QUIRKY WORLD ... Drug bust as dog finds fleeing owner in grass

Man’s own dog helps police bust him on drug charge

USA: Police in Alabama say a man’s dog helped officers bust him on a drug charge.

Prattville Police spokeswoman Paula Barlow says the dog, Bo, followed his master, who was being chased by officers. When the dog stopped and wagged his tail in tall grass, she says, officers found and arrested Edwin Henderson.

Barlow says the chase began when two drug officers arrived Wednesday with a search warrant and Henderson took off running.


ENGLAND: More money is expected to be spent this Christmas on devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers than ever before.

Some devices might be particularly useful — according to the report, £29m of the Christmas 2014 wearable spend will be on devices that track movement, heart rate, and calories burnt throughout the day.

Research commissioned by technology giant Samsung says it expects spending on technology to wear on wrists, heads, and beyond to increase by 182% this Christmas, compared to the festive season last year. In the UK alone, the firm forecasts that more than £100m will be spent on wearables this Christmas.


USA: A Los Angeles woman made a promise when her dog fell ill and its vision started to dim — that if her toy poodle lived, she would help it overcome any disabilities and give a paw up to other pooches in the process.

Silvie Bordeaux kept that vow after Muffin survived a cancer scare but lost his sight. She created Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs, a device that encircles a dog’s head and prevents blind pets from running into walls and furniture. The halo is made of lightweight copper tubing that attaches to cloth wings and a harness fitted around the neck and chest.


USA: A student accused of breaking into a friend’s Pennsylvania home while wearing a yellow Teletubby costume and stealing leftover food is facing charges.

Police say the Lehigh University student was dressed as Laa-Laa from the BBC children’s series when he damaged a door on Sunday in Bethlehem. They say he went into the friend’s refrigerator and dumped Chinese food into a bag before leaving.

No charges were filed initially. But police Chief Mark DiLuzio told Easton’s The Express-Times newspaper the home’s occupants apparently changed their minds after the landlord became involved.


ENGLAND: A painting that was missing for almost a century is expected to fetch a six-figure sum at auction when it is offered for sale alongside work by some of the biggest names in 20th century British art.

John Duncan Fergusson’s painting, ‘Poise’, had not been seen since it was exhibited in London in 1918 until it was found by its present owners, a brother and sister, who were clearing the attic of their home. The work, by the experimental Scottish painter, dates back to 1916 and is valued at around £120,000 (€152,000).

It will be offered for sale in the Modern British and Irish art sale at Christie’s in central London next month. Also included in the sale are works by sculptor Henry Moore.


USA: A consignment of worms was among the cargo lost when a supply rocket exploded over Virginia after taking off for the International Space Station.

Eighteen groups of students had science projects onboard the rocket, including a team from the Urban Promise Academy in Oakland, California, who were testing red worms’ capacity to turn garbage into compost in space.

Urban Promise student Cithlali Hernandez said the explosion surprised her and she admitted she was saddened to think of the worms dying.


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