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Not the actual woman saved by her bra.

WOMAN'S BRA SAVES HER FROM BULLET
(Florida, AP) - One woman discovered on New Year's Eve that her bra could do more than lift and support when a falling bullet was halted by the bra strap on her left shoulder. Debbie Bingham, 46, an Atlanta resident visiting family in St. Petersburg, said her gold bra slowed the falling bullet during the holiday celebrations. Her injuries may have been much more severe had it not been for her bra strap, said George Kajtsa, spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department. Bingham says she was outside with her daughter and son, ringing in the New Year and viewing the local fireworks display when she felt a sharp pain in her left shoulder at 11:40 p.m. It was Bingham's daughter, Solanda Bingham, 30, who first noticed the blood seeping through her mother's white shirt. "We were sitting at the picnic table and listening to music and my mom said, 'Ow,'" the daughter said. The daughter said she looked over and saw the blood and shouted "My mother's been shot. My mother's been shot." The bullet was halfway inside of Bingham's bra, and the other half barely breaking the skin. Someone had fired a gun into the air and as the .45-caliber bullet fell back to earth, Bingham was struck. Kajtsa described the wound as a "big scratch with bruising." As for Bingham, she said she is just thankful for her bra. "It was a very cheap bra. It wasn't very expensive, and I'd love to have a couple more of those bras," she told WTSP.

LAWMAKER AIMS TO ALLOW THE BLIND TO HUNT
(Texas, Reuters) - A Texas lawmaker is aiming to allow the blind to hunt. Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel has introduced a measure that would allow blind people to hunt any game that sighted people can currently pursue. "This opens up the fun of hunting to additional people, and I think that's great," Kuempel told Reuters. The bill may find little resistance in Texas, where politicians of all stripes endorse hunting, which is wildly popular in the state. Under the bill, blind hunters would be required to have a sighted hunter with them and would be allowed to use laser sights and other devices that are currently not allowed. "A blind person can shoot a rifle by mounting an offset pistol scope on the side of the rifle instead of on top," said Terry Erwin, the Austin-based Hunter Education Coordinator with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "This allows their companion behind them to peer over their shoulder and help them sight it, but the blind person can pull the trigger," he told Reuters.

WARM BEER LED TO KILLING, POLICE SAY
(Missouri) - A St. Louis man was shot to death over a warm beer, police said. St. Louis police say a woman shot her husband, who was about 70 years old, four to five times in the chest after he tried giving her a warm can of Stag beer. Police said the wife admitted shooting him about 5:40 p.m. in the kitchen of their home in the 5100 block of Terry Avenue. Police said the home had no electricity at the time. Homicide detectives would not identify the man. The woman, whom police also did not identify, was taken into custody.

VISIBLE THUMB BETRAYS WOULD-BE STORE ROBBER
(Iowa) - A robbery at a Git-N-Go Convenience Store on the south side of Des Moines was called off for lack of convincing theatrics. "Well, I could tell he didn't have a gun," said Terry Cook, a clerk at the store. "I knew it was his finger. I could see his thumb sticking out of his coat pocket." The would-be robber, who acted tough and even inserted a harsh expletive in his demand for cash, wanted to argue. "It is a gun," he told Cook. "No it isn't," Cook said. The frustrated suspect left the store but paused a moment in the parking lot, perhaps to go over in his mind the argument he'd just lost. He disappeared just before police arrived. How could a robber have been so careless as to leave a thumb sticking out? "Think about it," said Police Sgt. David Coy. "When you play cops and robbers how do you hold your hand? With the thumb sticking up, right?" Cook said, "I know what a gun looks like. I'm not stupid."

WORLD'S TALLEST MAN SAVES CHOKING DOLPHINS
(China, AP) - The long arms of the world's tallest man saved two dolphins in northeast China by reaching inside of them to remove plastic they had swallowed, state media reported. The dolphins at an aquarium in Fushun, Liaoning Province, had fallen sick after swallowing the plastic from the edge of their pool, and attempts to use surgical instruments to remove the plastic failed because of the contraction of the dolphins' stomachs in response to the instruments. Veterinarians then decided to ask for help from Bao Xishun, a 7-foot-8 herdsman from Inner Mongolia. Bao, 54, was confirmed last year by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest living man. Bao was able to reach deep enough into the dolphins to pull out the plastic. "Some very small plastic pieces are still left in the dolphins' stomachs," Zhu Xiaoling, a local doctor, told Xinhua. "However the dolphins will be able to digest these and are expected to recover soon."

