QUIRKY WORLD ... Angry Birds show off their displeasure over extinction

FINLAND: Angry Birds are getting angrier, because some of their real-life counterparts in the South Pacific are facing extinction.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Angry Birds show off their displeasure over extinction

Rovio, the creator of the hugely popular Angry Birds games, is teaming up with nature conservationist group BirdLife to spread information and help collect funds to protect birds in the region that are particularly vulnerable to attacks by non-native predators introduced by humans.

The Finnish company is launching the campaign as it releases the Angry Birds Fight game on May 7 in Asia-Pacific, saying it had not realised until now that some of the most critically endangered bird species have populations lower than the number of staff at Rovio, which totals 700.

False alarm

USA: Police officers who responded to what they thought was a robbery of a South Dakota bank found a school tour instead.

Sgt Dave Beintema told The Daily Republic newspaper that students were being given a tour of the First Dakota National Bank in Mitchell on Tuesday when one of them apparently inadvertently pushed the bank’s panic alarm.

Beintema says the group of students found the whole incident amusing.


Treated like royalty

ENGLAND: A royal super fan has spoken of the “hilarious” moment a policeman woke him up in his tent after his fellow campers thought he was an imposter.

Sky London, 54, had popped home to feed his cat at his house near Paddington police station and had told some — but not all — of his friends outside the Lindo Wing that he would be back later.

Having returned to his tent quite late, he did not want to disturb the others who he thought were already sleeping in their tents.

But fellow royal camper John Loughrey, 60, from London, was not taking any chances and called the police due to having had “some trouble” previously with what he called “strange people”.

Picture this

USA: A Texas trooper has sued his bosses after being reprimanded over his photo with rapper Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears filed the civil lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging retaliation by DPS, director Steven McCraw and several executives.

The lawsuit says Spears was working off-duty security when an assistant for Snoop Dogg took the photo in March and posted it on Instagram. Spears was reprimanded because the rapper has several drug possession convictions.

Spears is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.

Spears also alleges retaliation for his complaint against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) officer. Spears was detained in 2014 while off-duty and carrying an alcoholic beverage at a concert.

DPS declined to discuss pending litigation. TABC was reviewing the lawsuit Wednesday and declined further comment.

Bad vibrations

USA: Police picked up bad vibrations from a buzzing mailbox in a Pennsylvania town, enough to prompt them to shut down the town square for a few hours. The “vibrating noise, like an alarm going off” was reported at about 10am, said Bellefonte police chief Shawn Weaver.

Because police could not be sure what was causing it, Penn State bomb experts and state police were called in, and a section of the town centre was cordoned off until about 12.30pm.

It turns out someone had dropped a medical alert pager into the mailbox. Police do not yet know whether the device was dropped accidentally or put there by a prankster.


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