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Driver Straps in Beer, Instead of Child

SYDNEY ~ An Australian driver has been fined AUS$750 (US$707) for putting a seatbelt around a carton of beer instead of a five-year-old passenger, police said on Tuesday.

Constable Wayne Burnett told reporters he was “shocked and appalled” to discover the driver’s priorities when he pulled a sedan over on the Ross Highway south of the desert town of Alice Springs.

“I haven’t ever seen something like this before,” he said. “There were four adults in the car, two in the front seat and two in the back seats and in between those adults there was the carton of beer strapped in with the belt. The child was sitting in the lump in the centre, unrestrained.”

Britons ‘Spotted’ UFOs, Records Say

LONDON ~ The British government recorded reports of alien craft flying over Liverpool and a UFO hovering over Waterloo Bridge in London, it was revealed in declassified files released on Wednesday.

Files have been opened for the first time detailing hundreds of sightings of unexplained objects in the skies over Britain.

They show that the Ministry of Defence was less worried about the possibility of visitors from outer space than in checking that Unidentified Flying Objects were not in reality evidence of covert spying missions mounted by other countries.

Parents Board Flight, Forget Toddler

OTTAWA ~ Tickets, check. Passports, check. Luggage, check. Baby … oops. A family boarded a flight on Monday in westernmost Canada, and forgot their tot at the Vancouver international airport, media said on Tuesday.

The 23-month-old boy’s family had just arrived in Canada from the Philippines, but they were forced to repack their overweight bags before catching a connecting flight to Winnipeg, causing them to run late, and in their sprint to the gate, the family became separated.

The boy’s father, Jun Parreno, said he thought his son was with his wife and the boy’s grandparents, who ran ahead. They thought the boy was with his dad. On the plane, the family members were seated separately and so did not immediately realize they had left the child behind.

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