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June 13, 2018

UBER-KISSING

NEW YORK (AP) — An Uber driver who booted two kissing women out of his car has had his livery license suspended. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission called his behavior “ridiculous.” The women, a couple in their 20s, were on their way from Brooklyn to Manhattan Saturday when they exchanged what they called a “peck” on the lips. They said the driver forced them out and a confrontation ensued. A cellphone video taken by one of the women shows the driver saying that kissing in an Uber is illegal. “You can’t do this in the car,” the driver says. “Kissing is not illegal,” one of the women responds. “Why are we not allowed to kiss in an Uber?” The driver responded: “It’s disrespectful.” Uber has behavior rules amounting to, basically, no sex in cars, but nothing to do with kissing. Uber says it does not tolerate discrimination.

BEAVER WHISKEY

TAMWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone? A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver’s castor sacs. Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called “generally recognized as safe.” The distillery says on its website castoreum “exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma,” common among barrel-aged spirits. Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil) and maple syrup.

MORMON BIKER CLUB

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Mormon motorcycle club is holding its biennial gathering in southern Utah, where about 125 members from across the country are riding together through scenic parts of the region. The Spectrum reported that The Temple Riders are celebrating the club’s 30th anniversary through Wednesday with the “Color Country ‘n’ Spires” rally. Bart Howell, the national director of the Temple Riders Association says “You don’t have to be LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) to ride with the group.” He said “If you feel comfortable with the values, feel free to join.”

CAUGHT BY THE POLICE

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who ran from a traffic stop and then found himself clinging by his hands to a window ledge has been literally caught by police waiting below. The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports Youngstown police say 21-year-old Dai’ryon Mitchell jumped out of a car and fled on foot Sunday afternoon when officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots having been fired. Police say officers chased Mitchell into a home and, while hanging by his hands from a window ledge, tried to pull himself inside when he saw two officers beneath the window. Mitchell instead lost his grip, fell into the officers’ arms and was arrested after a brief struggle. Mitchell has been charged with felony fleeing and eluding.

CLOSE SHAVE

MIAMI (AP) — A Frenchman arrested when he arrived in the United States for a world beard-growing championship is set to plead guilty in court in Miami to drug charges. Court records show a plea hearing is scheduled for 36-year-old Gal Vallerius on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges. Prosecutors say he orchestrated online sales of cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone using the alias “OxyMonster.” The Drug Enforcement Administration said in court documents that Vallerius was under investigation when he was detained in Atlanta in 2017 while en route to the World Moustache and Beard Championships in Austin, Texas. He had entered the full-beard.

CAFE SOCIETY

LONDON (AP) —A figure of Ed Sheeran has been unveiled by Madame Tussauds at London’s first cat cafe. The statue features the chart-topping singer, with his famous red hair and beard, dressed in a blue and black checked shirt, black T-shirt and jeans, strumming on a guitar with his tattoo of a cat clearly visible. The figure is on display at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in east London, a tribute to Sheeran’s own love of cats. It moves to Madame Tussauds next week.

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