DRIVER SAYS HE WAS SPEEDING SO HE COULD DRY CAR: BLACK DIAMOND, Alberta (AP) — He was drying off his freshly washed car.
That's what the Canadian man told the Mounties when they stopped him doing 180 kilometers per hour (112 mph) south on Highway 22 south of Black Diamond, Alberta in Western Canada.
The driver, a 67-year-old who lives in the area, was in court Monday.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday the judge fined the man $800 and suspended him from driving for 45 days.
GAS TANK DRILLING THIEVES STRIKE IN ELKO AGAIN : ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A mysterious gasoline thief has struck again in rural northeast Nevada.
Police say the gas thieves have hit more than a dozen vehicles the past month, drilling holes in gas tanks and apparently draining the fuel into buckets.
ED KOCH'S TOMBSTONE ENGRAVED WITH WRONG BIRTH DATE: NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch meticulously planned his own funeral, but his tombstone has the wrong birth date.
NBC 4 New York (http://bit.ly/11kapIO ) reported Monday that the headstone lists his birth year as 1942 instead of 1924.
The engraver, Tommy Flynn, of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services, says it was "an inadvertent error" and that he feels "terrible." He says he'll correct it.
Koch was buried in Trinity Church cemetery in Washington Heights after dying of congestive heart failure in February at 88.
The Democratic mayor is credited with helping save New York from its economic crisis in the 1970s and leading it to financial rebirth.
THAI BUDDHIST MONKS CRITICIZED FOR LAVISH BEHAVIOR: BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Buddhism body said it is monitoring monks nationwide for any inappropriate behavior after a video showed monks using luxurious personal items while flying on a private jet.
The YouTube video showed one of the monks was wearing stylish aviator sunglasses, carrying a luxury brand travel bag and sporting a pair of modern-looking wireless headphones. It attracted criticism from Buddhists nationwide.
Office of National Buddhism director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said Monday that the agency saw the video early this year and had warned the monks from a monastery in Thailand's northeast not to repeat the lavish behavior.