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GERMANY

Penguin survives lion’s den

A resourceful baby penguin took advantage of the wintry weather to give her minders the slip and embark on a tour of Muenster zoo before waddling into the lions’ den. A visitor spotted the African penguin, born in September, taking a stroll in the lion enclosure, but fortuntely the lions were asleep inside rather than braving the icy weather, the zoo said on its Web site. It took keepers a day to get the penguin out of the den, luring her out with a trail of herrings, the statement said. The escape gave the penguin, up until then only known as No. 459, a name. Her minder now calls her Leona, the zoo said.

UNITED STATES

Profanity tickets no more

Pennsylvania State police have agreed to stop issuing disorderly conduct citations to people who use profane language, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said.

The ACLU sued the police in May on behalf of a woman ticketed for yelling “asshole” at a motorcyclist who swerved close to her. The civil liberties group said such profanity is protected speech under the Constitution. Under the settlement, police officers will be no longer able to ticket people who use profane words or gestures, even if they are directed at the officers. The suit stemmed from an incident in which a Luzerne County woman reported the motorcycle incident and was cited for using the profanity. The motorcyclist was also ticketed, the ACLU said.

UNITED STATES

Kidney sisters to be released

Two imprisoned sisters who have pledged to share a kidney are to be freed today as part of a deal to suspend their life sentences for armed robbery. Jamie and Gladys Scott are set to be released from a state prison just east of Jackson, and plan to head to Pensacola, Florida, where their mother and children live, Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said. Gladys Scott’s release order requires her to donate a kidney to her sister, who is suffering from kidney failure and requires dialysis. The Scotts were convicted in 1994 of leading two men into an ambush in central Mississippi the year before. Governor Haley Barbour agreed to the release because of Jamie Scott’s medical condition, but 38-year-old Gladys Scott’s release order says one of the conditions she must meet is to donate the kidney within one year.

UNITED STATES

Pet trust law to be signed

Pet lovers in Massachusetts are optimistic the governor will sign a law this week that will allow them to designate in a will who should care for a pet after the owner’s death. Governor Deval Patrick has until tomorrow to sign the pet trust legislation. Massachusetts lags behind many states in enacting a law governing pet care after an owner’s death. The bill, introduced in January last year, makes a pet owner’s decision about who will care for their pet an enforceable mandate. Currently, if money is left to a specified caretaker and they do not use it for the pet, there is no legal recourse. Leaving money and instructions behind for pet care is not just a sentimental gesture by animal lovers who consider pets family, Holmquist said. It also relieves the financial burden on towns that are often left to foot the bill for food and shelter when pets are abandoned. Donna Turley, a Boston-based attorney who helped draft the legislation, said the Massachusetts bill also allows people who are no longer able to care for pets but still living to set up trusts. The bill also permits court intervention if the amount of money left for pet care is excessive.

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