QUIRKY WORLD ... Flight diverted as man faces jail for kissing sleeping girl

USA: A flight was diverted after a man tried to kiss a sleeping girl next to him on the airplane.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said Port of Seattle police arrested a 23-year-old California man for investigation of fourth-degree assault.

Cooper says the man attempted to kiss a 16-year-old girl who was sleeping next to him. The pilot was notified and reported it to police.

The Alaska Airlines flight was heading to Anchorage, Alaska, from Portland, Oregon. The girl remained on the plane when it later departed for Anchorage.

Cooper says the man was co-operative when he was arrested. He is expected to be booked into King County Jail.

Beer today, gone tomorrow

USA: A mystery is brewing in Atlanta, where someone stole an ocean of beer. A brewery in the city says nearly 3,300 cases of beer went missing when two of its refrigerated trailers were stolen.

SweetWater Brewing Company said the trailers had been loaded for a morning pick-up when they were taken from the plant.

The two trailers carried 3,272 cases altogether — more than 78,500 bottles — of SweetWater’s Summer Variety Pack. Both trailers were later found in the Atlanta area by using GPS, but both were empty.

A bird in the sea is worth...

WALES: The hunt is on to find a mysterious rare seabird off the coast of Wales.

Conservationists will be searching two Pembrokeshire islands, Skokholm and Skomer, for the most enigmatic seabird in Wales — the European storm petrel. They are related to the world’s most famous ocean wanderers, the albatross, but weigh only about as much as a sparrow. Despite their diminutive size, they range far out at sea for most of the year.

Wild cat chase

SCOTLAND: A pet cat feared dead after escaping from kennels in Aberdeenshire almost three years ago has been reunited with his owners.

Ollie disappeared in July 2013 while his owners were abroad on holiday. The Bailey family started searching for their pet but were beginning to lose hope as the months passed.

However, a cat found in St Fergus — about 8km from where he went missing — has been confirmed as Ollie thanks to a microchip.

Chip off the auction block

USA: A decision to pull a tribal ceremonial shield off the auction block in Paris amid protests from the US has been hailed by tribes and their advocates as they await final word on whether the item will be returned to the Pueblo of Acoma.

The shield was one of dozens of contested tribal items set for sale at the EVE auction house in Paris, but it was the only item pulled after Acoma Pueblo lawyers produced paperwork alleging the shield had been stolen in a break-in.

Now, as an investigation continues, collectors fear the ordeal will send a chill through the tribal artifacts market. A former president of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association says not knowing when or how the shield was acquired by a private collector before he sent it overseas is likely to cause trepidation in the market.

Selma says sorry

USA: Selma Blair has apologised for her outburst on a flight.

The actress said she mixed alcohol with medication which caused her to blackout and make statements that she regrets on a flight from Cancun to Los Angeles.

Reports suggests Blair was crying and talking about an abusive man. She was reported to have been attended to by nurses on the plane and taken off on a stretcher at Los Angeles International Airport.


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