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POSTED June 25, 2014 9:33 p.m.

• Buy a vowel? Couple flown to Grenada, not Granada: WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia couple has sued British Airways, saying the airline ruined their vacation by booking them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain. Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday said in their lawsuit they wanted to travel from Washington to London and then to Granada, Spain. Gamson, a dentist who has an office in Maryland, said he explained his travel plans to a British Airways agent who made the reservation.  The lawsuit said the couple received an electronic ticket that referred to “Grenada” but didn’t list the country, airport code or flight duration. The couple made it to London, but their connecting flight went to the Caribbean, not Spain. They didn’t realize the mistake until they were airborne, the lawsuit said. British Airways said in a statement Wednesday that it has been in regular contact with the couple and have offered extensive assistance. The couple declined an offer of new flights to Granada and the airline provided alternate complimentary flights and enough frequent flyer points for a future trip, the statement said.

• Wrong photos issued on Arizona driver permits, IDs: PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona transportation officials say a new system is to blame for some people getting the wrong picture on their driver’s permit. KPHO-TV reports  that Arizona Motor Vehicles Department director Stacey Stanton says she learned Tuesday that there have been five cases so far of people receiving a license or ID with someone else’s photo and signature. Stanton says the agency transitioned last week to a new centralized system. She says a team of employees is examining what could be causing the glitch.

• Screaming man with dead raccoon in Mukilteo: MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) — Someone called 911 to report a screaming man dragging an animal along a highway in Mukilteo. When officers arrived Thursday they found a dead raccoon on a leash. The Mukilteo police blotter says the man placed marshmallows around the animal and declared it a hazmat or hazardous materials zone. The Daily Herald reports the raccoon was taken to a local shelter for disposal and the man was last seen getting on a bus.

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