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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.

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