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    Graveyard thieves choose tombstone over flowers
    NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cypriot police are looking for
    graveyard thieves who did not settle for their normal booty of
    flowers and went for the tombstone instead.
    Authorities are investigating why thieves would want to
    remove a heavy marble slab off a family tomb. Its disappearance
    was noticed by a relative who had gone to tend to the grave.
    "I came to light a candle, the place was a mess. I thought
    I had stumbled on another grave and made a mistake,"
    63-year-old Chrysoulla Neophytou told the Greek-Cypriot daily
    Simerini.
    Police said the tombstone was stolen in a graveyard located
    on a main thoroughfare of the Cypriot capital in the last 20
    days.
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    Squirrel in spokes floors cycling opera singer
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - A squirrel scampered into the bicycle
    wheel of an unlucky Finnish opera singer, causing him to fall,
    knock himself out and break his nose just ahead of the world
    premiere of a new opera.
    Esa Ruuttunen was pedalling his way to the Helsinki Opera
    House last month when the squirrel ran into his spokes.
    The singer ended up concussed and in a local hospital,
    rather than at his rehearsals for the Finnish opera Kaarmeen
    hetki (Hour of the Serpent), which opens on September 15.
    "He is not yet singing in rehearsals, but thinks he will be
    able to perform at the world premiere," Finnish National Opera
    spokeswoman Heidi Almi told Reuters.
    The squirrel died in the accident.
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    Boy's record claim given short shrift
    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Nepali boy's hope of being declared
    the world's shortest was dismissed Monday by Guinness World
    Records which said he was too young to qualify.
    Fourteen-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar, who is 20 inches
    tall and weighs 10 pounds, will have to wait another four years
    before he can be considered as the world's shortest man.
    The boy's family and friends had trumpeted his claim hoping
    it would get him funds for his education and heath care.
    They said they had raised around $4,000 for a trust in his
    name by organizing shows where people can watch him dance and
    play.
    The story made headlines in Nepal and around the world.
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    Malaysian astronaut to throw tea party in space
    SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia plans to push the
    boundaries of space travel, by making a cup of tea.
    Malaysia will send its first astronaut into the heavens
    aboard a Russian rocket next year and attempt for the first
    time to make the nation's favorite hot drink, teh tarik, in
    space.
    "The physics experiment is to see what happens to teh tarik
    in space," Haniff Omar, head of Malaysia's astronaut selection
    program, told reporters in all seriousness Monday after two
    Malaysian men were short-listed to make the trip.
    Making teh tarik (pulled tea) can be tricky and dangerous,
    even with the help of gravity. Malaysians pour boiling-hot
    milky tea swiftly and repeatedly from one vessel held high in
    one hand into another held low, producing a distinctive layer
    of froth.
    Making teh tarik in space would bring Malaysian customs to
    the attention of a worldwide audience, said Faiz Khaleed, one
    of the two astronaut candidates.
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    Dog dangling by leash from Dutch balcony saved by "kiss of life,"
    police say
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A good Samaritan saved a French
    Mastiff that had nearly strangled by giving it "the kiss of
    life," Dutch police said Tuesday.
    According to an official police report, the 18-month-old dog
    fell from a balcony in the Dutch town of Zevenaar on Monday night
    but remained dangling from his leash and collar until neighbors and
    several bystanders noticed and cut the animal loose later the same
    evening.
    It was unconscious and had stopped breathing, police spokesman
    Paul Koetsier said.
    "First they tried heart massage, but that didn't work," he
    said. "I wasn't there but as I understand it, they then closed its
    mouth and breathed through its nose."
    The dog began to show signs of life, and a passing ambulance
    stopped and gave the animal further assistance.
    It was later taken to a veterinarian in the town, 60 kilometers
    (40 miles) east of Amsterdam, and has now fully recovered, the
    police report said.
    Koetsier said the owner, who wasn't home at the time, would not
    face any kind of punishment. The name of the animal, its owner and savior
    were not released.
    French Mastiffs, also known as Dogues de Bordeaux or Bordeaux
    Bulldogs, are fighting dogs with big heads that can weigh over 50
    kilograms (110 pounds). One famously starred with Tom Hanks in the
    cop and canine movie "Turner & Hooch."
    Asked whether he would have tried to give artificial breathing
    to a dog under similar circumstances, Koetsier hesitated. "It's a
    difficult question," he said. "I would definitely think twice."

