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In brief: Wardens monitor five-foot lizard

Published 27/01/2011 | 05:00

Animal services officers in California are looking for the owner of a five-foot lizard that was found wandering around a condo complex.

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The lizard, a black-throated Monitor, is carnivorous and native to the grasslands of Africa.

Rat cat to prowl Downing Street

Downing Street staff are seeking a new recruit to combat a growing menace stalking the corridors of power -- rats.

British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman confirmed there was a "pro-cat faction within the building" that wants to restore anti-rodent patrols.

Facebook deletes 'Kate Middleton'

A Facebook user has had her account deleted in error by the social networking site because she shares her name with Prince William's fiancee.

Kate Middleton (29) a help desk administrator from Northamptonshire in England, has a boyfriend who shares a name with TV presenter Jonathan Ross, but his account has not been blocked. A Facebook spokeswoman said its security system removed the account in error.

Teacher accused pupil of being 24

A headteacher has apologised after he excluded a 14-year-old boy from school because he believed the 5ft 8in-tall teenager was 24.

Prince Summerfield, whose family moved to the UK from Malawi, was sent home from The Petersfield School in Hampshire, England. Mr Poole apologised and allowed Prince back after the boy's parents produced evidence showing he was born on September 24, 1996.

Altared image for Allen song

A song by UK singer Lily Allen is among suggested listening for churchgoers preparing for Easter.

'The Fear' -- without expletives -- is recommended as a possible scene-setter before Bible study. The Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, said he believed the song captured a "certain spirit" of contemporary culture.

Fizzy pop set to become fizzy pot

A California entrepreneur plans to market medical marijuana soft drinks.

Clay Butler said his soda pot contains the psychoactive marijuana ingredient THC. Besides his flagship cola drink, Canna Cola, he will also produce Dr Pepper-like Doc Weed, lemon-lime Sour Diesel, grape-flavoured Grape Ape and orange-flavoured Orange Kush.

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