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UNITED STATES

Woman in topless rampage

A bare-breasted woman wearing only bikini bottoms was observed by security cameras vandalizing a Florida McDonald’s. In the video, which went viral on Tuesday, the woman is seen shoving cash registers onto the floor, overturning a drinks dispenser and throwing items at staff before helping herself to ice cream. Sandra Suarez, 41, entered the McDonald’s in Pinellas Park on March 24 and when an employee asked her to put on some clothes, she refused and became destructive, according to a police report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. “She destroys it,” Pinellas Park police spokesman Sergeant Adam Geissenberger told the newspaper. The police report said she caused about US$10,000 in damage. Suarez was taken to a local hospital and was charged with felony criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

UNITED STATES

Drug complainer arrested

A Texas woman who complained to police that a drug dealer sold her a bad batch of marijuana that did not pack much of a punch has been arrested, police said on Tuesday. Evelyn Hamilton, 37, was jailed on Friday after also telling police in Lufkin, Texas, that the dealer refused to give her a refund. She was later released on US$500 bail for a drug paraphernalia charge. She had in her possession a bag with a small amount of pot, Lufkin Police Sergeant David Casper said. The person Hamilton said was the dealer has not been arrested. “We had no actual link to them at the time,” Casper said. A day after her release, the woman was again taken into custody, this time on a public intoxication charge, Casper said.

UNITED STATES

Boys check in WWI shells

Baggage screeners at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport have discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe. TSA spokesman Jim McKinney says a bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger. The teens told law enforcement they obtained the shells at a French World War I artillery range. It was not clear how. The teens were questioned, but not charged.

URUGUAY

Convicts can get marijuana

Prisoners will be able to use marijuana if a doctor says it will benefit their health. Drug czar Julio Calzada said on Tuesday that any inmates with doctors’ orders will be prescribed marijuana to improve their physical or mental health. Meanwhile, Social Development Minister Daniel Olesker told a medical marijuana symposium in Montevideo that medicinal pot will be incorporated into the country’s public health system, alongside acupuncture and homeopathic remedies.

ARGENTINA

Human-traffickers sentenced

A court has handed down tough sentences of 10 to 22 years in prison to 10 defendants accused of kidnapping and forcing into prostitution a young woman whose disappearance raised global awareness about people-trafficking. The search for Marita Veron continues. The court ruled in provincial Tucuman after a new trial was ordered following not-guilty verdicts for all the defendants. Brothers Jose and Gonzalo Gomez received 22 years for kidnapping Veron. The others received lesser sentences.

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