    (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    Missing jogger spent 4 days stuck in waist-deep Florida swamp near
    university
    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - A missing runner was rescued from a
    Florida swamp after spending four days stuck in the muck with only
    the waist-deep water to drink.
    Eddie Meadows, 62, had left for a run over his lunch hour
    Thursday but never returned to his office at a nearby University of
    Central Florida research park, authorities said.
    He was spotted among the brush and trees Monday morning as
    friends and colleagues searched for him.
    Meadows was parched and covered with bug bites and had consumed
    swamp water to stay hydrated during the four day ordeal, said
    university police Sgt. Woody Furnas. Furnas said the area has thick
    silt and muck that can act like glue.
    "He had great spirits, and he was very adamant about getting a
    drink of water," Furnas said. "He said he slept a lot and stayed
    down in the water.
    A hospital spokeswoman would not discuss Meadows' condition.
    Furnas described Meadows, a contract employee with the U.S. Army
    Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and
    Instrumentation, as "a strong guy. He's in good shape. He's a
    marathoner."

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    Israeli paraglider lands in minefield
    JERUSALEM, Sept 2 (Reuters) - An Israeli man was stuck in
    the middle of a minefield near the Syrian border on Saturday
    after crashing his paraglider and severely injuring himself.
    The unidentified man took off from a peak in the Golan
    Heights and drifted east towards the Syrian and Jordanian
    borders before crashing in the minefield, injuring his legs and
    breaking several bones, rescue services said.
    "He's in the process of being rescued," an army spokesman
    said.
    Paragliding, in which participants jump off tall peaks or
    cliffs with a parachute strapped to their back, is a popular
    sport in the Golan, where there are many steep mountains along
    Israel's northeastern border.
    The man's parachute is believed to have malfunctioned.
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    Talking Politics as usual?

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Today's first debate in the governor's
    race ended with an odd exchange about Jerry Springer.
    The moderator, Youngstown Vindicator columnist Bertram de Souza,
    asked Republican candidate Ken Blackwell and Democrat Ted
    Strickland if they'd want to join Springer as a contestant on T-V's
    "Dancing With the Stars."
    Blackwell quickly responded with a remark referring to
    Strickland as Springer's "brother" and saying, "The only thing
    Jerry's good at running is his mouth."
    Laughter followed in the Youngstown T-V studio where the debate
    was held, though a smiling Strickland called the comment "sort of
    nasty." He said he preferred to end by thanking his opponent for
    participating in the debate.
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    September 6, 2006 -- Dozens of luxury cars were stolen while their owners stopped to watch three women strip and wash each other on a beach on the Moscow River in Russia. Once the cars had been swiped, the women grabbed their clothes and took off in a waiting van.
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    September 7, 2006 -- After the umpire shouted "Play ball!" that's just what they did - for 30 hours and five minutes in what is believed to be the longest baseball game in history. The marathon contest in Alliance, Neb., went on for 84 innings, with 40 players rotating in and out in a bid to set a Guinness World Record.
    The final score was 120 to 114.
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    The chicken died at the scene.


    Wife Shoots Husband Who Shot Chicken, Police Say. Neighbor Says There Were Dead Chickens All Over

    POSTED: 12:45 pm EDT September 6, 2006

    CHESHIRE, Ore. -- An Oregon woman is accused of shooting her husband after he shot her pet chicken.

    The Eugene-Register Guard reported Mary Kay Gray, 58, has been jailed on felony assault charges.

    Her husband, Stanley Edward Gray, 43, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The chicken died at the scene.

