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Oct. 9, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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Bored postman allegedly dumped mail

LLANDUDNO, Wales, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Llandudno, Wales, say a postal worker admitted tossing thousands of pieces of mail in the woods because he "had lost interest in his job."

Adam Stuart, 22, admitted in court to two counts of delaying mail and stealing 67 postal packets after authorities said he dumped thousands of parcels near his home and opened some letters to steal club card vouchers for the Tesco grocery store chain and other items, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

"He stated he had lost interest in his job, having not been paid for the

work he had done, so he couldn't be bothered," prosecutor Dafydd Roberts said.

Defense attorney Richard Williams asked for sentencing to be delayed until reports could be submitted concerning Stuart being diagnosed with dyspraxia, which he said affects his client's coordination and thinking skills.

Stuart, who was released on unconditional bail, is due back in court Nov. 5.


Family finds 7-foot snake under car hood

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An Ohio family discovered a 7-foot-long boa constrictor under the hood of their car, officials with the Clark County Humane Society say.

Ed Sisler, humane society director, said the family told staff they were warned about the snake's presence by neighbors who spotted it slithering toward the vehicle, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Wednesday.

"It took the kid a substantial amount of time to untangle it from under the engine," Sisler said.

Sisler said his organization is hoping the owners of the snake, which staff nicknamed "Buddy," will claim their pet. He said the reptile will be offered to educational institutions as a classroom pet if it is not claimed.

"He has an excellent temperament but likes to hiss," Sisler said.


Wayward pengiuns fly home

CASSINO BEACH, Brazil, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Some of the hundreds of penguins that had migrated too far north on the coast of Brazil have been flown back to their feeding grounds on a military plane.

The 373 young Magellanic penguins, which were among about 1,600 emaciated birds that showed up in locations hundreds of miles north of their normal feeding grounds in July, were rehabilitated by animal welfare groups before being flown 1,550 miles to the southern coast of Brazil in a Brazilian air force cargo plane, CNN reported Wednesday. About half of the wayward birds survived their ordeal.

"We are overjoyed to see these penguins waddle back to the ocean and have a second chance at life," said Dr. Valeria Ruoppolo, a veterinarian with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which coordinated the rescue.

Experts said changes in currents and wind temperatures likely confused the young penguins and contributed to them wandering too far north.


Judge tosses hair dye suit

STRATFORD, Conn., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A judge has tossed a Connecticut woman's lawsuit against a cosmetics company after she accidentally dyed her "naturally blond" hair dark brown.

Charlotte Feeney of Stratford claimed in her suit against L'Oreal Inc. that the wrong color dye bottle must have been put in the product's box because her hair turned dark brown when she attempted to touch up her "naturally blond" hair five years ago, The (Bridgeport) Connecticut Post reported Wednesday.

"I was mentally and physically in shock," Feeney claimed in court documents. "I was sick to my stomach, I had headaches, I don't like myself, I stay home more than ever in my life, I wear hats most of the time."

Feeney said she ended up going to the doctor for anxiety and was put on

medications for depression.

The suit contends the hair color industry has a legal duty to put warning labels on their products to inform consumers that mistakes such as boxes containing the wrong color are possible.

However, Superior Court Judge Richard Gilardi threw out the lawsuit Monday.

"The plaintiff submitted no facts, no opinions and no standards to substantiate either of the allegations," he said.

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