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The Skinny: Rio statue struck by lightning

Jesus aglow

Rio's famous statue struck by lightning

In an ironic twist, the iconic statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janerio has been damaged by an act of God — a lightning strike, its caretaker said. The massive statue is missing the tip of a thumb, the Rev. Osmar Raposo told Sky News. During a thunderstorm Thursday, satellite technology counted more than 40,000 strikes in the region over a three-hour span, Brazilian officials said. The statue will undergo repairs next month, Raposo said. A 2007 survey named the statue, which stands 125 feet tall atop Mount Corcovado, one of the seven new wonders of the world.

Total bummer

BMW joyride ends repair shop work

An auto shop employee wrecked a customer's BMW during a joyride, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported Friday. Police say it's not illegal for a repair shop worker to drive a customer's car, which dismays Chad Henson of Melbourne. He dropped off his 2003 BMW at Cypress Automotive and Transmission to have minor work done, and later learned the car had been totaled. The Florida Highway Patrol said the car was involved in a crash at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 8 in Orlando and a second collision at 4:17 a.m. in St. Cloud. "They gave (their employee) permission to take my car across the state of Florida and total it and not give it back to me. And in the meantime, I'm out a $7,000 BMW, and they told me tough luck," Henson said.

River hazard

10 people injured by fish that bite

Attacks by a school of carnivorous fish have injured at least 10 people in an Argentine river since Thursday. The attacks took place in the Parana River in Rosario, 186 miles northeast of Buenos Aires. Seventy people who were cooling off were also injured there in late December by the same piranha-like fish. The latest attack by the "palometas" was confirmed Saturday. They've been described by the local director of lifeguards as "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite." Experts say unusually high summer temperatures and lower numbers of species such as caiman that preyed on the fish could be causes.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: Rio statue struck by lightning 01/20/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 10:30pm]
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