Officers seize 3 king cobras, 300 other reptiles from home

ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home.

Face value: Australians seek free portraits of Queen Elizabeth

Australians by the dozen are demanding portraits of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, after a news item drew attention to an obscure rule entitling them to such articles from local politicians.

Soldier gives friend grenade, pulls pin out, then runs away with him holding safety lever

A soldier has landed in hot water after an argument resulted in him giving a grenade to his friend, pulling out the pin then running off.
They had fallen out and started fighting in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine.
One of the soldiers said ‘here hold this’ and his former friend put his hand out, expecting to be given a mobile phone.

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Bronze Archie statue honors artist for hometown anniversary

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckle-faced Archie is now greeting visitors at a New Hampshire town in honor of a local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends.

Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga-practicing Oregon governor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian.

Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.

British man racked up £36,000 in speeding fines and now can’t leave Dubai

A British man has had his passport confiscated after he racked up £36,000 in speeding tickets in a rented Lamborghini.
Farah Hashi, 25, is stuck in Dubai after hitting speeds of 150mph in the hired £160,000 super car.
He received 33 fines in less than four hours and the car rental firm is now holding his passport.
They are refusing to give it back until he pays the fine in full because under Dubai law, the owner of the car is responsible for the fines, not the driver.

Man shoves live crabs down his trousers to steal them from restaurant

A cheeky diner was caught on camera shoving live crabs down his trousers in a desperate bid to steal them from a seafood restaurant.
Police identified the brazen suspect only by his surname, Yao, and said he sneaked into the restaurant before it had even opened for lunch last week.
But CCTV footage captures the 58-year-old father-to-two reach into the water and nab five crabs.

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