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Cruise line: Autistic man climbed deck rail, went overboard

Cruise line: Autistic man climbed deck rail, went overboardMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An autistic man missing at sea since Sunday, when he disappeared from a Carnival Cruise Line ship traveling from Alabama to the western Caribbean, went overboard after climbing over a deck rail, the company said Wednesday. The family says he is presumed dead.



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Autistic UK man accused of hacking FBI wins appeal against extradition to U.S

Autistic UK man accused of hacking FBI wins appeal against extradition to U.SAn autistic British man accused of hacking into U.S. government agencies won his appeal against extradition to the United States on Monday but was told he should be prosecuted in Britain instead. Lauri Love, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is accused of involvement in a series of hacks in 2012 and 2013 into computers at agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. army, the Missile Defense Agency and the Federal Reserve. Charged with multiple offences in three U.S. indictments, he had been facing a life prison sentence in the United States if found guilty, a fate which he has said could lead him to taking his own life.



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Sister asks the Internet to send birthday wishes to her 'lonely' autistic brother

Sister asks the Internet to send birthday wishes to her 'lonely' autistic brotherThe sister of a young man with autism is making a public plea for birthday cards for her brother. James Weir, 20, is excited about celebrating his birthday next month, but his older sister, Lucy Weir, 23, said he has “no friends” to celebrate with. Because of his disability, James Weir, who is from England, has difficulty with socializing, which makes tough for him to make friends.



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‘We Have Someone Terrorizing the Neighborhood.’ Autistic Man’s Death Could Be Linked to Other Killings

‘We Have Someone Terrorizing the Neighborhood.’ Autistic Man’s Death Could Be Linked to Other Killings‘We have someone terrorizing the neighborhood’



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Severed head of eccentric Jeremy Bentham to go on display as scientists test DNA to see if he was autistic 

Severed head of eccentric Jeremy Bentham to go on display as scientists test DNA to see if he was autistic The severed head of eccentric philosopher Jeremy Bentham is to go on display for the first time in decades and scientists are using the opportunity to test his DNA to find out if he was autistic. Social reformer Bentham, who died in 1832 insisted that his body be preserved after his death as an ‘auto-icon’ so that he could be wheeled out at parties if his friends were missing him. He also wished to encourage others to donate their bodies to medical science, believing that individuals should make themselves as useful as possible, both in life and death. And Bentham was a staunch atheist who described church teachings as ‘nonsense on stilts’ and so was opposed to a Christian burial. The auto-icon which Bentham insisted be made after his death  For more than 150 years, his body has been kept on public display in a glass case at University College London, however after a mummification mistake, his head was deemed too distasteful to show, and is now kept in safe where it is removed just once a year to check that skin and hair are not falling off. Now the head will be displayed in a new exhibition looking at death and preservation at UCL, and scientists have taken samples of Bentham’s DNA to test theories that he may have had Asperger’s or autism, both of which have a strong genetic component. Subhadra Das, Curator of Collections at UCL Culture, said: “I think Bentham would certainly have approved of his head going on public display. It’s what he intended. “It has also allowed scientists to test his DNA to see if he was autistic. We have been working with the Natural History Museum who have new techniques of studying ancient DNA. “Studying ancient DNA is like looking at the shredded pages of a book, so much information is missing. And we have found that 99 per cent of the DNA taken has come from bacteria in his mouth. So it may be tricky to come to a firm conclusion. “We want to explore what drove Bentham to donate his body, but also to address the challenges of putting this type of material on display” The head was once displayed in the same case but was deemed to grotesque and is now kept in a safe  Credit: UCL Bentham was a leading philosopher and social thinker of the 18th and early 19th century, establishing himself as a leading theorist in social and economic reform. He was pivotal in the establishment of Britain’s first police force, the Thames River Police in 1800 which was the precedent for Robert Peel’s reforms 30 years later. He also argued for the rights of women, and for homosexuality to be legalised. However he was notably eccentric, reclusive and difficult to get hold of. He called his walking stick Dapple, his teapot Dickey, and kept an elderly cat named The Reverend Sir John Langbourne. The mummified head of Jeremy Bentham Credit: UCL In 2006, researchers Philip Lucas and Anne Sheeran suggested his unique character was driven by Asperger’s syndrome, after studying biographies which described a young Bentham as ‘having  few companions his own age’; and being  ‘morbidly sensitive.’ Now scientist hope to test the theory with science. Recent studies have suggested that autism is around 82 per cent heritable and there are specific regions in the genetic code linked to traits. Other exhibits on display include to new DNA finds from archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) who also asked for his head to be preserved, and mammoth tusk, Hair and tooth dating back around 10,000 years. The exhibition What does it mean to be human? Curating Heads is free and runs until February in the Octagon Gallery, Wilkins Building, UCL.



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Police find remains of autistic girl in a pit after she left adoptive parents to live with birth mother

Police find remains of autistic girl in a pit after she left adoptive parents to live with birth motherThe remains of a missing autistic teenage girl who left her adopted parents and went to live with her biological mother have been discovered in a pit on a Missouri farm. Savannah Leckie, 16, moved in with her birth mother, Rebecca Ruud, 39, last year. Ms Ruud has been charged with her murder, abusing a child, tampering with evidence and abandoning a corpse, said Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant.



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Family of autistic teen who died on bus receives $23.5M

Family of autistic teen who died on bus receives $  23.5MWHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — The family of an autistic teenager who died after being left alone on a Whitter school bus on a sweltering day is receiving $ 23.5 million from the bus company, the family's attorneys announced Monday.



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Cop Charged In Shooting of Autistic Patient's Unarmed Caregiver

Cop Charged In Shooting of Autistic Patient's Unarmed CaregiverThe Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is pursuing a case against North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda.



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