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USA: A Massachusetts man reading a book at the beach found a box containing human ashes. George Silva told The Standard-Times he found the box wedged in the rocks, in New Bedford, on Tuesday. Inside was a bag that had the name and number of a New Jersey crematorium.

He called, and was told the ashes were from a cremation performed three years ago, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Someone had accidentally dropped the box while trying to dump the ashes into the ocean. He brought the ashes to a local cemetery on Thursday, and they will be returned to New Jersey.

Tiger’s day out

USA: Animal-control officers have captured a’domesticated’ tiger that was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood in a south Texas city.

The Conroe Police Department says it received several phone calls on Thursday, from residents who saw the young, female tiger. Animal control officers captured the tiger, which was wearing a collar with a leash attached.

Sgt. Dorcy McGinnis says that the tiger seems to be tame. Authorities are asking for assistance in locating the owner. The tiger will not be allowed to be housed in Conroe, due to this incident.

Conroe is 40 miles north of Houston.

‘Iced’ cream

USA: The owner of a western Massachusetts ice-cream shop, which is due to open soon, says his delicious dishes are “a taste to die for.”

That’s because Petros Mirisis is opening his ice-cream parlour in a former funeral home, in Chicopee.

Mirisis, who owns a restaurant in town, tells westernmassnews.com he loves taking his three daughters out for ice cream, but it’s always hard to find a place. He drove past the old funeral home every day on his way to work and always thought it was a great place for a business, in the heart of the city and across the street from the library.

Rammed bank with tractor

USA: Police have arrested a 30-year-old Vermont man, who they say attempted to rob a credit-union branch’s night-deposit box by slamming into it with a tractor.

The Rutland Herald reports that Chase Siliski will be arraigned in Rutland criminal court in May, on charges of felony grand larceny, felony attempted grand larceny, and a misdemeanour count of unlawful mischief. Police say Fair Haven Rescue Squad members observed Siliski repeatedly ramming the night-deposit box of the Green Mountain Credit Union’s Cold River Road branch, in November.

The Proctor man allegedly fled the scene in the tractor and ran into the woods. He was apprehended on April 10.

Squirrelled away

USA: Omaha police have announced the death of a squirrel that hung around police headquarters and who had his own Twitter following.

Police say the squirrel, which went by @OPDSquirrel, was found dead in the police headquarters’ parking lot, in downtown Omaha.

A post by Officer Michael Bossman announced the death, accompanied by a picture of a dead squirrel outlined with chalk.

The squirrel’s Twitter account, however, remains active. The rodent’s nearly 350 followers have been treated to follow-up tweets from friends and family — including one from Mrs. OPDSquirrel, who thanked everyone for their kind words and said “he will be sorely missed by our 35 children and I.”

Unexploded bomb

ENGLAND: A school has been evacuated after a suspected, unexploded bomb from the Second World War was found on a building site.

Police were called to Boone Street, south-east London, following reports of the discovery. Scotland Yard say the object is believed to be a “WW2 ordnance” and initially did not elaborate on whether it was a bomb, a gun, or another form of weaponry. But a spokesman later said it was a bomb.

Shakespeare in school

ENGLAND: The classroom where William Shakespeare completed his formal education is being opened for tours, to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

Owned by King Edward VI school, Shakespeare’s schoolroom and guildhall will be open to visitors from April 23, thanks to a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The schoolroom, in Stratford-upon-Avon, is also where the Bard is thought to have seen his first plays.

Headmaster Bennet Carr told the BBC: “If I’m on my own in there sometimes, the hairs stand on the back of my neck.”

Yoga row on flight

USA: A flight from Hawaii to Japan was forced to turn around, after flight attendants became embroiled in a row with a passenger, over yoga.

Hyongtae Pae was heading home to South Korea, after a holiday to celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary, when he went to the back of the plane to do yoga and meditate.

Authorities say he refused to return to his seat, threatened crew members, and shoved his own wife. He also tried to bite and head-butt two US military members, who were passengers on the flight and trying to restrain him.


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