Sawed-off shotguns allowed
Indiana residents will soon be able to legally own manufactured short-barreled shotguns, also known as sawed-off shotguns. The Evansville Courier & Press said that starting on July 1, it would be legal to manufacture, sell or own a sawed-off shotgun in the state. The General Assembly approved a bill that brings state law in line with federal regulations. Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes said the law puts short-barreled shotguns back into a category of firearms that require background checks and permits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is also illegal for someone to saw off the barrel of a shotgun.
Uber bans guns
Ride-hailing app company Uber says it is banning its riders and drivers from carrying guns. Uber Technologies said it is banning firearms of any kind during rides arranged through the Uber platform, and drivers or riders who violate the rule may lose access to the platform. The rules also apply to Uber’s affiliates. The company said it changed its firearms policy on June 10 based on feedback from riders and drivers. Previously it had deferred to local law on the issue. Competitor Lyft also has a “no weapons” policy. According to Lyft’s Web site, if a driver or rider is found to have a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, they are to be barred from the platform regardless of local laws on weapons possession.
Surfboard smuggles drugs
Drug traffickers converted a surfboard into a remote-controlled mini-submarine, in a bid to smuggle US$100,000 worth of narcotics from a northwest Mexican border city to the US, authorities said. The “strange” 3m-long fiberglass board was found near the water on a Tijuana beach by passersby on Wednesday, said police in the city across the border from San Diego, California. Officers inspecting the contraption noticed that it had a false bottom and a battery-powered propulsion mechanism. Inside, police found 22 plastic containers with 9kg of synthetic drugs. Authorities believe the makeshift vessel ended up on the beach after going adrift when water seeped inside it.
No damage from quake
A strong earthquake was registered off the southern coast late on Friday, but the National Emergency Office said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Navy’s Hydrography and Oceanography Service said there were no signs of a possible tsunami in the temblor’s wake. The US Geological Service said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4. It was reported at about 10:06pm and had a depth of about 10km. The epicenter was about 88km northwest of Concepcion and about 430km southwest of Santiago.
Granny has mummified fetus
Routine testing revealed a 92-year-old grandmother has been carrying a large mummified fetus for at least 50 years, medical sources said on Friday. The fetus weighing nearly 2kg was discovered after the nonagenarian was rushed to hospital after suffering a fall. A hip X-ray showed the fetus, which was about seven months developed, but it did not cause the woman any pain. The rare condition is known as lithopedion and occurs when a fetus dies during pregnancy and then calcifies outside the uterus. Only several hundred cases have been recorded in medical history. The woman returned home a few hours after being checked out, without an operation.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown