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USA: A hungry black bear thought it had found an easy meal inside an unlocked car in suburban Denver, but after getting the doggie bag left inside, the bear could not get out again and ripped apart the car’s interior.

A photo showed the trapped bear looking frantic in the car in Castle Pines. Wildlife officers eventually freed it.

Bears are common in the area, drawn to berries that are plentiful after a wet year. They need to eat 20,000 calories a day — the equivalent of 38 Big Macs — as they prepare for hibernation. State Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said human food left outside offers a much easier way to get them.


USA: Bottles of legal marijuana-infused soda delivered to a Washington state pot shop started exploding on the store shelf.

The manager of Top Shelf Cannabis, Zach Henifin, said “it sounded like a shotgun going off”.

No one was injured at the store in Bellingham in northern Washington, where recreational pot is legal.

Henifin wore protective clothing to move more than 300 bottles to a steel rubbish bin and most had exploded.

The sparkling pomegranate soda was made by Mirth Provisions and delivered on September 28. Employees found a sticky mess the next day and heard and saw bottles randomly explode.

Mirth Provisions founder Adam Stites says there was too much yeast in the soda and fermentation caused excess carbon dioxide to build up.


POLAND: A Polish town is to put up a monument to honour the authors of Wikipedia, the internet encyclopaedia which allows anyone to contribute, according to a university professor who suggested the idea.

Krzysztof Wojciechowski, director of the Collegium Polonicum in Slubice, said he is in awe of the job done by Wikipedia, which is hugely popular in Poland. More than a million entries in Wikipedia are in Polish, rivalling the number in French or Spanish.

The 47,000 zlotys (€11,225) fibre and resin statue is being funded by Slubice authorities and will be unveiled on October 22.


ENGLAND: A labourer faces jail after pleading guilty to driving a Volkswagen Polo at high speed on to the Brands Hatch circuit during a race.

Jack Cottle, 22, hit speeds of up to 100m/h with two passengers on board after gatecrashing an endurance race at the famous track in Kent.

Maidstone Crown Court heard he performed the stunt after being dared by friends in a “foolish prank”, putting the lives of racers in danger.

Cottle pleaded guilty to “causing a nuisance to the public by driving on to the race track at Brands Hatch whilst an endurance race was in progress”. Judge Martin Joy warned Cottle, of Durgates in Wadhurst, East Sussex, that a “custodial sentence is on the cards” when he next appears in court on the week beginning November 17.


USA: Historians who opened a small copper box that had been hidden in the head of a lion statue on a building in Boston, US, for more than a century got a small surprise: A hardback book.

In addition to the expected papers, the Bostonian Society found the small red book inside the box which is roughly the size of a shoebox. The book had no visible markings, and nothing was taken out of the box because of the items’ fragile condition, so the contents of the book remain a mystery.

Society president Brian LeMay said he was “absolutely delighted” by the discovery. The time capsule was sealed inside the lion’s head in 1901. Rumours of its existence were confirmed last month when the statue was taken down from the Old State House for refurbishing.


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