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Elephant does her best to say goodbye to circus

UNUSUAL FIND

ITALY: An elephant broke out of a Rome circus, causing panic and drawing crowds of curious residents as she wandered around a northern suburb before being cornered by police, Italian press reported.

The elephant, named Mia, had almost reached a motorway exit road after two hours on the run by the time police caught up with her.

The circus owners recaptured her as she stopped at a roundabout during a moment of indecision, the news agency Ansa said.

ENGLAND: Police are hunting for the owner of a distinctive prosthetic arm.

The limb, which is used in medical training for the taking of blood samples from patients, was discovered by police in a secondhand shop in Bournemouth. Detectives have made inquiries at local hospitals in the hope of reuniting the Nasco Life/form Advanced Injection Arm with its owner.

Det Constable Adam Woolman, of Dorset Police, said: “It is an unusual article and we hope someone recognises it and can help us to find the rightful owner.”

Police said a 32-year-old Bournemouth man has been charged with burglary and is awaiting trial. A 25-year-old man, from London, has been released on police bail.

KENNEDY BOOK AUCTION

ENGLAND: A signed copy of a book by assassinated US president John F Kennedy, said to have been intended as a gift to Queen Elizabeth, is to go under the hammer.

The copy of Why England Slept, by John F Kennedy — who was assassinated on Nov 22, 1963 — bears the dedication: “To Elizabeth (II) with affection, John F Kennedy” and the quote “We must not fear to negotiate”.

It is being sold online on auction site Picollecta.com, whose spokesman said the book has a letter of provenance from its seller explaining that he bought it from an antiquarian and rare book dealer in Stamford, Lincolnshire, in Apr 2001. But he added: “There is no record of how it ended up in Lincolnshire.”

BURGER SURPRISE

USA: A fast-food employee who tucked a hollowed-out cigar filled with cannabis into a customer’s cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.

Police in the city of Lovejoy, Georgia, said a customer drove home with her food, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it.

The woman pulled the bun away and saw a partially smoked cannabis cigar inside, police said.

GIANT TIP

USA: Before Aaron Collins died, he gave his brother Seth a mission: Eat, be merry, and leave a giant tip.

Earlier this week, Seth Collins, of Lexington, Kentucky, did just that, leaving a $500 (€365) tip for a Friendly’s waitress in Springfield, Vermont. It is part of a nationwide tour that he is carrying out in the name of his brother, who died in Jul 2012 at the age of 30.

Friendly’s waitress Julie Bombria said she thought she would faint after getting the tip. In his will, Aaron Collins asked his family to give his money to people in need. After his brother put a video of his tipping spree on Facebook, he started getting donations from around the world.

HOBBITS IN LINCOLNSHIRE?

ENGLAND: Scientists have worked out the weather conditions in The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings.

Experts used a model — similar to those used at the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — to simulate and investigate conditions in Middle Earth. Results showed the weather in the Shire, where Bilbo Baggins lived before his adventures described in JRR Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, was similar to Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

The University of Bristol study is presented in a paper, carried out in the scientists’ own time and not funded.

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