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Today in History

1776 The Declaration of Independence is first printed by John Dunlop in Philadelphia.
1806 A Spanish army repels the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1814 U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeat a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.
1832 The German government begins curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.
1839 British naval forces bombard Dingai on Zhoushan Island in China and occupy it.
1863 Federal troops occupy Vicksburg, Mississippi and distribute supplies to the citizens.
1892 Andrew Beard is issued a patent for the rotary engine.
1940 Marshal Henri Petain’s Vichy government breaks off diplomatic relations with Great Britain.
1941 German troops reach the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
1943 The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, begins.
1944 The Japanese garrison on Numfoor, New Guinea, tries to counterattack but is soon beaten back by U.S. forces.
1950 American forces engage the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.

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Heatwave Knocks Out Power In France As Europe Swelters

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Woman arrested after mango-related shooting

A man plucking what he describes as a 'perfect-looking mango' from a Florida street says the woman who owned the tree the fruit came from fired a shot at him for trying to take it.
Christopher Richey says he was on his way back from an anniversary celebration with his wife when he spotted the pristine mango on a road in Fort Myers. "I wouldn't even have turned around for it if it wasn't a good mango," Richey said.
After Richey had the mango, he said the homeowner drove up, accused him of stealing mangoes from her yard and threatened to shoot him. Josefina Tometich, 64, allegedly went into her home, returned with a .22 calibre BB gun, which deputies say she used to shoot out the rear window of Richey's truck.

Tometich's family says "no trespassing" signs are on the property, and they'll put up more, to deter mango thieves. But Richey maintains the mango he saw was in the roadway, and therefore free for the taking. In the end, he and his wife left without any mangoes. Tometich was arrested for firing a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.

Police hunt wheelchair bank robber

A search is underway for suspect in a wheelchair who held up a bank in Astoria, Queens, New York. Police said he held up the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2pm on Monday.

He passed a note to a teller demanding cash, and did not display a weapon, police sources say. The teller complied, and police said the suspect made off with $1,212 in cash. He fled in the wheelchair, police said.
“It’s a little surprising,” one person in the area said. “I thought it was a joke at first when I overheard, but with all the police officers coming in, I realized it was serious.”

The suspect was described as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, weighing about 160 pounds and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie in a black wheelchair, police said. It was not clear whether the suspect really needed the wheelchair or if he used it as a disguise.

Stolen six-meter tall koala recovered after being found stashed under trees

A six-meter tall inflatable blue koala has been stolen from the roof of a Harvey Norman store in Horsham, in western Victoria, Australia.
Police said the koala was untied and dragged from the roof of the store in the early hours of Sunday morning. Staff found it deflated and stashed under some trees a few hours later.
Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent said they were still trying to work out who was responsible. "People driving past Harvey Norman in the past couple of weeks would've seen the large inflatable koala over the top of the shop and that was taken and dragged away," he said.
"I'm sure that someone would've seen something because it was approximately a six-meter-high koala, so for people to get up on the roof and take that would've taken some time." It is believed to be worth about $10,000. Anyone with information is being urged to contact Horsham police.

Expert contacted to deal with snake in computer that turned out to be a red and black cable

A snake expert got a call in the middle of the night about a snake trapped in a computer which turned out to be a cable.
Geraint "Snakeman" Hopkins, from Llanelli, West Wales, received the call at around 2.30am last week from a worried man from Cardiff who had contacted South Wales Police. The gentleman had bought the computer in Cardiff and believed there was a snake inside it.
Mr Hopkins said: "They wanted me to go to Cardiff, but I am a volunteer and it was really late so I couldn't get there. I asked them if they could send me a picture instead. After looking at the picture the gentleman said he realized it was actually a red and black lead.
"When I told the police they thought I was joking, and then when they realized I was telling the truth, they couldn't believe it." Mr Hopkins said he gets numerous snake call outs of an unusual nature. "It's not the first time I have had a call like this," he added.

Wildlife experts say rusty bits of tin should be left alone

Rusty bits of tin found in Dorset nature reserves should be left alone, a wildlife charity has urged. They are vital shelters for reptiles and are placed there by researchers counting protected species.
Reptile conservationist Gary Powell said: "If tins are disturbed outside of an official survey then it can affect the results of the research". Disturbing protected species could result in breaking the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations Act.
Conservationists from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Dorset Wildlife Trust leave small pieces of tin and sometimes roofing felt at Upton Heath nature reserve in Corfe Mullen. All six native reptiles can be found there.
The smooth snake, adder and grass snake, the common lizard, slow worm and the UK's rarest lizard, the sand lizard. Dorset Wildlife Trust said: "If you spot small pieces of tin or bits of roofing on a nature reserve, please don't lift it up to see reptiles underneath. Did you know you actually need a licence to do this? Anything to disturb them may be breaking the law."

