Some of the stranger stories from around the world
USA: A poisonous snake in a tree in the gardening department has bitten an employee at a home improvement store in North Carolina.
The East Lincoln Fire Department said in a Facebook post that officers were called to a Lowe’s Home Improvement store about 40km northwest of Charlotte.
Authorities said a copperhead in a tree at the store bit the employee, who was taken to a hospital. The worker’s name and condition were not available.
The fire department warned in its post that people should be careful when shopping for trees, noting snakes could be found in any store that sells trees.
The North Carolina Co- operative Extension Service say copperheads are responsible for most venomous snake bites in the state. The bites are rarely fatal.
Along for the ride
A Colorado woman has been accused of taking two children she was babysitting to a bank robbery.
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office says Rachel Einspahr, 28, went through the drive through of a bank in Severance with the two children on Friday. She allegedly sent a note through the vacuum tube saying that there was a man in her car who wanted money and was threatening to hurt her children. Investigators say the teller at the Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance gave her $500 (€441).
Sheriff’s office spokesman Matt Turner says there was not a man in the car with them. Einspahr was being held in jail but has not been formally charged.
The Loose Women panel have issued an apology after Katie Price’s son Harvey swore during a live interview.
Price, who is a panellist on the ITV show, brought her eldest son Harvey onto the programme as part of a discussion about internet trolls.
The 13-year-old, who is visually impaired, autistic and suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, has been the target of online abuse.
He used the c-word while Price asked him about people who had targeted him.
Price, 37, asked him: “If someone says something horrible to Harvey, what does Harvey say?”
The teen responded: “Hello, c***.”
Panellist Andrea McClean immediately said: “We apologise for that. But this is one of the reasons that we wanted to do this live.”
No smoke without fire
Police say four central Pennsylvania volunteer firefighters called in five false alarms earlier this year because they enjoyed the thrill of riding in fire trucks.
The Logan Township Volunteer Fire Department has suspended the men and police have charged them with making the false alarms.
The suspects were all probationary members with fewer than 90 days of service with the fire department.
They face a preliminary hearing May 26.
A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because they were concerned for its welfare could not be reunited with its herd and had to be euthanised.
The incident last week and several other recent cases led to fresh warnings that park rules require visitors to stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife and 100 yards from bears and wolves.
Visitors brought the calf to a park facility on May 9, which officials called a dangerous move because adult bison are protective and will attack to defend their young. Rangers took the animal back to where it was found, but could not get it back with the herd after several tries.
“The bison calf was later euthanised because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway,” the park said in a statement.
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