New Jersey man digs up live cannonball in backyard

New Jersey man digs up live cannonball in backyard

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — The Atlantic City bomb squad was dispatched to a southern New Jersey home over the weekend after a man dug up a live cannonball in his backyard.

Police said the Lower Township man was digging behind his West Bates Avenue home when he discovered the explosive Saturday.

Police said the brass-capped cannonball was approximately 5 inches in circumference and was stamped “4k, 85mm.”

Officials said the bomb squad took an X-ray of the device and determined it was fully functional. The cannonball was later detonated in an unpopulated area.

Police said the discovery is not unusual for this part of the state, but residents are advised to never touch or move any found artillery shells.

Originally fired as solid projectiles, cannonballs developed over time to include fuses and explosive materials.

TAIWAN TRANSIT CARD FEATURES PHOTO OF PORN STAR

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A special edition swipe card for Taiwan’s mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition.

Taiwan’s EasyCard Corp. said on its website it sold its full run of 15,000 card sets by 4:18 a.m. Tuesday after phone orders started at midnight.

The stored value cards — also used for convenience store purchases — feature images of Yui Hatano, a 27-year-old Japanese woman who local media said likes Taiwan and wants to help the card company’s charity donation scheme.

Hatano, also popular in Japan, is pictured from the elbows up and clothed. A pose on the cards’ wrapper appears with the word “angels” and another is accompanied by the word “demons.”

Critics, including parents, politicians and women’s advocacy groups, campaigned against the cards, saying the images disrespect women and send inappropriate messages to children. Many stores declined to sell them, and the company ended up offering them via telephone hotline only.

NAKED BIKERS CRUISE THROUGH WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here comes the bride all dressed in white. And, don’t look now, but here come thousands of bicyclists not dressed in anything.

Nude and body-painted participants from this year’s Philly Naked Bike Ride cruised through the wedding day photo shoot of lovebirds Ross Cohen and Blair Delson.

The couple, who got married Saturday evening, spent the afternoon before their wedding taking photos at romantic spots around the city. Their wedding photographer, JPG Photography studio owner Joseph Gidjunis, was snapping photos of them in Dilworth Plaza, next to City Hall, when they heard the buzz of about 3,000 bicycles approaching.

Delson and Cohen decided not to wait for the cyclists to pass before continuing with their photos. She grabbed handfuls of her tulle and lace dress and scurried toward the cyclists half a block away, and he followed.

The cyclists, some nude and others in body paint or underwear, seemed to have a good time, too, smiling and flashing peace signs for the couple. Organizers of the annual bike event, which is related to the World Naked Bike Ride movement, said they hope it encourages people to bike more and to embrace nudity as a normal and enjoyable part of life.

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