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Nov. 19, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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Man accused of battery by sandwich

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., say a man was arrested after allegedly striking his girlfriend with a sandwich while she was driving.

The police report of the incident alleges the 19-year-old victim picked up Emmanuelle Rodriguez, 19, from his mother's home Friday and began driving to their new apartment in Fort Pierce, Fla., while their 7-month-old son slept in the back seat of the vehicle, reported Tuesday.

The report said the victim claims Rodriguez became angry during the ride and "started to hit her in the arm and striking her in the face with a sandwich, knocking her glasses off her face."

Rodriguez admitted arguing with his girlfriend and was quoted in the report as telling officers that he "didn't want to hit her so he threw a sandwich at her, striking her in the face (and) knocking her glasses off."

Police said Rodriguez was charged with domestic battery and child abuse. He was released from the St. Lucie County jail Saturday after posting $7,500 bail.

Airline exec strips down after criticism

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The head of Irish airline Ryanair posed in a swimsuit for publicity photos after an advertising watchdog accused the company of marketing with "naked girls."

Michael O'Leary, chief executive of the low-budget airline, appeared in swimsuit-clad publicity photos after Tobias Eltell, secretary for the Swedish Ethical Council against Sexism in Advertising, or ERK, criticized the company's 2009 "Girls of Ryanair" calendar, The Local reported Tuesday.

"He seems to think that naked girls and his air company have a connection," Eltell said of O'Leary's calendar plans.

However, O'Leary said none of the Ryanair employees featured in the calendar posed nude.

"Our cabin crew are all dressed in bikinis and we have never featured any naked pictures. This group are hopelessly out of touch with reality -- next year we will commission a Girls in Burkas Calendar just for the politically correct thought police at the ERK," he said.

O'Leary further challenged his critics with publicity photos featuring him in a swimsuit.

"Ryanair has defended the right of girls (and boys) to strip off for charity with Michael O'Leary (also known as Miss Fly Free) donning 'sexy' swimwear to join cabin crew calendar stars Charlotte (Miss Wild) and Ingrid (Miss Mechanic)," the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Team topples 4,354,027 dominoes

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Domino enthusiasts in the Netherlands set a world record by toppling more than 4.35 million dominoes in two hours for the country's National Domino Day.

The team said a total 4,354,027 dominoes were used in the display, which included a rocket and a hot air balloon, The Sun reported Tuesday. It took eight weeks to set up the dominoes.

Organizers said the display set eight world records, including marks for highest stack of dominoes and fastest toppling.

Former Miss Finland Salima Peippo set off the display during a televised event organizers said was watched by millions of people in eight countries.

Italian man refusing to give up falcons

TRENTO , Italy, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A falconry enthusiast in Italy's Trento province says he will not comply with orders to surrender his birds "even if they arrest me for it."

Provincial authorities have ordered Lino Dossi to turn over his two American Harris falcons, which he purchased eight years ago in Germany, to a specialized center to comply with a law banning "foreign" falcons in a bid to help protect local birds, ANSA reported Tuesday.

"I will never do that," Dossi said of turning his falcons in to authorities. "I once left an eagle in their bird cage and it almost died.

"I'm too attached to my falcons and I won't give them to anyone, no matter what they do to me. I'd rather set them free even if they arrest me for it."

Officials said Dossi failed to file for an exception for his falcons before the law went into effect in 2006.

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