Finnish man pays d-ear-ly

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Gypsumville, Manitoba " Get out your TV remotes and Swiss Army knives " couch potatoes could know best when it comes to surviving in the wilderness.

Snowmobiler Chris Traverse said the popular reality television program Survivorman saved his life when he was stranded alone in the woods last week.

Separated from his friends on a snowmobiling trip and out of fuel, Traverse ate snow and used tree branches to create shelter.

Traverse eventually found his way out of the woods after three days by walking towards a telephone tower that he could see in the distance.

Santiago, Chile " One Finnish tourist’s hunt for souvenirs has cost him d-“ear”-ly.

Marko Kulju went a bit too far trying to find the perfect souvenir on his trip to Easter Island this week.

Police arrested the tourist when they caught him chipping away the ear of an ancient Moai stone figure.

Kulju was fined $17,000 and banned from the island for three years. He also apologized to the public, calling it the worst mistake of his life.

Eldorado, Texas " Hundreds of children were removed from a polygamist ranch in West Texas this week.

Police were tipped off in a phone call from a 16-year-old girl who reported being sexually abused by her 50-year-old husband.

Investigators said females living at the compound were expected to marry as soon as they hit puberty and were often forced to bear children at a young age.

Child Protective Services took 416 children into custody on the grounds of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse. Over 100 women left the ranch of their own accord as well.

London, England " George Clooney traveled to the UK this week to discuss the Darfur crisis with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Appointed as a messenger of peace by the United Nations this year, Clooney recently returned from a trip to major conflict zones within Africa.

Brown praised Clooney for his suggestion to lease helicopters to create security in the war-torn country of Sudan.

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