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Norwegian May Do 15 Years Hard Time for Cake-Toss

ABC News

A student who last October threw a cake at Norway’s new finance minister may face up to 15 years in prison for assaulting a government official, a state prosecutor said Friday.

On her first day in the job, Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen, from the Socialist Left Party, was hit with the cake by a young man as she arrived at the ministry in Oslo. The man approached her as a well-wisher who wanted to give her a cake. When she realized what was happening, Halvorsen turned away and the cake hit her in the back of the head. She was unharmed.

The man, whose name was withheld under Norwegian law but who was said to be 24 years old, has been charged with three counts preventing a government member from exercising authority, assault and “frightening and annoying” an official state prosecutor Marit Bakkevig said. The first count carries up to 15 years sentence.

The attacker, who has since quit his university studies, has told Norway’s largest newspaper, VG, that his action was intended to “start a debate on the effectiveness of having a finance minister from a left-wing party.”

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Can someone explain his “reasoning”? How does throwing a cake relate to a nation’s finances? 

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Today’s crime tip: Smile. Bank security cameras take your picture

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bankrobber.jpgPolice are looking for a bandit who hit a bank in St. George [Utah] Friday, and made off with a load of cash. The heist was caught on tape…

The robber walked into the bank, and passed a note to the teller claiming he had a gun. The clerk gave him some cash before the man escaped. However, no gun was actually displayed during the robbery.

The robbery was captured on the bank’s surveillance cameras.

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Nice picture, too. 

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Monkey needed a little space for a while, but dinner is dinner.

UK News


squirrel-monkey-sm.jpg A monkey that escaped from London Zoo yesterday was back in her enclosure after returning overnight. Betty, a ten-year-old squirrel monkey came back after more than 12 hours roaming the treetops in Regent’s Park. She escaped when staff let an overhanging branch grow over the enclosure she shares with 17 other squirrel monkeys. Her keepers arrived on Thursday morning to find the furry creature gone.

Zookeepers monitored her throughout yesterday to ensure she did not come down from the trees.

Emma Kenly, a spokesperson for London Zoo said: “Betty remained in trees by the zoo’s perimeter throughout the day, closely monitored by keeping staff and was still in the park when the zoo closed at 5.30pm.

“Betty voluntarily returned to her enclosure when it got dark, at around 10pm to eat food, including her favourite mealworms, that had been left for her. “We knew she would come back because she is used to being inside during the night.”

She has now been safely reunited with the rest of the group and the exhibit is closed today while tree surgeons are today removing the last overhanging branches in the enclosure to ensure the monkeys cannot go exploring again.

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Hamlet was wrong about Denmark

Reuters


If youre looking for happiness, go and live in Denmark. It is the happiest country in the world while Burundi in Africa is the most unhappy, according to a report by a British scientist released Friday.

Adrian White, an analytical social psychologist at the University of Leicester in central England, based his study on data from 178 countries and 100 global studies from the likes of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

“We’re looking much more at whether you are satisfied with your life in general,” White told Reuters. “Whether you are satisfied with your situation and environment.”

The main factors that affected happiness were health provision, wealth and education, according to White who said his research had produced the “first world map of happiness.

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