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Man mistakenly jailed for trying to cash check at Chase Bank

A 28-year-old construction worker was mistakenly thrown in jail after trying to deposit a check at a local Chase bank, and the whole ordeal ended up costing him his car and job. KING5 reported that Ikenna Njoku of Auburn, Washington received a home buyer rebate from the IRS, which Chase…

Murder suspect planned to assassinate Obama

CHICAGO — An escaped convict allegedly murdered an elderly woman as part of a bizarre plot aimed at assassinating US President Barack Obama after a cross-country killing spree, court records showed. Maybelle Schein, 75, was discovered with her throat cut in the bedroom of her South Dakota home on Saturday…

‘Mega-wombat’ unearthed in Australia

The fossil of a car sized mega-wombat has been unearthed in northern Australia, scientists said Wednesday — the most complete skeleton of its kind. Weighing in at a whopping three tonnes, the herbivorous diprotodon was the largest marsupial to ever roam the earth and lived between two million and 50,000…

Diesel cars gain traction slowly in U.S. market

After many fits and starts, diesel cars are gaining traction in the US market, fueled largely by German carmakers including Volkswagen, which opened a plant in May in Tennessee. Diesel auto sales in the United States revved higher this year thanks to some temporary factors, including a shortage of hybrid…

Stranded Aussies survive on nuts and rainwater

Two men have been rescued after surviving on nuts and rainwater for four days in the remote Australian desert after their car caught fire, police said on Monday. The experienced prospectors were found after one of them walked towards an Aboriginal community 60 kilometres (35 miles) away where was he…

India offers prizes to sterilization volunteers

JODHPUR, India — A district in northern India is offering prizes including television sets, food processors and even a Tata Nano car for people who agree to undergo sterilisation, a doctor told AFP on Friday. “We want to promote sterilisation,” Pratap Singh Dutter, the deputy chief medical officer of Jhunjhunu…

Woman sprays police with breast milk

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A lactating U.S. woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she sprayed sheriff’s deputies with breast milk as they tried to remove her from a vehicle, police said on Monday. Ohio-resident Stephanie Robinette, 30, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault linked to…

Second Blackwater guard jailed over Afghan civilian killing

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge sentenced a former Blackwater security guard on Monday to 30 months in prison for shooting and killing an Afghan citizen in 2009. The judge also ordered 29-year-old Justin Cannon to serve two years of supervised release after his prison term ends. Cannon and a…

Twin car bomb attacks on Iraqi governor kill 26

DIWANIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Two suicide car bombs ripped through a guard post killing 26 people outside the provincial governor’s home in Diwaniyah city on Tuesday, officials said, as violence surged across Iraq. Most of the dead were policemen, a medic said, while a defence ministry official said 29 people…

Man in custody over suspicious car near Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Authorities closed several major highways around the Pentagon and took a man into custody on Friday after discovering a suspicious package inside a car, police said. Officials could not confirm local media reports that the package inside the vehicle resembled a bomb. Reports said a police bomb…

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