Hotel 'not mourning bin Laden'
A hotel in Ohio has been fending off angry phone calls because a broken rope on its flagpole led some to think the business was mourning the death of Osama bin Laden.
The rope left the US flag stuck at half-mast for several days this week outside the Hampton Inn in Springfield in western Ohio.
The Springfield News-Sun reports that the rope broke as the hotel was trying to be respectful of Old Glory by replacing a flag that had frayed.
Assistant general manager Connie Smith told the newspaper that the hotel "started getting calls left and right" from people assuming the management supported bin Laden.
Ms Smith said one man threatened to cut down the flagpole, adding that the town is "obviously patriotic."