that led to the arrest of a pro-Syrian Lebanese politician.
Analysts said the bombing, which was reminiscent of grim scenes from Lebanon's own 1975-1990 civil war, was linked to the heightened tension between Lebanese factions on opposite sides of the conflict in neighboring Syria.
The explosion ripped through the street where the office of the anti-Damascus Christian Phalange Party is located near Sassine Square in Ashrafiyeh, a mostly Christian area.
Phalange leader Sami al-Gemayel, a staunch opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a member of parliament, condemned the attack.
"Let the state protect the citizens. We will not accept any procrastination in this matter, we cannot continue like that. We have been warning for a year. Enough," said Gemayel, whose brother was assassinated in November 2006.
The war in Syria, which has killed 30,000 people in the past 19 months, has pitted mostly Sunni insurgents against Assad, who is from the Alawite sect linked to Shi'ite Islam.
Lebanon's religious communities are divided between those supporting Assad and those backing the rebels trying to overthrow him.
The blast occurred during rush hour, when many parents were picking up children from school, and sent black smoke billowing into the sky.
Eight people were killed and at least 78 were wounded, the state news agency said, quoting civil defense officials.
Several cars were destroyed and the front of a multi-storey building was badly damaged, with tangled wires and metal railings crashing to the ground.
In the aftermath, residents ran about in panic looking for relatives while others helped carry the wounded to ambulances. Security forces blanketed the area.
In scenes reminiscent of the dark days of the Lebanese civil war, ambulances ferried the wounded to several hospitals, where doctors, nurses and students waited for casualties at the doors. At one, an elderly woman sat in the emergency room with blood staining her blouse.
The hospitals put out an appeal for blood donations.
An employee of a bank on the street pointed to the blown-out windows of his building.
"Some people were wounded from my bank. I think it was a car bomb. The whole car jumped five floors into the air," he said.
Michael Fish, 25, a British musician visiting Beirut, said he was in his hotel a street away when the explosion happened.
"At first I thought it was an earthquake. It shook the whole hotel for a second."
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said in a statement that the government was trying to find out who carried out the attack and said those responsible would be punished.
The prospect that Syria's war might spread to Lebanon has worried many people here and fighting broke out in February between supporters and opponents of Assad in the northern city of Tripoli.
Syria has played a major role in Lebanese politics, siding with different factions during the civil war. It deployed troops in Beirut and parts of the country during the war and they stayed until 2005.
In Damascus, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabie told reporters: "We condemn this terrorist explosion and all these explosions wherever they happen. Nothing justifies them."
Tension between Sunnis, Shi'ites and Christians in Lebanon has continued after the civil war but has increased with the Syria conflict erupted.
Nabil Boumonsef, a columnist at the Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar, said: "They warned of the implications of the Syrian crisis and here it comes. Who did it and why nobody knows but what is certain is that it cannot be isolated from what is happening in Syria."
"The explosion shows that Lebanon cannot be safe and peaceful in the middle of this situation boiling around it."
He hoped the bombing did not mark the start of a new era of such attacks.
"The regional conflagration of course will have its implications on the Lebanese scene. They are dragging in Lebanon so that it becomes a conflict arena," he told Reuters.
Sunni-Shi'te rivalry hit a peak when former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, a Sunni, was killed in 2005. Hariri supporters accused Syria and then Hezbollah of killing him - a charge they both deny. An international tribunal accused several Hezbollah members of involvement in the murder.
Hezbollah's political opponents, who have for months accused it of aiding Assad's forces, have warned that its involvement in Syria could reignite the sectarian tension of the civil war.
Sarkis Naoum, a columnist on Syrian affairs at an-Nahar said: "This is all interlinked to the sectarian and political conflict, and the conflict among intelligence services in the region. The aim of this is to spoil things."
Bombings were a hallmark of the civil war but the last such attack in Beirut was in 2008 when three people were killed in an explosion which damaged a U.S. diplomatic car.
Beirut has undergone massive reconstruction to repair the damage from the civil war and in recent years has enjoyed a tourist boom, boosted by Beirut's pulsating nightlife. That is now also under threat.

Apparently, money isn't everything. Rap superstar Drake , may rank No. 6 on "Forbes"'s Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, earning $20.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012, but he had some equally important unfinished business to settle — completing his high school education.
The "Best I Ever Had" rapper, who dropped out of Canada's prestigious Vaughan Road Academy at the age of 15 to co-star on the Canadian TV show "Degrassi: The Next Generation," has spent the last five months finishing his studies and is now a graduate.
The 25-year-old artist shared the news with his 9 million Twitter followers Wednesday. "97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!" he wrote.
This accomplishment is also good news for Drake's mother, retired educator Sandi Graham. In 2010, the Young Money rapper said his mother was not happy with his decision to quit school.
"At one point in my life, I was a kid who was lost," he told San Francisco radio station KMEL. "I knew I wanted to do music, but I dropped out of high school against my mother's wishes."
Drake continued to follow his heart and his success in acting and music landed him another dream opportunity that ultimately brought him back to his studies.

In 2009, Drake served as a guest coach during the University of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness scrimmage, an invitation from then-new UK coach John Calipari. Drake bonded with the team over the last few years and even received a championship ringwhen the Wildcats won the 2012 national title.
Drake credits UK with inspiring him to go back to school. "Kentucky has given me a real home," Drake told cn|2 in September. "I actually dropped out of high school, which I don't know if a lot of people know that. But I dropped out of high school. I never got like a great school experience, and when Coach Cal asked me to come here for the first Midnight Madness it just really gave me a sense of school, a sense of love, a sense of belonging to something. So that's why I feel like I belong to the UK family, and that's why I'm graduating from high school this month. So, I'm actually inspired by UK, inspired by these boys right here."
A homeless man hitchhiking at a truck stop near Oklahoma City turned out to be an angel for a young pregnant woman.
Keaton Mason and her fiance were heading to a hospital because Mason was labor. They didn't make it, and Mason ended up giving birth in their white Honda at a truck stop along Interstate 40, reports.
Mason's baby girl was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
"The lady was screaming, 'My baby, my baby's blue. … She's not breathing,'" said Jennifer Morris who was at the truck stop and called 911.
Then Gary Wilson appeared.
"Her angel was there," paramedic Sandra Lesperance later said. Wilson was hitching a ride to Memphis but stopped to assist the panicking couple.
Wilson kept Mason calm and removed the cord from the newborn's neck, reports.
"He did everything perfectly right," Lesperance said. On the 911 tape you can hear a polite Wilson following directions from the operator.
Mason said, "He kept me pretty calm. ... He said, 'Everything's OK. She's OK, she's breathing.'"
Truck stop employee Waneva Morris told that Wilson sort of looked like Jesus. "He had the long hair, the long beard. A very nice gentleman," Morris said.
Mason agreed, saying, "He was our angel that night. That's for sure."
Tatum Brown was born four weeks early, weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces, and doctors say she is doing fine.
For his heroism, Wilsonwho told folks at the truck stop he was from Montana and en route to his final destination of Jacksonville, a free meal at the truck stop and was offered a place to stay.
By the next morning, Wilson was already gone. But he will be forever in the graces of Mason and little Tatum for his help along the way. - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |