Diver says deep sea fishing accident left him looking like Popeye

A deep sea diver was left with massively swollen arms and chest after a fishing accident.
Alejandro ‘Willy’ Ramos was diving for shellfish off the coast of southern Peru when a huge cargo ship cut across his vital air hose.
Although he was able to swim to the surface, the sudden change in pressure left him with arms and a chest like Popeye.

Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself

An Arkansas city council candidate who twice showed up too late to vote for himself in a contest that ended in a tie wound up losing the race on Thursday in a dice roll to decide the winner.

Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport

A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday.

'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat. The last spotting of the whale, dubbed Benny the Beluga by the British media, was on Dec. 12 east of Gravesend, said a spokesman for the Port of London Authority which oversees the river.

Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers

NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers.

Bad bet: 70 finches seized at U.S. airport may have been bound for gambling

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agriculture specialist at John F. Kennedy International Airport made the discovery on Saturday, during an inspection of the unidentified male passenger's luggage. The smuggled birds may have been destined for sale to Guyanese immigrants for a game that involves betting on how often the finches chirp per minute, said Customs spokesman Anthony Bucci.

89-year-old Alabama woman jailed over messy appliance store

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — Odean Cleckler, 89, said she has been doing her best to help run her husband's used-appliance business since he died a decade ago. This week, that work landed her and her son in jail.

Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some commuters who use the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey into New York City think the agency that operates it needs better editing — or a remedial design class.

Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself

The dice roll broke a 223-223 tie in a Dec. 4 runoff election, according to the Lawrence County Clerk's Office, which oversaw the game of chance that ultimately decided the winner. The runoff was scheduled after none of three candidates for alderman in the Nov. 6 election got a majority of the vote in Hoxie, a town of about 2,700 people located 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Little Rock.

Seal travels through car park and over road to set up home in woman’s plant pot

A woman was left stunned when she opened her front door to discover a seal pup on her doorstep, just yards away from a busy road.
The lost pup lay innocently on its side by plants outside the woman’s home on Marine View in Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, on Tuesday morning, Northumbria Police said.
The woman promptly sought assistance from the police, who tried to return the young seal to safe waters.

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