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DRUG DOG'S INTIMATE SNIFF NOT ASSAULT, JUDGE SAYS
(Australia, Reuters) - Rocky the police dog was just being friendly when he nuzzled the crotch of a drug suspect and did not breach the man's rights, an Australian court has ruled. The 22-year-old suspect was found to be carrying amphetamines and cannabis but the man's lawyers had argued that Rocky's crotch nuzzle amounted to assault. "If your honor were to do as this dog did and nuzzle the defendant's genitals, it would be an indecent assault," lawyer Clive Steirn was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. But Supreme Court Justice Barry O'Keefe said the crotch nuzzle by Rocky outside a Sydney nightclub did not constitute a search and the act of sniffing involved no trespass. "When a 'crotch nuzzle' is performed by a dog in relation to a human being, it may be no more than a conventional, friendly, social gesture with no hostile intent, and unlikely to constitute an assault," O'Keefe said. O'Keefe's ruling overturned an earlier decision to dismiss drug charges against the man, the newspaper reported.

MAN CONFUSES SNOW WITH VANDALISM
(Berlin, Reuters) - A Gambian man unused to Germany's winter weather woke up to find his car had gone completely white overnight and called police to complain vandals had painted it. Police in the central German town of Hildesheim responding to investigate the crime discovered the man had mistaken snow on his car for paint when he looked down from his apartment window. "To him it looked like paint when he was looking down on the car from the fifth floor. He was really worried and it wasn't a hoax, otherwise he would have been fined for it," police spokesman Walter Wallott said.

WOMEN MORE LIKELY TO SLEEP WITH INTERNS
(Los Angeles, Reuters) - Women are more likely than men to have sex with an intern at work, according to a Playboy magazine poll that also found that two-thirds of female respondents had slept with a co-worker. Among male respondents, half had slept with co-workers, said Playboy, which polled more than 10,000 men and women in an online survey. Among the findings: Twenty percent of female respondents had slept with an intern; for men, the number was 12 percent. Forty-six percent of women who had had office sex had slept with their boss, compared with 18 percent among men. Playboy attributed the discrepancy to the fact there were more male bosses in the workplace. For women, the favorite place to have sex in the office was on a desk, while men preferred a couch or a chair. The least popular for both was the mailroom or copy room. The boss' office also ranked relatively low. More than 80 percent of men and women said they had flirted with co-workers.

MAN MAKES THREE PHOTOCOPIES OF HIS BUTTOCKS
(Missouri) - Police arrested a man who allegedly dropped his pants in the crowded lobby of the St. Louis County Courthouse and made photocopies of his buttocks. Police found Daniel Everett holding two copies he had already made. He was making a third. "What did I do? What did I do?" witnesses said Everett asked police. Everett, an immature 38, told police that the copies were intended as a practical joke for his girlfriend.

HANDCUFFS THE NEW MUST-HAVE FOR WOMEN
(Berlin, Reuters) - Handcuffs are the fastest selling item at five new shops tailored for women by Germany's biggest retailer of sex merchandise, the store chain recently announced. Beate Uhse AG said handcuffs have been flying off the shelves of stores it opened this year to focus on sex toys for women, rather than the traditional male clientele. "Women's sexual appetites are steeped more in the realm of fantasy-they like to use their imagination more than men," said Assia Tschernookoff, a spokeswoman for Beate Uhse at corporate headquarters in Flensburg. Beate Uhse, founded in 1946 and recently floated on the Frankfurt stock exchange, has more than 200 shops throughout Europe offering a myriad of sexual aids from lubricants to a taste of the lash. Attempting to capture new markets, it opened the shops aimed at women earlier this year. "The shop had just opened and the handcuffs were all gone the first day," said Tschernookoff. The five new shops report some 90 percent of customers have been women. "This just goes to show that these days women know what they want and they're not shy about getting it," Tschernookoff said.

WHEN STEALING, DON'T LEAVE IDENTIFICATION
(Michigan) - A suspected shoplifter was found when, after dropping her purse at the scene of a crime, she called police to claim her bag. The woman allegedly set off an anti-theft alarm as she fled a Family Dollar store. She dropped her purse in an parking lot while being chased. When she went to the police station to retrieve her lost purse, she was promptly arrested.

