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Rare snow thrills, chills South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- People slowly came outside despite the cold wind Tuesday across South Africa, pointed their mobile phone cameras to the sky and opened their mouths to taste a rare snowfall that fell on much of the country.

The snow began Tuesday morning, part of an extreme cold snap now biting into a nation still in its winter months. By mid-afternoon, officials recorded snowfall across most of South Africa. However, forecasters acknowledged snow remains so unusual that they typically aren't prepared to provide details about snowfall in the nation.

As the snow fell, workers at offices in Johannesburg rushed outside. Some twirled and danced as the flakes fell. One man rushed to the top of a snow-covered hill and slid down, using a cardboard box as an improvised toboggan.

The snow grew heavier in the afternoon in Johannesburg, covering rooftops and slicking roads. Snowflakes are a rare commodity in Johannesburg, even during winter. South African Weather Service records show it has snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years.

Canadian stabbed repeatedly in Mexico

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Authorities are releasing more details about the horrific death of another Canadian while on vacation in Mexico.

The latest victim -- identified as Duane Joseph Lang, 46, of Regina -- was stabbed 23 times in an apartment in Puerto Vallarta, local authorities said Tuesday.

Puerto Vallarta police spokesman Adan Leyva said friends and neighbours couldn't get a hold of Lang for several days and asked his landlord to check up on him on July 30. The landlord let himself into the apartment and came across Lang in a pool of blood in the bedroom, Leyva said.

An autopsy determined Lang had been dead for 48-72 hours, said a spokesman at the Jalisco Forensic Science Institute.

Weapons for protection, man claims

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A northeast Ohio man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie because he wanted to protect himself in case someone tried to replicate last month's deadly Colorado theatre shooting, his attorney said Tuesday.

Scott A. Smith, 37, had no intention of causing harm when he brought the weapons to a Saturday showing of The Dark Knight Rises, said his attorney, Matthew Bruce.

"With the recent shooting in Colorado, and the other incidents around the country in regards to threats, he felt that he needed protection," Bruce said.

Bruce said he was referring to movie theatre threats made after the deadly July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colo., where a 24-year-old man is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight showing of the same movie.

A theatre manager and an off-duty police officer working security at a theatre in Westlake, just outside Cleveland, stopped Smith after they became suspicious of a bag he was carrying, said police Lt. Ray Arcuri.

"Why pick that movie? Why bring the gun?" he said. "There's several unanswered questions."

Smith was arrested without incident.

Girl found clinging to dead body

CARMEL, N.Y. -- Boaters rescued a six-year-old girl from a small reservoir north of New York City late Monday afternoon after finding her clinging to the floating corpse of a family friend who had taken her to the lake to cool off.

Investigators were still trying to piece together exactly what happened to the child and her caregiver, identified by authorities as Pamela Kaner, 59.

A group of people in a rowboat heard the girl crying for help at around 5 p.m. and found her holding on to Kaner's body, floating some distance from shore, Carmel police Chief Michael Johnson said.

The boaters pulled the girl from the water and brought her to shore. She was treated at a hospital, but was not seriously harmed.

South Koreans eat dogs to fight heat

SEOUL, South Korea -- Some South Koreans are easing the dog days of summer by embracing a tradition of eating dog meat to help survive a heat wave gripping the country.

Animal rights activists, meanwhile, packed themselves into wire cages to protest the eating of dogs.

Tuesday is the day South Koreans traditionally eat dog meat and other foods that they believe will help ease the heat by increasing their stamina.

Seoul is currently undergoing the longest heat wave with temperatures above 35 C since 1994.

Dog meat restaurants in Seoul say they served more customers than usual on Tuesday.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 8, 2012 A12

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