Gift snub caused attack, police say
A 43-year-old Japanese woman was questioned by police on Monday after she allegedly tried to strangle her husband because he did not give her a present in return for a Valentine’s Day gift. Japanese men are supposed to offer presents to their partners on March 14, known as White Day, in return for the chocolates and other goodies they received on Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day. But after apparently being spurned by her 31-year-old husband, Mie Nishiyama of Sakai allegedly tried to throttle him with a necktie.
13-year-old with AK-47 arrested
Mexican police arrested a 13-year-old boy who was carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol, weapon cartridges and marijuana, a prosecutor said on Sunday. “The weapons we found were analyzed by experts, and they were not found to be connected to any criminal act,” said Javier Flores, prosecutor in Nuevo Leon state, in northeast Mexico.
Kids on phones 22 hours a week
Over two-thirds of Australian children aged 3 to 17 own smartphones and spend nearly 22 hours a week on them, a report said on Monday. The national communication carrier, Telstra, commissioned the report by Maidstone Consulting and Empowered Communications.
Camera on eagle gives great view
A conservation group offered a literal bird’s-eye view of Dubai on Saturday by attaching a small video camera to the back of Darshan, an eagle who took off from the top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Darshan flew about 830 meters, offering a breathtaking view of the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates. His view was viewed live by those on the ground.
Man with long walk gets car
A man who said he walked 34 km to and from work each day is settling into a new, suburban Detroit apartment after receiving thousands of dollars in online donations. James Robertson, 56, gained celebrity after the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported earlier this year that he began walking to a job at an auto parts factory when his car stopped working in 2005 and bus service was cut back. A college student launched a crowdfunding campaign to a buy him a new car.
Govt warns about breast selfies
Thailand’s government warned women on Monday against posting selfie photos of the lower half of their breasts – a social media trend that has gone viral – saying their actions could violate the country’s computer crime laws. The 2007 Computer Crimes Act bans any material that causes “damage to the country’s security or causes public panic” or “any obscene computer data which is accessible to the public”.
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(China Daily 03/17/2015 page10)