448-pound bear is no match for teen and arrow
A 17-year-old Michigan girl has begun her big-game hunting career with a bang — or rather a whoosh — by killing a 448-pound black bear with a bow and arrow from 16 yards away. High school senior Jessica Olmstead of Battle Creek shot the bear during a hunting trip last month in Oba, Ontario. She told the Battle Creek Enquirer for a story published Tuesday that the bear was the first animal she killed with the new bow. Her father, Tim Olmstead, says that he has been teaching others to hunt for more than 30 years and that he's never had a student pick up the fundamentals as quickly as his daughter. He says his daughter eats what she hunts, including the bear.
Australians set stiletto relay mark
Four Australian women have nabbed the world record for the fastest relay race in stiletto heels. The quartet from the Australian capital of Canberra completed a 300-foot course near Sydney's Opera House in about one minute and four seconds — while wearing 3-inch stilettos. A record-keeper from Guinness World Records confirmed the women had set the record and presented them with a certificate. The women — known as the Pinkettes — say they plan to use their $9,600 prize for a trip to Thailand. About 100 women — and one man — competed in the race, which helped raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
app for anger
Apple says what about Italy?
Italy's tourism minister has taken offense with how Apple's "What country" app describes her nation. Minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla is complaining that a description of Italy as "mafia, pizza, pasta and scooter" is both "offensive and unacceptable." A ministry spokesman, Andrea Bianchi, said Tuesday that Italy is asking state lawyers to request that Apple remove the application from its online store. An Apple spokesman in Italy had no immediate comment.
defying the odds
He's a two-time lottery millionaire
John Wells of the Missouri Lottery said the chances of winning $1 million in the "$100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" game are 1 in 2.28 million. The odds of winning $2 million in "Mega MONOPOLY" are about the same. A man from Bonne Terre, Mo., defied those odds and then some. Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million with a "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" Scratchers ticket in June. And this month, he won $2 million with a "Mega MONOPOLY" Scratchers ticket. Pullen, a retired military man who was working at the help desk for a telecommunications company before retiring after the first lottery win, said he considers himself to be a "lucky guy." You think?
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.