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ENGLAND: BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood was upstaged on live television when a dog relieved itself during a broadcast.

The Scottish meteorologist was broadcasting from West Wittering beach in West Sussex when a dog called Connie — belonging to a BBC producer — crept into shot and began to urinate, with the shallow water lapping at its heels.

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin spotted the blooper-in-the-making, and warned: “Oh Carol, don’t look behind you!”


ENGLAND: A fire crew carried out an unusual rescue when they pulled a family of five ducklings to safety after they got trapped down a drain.

A member of the public heard cheeping coming from the grid near Marton Rd, Middlesbrough. RSCPA inspector Clare Wilson was called in to help and could hear the birds moving about and, with the help of a passer-by, lifted the cover but could not see the ducklings.

A fire crew then poured water into the drainage system to flush the babies through and Wilson was able to catch them in her net and lift them to safety.

Unfortunately, their mother was scared off by the commotion and despite the inspector’s efforts, she could not be found.


USA: A beauty queen is suing pageant officials and the Miss America organisation after being stripped of her Miss Delaware title — for being too old.

Amanda Longacre, who is 24, is seeking to be reinstated as Miss Delaware and to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant. She is also seeking $500,000 (€370,000) in damages for herself and $2.5m for other contestants who she claims were recruited to compete in pageants before being told they were too old.

Pageant officials say contestants must be between 17 and 24, and Longacre turns 25 in October — after this year’s national pageant — but the rules purportedly require contestants to be no older than 24 at the end of the year


ENGLAND: Council staff are appealing for the owners of a black kitten to come forward — after it hitched a lift on one of their vans.

The kitten was found cowering under the wheel-arch of the vehicle by horticultural workers at South Somerset District Council.

It is believed to have boarded the van at the authority’s Lufton Depot in Yeovil and clung on until arriving in Bruton — around 32km away.


USA: A US congressman who sits on the committee that oversees the Federal Aviation Administration commissioned a video of his own wedding using a drone — even though the FAA bans drone flights for commercial purposes.

A spokeswoman for Sean Patrick Maloney, a New York Democrat, acknowledged that he hired a photographer to produce a photo package of his wedding last month that included a video created using a drone.

He is a member of the House transportation and infrastructure committee’s aviation subcommittee. The FAA has told commercial drone operators across the country to cease operations or face fines.


USA: A cat is heading back home after spending time in quarantine following an attack on its central Florida owners that prompted a 911 call.

Police says the Russian blue cat named Kush went berserk inside a DeLand home on July 5, scratching owners Teresa and James Gregory on their arms and legs. The couple retreated to a bedroom and called 911.

Kush was taken to an animal shelter for 10 days. The Daytona News-Journal reports that Kush was well-behaved during the quarantine.

DeLand animal control officer Michelle Realander says the Gregorys had been leaning towards giving the cat up, but changed their minds. She says the cat will go to a veterinarian for vaccinations and then to be spayed before going home.

Authorities say the cat was apparently well-behaved before the attack.


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