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April 19, 2009

Woman shot in the head, not only survives but makes tea

A mississippi woman who was just shot in the head greeted the deputy that arrived on the scene and offered him something to drink.

Tammy Sexton, 47, was hospitalized for three days after she was shot in the head by her husband, who had killed himself after shooting Sexton.

She is expected to make a full recovery.

Sexton's husband, Donlad Ray Sexton, was going to be given a document ordering him to stay away from his wife by deputies.

He had been convicted of domestic violence and put on probation April 9 for six months.

On Tuesday, Donald Sexton showed up at the Sexton home early in the morning, and confronted his wife. A relative ran to the neighbors to call police.

Tammy Sexton was shot in the head, the slug from a .380-caliber handgun struck her directly in the forehead. The bullet passed through her skull and exited through the back of her head, msnbc.com reported.

After shooting his wife, Donald Sexton went to the back porch where he shot himself.

A deputy arrived within minutes and was greeted by the woman, who had made herself some tea and was holding a rag against her forehead, and offered the deputy something to drink.

The bullet apparently passed through the woman's head without causing major damage.

Cases like this are rare, but medical journals confirm people have been shot in the head with little or no lasting injury.

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April 5, 2009

Communication technology convergence?

Guards at the Danilio Pineiro prison in Brazil have discovered pigeons smuggling in cell phone parts to inmates.

The guards noticed a pigeon sitting on an electrical wire with a small bag tired to of its legs. After luring th bird with some food, th guards grabbed th bird and discovered parts of a cell phone in its pouch.

One day later, another pigeon was seen dragging a bag inside the prison's exercise yard. Once caught, guards discovered the cell phone's charger.

MSNBC.com reported that the pigeons were apparently raised inside the prison, smuggled out, outfitted with the cell phone parts and then released to fly back.

An investigator said that pigeons instinctively fly back home.

Police have not discovered who is sending th pigeons or who was intended to receive them.

Brazilian gang leaders inside prisons have used smuggled cell phones to plan and exicute drug deals, kidnappings and bank robberies.

March 29, 2009

So a bobcat walks into a bar...

Patrons in an Arizona bar jumped on top of their barstools when a bobcat wondered into the establishment on Monday.

The bobcat wounded three people. One woman was scratched after she thought she had hit the animal with her car. Two men were injured by the cat inside the Chapparal Bar in Cottonwood.

It was not clear how seriously the victims had been injured, MSNBC.com said.

Officers were called to the scene and found the bobcat in the parking lot of the bar.

The bobcat was shot and killed, according to MSNBC.com, and tests were ordered to determine if the animal was rabid.

February 22, 2009

Mice away!

Mice have been seen falling the from ceiling tiles of one Florida county courthouse.

Some staffers say they check their handbags for stowaways before leaving the building, MSNBC.com reported.

The courthouse employees and lawyers say the mice run down corridors, munch on legal papers and scratch behind the walls.

One mouse even ran around a courtroom floor for an hour during a burglary trial.

The courthouse facilities manager said he's put out several dozen traps and says the rodents are getting more press than they deserve.

February 14, 2009

Loving Llamas

Two beloved llamas helped lay their owner, an Ohio farmer, to rest by acting as the honor guard in his funeral on Friday, the Star Tribune reported.

Four other llamas from a statewide drill team helped lead the funeral procession for Terry McCrone, 61, who died of cancer on Feb. 7.

McCrone raised llamas on his farm, Divine Providence Farm, in Plymouth Township.

The News-Herald said the llamas wore purple ribbons at the funeral to represent the family farm.

During the eulogy, Rev. Bob Ladygo, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, told of the llamas looking in the window to check on McCrone once he fell ill.

“It was as if they were telling him that now it was their turn to take care of him,? he said.

The ribbons tied around the llamas' necks were tied into an unbroken loop to represent the “unbroken chain of love? Donna Moore, leader of the drill team, said.

The loop was given to McCrone's wife, Tara, and daughter, Kati.

February 8, 2009

Are those pigeons in your pants? Or...

An Australian traveler returning from the Middle East was caught with pigeons in his pants, Australian customs officials said Tuesday.

Authorities became suspicious of the 23-year-old man after discovering two eggs, said Richard Janeczko, national investigations manager for the Customs Service.

The pair of eggs were hidden in a vitamin container and the pigeons were found in the man's pants; one held to each leg with a pair of tights, a statement released by the agency said.

The pigeons were alive and wrapped in padded envelopes.

MSNBC.com said the man could be charged with wildlife smuggling – which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of 110,000 Australian dollars ($70,430).

The case was turned over to the Quarantine Service to be assessed for health risks, Janeczko said.

Officials also seized an undeclared eggplant from the man.