CONDOMS CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR SOME INDIAN MEN
(India, Reuters) - Condoms designed to meet international size specifications are too big for many Indian men as their penises fall short of what manufacturers had anticipated, an Indian study has found. The Indian Council of Medical Research, a leading state-run center, said its initial findings from a two-year study showed 60 percent of men in the financial capital Mumbai had penises about one inch shorter than those condoms catered for. For a further 30 percent, the difference was at least two inches. A poor fit meant the prophylactics often didn't do the job they were bought for, and led to some tearing or slipping off during use. "One of the reasons for a failure of up to 20 percent of condoms is the association of the size of the condom to the erect penis," the council's Dr. Chander Puri told Reuters, adding another reason was couples often put them on in a hurry. Puri said many men in India, which has the world's highest HIV positive caseload, were too shy to ask for condoms. "We need more vending machines for condoms of different sizes so people can pick a condom with confidence that is suited to their needs," he said.

NINE GET FOOD POISONING FROM SWEDISH FOODS AGENCY BUFFET
(Sweden) - At least nine people are thought to have suffered food poisoning from a buffet at a staff training day at Sweden's National Food Administration in Uppsala. All of those with food poisoning are employees of the Administration's department for local subsidies. Around 20 people who work with helping councils to supervise food handling at restaurants and other caterers were taking part in the training day. For dinner they were treated to a buffet of fish, shellfish, cold cuts of meat and vegetables. The next day the first participants fell ill, with vomiting and diarrhea. The environmental health office in Uppsala carried out an inspection of the catering firm that supplied the food. "We still don't know what caused these nine people to fall ill," said Peter Bradenmark, head of the Administration's supervision department. "In the evening all of them ate from a buffet which included both fish and meat. There could have been something dodgy in the mussels. But it could also have been caused by poor food handling or refrigeration."

MAN, 65, HAS VOICE STOLEN DURING ROBBERY
(Illinois) - A 65-year-old man was recently robbed at knifepoint of his electronic speaking device as he closed up a north-end tavern in Illinois. Sangamon County sheriff's deputies provided this account of the robbery. The employee was preparing to close for the night and approached the door to lock up. Just as he reached for the handle, a man wearing a black ski mask and armed with a butcher knife barged in. The man put the knife to the employee's throat and told him to go to the cash register. The man kept the knife in the employee's back the entire time. After getting the money from the register, the robber demanded the employee take him to the safe. The employee complied, as the robber continued to hold the knife to his back. The victim retrieved a small metal moneybox from the safe, and the robber took out the cash and put it in his pocket. Before the robber left, he grabbed the employee's electronic talking device and shoved it in his pocket. An estimated $800 was taken during the heist. Police reports did not describe the talking device or give a value for it.

NOBODY MOVE
(Kansas) - A botched kidnapping ended with one of the assailants shooting himself in the groin, Wichita police said. The man had just stuck the gun back into his waistband when it fired, shooting him in the left testicle. He cringed, causing the gun to fire again and strike him in the left calf. When the shooting ended, the 23-year-old man managed to walk himself into the hospital for treatment, police said. He and his two accomplices, ages 18 and 20, were arrested for aggravated attempted kidnapping and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The men were attempting to kidnap a teen in a dispute over stereo speakers, police said.

TONGUE MADE FROM BUTTOCKS
(Poland) - A Polish man who had his tongue removed has had a new one made using tissue taken from his buttocks. Jarislav Ernst, 23, from Gliwice, now has a functioning tongue made from his backside after surgery at the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice's General Hospital. Head doctor Stanislaw Poltorek said, "The new tongue is alive and well-supplied with blood, and the patient is doing well." Ernst's tongue was removed after it was diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Poltorek added, "We removed the tumor-filled tongue, checking that there were no remaining cancerous cells around the patient's mouth, then collected skin, fat and nerve tissue from the man's buttocks and modeled that into a new tongue, which we sewed into his mouth."

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