Havenner told investigators that Monico bit his hand because she was upset that they had run out of alcohol.

Monico told investigators that Havenner beat her with his fists, then grabbed the gator and swung it at her as she tried to escape. The gator struck Monico at least once, after which time Havenner threw empty beer bottles at her and then kicked her out of their mobile home, she told investigators.

Havenner told investigators that Monico bit his hand because she was upset that they had run out of alcohol. (AP)

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Phone Saves Man's Life in Crossbow Attack

When Michael Brown was shot with a crossbow he couldn't use his cell phone to call for help. But he didn't need to -- his handset stopped the bolt and likely saved his life. (AP)

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Villagers are afraid to let their children go outside, with the bold bears making off with domestic animals in broad daylight

Some 30 brown bears have been terrorizing a Transylvanian mountain village and could delay the start of the school year, local authorities said Thursday.

Villagers are afraid to let their children go outside, with the bold bears making off with domestic animals in broad daylight, mayor Nicolae Codreanu told state radio from Poiana Marului, 106 miles north of Bucharest. (Reuters)

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Dog Bites Off N.M. Man's Genitals

A man whose genitals were bitten off by a pit bull remained in serious condition Tuesday, and the dog remained on the loose. (AP)

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She wanted her jaw broken and rebuilt to narrow her face before next semester. She was also considering a few changes to her nose, chin and eyes.

A few feet away, a nervous-looking Amie Xu, a 20-year-old college communications major, sat with her mother. She had just returned from a year abroad and wanted her jaw broken and rebuilt to narrow her face before next semester. She was also considering a few changes to her nose, chin and eyes.

"They say it will be about $6,000," she said as her thin-jawed mother looked on approvingly....

...."We're already seeing Koreans and Japanese come over for operations," and Europeans and Americans could follow, clinic owner Shi said, running down her price list, which ranges from $1,200 for a nose job to $3,500 for extensive breast work. "We're cheaper and faster, so there's a real global market here, provided we boost our reputation.

"We'd need to become more adept at Western faces, though," she added after a moment's thought. "We won't get anywhere trying to make foreigners look Chinese."
(L.A. Times)

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Sorcerers Nabbed with 50 Bodies, 20 Skulls

Nigerian police have arrested 30 witch-doctors in a raid on fetish shrines in southeast Anambra state where over 50 decomposing bodies and 20 human skulls were discovered, a police spokesman said Thursday.

The heads, genitals and other vital parts of some of the bodies, found in a teak forest in Okija village, had been severed, a sign they may have been killed for ritual. (Reuters)

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Italian Couple Says 'I Do' in Shark Tank

Daniela Consolaro, 31, and Maurizio Andreosi, 40, each wearing bubble-helmet immersion suits, were lowered in a cage into the tank at the aquarium in Cattolica on the Adriatic coast.

Fourteen sharks swam around looking bored as the couple responded "I do" to Mayor Pietro Pazzaglini, communicating via a phone link.

The couple wanted to draw attention to finning, a practice in which fins are cut off for use in shark fin soup. Environmentalists say the practice is depleting shark populations. (L.A. Times)

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Tiger flees circus, scares picnickers

After escaping from the circus, a white tiger alarmed picnickers and motorists Saturday while it took a calm, half-mile stroll through an unfamiliar urban jungle.

The animal, named Apollo, was safely recaptured in Queens, but not before the sight of it on the Jackie Robinson Parkway caused a multi-car accident in which four adults and a child suffered minor injuries.
(Chicago Tribune)

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Members of all four branches of the U.S. military can get cosmetic surgery for themselves and their families.

Members of all four branches of the U.S. military can get cosmetic surgery for themselves and their families. (CBS)

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Randy said he'd been cured of homosexuality, thanks to a group called Exodus.

Nearly 200 readers complained to The Times about a full-page ad last week in which a guy named Randy said he'd been cured of homosexuality, thanks to a group called Exodus. (L.A. Times)

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