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If he could turn back time, he'd turn back the volume

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If he could turn back the volume, he'd have a stereo

Not only is it possible to play Cher too loud, but in Wales, it is a punishable offense. For Karl Wiosna, 44, of Pontypridd, a court decided that the punishment was the destruction of his stereo, the Telegraph reports. "The noise was just unbearable. It went from sounding like a drag queen's party to a rock concert," an unnamed neighbor alleges in the complaint. "The music was just nonstop." Wiosna says that he lost more than $1,000 worth of stereo equipment due to the decision. "I didn't play the music that loudly — and it wasn't just Cher," he said in an attempt to salvage his reputation. "I used to play heavy metal as well."

Real cops rarely ask for free porn

Police in Longmont, Colo., are looking for a man who is impersonating an officer. And he is impersonating a very specific kind of officer. Three times in a span of nine days, the man went to an adult novelty shop, told employees he was with the "age verification unit" and asked them to give him free porn so he could check it for underage actors. All part of the job, he told them. No way, they told him. After the third try, they called police. It is unclear why they waited until the third try. Police say they have no age verification unit and are looking for the man. The store had video of him and were happy to give that to police for free.

Groom arrested for being close to bride

Technically, the police in Batavia, N.Y., knew of a reason why this man and this woman should not be joined in holy matrimony: because this woman had a protection order against this man. Timothy Cole remarried his ex-wife on Friday, and police were called to the party after the ceremony because Cole and a guest got into a fight. When they got there, they recognized Cole, knew the woman had the order against him and arrested him.

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Vacation extended by unlicensed pilot

A British family, Nicola and Robert Starkie and their two daughters, went on a lovely vacation to the Canary Islands. When it was over, they went to the airport to return home. They expected no problems with their return, because they were flying an airline called easyJet. Sounds simple. One problem. The airline is a low-cost carrier, apparently because sometimes the pilots forget to renew their licenses. Their flight was canceled for that reason, the next flight out was in five days, and the airline could not guarantee a seat on it. And it only paid the family for two nights lodging. They found a ride home on another carrier, and easyJet happily picked up the tab. Well, not happily. They did it after the family told their story to a local newspaper. Excellent work, local newspaper.

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

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