16 'illegals' at death pet store
The manager of a Canadian zoo has said officials are preparing to remove more than a dozen animals from an exotic pet store beneath the apartment where two boys were asphyxiated by a python while they slept.
Bruce Dougan, of New Brunswick, said it could take two days to remove 16 animals the shop did not have permits for – four large alligators, six crocodiles and some tortoises, turtles and snakes.
Noah Barthe (4) and his brother Connor (6) were found dead on Monday after the snake escaped from its enclosure.
GET WELL SOON: OBAMA TO BUSH
Barack Obama has called his predecessor, George W Bush, to wish him well as he recovers from a procedure to ease a blocked artery.
Mr Bush was discharged from a Texas hospital on Wednesday, a day after having a stent inserted into his heart to prop open an artery.
His spokesman said he is "doing great" and is expected to resume his normal schedule.
BOMB SUSPECT FRIENDS INDICTED
Two friends of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were indicted yesterday for allegedly trying to throw away fireworks and other items police say they found in Tsarnaev's dorm room before his capture.
Authorities later found some of the items in a New Bedford landfill.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, face charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.
GALLAGHER PULLS OUT OF V FEST
Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye have pulled out of their performance at V Festival this month as guitarist Gem Archer continues to recover from a head injury.
The musician was in hospital for several days after suffering a severe head trauma, but is now at home.
The band – formed from the ashes of Oasis minus Liam's brother Noel – have already cancelled shows in Belgium and Japan.
They were due to play the 4Music Stage at the twin-site festival next weekend.