Casino blames computer glitch for jackpot
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 5 (UPI) -- Two Canadian men are demanding a Winnipeg casino pay out the jackpot promised in error by a nickel slot machine.
The Manitoba Lotteries Corp. says the message that the men had won almost $210,000 ($190,000 U.S.) was a software error because the nickel machines usually do not have payouts above $3,000.
But attorney Josh Weinstein told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. there was no sign on the machine giving a maximum payout. He says the men were promised 4 million nickels for successfully matching five numbers on the Keno machine.
"It's our position that it's not a mistake that my clients should be paying for, if it was a mistake," he said. "We don't have results of independent testing."
Crowded London cemetery leases old graves
LONDON, July 5 (UPI) -- A London cemetery about to run out of room is offering to lease "recycled" burial plots, complete with the original re-engraved headstone.
The 200-acre City of London cemetery was built in 1853, but is running out of room, and came up with the concept of refurbishing graves of people who have been dead at least 75 years and have no living survivors who object, The Telegraph reports.
About 1,000 plots have been identified as eligible, and so far, only nine families have agreed to pay $5,500 for a 50-year lease of the plot and marker.
Cemetery officials claim many graves were dug deep enough to allow for more coffins and reusing the memorials is good conservation.
"I tell people it's better to use old English stone that's been quarried already than to use stone that's imported from all parts of the world and does not really fit," said cemetery manager Ian Hussein.
Burials account for 28 percent of funerals in England, the newspaper said.
Benny the Bull arrested for assault
CHICAGO, July 5 (UPI) -- The man who portrays the Chicago Bulls' mascot, Benny the Bull, was arrested for allegedly punching a sheriff's deputy.
Barry Anderson, 26, reportedly ignored an off-duty police officer's request that he stop riding a mini-motorcycle through Grant Park during Sunday's Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"When (Chicago) police approached him, he drove away," Chicago Police officer Laura Kubiak said. "The off-duty sheriff's deputy assisted the police and grabbed Benny the Bull, at which time he began swinging his arms, striking the victim."
The deputy in question was not injured and Anderson now faces a charge of misdemeanor battery as well as a ticket for driving on a parkway.
Representatives for the Chicago Bulls had no comment, the Tribune said.
Norwegian whalers put on show for tourists
ANDENES, Norway, July 5 (UPI) -- Tourists on a whale-watching trip in northern Norway got a bit more than they expected when they watched as a whale-hunting boat killed one.
Geir Maan, captain of the whale-watching boat Reine, told the newspaper Andoyposten he did not expect the hunters to go after their quarry so close to his vessel. In addition to the whale killing, the tourists spotted another vessel with a dead whale on its deck.
"This really wasn't what we came to see," Leontien Dieleman of the Netherlands said. "It was a fantastic sight to see a whale swimming and breaching. On the way back to Andenes, though, we saw a dead whale on deck. The blood was running, it wasn't a pretty sight."
Norway with Japan and Iceland has been agitating for years to end the international ban on whaling. Norway for several years has defied the ban and allowed commercial whaling under a quota system, while Iceland and Japan claim their whaling is only for scientific purposes.
Maan said the whale-hunters' actions will only revive the controversy in Norway -- "like throwing oil on a fire that was about to die out."