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Woman tries to buy a child at Walmart

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A Texas woman was arrested after she tried to purchase another woman’s child while waiting in a checkout queue at Walmart. Rebecca Taylor allegedly started to make comments about another customer’s two children before  asking if she could buy one of them for $250,000. When the mother declined her offer, Taylor increased her bid to $500,000 and threatened to take the infant, according to local reports. She was charged with the third-degree felony of the sale or purchase of a child and was reportedly released from bail last week.

Teenage pilot breaks world records

A 19-year-old British-Belgian pilot has broken two Guinness World Records, including becoming the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo. Zara Rutherford, 19, landed at Belgium’s Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport after five months on Thursday, completing her 32,300-mile journey. She also became the first woman to circumnavigate the world in a microlight plane. “I would say the hardest part was definitely flying over Siberia – it was extremely cold,” she said.

Stowaway survived 11-hour flight

Authorities in the Netherlands discovered a stowaway hiding in the nose wheel of a plane when it landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Sunday morning. He had been hiding for more than 11 hours since the plane departed from Johannesburg, South Africa. The man, who is thought to be between 16 and 35 years old, was taken to hospital in a stable condition. “We were surprised upon finding this man but even more surprised at him being alive,” officials told CNN.

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