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Global bizarre

Aiming aliens and pre-existing ghosts

Meteorite target

Aliens seem to really hate Bosnian man

Radivoje Lajic really doesn't understand why aliens hate him, but is pretty sure they do. Bosnian media report that the man's house in a northern village has been hit by meteorites five times in the past six months and that Belgrade University has confirmed that they came from space. So Lajic jumped to the obvious conclusion. "I am obviously being targeted by extraterrestrials," he said. "They are playing games with me. I don't know what I have done to annoy them, but there is no other explanation. The chance of being hit by a meteorite is so small that getting hit five times has to be deliberate."

Nuclear fallout

Miscommunication closes nuclear plant

A man stopped at a convenience store before his first day of work at a nuclear power plant near Milwaukee. As he was leaving, he told the clerk, "I hope I don't blow up the place." But that wasn't what the clerk heard. She thought he said he "came to blow up the place." So she called police and the FBI shut down the plant, evacuating about 450 of the 500 employees for about four hours. Authorities searched the man's car and found no evidence of a threat.

Prisoners of love

Vallejo vows: Do you tase this man ...

If some people feel like marriage is a prison sentence, one couple in Vallejo, Calif., can make the case that it's true. The at-times happy couple spent their wedding night behind bars — and it was unclear whether it was the same set of bars, but probably not. The couple, unnamed in reports, were arrested when police had to visit their wedding reception twice due to noise complaints. The second time, the groom came after officers, and they used a Taser on him. The bride was arrested on an intoxication charge, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Unreal estate

Ghosts weren't on disclosure form

Gaetano and Stefania Bastianelli recently purchased a new house in Spoleto, Italy, and now plan to sue the previous owner because of a significant omission to the disclosure notice. They say the house is haunted. "Under article 1490 of Italian law, you have to tell buyers if there is anything wrong," attorney Antonio Francesconi told the Daily Telegraph of London. And other than faucets purging boiling water at all hours, the lawn mower and a car spontaneously bursting into flames and rattling chairs, everything is fine. The Bastianelli's got a good deal on the house, $190,000, but have since turned up evidence that the house has been visited by a paranormal research team and an exorcist. So they're pretty sure the seller knew.

Crime brief

Building stolen

To tackle the problem of teenage crime, the Austrian village of Traismauer planned to erect a new youth center. The prefab building arrived and was to be built the next day. But before the workers could get it built, someone stole it. Police suspect a teenage criminal.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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