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POSTED June 23, 2014 6:16 p.m.

• VAGINA SCULPTURE TRAPS U.S. STUDENT: BERLIN (AP) — An American exchange student who got stuck in a giant vagina sculpture was freed by firefighters in southwestern Germany.

Tuebingen fire service official Markus Mozer said that the young man slipped as he tried to climb into the stone sculpture to pose for a photo. He couldn’t free himself, so the fire service was called. Four firefighters eased him out of the sculpture. The incident happened on Friday and the student’s name wasn’t released. Mozer says no damage was done to the sculpture, created by Peruvian-born artist Fernando de la Jara.

• MAN CAME TO COURT HIDING POT: STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say a Connecticut man who told his probation officer he wasn’t foolish enough to bring drugs into a courthouse had been hiding 19 bags of pot in his left sock. Darren Shelley, of Stamford, was scheduled to return Monday to Stamford Superior Court on a charge of possession with intent to sell. Authorities told The Advocate the 22-year-old Shelley reeked of marijuana when he met June 9 with his probation officer. When the officer asked about it, Shelley allegedly said he was “not a fool” and “did not bring drugs into the court.” But the officer says a pat down revealed the bags of pot.

• ROBOT VALET TO PARK CARS: BERLIN (AP) — Plane to catch and don’t feel like hunting for parking?

Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet. An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a smartphone app. Thomas Koetter says all travelers need to do is leave their car in a designated area and confirm it’s empty and ready to go. Then Ray or one of its cybernetic colleagues will take the car to one of 249 parking spaces reserved for robots. Koetter says the forklift-like machine can carry any standard car weighing up to 3 metric tons (3.31 tons) and is fully insured. He says the service costing $39.43 a day targets busy business travelers but is open to anyone.

• SWOLLEN CREEK NOT ENOUGH TO HALT FOOD DELIVERY: FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A little thing like a flooded creek was not enough to keep an Alaska restaurant owner from delivering Thai ribs and fried rice to stranded customers over the weekend. Anuson “Knott” Poolsawat, owner of Knott’s Take Out in North Pole, forded the swollen waters of Clear Creek to reach two customers stuck along the Richardson Highway, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Mike Laiti and Brandon Borgens were completing a multi-day drive Saturday night up the Alaska Highway when they called in their order to the restaurant, which was near closing. As they approached Clear Creek, they learned a sinkhole had developed from heavy rain near the creek. The state Department of Transportation closed the bridge. Laiti called Poolsawat to cancel their order at the restaurant more than 25 miles away in North Pole. “I called him and said, ‘Hey man, I can’t make it,’ and he said, ‘Not a problem, I’ll come cross the waters,’” Laiti said. “He called me and said, ‘Should I bring a boat?’” Poolsawat arrived with takeout boxes containing Thai barbecue ribs and Thai fried rice.

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