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The skinny: Oregon rescuers dig camel 'Moses' out of sinkhole

no joke

A Camel walks into a sinkhole in oregon …

It was an unusual call for Oregon firefighters: A 1,500-pound camel named Moses needed to be rescued. The call came in Tuesday night in Clackamas County after the Oregon City owners of the camel called firefighters to say that Moses had fallen into a sinkhole 6-8 feet deep and was possibly injured. The owners — who have several camels and run a children's ministry — had tried to get the camel out but failed. Firefighters had to carefully shovel mud for several hours to free the animal. The rescuers were concerned Moses would break his legs if he tried to free himself while still partially buried. But Moses was patient. The camel lay on his side for an hour resting after the rescue. A veterinarian said Moses did not appear to be hurt.

religious order

This immaculate conception banned

Britain's advertising watchdog has banned an Italian ice cream ad featuring a pregnant nun, saying it causes offense to Catholics. The magazine ad for ice cream maker Antonio Federici showed the nun eating a tub of ice cream, with text that read: "Immaculately conceived … Ice cream is our religion." The Italian company said the idea of conception represented the development of their ice cream and the ad aimed to gently satirize religion.

religious disorder

IHOP creates flapjack flap

The International House of Pancakes is suing another IHOP, the International House of Prayer, saying the church mission shouldn't be allowed to take advantage of the restaurant chain's famous name and acronym. The Kansas City Star reported that the chain says it sued only after the church mission refused repeated requests to stop using the IHOP acronym. Restaurant spokesman Patrick Lenow said the church has expanded and some branches are serving food. The religious group, which promotes its belief in daily, continuous prayer, has drawn thousands of people to Kansas City since it opened 10 years ago.

radio waves

No news is not good news

A Norwegian radio journalist quit on the air after complaining about her job and saying she wouldn't read the day's news because "nothing important has happened" anyway. Pia Beathe Pedersen accused her employers at the regional radio station of public broadcaster NRK of putting too much pressure on the staff. Pedersen, who had worked at NRK for 18 months, said in the live Saturday broadcast that she was "quitting and walking away" because she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe." She ended her nearly two-minute announcement by saying there wouldn't be any news on Saturday.

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