Girl marries dog
DHANBAD, India, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A 7-year-old girl has been married to a dog to ward off evil against her and her family, the Indian Web site newkerala.com reported.
The family became concerned when the girl's upper teeth came in before her lower teeth did -- an "extremely inauspicious" sign in tribal tradition, newkerala.com said. The girl's father said she was married to a dog to remove the evil eye on her and the family.
The family observed traditional marriage custom, and planned a three-day wedding celebration, the girl's father said.
Teen revels in 'shotgun' wedding
BOURNEMOUTH, England, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Twenty police officers guarded and police cars escorted a British teenager whose father reportedly threatened to shoot her if she got married.
However, Antonio Martino denied he ever made such threats. He denounced the union of daughter Andrea, 17, and Zimbabwean Brian Elliott, 20, as a marriage of convenience, The Times of London reported.
Guests and passersby were stunned when police -- some armed with machine guns -- surrounded Moordown St. John's Church in Bournemouth, England, Monday.
"Everyone thought it was a celebrity wedding at first until we realized there was something more sinister going on," one witness told The Mirror.
"It looked like a scene from a 'Godfather' movie," another witness said.
The teen bride insisted Elliott was the man for her and joked that the police presence made Monday's wedding more memorable.
"It was a real shotgun wedding," the bride told The Mirror.
Brothels should serve sex, not booze
NAPIER, New Zealand, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- New Zealand police insist customers at a brothel should have sex -- not alcohol.
The Wellington Dominion Post reports Vaughan Peter Bowkett, the manager of the Fallen Angels massage parlor in Napier, pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges his operation has turned into a late-night drinking spot.
Police discovered the alleged boozing during checks after the area's bars shut down for the night.
Spain: Woman gives birth to 15-pound baby
MADRID, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A Spanish woman has given birth to a 15-pound baby girl, one of the largest in the country's history, El Mundo newspaper reported Wednesday.
It was the second large child for the 38-year-old mother known only by her first name, Rosario. Her first child weighed in at 10.2 pounds.
The child's father said he also had a child with another woman that was exceptionally large at birth, weighing in at a whopping 17 pounds.