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AUSTRALIA

Surfer suffers shark bite

A 23-year-old surfer suffered “serious injuries” yesterday in a shark attack off the south coast of Western Australia, authorities said. The man was taken to hospital after the encounter at Wylie Bay, Western Australia police told reporters. He was believed to have lost one arm as well as his second hand and also suffered cuts to his leg, local newspaper the Esperance Express reported. “It has been confirmed that at about 11 o’clock this morning, a man suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a shark, unknown species, at Wylie Bay,” the Western Australia Department of Fisheries said in a statement. “The department is currently preparing to deploy equipment in an effort to catch the shark.” The department urged people to “stay out of the water,” adding that beaches in the area were closed following the attack.

UNITED KINGDOM

Queen looking for cleaner

Buckingham Palace has revealed a sticky reality — Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a cleaner who can oversee the removal of chewing gum left by visitors to a royal residence. Among the duties for the job at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is: “To arrange for the removal of chewing gum from the Historic and State Apartments by the porters,” the palace said on its Web site. The part-time position, which is paid £15,912 (US$25,763) a year, would also involve cleaning the palace toilets and the “washing of all crockery required for visits to the palace.” The candidates must be “physically fit and meticulous” and the post holder “will need to have a flexible approach to working hours when The Queen, members of the Royal Family and the High Commissioner are in residence.” Holyroodhouse is the queen’s official residence in Scotland.

UNITED STATES

Loud music shooter gets life

A Florida man faces life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder at his retrial for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager during an argument over loud music in 2012. Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder in February, but a racially mixed jury was deadlocked on the more serious first-degree murder count he was convicted of on Wednesday. Jordan Davis, 17, was shot three times after an altercation in a gas station parking lot in November 2012 over what Dunn described as loud “thug music.” In testimony Dunn said that he approached the teens, who were in a sports utility vehicle, and asked them to turn down the music, but the teens refused. Dunn said he feared for his life when one of the teens started to get out of the car and approached him. Dunn pulled a pistol out of his glove box and opened fire. Police found no evidence of a gun in the teens’ vehicle.

UNITED STATES

Man welcomes fugitive

A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday. Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said. Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said. A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. The homeowner was driving Tabb to San Francisco or a nearby train station when they were spotted by a patrol officer, who arrested Tabb.

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