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April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Cat clings to trailer for freezing trip

RIEBNES, Sweden, April 16 (UPI) -- A Swedish man said he drove more than 125 miles through freezing temperatures before discovering his cat had stowed away on his open trailer.

Fredrik Ohgren said he was headed to his family's vacation cottage in Riebnes and drove about 136 miles before stopping the car to let his dogs run around, The Local reported Monday.

"Then, I stepped out and heard a weak meowing from the trailer," Ohgren told the Pitea Tidning newspaper.

Ohgren said he discovered his pet cat, Klas, had stowed away on the trailer despite his usual fear of cars. He said the feline seemed weak from clinging to the trailer through freezing weather.

"He was very weak. I had to cook plenty of trout for him and got him to eat dog biscuits until my wife came up on Tuesday with real cat food," Ohgren said.

Ohgren said he will remember to triple-check the trailer before any future road trips.

"But I think he'll keep himself away. It's unpleasant. A few of his nine lives have disappeared already," he said.


Cardboard cathedral to begin construction

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, April 16 (UPI) -- Anglican Church officials in New Zealand announced a $5 million temporary cathedral made with cardboard will be erected to replace a demolished church.

The Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, which was forced to demolish its church, vicarage and hall following a Feb. 22, 2011, earthquake, said a top Japanese "paper architect" designed the temporary structure, which will be comprised of cardboard tubes, timber beams, structural steel and concrete, The New Zealand Herald reported Monday.

The structure, which is to begin construction next week, is planned to last about 20 years, officials said.


Police: Man sold pot from ice cream truck

WALDORF, Md., April 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Maryland said they arrested an ice cream truck driver accused of selling marijuana alongside the frozen treats.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested Alexander Hoskins, 20, of Waldorf last week after receiving a tip and they discovered cash and bags of marijuana concealed in the suspect's underwear, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, reported Monday.

"He really was selling ice cream -- ice cream or marijuana. You can take your pick with this guy," sheriff's spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.

Investigators said Hoskins found customers for his side-business through word of mouth.

Hoskins was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and released on bond.


Turkey pulls Hitler shampoo commercial

ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 16 (UPI) -- Turkish officials said they have put a three-month suspension on a controversial TV ad using images of Adolf Hitler to sell shampoo.

The Turkish Industry Ministry's advertising commission decided last week to suspend the advertisement by shampoo brand Biomen due to concerns about gender discrimination and racist sentiments in the commercial, Today's Zaman reported Monday.

The commercial features footage of Hitler delivering a speech with subtitles giving a made-up translation to sell the "100 percent male shampoo."

"If you are not wearing a woman's dress, you should not use her shampoo, either," the subtitles read.

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