Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

The skinny: Iranian youths arrested after 'Happy' dance

Sad song

Iranian youths arrested after 'happy' dance

With the song Happy, Pharrell Williams touched off a global online phenomenon with hundreds of cover versions being recorded in more than 140 countries. But when six young Iranians posted their video, "Happy in Tehran," on YouTube and promoted it on Facebook and Instagram, they were arrested, and on Tuesday, they were forced to repent on state television. Williams commented on the arrest on Facebook. "It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness," he wrote. The video has been removed.

Up in smoke

Driver tells officer he's smoked weed

Massachusetts police say a Springfield man blew through a stop sign and also blew a cloud of marijuana smoke when he was pulled over. An officer enforcing seat belt laws as part of the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign saw a vehicle drive through a stop sign Tuesday evening. When the driver stopped and rolled down the window, police say, the officer was "covered in a plume of smoke." Sgt. John Delaney says the officer asked: "Are you smoking marijuana while operating this motor vehicle?" The driver allegedly responded: "Why, yes, I am, officer." The 30-year-old driver was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday on charges of operating under the influence of drugs, failure to obey a stop sign and failure to wear a seat belt.

Turning the tables

Bullfighters suffer painful defeat

Spanish bulls have scored a symbolic victory at Madrid's prestigious Las Ventas ring by injuring three matadors and forcing organizers to call off the bullfight. The fight, the 12th of the famed San Isidro festival, was stopped late Tuesday after bulls gored two matadors and tossed a third into the air. Las Ventas said it was the first time in 35 years a fight was stopped at the ring because of matador injuries.

Hatching a plan

Man caught with bird eggs in pants

Australians call tiny swimming trunks "budgie smugglers," but the term might have new meaning after customs officials at Sydney's airport said Wednesday that they found 16 wild-bird eggs in the crotch of a passenger's pants. The 39-year-old Czech man arrived Tuesday on a flight from Dubai when customs officials selected him for a baggage examination, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said in a statement. "Officers conducted a frisk search of the man and allegedly found 16 small eggs concealed in his groin area," the statement said. There was no word on whether it was budgies — small parrots also known as budgerigars — that were allegedly smuggled. The unidentified man was to appear in a Sydney court on Wednesday charged under environmental protection laws with attempting to import regulated live specimens without a permit. The charge carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a fine of $157,000.

Compiled from wire services and other sources

 
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