Quirky World: Waste worker saves kitten from catastrophe

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Quirky World: Waste worker saves kitten from catastrophe


A worker at a Northern California recycling centre saved a tiny kitten from certain death when he spotted the animal heading down a conveyor belt.

Tony Miranda said he was sorting recyclables when he found the pink-nosed, white-pawed cat between the debris and scooped it up.

It’s not clear how the kitten got in with the trash, but it may have survived a ride in a dump truck before a tractor pushed it onto one of two conveyer belts.

A call went out to employees of Cal-Waste Recovery Systems that a baby cat had been discovered at the facility in Galt, a city about 150km northeast of San Francisco.

Another worker decided to adopt the kitten and named it Murphy.

‘To-do’ list


They were making a list but police say it was more naughty than nice.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says two probationers who were arrested in a car containing stolen packages also had a “to-do” list.

On it were the words: “steal mail and shoplift.”

Their Dodge Charger was stopped after an Amazon.com delivery driver reported someone following his truck and picking up packages he dropped at homes.

Authorities say they found five stolen packages, drugs, methamphetamine, heroin, a gun and stolen mail addressed to 13 people.

Kristina Green, 19 and Gary Withers, 38, of San Diego were arrested on suspicion of gun, drug and theft crimes.

Second time unlucky


An Iowa television station was doing a live update on a Minnesota bank robbery when police say the suspect returned to rob it a second time.

KIMT-TV was outside Sterling State Bank in Rochester when a bank employee ran out and pointed out the robbery suspect.

Reporter Adam Sallet broke away from the report, saying: “I have to go. I have to call 911.”

The Post-Bulletin reports that police spotted the suspect’s vehicle on US Highway 52. Minnesota State Patrol says the man was pulled over south of Minneapolis and arrested.

Police Capt. John Sherwin says the man is suspected of robbing the bank two days in a row.

That’s the job


Refugees in Calais have started charging people to view a mural by street artist Banksy of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The portrait has appeared on a graffiti-littered concrete wall on the outskirts of The Jungle camp where 6,000 refugees from countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are based.

The piece has gained such popularity in the area that refugees have covered it up with a blanket and are charging people to view it.

On the run


A Florida wife thought her husband was having an affair when she found a 22-year-old woman wearing his pyjamas — but it turned out the woman was just hiding from the law.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said that Eryn Rice slipped into the couple’s Deltona home after escaping from a deputy who had arrested her for shoplifting. She washed her clothes, showered and took a nap.

When the woman first saw Rice, she thought her husband was cheating on her. The husband was playing golf; and when he returned, he swore he had never seen her before. The couple drove Rice home and later contacted the authorities, who arrested Rice.

Birthday surprise


A man has paid off more than $106,000 in shoppers’ layaway items at two Wal-Mart stores in north-east Ohio. The man told Wal-Mart employees that he liked to do something special on his birthday.

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