A woman from California was taken into police custody after a dispute on a plane over polishing her nails.

Jeanie Daniels was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Houston last weekend. She was seated and painting her nails. A flight attendant asked her to stop, so she moved to the bathroom to finish.

I said, ‘I’m sorry, I apologize,’ and put it away.” Daniels said. “That’s when I discovered I only had two nails left to paint, so I thought if I went in the bathroom and did it, I wouldn’t offend anyone.”

Daniels and the flight attendant reportedly got into an argument when she exited the rest room. The employee claims the passenger used a curse word.

After landing, Daniels was handcuffed and kept in jail for more than ten hours.

An abusive language charge was dismissed by a judge. Southwest Airlines has not commented.

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Police in the south of Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing ice from the Jorge Montt Glacier.

Officials in the town of Cochrane found five tonnes of ice in the back of his truck.

Scientists say the glacier, in the Patagonia region, is retreating faster than any other in Chile.

Police suspect the ice was destined for the capital, Santiago, to make gourmet ice cubes for use in upmarket bars and restaurants.

Tourists in southern Chile are often served whisky chilled with glacial ice – which has an extra kudos because it comes directly from the glaciers.

The driver is accused of theft, but prosecutors are also considering bringing charges under the national monuments act.

The paper says the ice found in the back of the vehicle was worth about 3 million pesos ($6,100; £3,900).

The shrinking glacier is in the Bernardo O’Higgins national park, the largest protected area in Chile.

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Chicago police arrested and ticketed a man for surfing in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan.

Rex Flodstrom, 40, was ticketed Tuesday for surfing more than 50 yards from shore, unlawful presence on a closed beach and jeopardizing the safety of others on the beach.

“I was surfing and saw a couple of guys on the beach and thought that they were spectators…I figured they might be friends or just someone checking it out. Then I noticed a car and a couple others pull up,” said Flodstrom in a video interview with a FOX affiliate station in Chicago.

“When it was time to come in I didn’t know it was going to be a big situation, but I walked onto a hostile beach. They immediately grabbed me, handcuffed me, took me to the station and the regular police stuff…I was thinking this was insane.”

To add insult to injury, police also confiscated his surfboard.

Police said they received a call about 5 p.m. about a man in the lake near the Oak Street Beach and found Flodstrom on his surfboard.

The temperature in Chicago at the time of the incident was in the upper 20s, the National Weather Service reported.

“Lifeguards are no longer on duty and swimming is discouraged at all beaches,” the Chicago Park District Web site said of the beach.

Until recently, surfing was completely banned in Chicago. The law was reportedly enacted after a deadly tragedy that involved three girls and an inflatable raft.

But in 2009, backed by efforts from a group that would later become the Surfrider Foundation Chicago Chapter, the city lifted the ban on surfing in certain beaches.

Presently, there are four breaks accessible to surfers in the winter months while two breaks are accessible in the summer.

According to Mitch McNeil, the vice chairman of the Chicago chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, the break that Flodstrom was surfing at, Oak Street, was considered off limits.

When asked if the session was worth the jail time, Flodstrom chuckled.

“Yeah, it was actually pretty good…for a lake. But yeah, if I were able to surf my home spot and go take a hot shower, then it would’ve been a great session. But if I’d had known that I would be arrested and would have to spend four hours in a holding cell in a freezing wetsuit, then I probably wouldn’t have paddled out.”

Beaches are scheduled to reopen May 25.

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An unlucky French man in the south-east town of Montmélian spent Saturday night with his head trapped in a sewer.

Local newspaper Le Dauphine reported that the man had dropped his wallet down the sewer in an underground car park and went to retrieve it.

While doing so he slipped, ending up with his head in the sewer and his legs sticking out the top. He was unable to move from the space, just 40 centimetres wide and 1.5 metres deep.

The 40-year-old was stuck in the same position all night until someone using the car park spotted his feet sticking out of the sewer the next morning.

The passer-by called the emergency services who pulled out the man and resuscitated him. He was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Unfortunately for the man, there were yet more problems in store. Police also spotted that he had been siphoning off waste oil from his car into the sewer at the time.

Disposing of waste oil in this way is an offence in France, with serious cases risking up to two years in prison and a fine of €76,000 ($97,000).

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Ryan Jerome was enjoying his first trip to New York City on business when the former Marine Corps gunner walked up to a security officer at the Empire State Building and asked where he should check his gun.

That was when Jerome’s nightmare began. The security officer called police and Jerome spent the next two days in jail.

The 28-year-old with no criminal history now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison. If convicted, his sentence could be as high as fifteen years.

Jerome has a valid concealed carry permit in Indiana and visited New York believing that it was legal to bring his firearm. He was traveling with $15,000 worth of jewelry that he planned to sell.

The online gun-law information Jerome read was inaccurate, however, and his late September arrest initiated what may become a protracted criminal saga. He hasn’t yet been indicted by a grand jury, but there may be little legal wiggle-room if he is.

“If he does get indicted, and they want to give him something less, then the legal minimum would be two years,” noted Mark Bederow, Jerome’s attorney. “They couldn’t even offer less if they wanted to.”

The law in New York has the potential to wreak havoc on the lives of unwitting and otherwise law-abiding visitors, Bederow explained to The Daily Caller.

“The law itself is clear,” he said, “if you knowingly possess a loaded firearm in New York, then you are technically guilty of a serious crime. The fact that somebody in another state has a valid concealed carry permit is, legally speaking, irrelevant in New York.”

But the recent spate of tourist arrests wasn’t what was intended when the law was passed, said Bederow. “Subjecting the toughest gun laws in the country — here in New York — to subject these people to them is just not a good use of discretion.”

“The law is not equipped to deal with these situations, and they happen all the time,” he added. “Here are people trying to be responsible.”

There is a significant degree of uncertainty regarding how the case will proceed. Right now, Bederow said he’s hoping that the district attorney will use discretion and recognize that his client “is not a criminal.”

“I’ve been a law-abiding citizen my entire life, and for something like this to come down, it rips me apart,” Jerome told the New York Post.

“It’s like taking a good dog and scolding him for something he didn’t do.”

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A seven-year-old Indian girl was murdered in a tribal sacrifice and her liver offered to the gods to improve crop growth, police in the central state of Chhattisgarh said on Sunday. The body of Lalita Tati was found in October one week after her family reported her missing.

“A seven-year-old girl was sacrificed by two persons superstitiously believing that the act would give a better harvest,” Narayan Das, the police chief of Bijapur district said. The two men were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of killing the girl and offering her liver to the gods in a grisly tribal ceremony. Police said the men had confessed to the crime.

The girl was murdered in a jungle district of Chhattisgarh that is a stronghold of rebel Maoists who have tapped into disaffection among local tribal groups. Human sacrifices occasionally make headlines in deeply religious and superstitious India, and usually occur in poor areas where some people revere practitioners of black magic.

Two suspected child sacrifices were reported in Chhattisgarh in 2010, while in the same year the decapitated body of a factory worker was found in a temple in the eastern state of West Bengal. The victims are often ritually killed by witchdoctors to appease gods, spirits or deities.

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