USA: Two burglary suspects in a top-down convertible led police on a bizarre chase through rainy southern California which ended with the men stopping to exchange high-fives with onlookers and take selfies before being handcuffed.
The hour-long escapade stretched across freeways from Cerritos through to Hollywood and other parts of Los Angeles before ending up in a South LA neighbourhood. The driver of the blue Mustang did ‘doughnuts’ on the street while passenger waved to nearby motorists and occasionally stood up as the car cruised through jammed traffic.
At the end, the driver sat on the car’s bonnet, and both men exchanged hugs and chatted with more than a dozen onlookers for several minutes before surrendering as sheriff’s deputies arrived.
Dress to impress
SCOTLAND: The largest display of the Queen’s dresses and accessories to be shown in Scotland will open to the public later this month as part of events to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday.
The exhibition, ‘Fashioning A Reign: 90 Years Of Style From The Queen’s Wardrobe’, will open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on April 21.
The show will focus on significant events in the Queen’s life, her support of British craft and design and tartan in royal dress.
Rocky road to marriage
USA: A 27-year-old man’s ambitious plan to propose to his girlfriend after scaling a cliff face led to a rockier road than he might have imagined after he had to be winched to safety by a rescue helicopter.
Michael Banks climbed Morro Rock, just off California’s Central Coast, to propose to his girlfriend, who was watching over FaceTime video. The good newswas that his girlfriend said yes; the bad news was he got stuck.
Morro Bay fire captain Todd Gailey said other romantics should choose a place “where you’re not in danger of falling off a cliff”.
Slap in the face
PORTUGAL: Portuguese culture minister Joao Soares has resigned, a day after threatening to slap critics who had called him incompetent and rude.
A post on his Facebook page saying he wanted to slap two newspaper columnists, followed by what was seen as a half-hearted apology, provoked a flurry of calls for him to be sacked.
Crossing the line
USA: A Pennsylvania man set up a fake drunken-driving checkpoint, only to be charged with drunken driving himself when real troopers arrived.
The (Somerset) Daily American says 20-year-old Logan Shaulis will be sentenced on June 27. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving, possessing instruments of crime, and impersonating a public servant.
Police say Shaulis used a flashing blue light bar, parked diagonally across state Route 601 and set up road flares.
A motorist who stopped says Shaulis claimed he was a trooper with the “drug and alcohol division” and demanded to see her identification.
When police arrived, Shaulis tried to hand a BB pistol to the car’s passenger, saying he couldn’t get caught with it.
Fooling the fakers
SCOTLAND: Scientists have created tamper-proof holograms which could strike a blow to the counterfeit goods trade.
Electronics makers traditionally etch serial numbers into their products or use polymer stickers, but these can be vulnerable to damage or copying.
A team at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University have used a ultra-violet laser to sculpt unique holograms with micro-sized features directly onto the surface of metals, making them tamper-proof.
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