In the news
■ 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.