How far would you go for an ice-cold brew?
A Russian man was arrested over the weekend after crossing international waters on a Japanese beer run, Agence France-Presse reports.
But unlike the beer-smuggling Bandit that Burt Reynolds made famous, 29-year-old Sergei Mikhailovich Vashkevich couldn't outrun the law in his inflatable boat stocked with beer.
Vashkevich, who lives on the Russian island of Sakhalin north of Hokkaido, set out in his raft and bought a 24-bottle case of beer for $80 at a highway rest stop, according to officials.
"He was arrested after a local fisherman reported to police that he sighted a suspicious boat," a police spokesman told the AFP. "He was not under the influence of alcohol or incoherent at that time."
Officials nabbed him on cape in the city of Nemuro and may be holding Vashkevich for more than just suds smuggling. Officials say Vashkevich was fishing for highly prized sea urchins with three Russian divers off Suisho-tou in the Russian-administered southern Kuril chain.
What's the Matter? Goddess Got Your Tongue?
JAMMU, India (AP) — An Indian farmer cut off part of his tongue as an offering to a Hindu goddess at a temple in the country's north, police said on Wednesday.
After praying before the idol of the goddess Kali on Tuesday, Suresh Kumar took out a knife, cut off part of his tongue and handed it to the Bitta Pujari, the head priest of the Bahu Fort temple on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state, the priest said.
Beforehand, Kumar, in his 20s, had written a statement to police informing them: "I have vowed that if my desire is fulfilled, I will offer my tongue to the Kali goddess."
In Hindu mythology Kali is a goddess of death, and she is depicted killing demons in Hindu art.
Kumar didn't mention his wish in the statement, said Zahid Manhas, a superintendent of police.
After the incident, Kumar was bleeding profusely from his mouth and police took him to a hospital, Manhas said.
Doctors reattached the severed tongue, but it was not immediately known whether he will be able to speak again.
Police have registered a case charging Kumar with an attempt to commit suicide, Manhas said. He could face a prison sentence.
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POMONA, Calif. (AP) — A man who authorities say tried to steal a 1,500-pound bank ATM machine was captured after his prosthetic leg fell off during the getaway.
Gregory Daniels, 48, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary for the attempted heist from Pomona Ranch Market, police said.
Daniels and another man drove up to the market about 3 a.m., smashed a window, wrapped a chain around the cash machine and used their pickup truck to rip it from the floor, authorities said. After loading it into the truck, the pair drove off.
Officers chased the truck into a residential neighborhood, where the men drove into a dead-end street. Daniels' alleged accomplice fled, but police said Daniels was not able to escape.
"Daniels was on the ground near the vehicle in an attempt to flee from officers," Sgt. E. Vazquez said. "However, he was unsuccessful, as his prosthetic leg fell off."
The ATM and its cash were recovered. The assistant manager of the Pomona Ranch Market, Tom Zvoda, said he did not know how much money was inside.
These Co-Workers Really Can Call Themselves Family
INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) — Two co-workers at a central Florida school said they felt like family, so they decided to make it official.
A few months ago 61-year-old Bob Wilkey offered to adopt 41-year-old Darlyn Beam.
The two had worked together at Citrus Resources for Exceptional Students in Transition for the past five years.
Beam was shocked by the offer at first, she said. She didn't even know that adults could adopt other adults.
But after thinking about it for a few days, she decided to accept.
Wilkey never had a child of his own, but always wanted one. He said he found the perfect daughter in Beam.
The pair recently completed the adoption process and say they're happy to call each other family.
Liberators Pay $3,000 for Lobsters' Freedom
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three hundred lobsters have a new lease on life thanks to an anonymous group that secured their release in Maine.
The episode unfolded in the midst of a lobster shortage and record prices when a group of 10 young people arrived at New Meadows Lobster Pound talking about the need for "God's creatures" to be free, owner Pete McAleney told the Portland Press Herald in its Wednesday editions.
Freedom, however, came at a cost.
The group paid nearly $3,400 in cash to buy all of his one-claw lobsters — known as "culls" — at a cost of $11.25 each, McAleney said. Culls are cheaper than lobsters with two claws.
"We told them they're going to get caught again and they said, 'That's OK. We just want them to have a chance before they get caught again,"' McAleney said.
Another Portland lobster dealer, Harbor Fish Market, reported selling lobsters to a group with plans to release them. Nick Alfiero, whose family owns the fish market, said the buyers were local customers and otherwise declined to discuss the transaction.
McAleney gave the group some tips on releasing the lobsters. He suggested that the group drop off the lobsters at a site in Portland, where the water is shallow and warmer. "They'll walk to the open ocean," he said.
Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute, located at the University of Maine, said McAleney gave the group good advice. He also said lobsters with one claw seem to do fine in the wild and, in time, grow the second one back.
The release of the lobsters coincided with a shortage caused by bad weather and cold water temperatures. Retail prices were hovering around $15 a pound.
The identities of the lobster liberators remained a mystery. One animal-welfare group that claims no credit is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"We never encourage people to give money to the lobster industry, even if it's for the laudable goal of releasing them," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's national vice president.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.
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