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Scotland: Singer Gloria Gaynor has praised the policeman who entertained a pub crowd with her hit song ‘I Will Survive’ after being called in to deal with a brawl.

Sergeant Jon Harris belted out the 1978 disco anthem while in full uniform to cheers from drinkers at Glasgow’s Waterloo Bar.

Mr Harris was called to the Argyle Street pub on Wednesday evening following reports of an alleged assault and a 23-year-old man was arrested.

Grateful otter

US: A National Park Service palaeontologist and Grateful Dead fan credited with identifying an extinct species of otter found in south-central Idaho has named it after the band’s guitarist.

Self-described Deadhead Kari Prassack said travelling the country to see Bob Weir and the band gave her the sense of adventure and confidence to pursue her career.

So when fellow scientists earlier this year credited her with properly identifying the new species from a mislabelled jawbone found in the late 1980s at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, she named it Lontra weiri. Lontra is the genus and weiri the species.

Wookie school

US: A Florida university has offered scholarships to a woman who made the viral Facebook video showing her laughing hysterically as she tries on a Chewbacca mask.

Southeastern University announced that its president presented Candace Payne and her entire family with full tuition scholarships. President Dr Kent Ingle said Payne, from Texas, inspired the university with the joy she expressed in her video. He said the school wanted her family to experience some of that joy in return.

Ms Payne has also been presented with various other gifts, including Star Wars toys from Kohl’s, where she bought her mask.

She also met Chewbacca at Disney World during her visit to Florida earlier this week.

The video has become an internet sensation, garnering millions of views and landing Ms Payne as a guest on several talk and news shows.

Moose on the loose

US: A moose has been spotted trotting down the streets of two densely populated suburbs in Boston.

Police in Watertown and neighbouring Belmont posted a video on their Facebook pages of the adult female moose.

The moose stuck to the pavement in Watertown but ran down the middle of a Belmont street.

A spokeswoman for state environmental police said the moose entered a wooded area of Belmont and the agency is monitoring the situation.

There were no reports of moose-related damage in either town.

Nail spill

US: Authorities in Ohio said a load of nails were spilled on a road during rush hour, leaving about a dozen commuters with flat tires.

State troopers said one lane of traffic on Interstate 475 just south of Toledo was closed for over an hour to clean up the spill.

Troopers estimated that there were about 200 nails scattered across the road. No one was hurt.

Cornish pa-stay

Britain: Bakers making one of the most quintessentially British delicacies have come out in support of remaining in the European Union.

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA), which represents makers in Cornwall, said it backed a vote to stay because of the protection the product receives under EU law.

Since 2011 for a pasty to be called Cornish it has to have been made in Cornwall, after the treat was awarded Protected Geographical Indication status by the European Commission.


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