    Lane County sheriff's Sgt. Clint Riley said the couple had been working around their yard and drinking on Labor Day. They got into an argument after Stanley Gray shot the chicken with a .44 caliber handgun.

    "We don't know if it was an accident or if it was on purpose," Riley said of the chicken's death. "It depends who you ask."

    But sheriff's deputies said Gray shot her husband with a .22 caliber rifle in an apparent act of retaliation.

    A neighbor said when she arrived home Monday night there were police cars clustered at the bottom of the driveway and deputies escorted her to her front door.

    "It looked like 'CSI,' " Cheyenne Dickenson told the Register-Guard. "There were dead chickens lying all over the place."

    Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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    Organizers apologize for burlesque show at Australian conference,
    government not amused

    By ROHAN SULLIVAN
    Associated Press Writer
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A saloon-style striptease, complete
    with corsets and balloons, at an Australian government-sponsored
    conference on global warming left some scientists hot and bothered
    and the organizers in boiling water.
    The show was cut short and organizers issued an apology after
    some delegates at the Australia and New Zealand Climate Forum's
    dinner in Canberra walked out in disgust at what was intended as a
    lighthearted break from the weighty business of rising
    temperatures.
    Rebecca Gale, who led the team of dancers from Miss Kitka's
    House of Burlesque, said the performance was in reasonably good
    taste and she didn't understand what the fuss was about.
    Gale said she emerged into the function room during dinner
    wearing a heavy corset, black fishnet stockings and at least a
    dozen balloons, which she invited delegates to pop as she danced to
    Peggy Lee's sultry 1958 hit "Fever."
    "The most that any of the girls get down to is vintage
    lingerie, which is corsetry and stockings," Gale told Australian
    Broadcasting Corp. radio on Friday. "It's not like we were doing
    full nudity and simulating sexual acts or anything like that."
    "There was not even a midriff on display," she said.
    But some in the audience objected to the Wednesday night show in
    Australia's old Parliament House, and the dance troupe was asked to
    stop about 10 minutes into a 45-minute routine, Gale said.
    The Australian National University, which organized the
    conference, issued a statement the next day apologizing for any
    offense caused.
    "The intent was lighthearted entertainment," the statement
    said. "In retrospect the choice of entertainment was inappropriate
    for the occasion. We understand if the sponsors wish to withdraw."
    The government did.
    When Environment Minister Ian Campbell got wind of the show, he
    canceled his department's 3,000 Australian dollar (US$2,290;
    euro1,800) sponsorship, and the Agriculture Department followed
    suit, withdrawing A$5,000 (US$3,800; euro3,000).
    "I am appalled at what happened," he said.
    Prime Minister John Howard was less prudish.
    "My reaction is well, probably not appropriate, but I'm not
    going to list it for discussion at the next meeting of the national
    security committee," Howard told the Southern Cross Broadcasting
    network.
    "We don't want to over-dramatize our reaction," Howard said.

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    Wink Instant noodles use up one-tenth of China's wheat crop

    SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China turns out 46 billion packages of
    instant noodles every year, a feat that uses up one-tenth of the
    country's wheat harvest, a report said Friday.
    Industry sales totaled 29.8 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion;
    euro2.9 billion), the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Pan
    Beilei, vice president of the China National Light Industry
    Federation, as saying.
    Pan was speaking at an industry gathering, where 11 noodle
    makers signed an agreement to improve the quality and nutritional
    value of their products.
    Chinese supermarket shelves are stacked with dozens of varieties
    of instant noodles, with seasonings ranging from curry and kimchi
    to milder chicken and shrimp. Manufacturers plan to diversify their
    products still further, the report said.
    Chinese consume nearly 30 billion packs of instant noodles a
    year, with Indonesia and Japan the next largest markets, according
    to industry reports.

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    Talking Hey, I think your lower intestine is ringing...

    SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Four prisoners in an El Salvador
    jail hid cellphones, a phone charger and spare chips in their
    bowels so they could coordinate crimes from their cells, prison
    officials said on Wednesday.

    The four men, all gang members, wrapped their phones and
    accessories in plastic and inserted them into their rectums
    "far enough to reach their intestines," Ramon Arevalo, director
    of the maximum security Zacatecoluca prison, said.

    Arevalo said the ruse was discovered during X-ray
    examinations following six weeks of investigations.

    The men, members of the ultra-violent Mara Salvatrucha
    street gang and the first in El Salvador known to go to such
    lengths to make phone calls in jail, used the cellphones to
    manage robberies, blackmail and murders outside, Arevalo said.

    The Zacatecoluca prison -- some 40 miles east of the
    capital San Salvador and currently home to 337 inmates -- goes
    by the nickname "Zacatraz," after the famously secure U.S.
    island penitentiary Alcatraz.
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    Red face Motorist jailed for blowing up speed camera

    LONDON (Reuters) - A British motorist who blew up a road
    safety camera which had caught him speeding was jailed for four
    months Wednesday, Greater Manchester Police said.

    Craig Moore, 28, took his revenge on the camera, which had
    flashed him in the Hyde area of Manchester, in August 2005.

    Although the camera itself was badly damaged, images of him
    speeding and returning to destroy the evidence were stored in
    recording equipment in its unscathed base.

    More than 4,000 speed cameras are located across Britain,
    generating much cash and controversy. While supporters regard
    them as a useful tool to reduce accidents, critics see them as
    little more than a money-making opportunity.

    While Moore's attack on a camera was not Britain's first,
    it may rate as the most extreme. Other aggrieved drivers have
    previously used axes or paint.
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    Talking Louisiana man drilling for oil in his 'front yard'

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Oil prices are so high, that oilman
    Steve Jordan is drilling a well next to his home near Lake
    Charles, Louisiana, he said on Wednesday.

    Jordan, 52, said the well will stretch 8,500 feet (2,591
    metres) under his house and swimming pool and below the
    adjacent Calcasieu River.

    He hopes to strike oil in about 10 days on a prospect that
    wouldn't have been worth drilling when prices were lower, he
    said.

    "I'm not trying to prove anything," Jordan said in a
    telephone interview. "I'm trying to make money."

    The Independent Petroleum Association of America, which
    Jordan belongs to, is publicizing the project.
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    Talking Pakistan says bikini contestant not a representative

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities are
    investigating how a Pakistani-born American woman entered a
    "Miss Bikini" pageant in China as a representative of
    predominantly Muslim, conservative Pakistan.

    Houston-based Mariyah Moten, 22, took part in the pageant
    in the Chinese resort of Beihai on August 28. She won a "Best
    in Media" title, for being the most photographed and
    interviewed contestant, according to media reports.

    A government official said Moten did not have permission to
    represent Pakistan, where many women only go out in public
    covered in a veil. The country does not hold beauty contests.

    "We have asked our missions in Washington and Beijing to
    investigate this because it is against our policy, culture and
    religion," senior Culture Ministry official Abdul Hafeez
    Chaudhry told Reuters Thursday, referring to Moten's
    participation.

    "She is an American passport holder. She is an American
    national of Pakistani origin, so how did she get entry as a
    Pakistani?" he asked.
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    Arrow Gang dumps five human heads in bar

    URUAPAN, Mexico (Reuters) - An armed gang of suspected drug
    traffickers wearing ski masks threw five human heads onto the
    dance floor of a bar in western Mexico on Wednesday in an
    apparent revenge killing, prosecutors said.

    Wielding handguns and rifles, some 20 men dressed in black
    drove up to the Luz y Sombra (Light and Shade) club on the edge
    of the city of Uruapan, in Michoacan state, shortly after
    midnight, barged inside and fired shots in the air.

    They forced late-night revelers to lie on the floor and
    pulled the five male heads out of plastic bags, dumping them on
    the dance floor along with a handwritten message, a spokesman
    for the Michoacan state prosecutor's office said.

    The gruesome incident highlighted the challenge facing the
    next president, Felipe Calderon, in ending drug violence. A
    court named Calderon, a native of Michoacan, president-elect on
    Tuesday after a contested election in July.

    "What's likely behind this are problems stemming from drug
    trafficking," a spokesman for the local attorney general's
    office said. He said the killings could be revenge for the
    murder in the same city on Sunday of two women, one of whom
    was beheaded and had a finger sliced off.
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    Talking Speeding driver in Canada blames lack of goats

    OTTAWA(Reuters) - A Swiss driver caught speeding
    in Canada explained that he had been taking advantage of the
    ability to drive fast without hitting a goat, police said
    Wednesday.
    The driver was caught traveling 161 km/hr (100 mph) in a
    100 km/hr zone in eastern Ontario Sunday.
    "A motorist from Switzerland, used to driving around hills
    and mountains, takes advantage of the ability to go faster
    without risking hitting a goat," read the traffic officer's
    notes of the incident.
    Local police said it was the first time they had ever heard
    of such an excuse.
    "I've never been to Switzerland but obviously they must
    have a problem with that there," said police spokesman Joel
    Doiron, adding that in his 20 years of service he had never
    found a goat on the highways of eastern Ontario.
    The Swiss driver's imaginative excuse did him little good.
    Police issued him a C$360 ($330) speeding ticket.
    ($1-$1.11 Canadian)
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    She shoots mugger in Harlem

    BY KERRY BURKE, ETHAN SACKS and MICHAEL WHITE
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS


    A pistol-packing Harlem granny turned the tables on a robber yesterday, busting out her registered .357 magnum and shooting the mugger in the elbow - while riding in her motorized scooter, cops said.
    Feisty Margaret Johnson, 57, who has a dislocated hip and a herniated disk, was heading out for target practice about 3 p.m. when a career criminal came up behind her and went for her necklaces, sources said.

    "There's not much to it," she said later. "Somebody tried to mug me, and I shot him."

    The thief "walked past her, and came around and choked her," said Johnson's pal, Lynnell Bunce, 40. "He was going for her jewelry, and he got it. He didn't say anything - until she shot him."

    Then the man cursed and fled from the scene outside 470 Lenox Ave., where the victim has lived for decades, Bunce said.

    "I'm very tired. It was very scary," Johnson said as she later entered her building in her three-wheeled scooter with scratches on her neck and left hand. "I've had a very long day."

    Police followed the trail of the wounded man's blood to a McDonald's restaurant not far from Johnson's building and arrested 45-year-old Deron Johnson, an ex-con with nine robbery arrests who is no relation to the victim, sources said.

    He was in stable condition at Harlem Hospital last night, and charges were pending against him. The jewelry was recovered, officials said.

    Margaret Johnson has a premises permit for the gun, a police source said, meaning she is allowed to keep the pistol in her home and transport it to a firing range.

    Bunce said her friend, who has a grown son and at least one grandchild, got the permit when she was a bus driver for the city.

    Neighbors said Johnson, a granddaughter of a famed Harlem gangster, the late Ellsworth (Bumpy) Johnson, is a well-known and well-liked woman.

    "Everyone loves Margaret," Bunce said. "Margaret is funny. She's like clockwork. She's lived here forever, and she walks her dog four times a day and says hello to everybody."

    "She's spunky," said Toi Frederick, 26, a lawyer who lives in the same building. "I wouldn't think she would be someone who would just lay down and give up her stuff."

    Bunce said she walked outside after hearing a commotion and saw her friend sitting in her scooter. "I saw her in the chair, and she was in a state of shock. I said, 'Margaret, do you need me?' She said, 'Yes,' and I said, 'Well, Margaret, let's go.' "

    The pair went to the 32nd Precinct police station, where Johnson told cops her dramatic story.


    With Robert F. Moore and News Wire Service Reports
    Tom

    Never Forget 9-11-2001

    Stay safe out there!

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