Bear Vs. zucchini
Pet owner has a pitch bruin can't ignore
Presence of mind and a handy zucchini saved a Montana woman's life early Thursday. Roused after midnight by a tussle in her back yard near Frenchtown, she went to investigate and found a 200-pound black bear attacking one of her two dogs, a 12-year-old collie. The woman stood at her back door and screamed to divert the bear's attention from the dog. The bear charged, took a swipe with its paw and tore her jeans. The woman jumped back and grasped the nearest object in her kitchen — a 12-inch-long zucchini she had harvested from her garden. The zucchini, flung from 3 feet away, bopped the bruin on the top of its head and the animal fled. The woman received minor scratches that did not require medical attention, though she was getting a tetanus shot as a precaution. Police did not release her name. State wildlife officials were searching for the bear on Thursday.
Note for mom: Rob bank, pick up kids
Police in southern Oregon say a woman charged with robbing a bank in Grants Pass stopped to pick up her children at school on the way home. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reported a woman walked into an Umpqua Bank branch shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, handed the teller a note demanding cash, and then rode off in a car driven by a man. A description of the car and license plates led police to the home of Erica F. Anderson, 37, who was arrested on robbery and theft charges after returning from picking up her daughters at their elementary school. Authorities say Joshua K. Deeter Tseu, 19, drove the car and was arrested on the same charges.
Little wiggle room
Don't count cobras before eggs hatch
Strange how fate can throw a wrench into the best business plans. Cai Yong of Xianling village, southwest China, thought it would be a good idea to buy 3,000 cobra eggs and hatch the snakes at an abandoned school building in homemade cages of plywood, brick and netting. Yong knew there was money to be made by selling cobra venom for traditional Chinese medicine. But more than 160 of the serpents slithered through a hole in the wall and bedlam has ensued. Cobras have been spotted in outhouse toilets, kitchens, front yards and the mah-jongg parlor. Locals complain that the government is more interested in suppressing the story than in rounding up the snakes. Compiled from Times wires and other sources.