World in brief: Philandering 'dirt bag' up for sale
A Philadelphia woman has put her philandering husband for sale on a website normally used for unwanted engagement and wedding rings.
The woman, who has not been named, is seeking $9.99 (€7.22) for a man she describes as a "dirt bag". At first sight, the advertisement appears to be for a diamond ring, which is lovingly displayed in a blue velvet box. But the woman says she is seeking offers for her adulterous husband who, she tells potential purchasers, weighs 165 lbs.
QUACK ATTACK LAWSUIT
A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbour, seeking $275,000 for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason.
Cynthia Ruddell (62), of Washougal, Washington, was on her mother's property in Estacada, Oregon, when a neighbour's duck attacked her without provocation, according to the suit filed in Oregon state court.
$500K WORTH OF DISTRESS
An Ohio man whose hoax distress call triggered a massive US Coast Guard search and rescue mission on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution, a US appeals court has said.
Danik Kumar, a licensed pilot, told authorities in March 2012 he saw what he thought was a distres flare coming up from a boat as he flew over Lake Erie near Cleveland.
A red squirrel has been hailed as a supermum after giving birth to her 48th kitten in seven years.
Named Tortoiseshell, she has proved to be one of the UK's most successful breeding red squirrels, regularly producing litters since 2008. Along with her former partner Tweedledum, she was one half of one of the most successful breeding pairs at Pensthorpe Conservation Trust in Norfolk. When Tweedledum died in 2012 there had been fears she would never breed again, but her later match, Bryn, proved to be the perfect partner, with their latest litter producing three new kittens.
THIEF WIELDS SPUD GUN
A man used a potato to pretend he had a gun while trying to rob a business in Rhode Island.
The would-be thief entered a convenience store with a potato and shouted: "Give me the money." A police report said the store manager chased him off with a baseball bat. Police said officers later went to a laundromat where an employee told them a man fitting the description came in carrying a potato and yelled: "I need the money."