Unwitting pensioner tends marijuana plants (Reuters)

The sun shines though the distinctive leaves of a marijuana plant during a drug raid in the remote northern Lebombo mountains in Swaziland, in this May 24, 2005 file picture. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsReuters – A 73-year-old Dutch man was
astonished to learn from police that the begonias he had
lovingly tended on his doorstep concealed a secret marijuana
plantation.


Hong Kong opens processing plant for manure (Reuters)

Reuters – Hong Kong has prepared a HK$37
million (2.3 million pound) composting plant to deal with up to
20 tonnes of manure a day from horses taking part in equestrian
events in next month’s Olympics and September’s Paralympics.

Woman bumps burglar on bike, suspect drops items (AP)

AP – New Castle Police say a woman chased down a burglar she caught carrying her property out of her house, and got her stuff back. It happened Tuesday morning in a home on Pennsylvania Avenue in Manor Park.

NZ students offer cash for "arrest" of U.S.’s Rice (Reuters)

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has a coffee with Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and members of his family at a coffee shop in a suburb of Perth, Australia July 25, 2008. Smith's father Les is seen at the left. REUTERS/John Mokrzycki/PoolReuters – A group of New Zealand students has
come up with a novel way of protesting against a visit by U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, offering a cash reward for
her “arrest” over U.S. actions in Iraq.


Double bundle: Sisters give birth on same day (AP)

AP – Two Michigan sisters surprised hospital staff and themselves by giving birth to daughters on the same day. The Hillsdale Daily News reported that Sarah Sweeter made the trip from Kalamazoo to be with her sister Deborah Lewis in Homer for the birth of her niece on Wednesday.

Tennis balls anyone? Bank collects thousands (Reuters)

File image of a tennis player preparing to serve during the ATP Austrian Open in Kitzbuehel, July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Dominic EbenbichlerReuters – A Canadian bank is
collecting tens of thousands of unwanted tennis balls, which it
says it will recycle to reduce noise levels in primary schools.


Boy, 11, bites pit bull to fend off attack (AP)

AP – An 11-year old boy is in Brazil’s media spotlight after sinking his teeth into the neck of a dog that attacked him. Local newspapers reported on Thursday that Gabriel Almeida was playing in his uncle’s backyard in the city of Belo Horizonte when a pit bull named Tita lunged at him and bit him in the left arm.