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Texas bank robber suffers from an identity crisis

A hapless bankrobber hands over ID with his demand for cash, a Wales home that looks like Hitler, "Toxic Waste" candy recalled for being actually toxic, and other news you can lose.

A bank robber was arrested after he agreed to a demand from a teller that he produce two forms of ID before she would hand over the money.

After counting out $800 (Dh2,938), the robber handed a debit card and then his identity card and waited while the clerk wrote down the details.

By this time the police had arrived and arrested Nathan Wayne Pugh, 49, of Dallas, Texas. He was later sentenced to eight years in prison.

 

Third house on the Reich

A house that "looks like Hitler" has become an internet sensation after a photograph of it was posted on Twitter.

The end-of-terrace home, in Swansea, Wales, has a slanted roof similar to the cowlick of the German leader, two windows for eyes, and a large door mantle that resembles a moustache.

The building's elderly owner is said to be bewildered by the sudden attention it is getting, with neighbours joking to would-be sightseers that house is "third on the Reich".

 

A mountain of lost bags

Airlines lost nearly 30 million bags last year, equivalent to enough luggage for the population of Peru.

According to Seta, an aviation technology company, 29.4 million bags failed to arrive on the same flight as their owners, representing 12.07 bags for every 1,000 passengers. The company says Europe airlines were the worst, and blames severe winter weather and disruption caused by the erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland for the poor record.

 

Toxic Waste is recalled

A chewing gum called "Toxic Waste" has been pulled from the shelves after health tests showed that it had been contaminated with lead.

Candy Dynamics of Indianapolis, Indiana said it had voluntarily recalled packets of "Toxic Waste® Short Circuit Bubble Gum" after discovering the gum, which is manufactured in Pakistan, had twice the acceptable level of lead.

America's Food and Drug Administration said the amount of lead in Toxic Waste "could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women."

 

Court rules 'Ellen' is OK

A court has ruled that a woman was not entitled to cut her only child out of her will simply because she did not like the name chosen for her granddaughter.

Melita Jackson, who died in 2004, left £486,000 (Dh2.86 million) to animal charities, on the grounds that she objected to the name "Ellen" for her fifth granddaughter.

Her daughter, Heather Ilott, 50, was told by the court she was entitled to a share of the estate.

The court was told that the two women had become estranged and that the name was the final straw and that Mrs Jackson did not have "any connection with the charities, or that she had any particular love of, or interest in, either animals or birds".

jlangton@thenational.ae