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Chief executive fined $5,000 over fake cheese

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Big cheese fined over fake parmesan

The chief executive of a US cheese company has been fined $5,000 (£4,000) and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service after it was discovered his company had been doctoring its parmesan with ingredients such as wood pulp. Michelle Myrter, 44, of Castle Cheese Inc in Pennsylvania, admitted in court that her company and two others controlled by her family had made and distributed hundreds of thousands of pounds of the fake cheese between 2010 and 2013.

Wedding delayed after mother gets lost

A couple has had their wedding delayed, after the mother of the groom got lost in dense woodland near the site of the ceremony. The couple had rented a property in a semi-rural area in New Hampshire for the wedding and the groom's mother reportedly went for a "short walk in the woods". Rescuers and police found her, safe and well, after a three-hour search.

Woman gives birth at Walmart checkout

A woman has given birth in the queue at her local Walmart supermarket, the company says. Store employees in Utah said the woman had complained of stomach pains before she reached the till  - and insisted on paying for her shopping despite being on her knees in agony. Employees held up sheets to protect her privacy, while she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

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