Killer seagull is eating pigeons in London

A killer seagull has been butchering pigeons in Plumstead, south east London, before feasting on their dead bodies. Residents near Plumstead Common claim the violent bird has been picking off an average of four unfortunate pigeons per day.
Aine McGrillen said: "We are trying to figure out if it is just one feral seagull or if this is a group of them. Is this usual seagull behaviour?" She added: "It killed one in Barnfield Gardens car park this morning, then flew off with it in its beak. Imagine if that dropped on your head!
It actually looks like this. (Image contains dead pigeon being eaten by killer seagull.)
"I guess it is just nature doing its survival thing. It is quite tense when you watch it just hanging out with the pigeons, casual as anything and then he picks his mark and swoops in." Other neighbors claimed the bloodthirsty bird has a voracious appetite and has been menacing the bird population for several years, once "munching" through 10 in one night.
Kirsty Wilson said: "It was doing it a couple weeks back and killed about 10 in one night. For 3-5 days every morning when I'd leave for work at 5 I'd see him there, then when I returned still be there, just munching away at the pigeons! Never seen such a sight before." And Emma Ledgerwood added: "It's been doing it for over two years and kills at least four pigeons a day. It's awful to watch for the pigeons' sake but I suppose it's all nature's ways of keeping the population down."

Orphaned tree kangaroo joey saved by being moved into surrogate wallaby mother's pouch

A tree kangaroo joey, which has been saved after being transferred into the pouch of a surrogate wallaby mother, is making its first public appearance at Adelaide Zoo in Australia. Zoo keepers found the joey's mother had been killed by a falling branch in November last year. The joey was too young to be hand reared, which meant the only option available was to try and cross-foster the joey into the pouch of a surrogate wallaby mother. Cross-fostering is a special breeding technique that Adelaide Zoo began pioneering in the 1990s and involves the transfer of joeys to the pouch of a surrogate mother of a different wallaby species.
Adelaide Zoo veterinarian Dr David McLelland said cross-fostering had never been attempted on a tree kangaroo until now. "We've had great success over the years cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialized breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," he said. "Not only are tree kangaroos distant relatives of wallabies, they also have many behavioral and physical differences. We had no idea if the yellow-foot rock-wallaby would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."
The cross-foster procedure to get the tree kangaroo joey to latch onto the new teat ran smoothly and zoo keepers closely monitored the wallaby over the next couple of days to determine if the attempt was successful. Adelaide Zoo team leader of natives Gayl Males said tiny ripples of movement over the following days confirmed the joey was alive and thriving, tucked carefully away in its surrogate mother's pouch. "We were so excited when we confirmed the joey had made it past the first critical 24-hour period," Ms Males said. "We were uncertain as to whether the joey was going to be accepted. This joey was completely different from other joeys in body shape and behavior – it certainly wriggled around more than a wallaby joey."

The joey, which has been named Makaia, first popped its head out of the pouch at the end of January. Makaia stayed with his surrogate mum for about three and half months, until Ms Males took over caring for him. "He's certainly a cheeky little fellow and loves running amok, testing the boundaries, using my home as his personal playground, climbing on everything, pulling toilet paper off the rolls, but he also loves quiet time cuddling with my husband in the evening while we watch TV," Ms Males said. Adelaide Zoo said it would share its findings with other zoos around the world to help guide breeding efforts for endangered tree kangaroo species and increase the success of internationally coordinated captive breeding programs.

Pirate monkey bit make-up artist on the ear in sneak attack

One of the monkeys used in filming of Pirates of the Caribbean has attacked a make-up artist at Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast.
The 54-year-old woman was on a sound set, which is not related to the film, when she was bitten on the ear at about midday on Tuesday. Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Steven Burns said the woman was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
He said she told paramedics it was an unprovoked attack. "The monkey had come up from behind the lady and bit her on her right ear," Mr Burns said. "They lady wasn't, we believe, making an attempt to approach the monkey, she was sitting down and it came up to the woman and bit her on the ear. Her bleeding was controlled.
"Fortunately it was not [a serious injury] and we were able to manage it quite well. We believe the monkey was part of the Pirates of the Caribbean film set. But at the time when the monkey bit the lady, it was [on] a different movie set, it was at the Movie World sound stage for a different filming set. It's not related to Pirates of the Caribbean."

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