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Vladimir Putin, the Russian president known for his love of dogs, received as a 65th-birthday present a Central Asian shepherd puppy named Verny — Russian for “loyal” — from the president of Turkmenistan.
Dawn Peppinger, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman, said a 300-pound black bear was killed by police after it wandered into an Anchorage, Alaska, post office where about 75 employees were sorting mail.
Michael Kennedy and his wife said in a statement that their 27-year-old son, Hayden, a renowned mountaineer, “chose to end his life” after his 23-year-old girlfriend died in an avalanche that he and the girlfriend triggered while skiing in the southern Madison Range of Montana.
Sgt. Scott Bright of the Iowa State Patrol said a 46-year-old Des Moines driver who refused to pull over on a traffic violation, resulting in a 10- to 15-minute car pursuit, told officers that being in a chase was on his bucket list, an excuse that Bright said he hadn’t heard in 28 years of police work.
John Nevin, Michigan Supreme Court spokesman, said Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross has put on hold his order to grant a sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who was raped by the man when she was 12, saying Ross didn’t know about the man’s criminal background when he issued the order.
Matt Harrison, a paramedic, said it took six attempts to extract a 6-inch fish from the throat of a 28-year-old man at the pier in Boscombe, England, after the man put the Dover sole over his mouth as a joke, and it wriggled free and jumped down his throat, blocking his airway.
Dawn Panepinto, a Tangipahoa Parish, La., sheriff’s spokesman, said an 8-month-old boy left in a car died after his guardian went to work for 8½ hours, thinking she had dropped him off at day care, on a day when temperatures hit 90 degrees.
Jessica Lawrence Wallin, police spokesman in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., said none of the 19 children on board a school bus was hurt when a bullet from a shootout at a nearby gas station shattered one of the vehicle’s windows.
Pete Piringer, fire agency spokesman in Montgomery County, Md., said crews believe that a beehive near Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg is the source of bees that stung some students, leaving 30 teens under evaluation and putting three in the hospital.