Wikinews Shorts: August 11, 2008

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A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, August 11, 2008.

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Ohioville creek bones are not human

Some bones that were found in a Ohioville, Pennsylvania creek are no longer said to be human according the authorities. Children found the bones when they were swimming under a train trestle. The bones were found in Little Beaver Creek and are said to be from a dog, deer or another large mammal.


Etna motorcyclist killed when hit by tree

A tree hit and killed an Etna, Pennsylvania motorcyclist. A truck went rolling down a hill knocking a tree down which landed on the motorcycle. Fifty-nine year old motorcyclist, Alan Brocklebank, was sent to the hospital after the 3 p.m. accident. He died later that morning. The pickup driver was charged by police with drunken driving and homicide.


Police dog found in Pasadena, California

A K-9 dog, aged 10, was found safely in Pasadena, California. The dog is a Belgian Malinois named Robby, weighing around 70-75 lbs. The dog was saved by an unknown person on Friday morning. The dog is in fine health and was returned to his police unit.


Somalian police chief dies

In Somalia a high ranked police chief has been killed in an attack that also resulted in the death of four civilians. Grenades were involved in the attack. This attack occurred near the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

The attack took place in a police station in the city of Alamada. A witness said that bullets were coming from all directions, and that the attack resulted in the death of his son.


Cassini probe passes Saturn moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed past Saturn's moon Enceladus at just 50 kilometres above its surface. The probe attempted to take detailed images of active geysers on the moon, which may offer evidence for the additional existence of liquid water on the moon. If water is confirmed this would be the first time liquid water is found outside of the Earth.

In other space news, NASA's Phoenix Lander on Mars, which recently confirmed the presence of water ice on the planet, is analyzing a soil sample in its TEGA instrument today. The results from the analysis are expected to establish whether the Martian soil contains perchlorates as earlier reports from the lander have indicated.