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(England) - The widow of a vintage shotgun expert had her husband's ashes loaded into cartridges and used by friends for the last shoot of the hunting season. Joanna Booth organized the shoot for 20 friends after asking a cartridge company to mix the ashes of her late husband James with traditional shot. A total of 275 12-bore cartridges were produced and blessed by a minister before being used for hunting at an estate in England. Booth said it was a marvelous day out and her husband would have loved it. "It was not his dying wish, but I remembered he had read somewhere that someone had had their ashes loaded into cartridges and he thought it was very funny." The cartridges accounted for 70 partridges, 23 pheasants, seven ducks and a fox.

(Michigan) - After leading an Oakland County sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase, a burly contractor got out of his pickup and attacked the officer with his tiny French poodle, swinging the dog on his leash. "I've seen people ram cars. I've seen people fight," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. "But to take a poodle on a leash and make it a weapon, that's a new extreme in bizarre behavior." The man was taken to North Oakland Medical Centers in Pontiac for psychological observation. He faces five felony and two misdemeanor counts. Police said he rammed the deputy's car with his pickup before swinging his pet. The dog was taken to the Oakland County Animal Care Center in Auburn Hills and was fine, police said.

(Connecticut) - A Vernon woman charged with causing a fatal 1999 car crash is arguing that she couldn't have been behind the wheel because she was performing a sex act on the driver at the time. A Superior Court judge ruled that Heather Specyalski can proceed with the defense, despite objections by the prosecutor. "A defendant has a right to offer a defense no matter how outlandish, silly or unbelievable one might think it will be," Judge Robert L. Holzberg said. Specyalski faces second-degree manslaughter charges in the accident that killed businessman Neil Esposito. Specyalski's attorney, Jeremiah Donovan, said Specyalski was performing oral sex on Esposito at the time. He contends Esposito was the driver. As evidence, he points to the fact that Esposito's pants were down when he was thrown from the car and killed. "No one ever told me in law school that we'd be having these kinds of conversations in open court," Assistant State's Attorney Maureen Platt said.

(France, AP) - A French artist was convicted of trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for Osama bin Laden and ordered to pay the man $615. The 35-year-old defendant, identified as Pierre, was sentenced by a court to a three-month suspended prison term. The man he tried to run over was unharmed. Pierre's lawyer, David Mendel, said his client was the "victim of a hallucination" while driving through Montpellier's historic center. The victim, a man in his 30s, was able to run from the oncoming car, which crashed along the side of a street. "If it was (bin Laden), we would have won $5 million," Mendel said, referring to a reward.

(Germany) - German police are investigating after an angry man returned a computer he had just bought saying it was packed with small potatoes instead of computer parts. The store replaced the computer free of charge but became suspicious when he returned a short time later with another potato-filled computer casing, police in the western city of Kaiserslautern said. "The second time he said he didn't need a computer any more and asked for his money back in cash," a police spokesman said. Police are now investigating the man for fraud.

(Germany, Reuters) - A German woman took her male neighbor to court for noise pollution after he repeatedly kept her awake through half the night and had at least one four-hour sex session, a court spokeswoman said. "Four hours of sex noises. What was I supposed to think? It was nothing but groaning and banging," the woman told the judge, a newspaper report said. The woman told Berlin magistrates that her 25-year-old neighbor was disturbing the peace by keeping her awake early in the morning. The neighbor accused of the disturbances said his neighbor had complained in the past, calling at five in the afternoon, but that he had not felt obliged to respond. "I can have as much sex as loud as I want then," he said.

(Germany) - A German actress was taken to hospital after an artist injured her breasts while trying to cut open her bra with a chainsaw during a rehearsal for a stage show, she told a newspaper. "It was the worst moment of my life. I thought, Sibylle, you're going to die," the actress, former porn star Sibylle Rauch, told a newspaper. The chainsaw operator, performance artist Marko Koenig, said Rauch was lying down during the rehearsal and suddenly bent forward just as he was applying the saw to her bra. "I couldn't pull back the chainsaw quickly enough and cut her breast and stomach. It was terrible," he said.

(Ohio, AP) - Three livestock exhibitors at last year's Ohio State Fair have been disqualified for allegedly outfitting their Holstein cows with hairpieces. State Fair inspectors said the three glued or painted hair from another part of the animal or from another animal to create straighter backs on the cows and enhance their appearance in the show ring. Kreg Krebs and his brother Kenneth of Fredericksburg, and Scott Long of Clayton, Michigan, could be required to forfeit all winnings, said Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Melanie Wilt. Wilt said state inspectors at the fair discovered the fake hair when the cows were leaving the show ring.

(Thailand) - A Thai man was mauled when he drunkenly tried to rape a dog which fiercely resisted his advances, news reports said. Police in Samut Prakan province, on Bangkok's southeastern fringes, told a newspaper that Toryip Rawang, 33, had been drinking heavily with friends before the incident. Toryip was questioned by police after residents of the area notified local authorities when they saw the bloodied man walking along a road. He told police he noticed a brown female stray dog wagging its tail and "acting sexy" and pulled it into some tall grass by the roadside. But the dog resisted, biting him on his face, chest and arms before he gave up his attempt and tried to stagger home. Under further questioning, Toryip admitted to previously raping three dogs while he was under the influence of alcohol. He told police he always became aroused when he drank heavily but did not have enough money to pay a prostitute. Police said Toryip had been given a rabies shot and was not charged with a crime, but he had fled his home in an apparent effort to avoid public ridicule.

(Norway) - An Oslo court ruled that André Riseng was within his rights to urinate on a shop window in a public place. Riseng, who was successfully defended by a law student, claimed to have a golden excuse, and the court agreed. Riseng decided to contest the fine he received for relieving himself late one night on a shop window in Oslo's exclusive Bogstad district. "I have a medical certificate stating that I cannot hold it in. I had drunk two half liters of beer with some friends downtown and couldn't wait any more. The alternative would have been wetting my pants," Riseng said. Riseng has a chronic prostate condition that means he can easily land in situations where he is unable to prevent urination and must do so quickly. For this reason he walked out of the city center and refused to take a taxi, instead looking for a place where he could relieve his problem. The court ruled that it was unlikely that the accused would have done what he did where he did if he had not suffered from this condition. The court also found that it was not strange that he hit the window since it extended nearly all the way to the ground, and that it was a natural outcome of his turning his back to passersby.

(New Mexico, Reuters) - A New Mexico couple returned home from a week-long vacation to find the legs of a dead man dangling from their ceiling, police said. The man was identified as Carl Smith, 81, and he was the former husband of the woman who lived in the home, said Trish Ahrensfield, a spokeswoman for the Albuquerque police. "He was stuck in an air conditioner duct," Ahrensfield said, adding a cause of death has not yet been determined. Police said it appears the man was trying to break into the home from the roof and died while attempting to get in through the air conditioner duct. The couple, who were not identified, said their home was cold when they returned and they went to the bathroom to see if the heater had been shut off. When they looked up, they saw the legs hanging from the ceiling.

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