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March 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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Store criticized for Facebook suspect pic

VASTRA GOTALAND, Sweden, March 29 (UPI) -- A Swedish grocery store has removed a photo of a suspected thief from its Facebook page after the legality of the posting was questioned.

The Ica store in Vastra Gotaland posted an image from a surveillance camera of a suspected thief with the comment "nice that you like our lamb and beef," leading to several comments, some of a racist nature, Swedish news agency TT/The Local.se reported Friday.

Other comments raised questions of whether sharing the image online was legal.

The Association of Ica Retailers criticized the move.

"It is highly inappropriate and nothing that we would support. Regardless of whether it is illegal or not it is not appropriate to do so under the Ica brand," spokesman Staffan Ekengren said. "This is definitely something we will look into."

A police report was filed against the owner of the store Thursday for putting the image online and it was removed from the Facebook page that evening.

Chief Justice's credit card info stolen

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts told a Maryland coffee shop cashier he was the victim of credit card information theft.

Roberts, who normally pays for his morning coffee with a credit card, paid with cash Tuesday and explained to the cashier that he had been forced to cancel his credit card when someone was able to obtain his numbers, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Greensboro, N.C., dubbed least sexy city

GREENSBORO, N.C., March 29 (UPI) -- Travel dating website MissTravel.com said Greensboro, N.C., is the least sexy U.S. city, based on its members' reluctance to travel there.

The website released its list of the most often rejected cities for destination dates by its members -- showing Greensboro has been rejected 100 percent of the time in 170 trip offers, ABC News reported Friday.

"Not every destination is an ideal location for falling in love," said MissTravel.com founder and Chief Executive Officer Brandon Wade. "A lot of factors have to come together to create a quintessential environment for romance, and when it comes to setting, there's frankly nothing sexy about North Carolina."

Following Greensboro on the list were Richmond, Va., which was rejected 100 out of 103 times; Fort Worth, Texas, rejected 155 out of 165 times; Beverly Hills, Calif., cast aside by members 1,058 out of 1,150 offers; and Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected for 178 of 198 trip offers.

Also making the list were Atlantic City, N.J.; Atlanta; Jacksonville, Fla.; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Minneapolis.

Baby brown bear visits California home

MONROVIA, Calif., March 29 (UPI) -- A California man said having a baby brown bear enter his home and scrounge for food was "really scary and amusing at the same time."

Justin Lee, 25, said he locked himself and his dog in an upstairs bathroom Wednesday when the baby bear used a ripped-off dog door panel to open a sliding glass door and get into the home in Monrovia, northeast of Los Angeles, ABC News reported Friday.

"We are used to seeing bears outside of our home. They will come to our garden and back yard a lot, it is common in our city, and I've gotten used to seeing them these past two years. But when I saw them walk into our house, it was really scary and amusing at the same time," Lee said.

Police arrived and discovered the baby bear had helped himself to Chinese food and dragged a bag of dog food outside to share with another baby bear, which had remained outside the home. Monrovia Police Department Lt. Nels Ortlund said the animals were "staring at the officers, but were not aggressive."

Officers fired a non-lethal bean bag round into the air to frighten the bears back into the wilderness.

"Bears are a regular occurrence in the foothills of Monrovia," Ortlund said. "It is a good reminder for people to place trash and pet food in secured containers, and as warmer weather approaches, to be watchful as they are outside more and as they leave doors and windows open."

Lee said nothing was broken inside his home.

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