The 24-year-old Welsh athlete, who was third in the standings at the start of the event, was penalized for not placing her wetsuit in the box during the transition between the swimming and bike legs. But Stanford, who won the Under-23 world title last year, recovered superbly in the running leg to win in a time of two hours one minute and 32 seconds, which took her to the top of the standings with 4,220 points. “Being the world champion, it’s crazy, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Stanford, who became the first woman to add the world championship title in the year directly after winning an Under-23 crown, said. “I’m just trying to take it my stride, but when I get five minutes to reflect on it I will probably get quite emotional. “I just can’t believe it to be honest, I can’t quite put it into words. All the hard work over the last year, I’ve just managed to hold it together and it’s paid off.” Stanford, who recovered from a broken arm she suffered during a fall in the sixth leg in Stockholm, built an early lead in the run and took her penalty just before the final lap. Her fellow Briton Jodie Stimpson finished second overall after coming fourth in London’s Hyde Park and Germany’s Anne Haug took third place. Just 13 points separated the top three ahead of Saturday’s race with Gwen Jorgensen of the United States leading Haug followed by Stanford. Pre-race favorite Jorgensen made a good start in the swimming but crashed out during the bike leg in slippery conditions which eventually forced her to retire. Haug lost two minutes to the leaders during the swimming and failed to make up the lost time. Ireland’s Aileen Reid finished second in the London race with Australia’s Emma Moffatt third. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Ed Osmond)

Non Stanford captures world triathlon title after winning Grand Final in London

14, 2013. CAPTION By Associated Press, LONDON Non Stanford of Britain captured the womens world triathlon title after winning the Grand Final race in London on Saturday. Stanford claimed her second World Series victory of the season by winning in 2 hours, 1 minute, 32 seconds to finish ahead of compatriot Jodie Stimpson in the overall standings. The weeks best news photos Heres a quick way to catch up on the weeks news, through some of our favorite photos. Gwen Jorgensen of the United States was leading overall by eight points from Germanys Anne Haug heading into the last of the eight races in the series, but both had a disappointing day. Jorgensen had to retire after a crash on the bike and Haug had a poor swim, finishing 34th but just holding on for overall bronze. Stanford was the under-23 champion last year and became the eighth athlete in 24 years of the world championship to clinch the title on home soil. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Teenage Exorcists Slam ‘Harry Potter’ On London Visit Because Magic Comes ‘From Satan’

Larson, and they believe that J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series is responsible for an upsurge of occult activity in the U.K. Savannah seriously weighed in on why London is full of dark forces, explaining, “I think it’s been centuries in the making, but I believe it all kind of came to a pinnacle, a peak, with the Harry Potter books that have come out, and the Harry Potter rage that swept across England.” Her sister Tess agreed, commenting, “The spells and things that you’re reading in the Harry Potter books? Those aren’t just something that are made up– those are actual spells. Those are things that came from witchcraft books.” “Harry is using this magic for good. So here we have the dangerous idea that you can use this magic for good or bad. Whereas in reality, all magic is bad, because you’re getting your power from Satan,” said Brynne. The girls have vowed never to read the Harry Potter novels , and hope to help U.K. teenagers defend themselves from “inviting Satan to possess them by reciting the spells in the Harry Potter books.” Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow 1806 As the Christian Science Monitor reports, the “Prophet Hen of Leeds,” a domesticated fowl in England, began laying eggs that bore the message “Christ is coming” in 1806, leading locals to believe the end of the world was upon them. Charles Mackay’s 1841 book, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, describes it thus:

“Great numbers visited the spot, and examined these wondrous eggs, convinced that the day of judgment was near at hand. Like sailors in a storm, expecting every instant to go to the bottom, the believers suddenly became religious, prayed violently, and flattered themselves that they repented them of their evil courses. But a plain tale soon put them down, and quenched their religion entirely. Some gentlemen, hearing of the matter, went one fine morning, and caught the poor hen in the act of laying one of her miraculous eggs.