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Obama gift mistakenly find its way to woman’s home

QUIRKY WORLD ... A daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

USA: A book of personal White House family photos was mistakenly sent to a suburban Chicago woman, who says she’s making sure the Christmas gift finds its way to the rightful recipient.

Alane Church told NBC she was surprised to find the “beautiful, personal” book shoved in the bottom of a damaged box of packages her family opened at their Wadsworth home on New Year’s Day.

WLS-TV reports the book included a hand-written gift tag from “Barack, Michelle + the girls”.

Church won’t show anyone what’s in the book. But she says the pictures of first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama offer a glimpse of “very special, private moments of their year of 2013 together”.

The White House confirmed the errant delivery but offered no details.

Women with cocaine under wigs detained by Spanish police

SPAIN: Police say they have caught two women flying in from Brazil with more than 1kg of cocaine each hidden under their wigs.

The women, who are Portuguese and aged 18 and 28, arrived at Madrid’s Barajas airport on different days from Sao Paulo, police said in a statement.

They hid the drugs in six packages, which were held in place by a black sock and tape under their long, curly wigs, the police said.

Each woman had 1.2kg of cocaine hidden under their wigs, they said, without giving an estimate for the street value of the drugs.

“This new method of smuggling narcotics is very elaborate and difficult to detect due to the realism of the fake hair,” said the statement issued jointly by Guardia Civil police and the Interior Ministry.

“The packages were perfectly adhered and did not stick out from under the wigs, which made the narcotics imperceptible.”

Spain’s close ties to Latin America have made it the key entry point for cocaine from the continent bound for Europe.

Drug smugglers have used a variety of methods to try to sneak narcotics into the country.

In recent years, police have found cocaine hidden inside plastic bananas or shipments of rose , and, in one case, concealed in a cast worn by a man with a broken leg.

Last month, Spanish police arrested a Colombian veterinarian who had tried to smuggle liquid heroin to the US by surgically implanting plastic bags of the drug into live rottweiler and labrador puppies.

Brain samples stolen from Indiana medical museum

USA: A man who allegedly stole human brain samples from a medical history museum was arrested after a California man who bought some of the tissue online alerted authorities.

David Charles, 21, was arrested after investigators were tipped off by a San Diego man who became suspicious about six jars of brain tissue he’d bought on eBay for $600 (€440).

Charles faces theft and other charges.

Marion County court documents allege Charles broke into the Indiana Medical History Museum several times over the past 12 months and stole jars of preserved human tissues, including brain samples, from long-dead psychiatric patients.

Politician writes resignation letter in Klingon

USA: Some might call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

On Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of resignation from the Indian Trail Town Council in North Carolina.

Waddell says he opted to use Klingon, the language of a warrior race on the Star Trek television shows and movies, as an inside joke. Mayor Michael Alvarez is calling the letter unprofessional.

Waddell says he is resigning at the end of this month. His four-year term expires in Dec 2015.

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