MAN DIES AFTER FALLING INTO COMPOST GRINDER
(Pennsylvania, AP) - A supervisor at a Pennsylvania mushroom compost facility is dead after an apparent freak accident. Police say Richard Kielbasa was scooped up by a front-end loader and dropped into a compost grinder. A co-worker saw the 51-year-old man collecting a sample around 8 a.m. About one-and-one-half hours later he turned up missing. His remains were discovered a half-hour after that. A police sergeant says, "Nobody saw what happened." The Berks County coroner's office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating. Kielbasa had a doctorate in entomology and worked as a quality-control supervisor at the plant.

KINDERGARTENS BAN SANTA CLAUS
(Australia, Reuters) - Several Australian kindergartens have banned Santa Claus this Christmas for fear that he may offend minority groups, the Herald-Sun newspaper said. One of the kindergartens planned to replace him with a clown and another said it would have an end-of-year party instead of a Christmas party, the Melbourne tabloid said. At another, Santa Claus would be asked to be selective about which kids he paid attention to. "There is a Muslim family in one of the groups and we didn't want to offend them," a worker at the kindergarten was quoted as saying. The Santa ban became a political campaigning issue ahead of a weekend ballot in Australia's second most populous state, Victoria. Opposition Liberal leader Robert Doyle attacked Victoria's Labor premier, Steve Bracks, over the boycott, saying it was political correctness gone mad, the newspaper said. "Most little kids actually like Santa and I haven't noticed him being politically incorrect or damaging to the youthful psyche," Doyle said.

THIEF CAPTURED AFTER BRIEF PHONE CALL
(South Africa, Reuters) - A thief who tucked a stolen mobile phone into his underpants to hide it from the law was caught out when officers called the device and heard it ringing inside his trousers, South African police reported. The 18-year-old man was arrested near the east coast city of East London after police saw him rob a woman at gun point on her way to church, police spokeswoman Michelle Matroos said. "They searched him, but they didn't get her cell phone back. While they were in the charge room one of the officers decided to call the number. They heard the phone go off, and when they searched the suspect they found it in his underpants," she told Reuters.

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Man Breaks Into Homes, Surfs Porn Sites
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MAN BREAKS INTO HOMES, SURFS PORN SITES
(Wyoming) - Some folks in Gillette, Wyoming, got a surprise when their computers started logging on to porn sites. It's not a case of cyber-possession. Rather, it's a case of breaking and entering. Gillette police say they're looking for a burglar who's been breaking into homes. Apparently, the perpetrator is just using the homeowners' personal computers to surf pornographic Web sites. In some cases the crook also used stolen checks to buy memberships in the porn sites. The owners only discovered the break-ins after the computer settings were changed to automatically log on to the Web pages.

ANCIENT SEXUAL AID GOES ON DISPLAY
A 2,000-year-old sex aid for women has gone on show in a Hong Kong display of relics from China's Han Dynasty. The ancient phallus-made of bronze-is part of an exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of History which also includes a number of Xian's famous terracotta warriors. The phallus is believed to have been used by frustrated courtesans living in the imperial palace during the Han and Qin dynasties which span 221 B.C. to 220 A.D., according to the South China Morning Post. Curator Naomi Szeto told the newspaper, "Most people know about emperor Qin and his fierce regime that brought China together as a single nation by conquering six other states. But we want to go one step further and present a picture of what China was like after it achieved stability by including relics from when the Han Dynasty ushered in an era of stablity and a flourishing society."

MAN SENTENCED FOR TALKING OF "BURNING BUSH"
(Washington) - A U.S. man, who talked of "burning Bush" before President George W. Bush visited South Dakota in 2001, was sentenced to 37 months in prison. Richard Humphreys of Portland, Oregon, was convicted of threatening to kill or harm Bush. Humphreys vowed to appeal the sentence, saying that the comment was his right to free speech. Humphreys made the remark as he talked with a truck driver at a barroom, their discussion was overheard by a bartender who reported to police about the possibility of someone burning Bush. "I said God might speak to the world through a burning Bush," Humphreys testified during his trial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "I had said that before and I thought it was funny."

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