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The Strangelove suite

It has no windows — but offers unrestricted views of Armageddon. Northern Ireland is selling its Cold War-era nuclear bunker, an underground installation with room for 235 beds that sellers imagine could be transformed into a tourist attraction or blast-proof storage facility. For £575,000 (US$835,403), the successful buyer could acquire a 4,300m2 grass-topped building discretely situated on 1.51 hectares of rolling fields northwest of Belfast. The facility includes a conference room and broadcasting suite. Its existence was a state secret until 2007.


Photo booth captures thief

A photo booth snapped several photographs of a man who allegedly stole US$75 out of the booth at the Funway Amusements arcade and bowling alley in Batavia, Illinois. Police distributed the photographs on Thursday and asked the public to call if they recognize the suspect. “With this machine, if you try to manipulate or damage it in any way, it snaps a picture of you, which is odd because it’s a photo machine,” Batavia police detective Kevin Bretz said. “I don’t think he paid for the pictures,” Bretz said.


Sea lion takes a seat

A skinny sea lion pup with a taste for the finer things in life on Thursday turned up inside a fancy San Diego restaurant, where it settled down into a booth. The malnourished mammal appears to have arrived at The Marine Room after sauntering down a ramp from the beach and going through a door left open by a cleaning crew, Chef Bernard Guillas said. The early morning guest quickly made an impression on the establishment’s staff, as the female pup climbed into a booth “almost like she wanted to have dinner,” the chef said. However, the pup was hardly given a chance to get comfortable. A rescue team from the SeaWorld San Diego theme park was called in to pull the mammal from the booth. It was then taken to SeaWorld for care, tourist center spokesman David Koontz said. The lethargic pup is eight months old and weighs only 9kg, less than half the normal size for its age, Koontz said.


Boss cleared over ‘humor’

An Italian man accused of groping female colleagues is not guilty of sexual harassment because he was driven by an immature sense of humor rather than a desire for sexual gratification, a court in Sicily ruled. The ruling drew wide condemnation. The court said it was proven he had behaved as the women alleged, but acquitted him nonetheless. The judges said the contact was not “lascivious” and the boss was not touching his staff for sexual pleasure. “Objectively, it was brought on by an immature and inappropriate sense of humor, mixed in with a veiled abuse of power and an albeit improper way of establishing hierarchical relationships in the office,” the court said.


Musician Maurice White dies

Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, his brother Verdine White said. He was 74. A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960s. The group went on to sell more than 90 million albums worldwide. The band’s many hits included September, Shining Star, a cover of The Beatles’ Got to Get You Into My Life and Boogie Wonderland. The band won six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

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