A Devon petrol station which charged £1.99 a litre for petrol has dropped its prices after coming under fire for cashing in on fuel shortages. Foxhayes garage at Exwick, near Exeter, was charging the equivalent of more than £9 a gallon on Monday, saying it wanted to conserve stocks. Fuel price watchdogs slammed the increase as "inexcusable". And on Tuesday the price had dropped to £1.20 a litre for petrol and £1.36 for diesel, with a maximum £5 spend. A member of staff at the garage told BBC News: "It got a bit extreme. I heard on the radio that we were more vilified than George Bush." The woman, who did not want to be named, said motorists had been "quite pleasant" despite the rise in prices. "Some taxi drivers were upset because they did not see the price before they filled up." . UK£ 1.99 = 3.841297 U.S. dollars 1 liter = 0.264172052 US gallons 1 US gallon = 3.78541178 liters .
A Denver woman said it is unfair city officials ordered her to remove three beehives from her backyard or face a $999 fine and a possible year behind bars. Marygael Meister paid $1,500 to set up the hives in her yard after completing courses about the insects at Denver Botanic Gardens. Meister said she got a notice from city officials this week that she is breaking the law by keeping bees in her yard. Meister said she received a beekeeping certification after finishing the botanic gardens courses and the insects aren't hurting anything. "Bees harm nothing that lives. They just take nectar from the flowers. They don't kill the flowers. They just help more to grow," she said.
A dog who raced into the sea in Devon to save a spaniel from drowning has been recognised for his bravery. Milo, who lives with his owner Lynda Pomfret in Appledore, was abused by his previous owner which left him with injured legs and brain damage. But despite his injuries he jumped into the waves to save the other dog. His bravery has led to him being crowned the winner of the PetZfactor 2008 competition from Saga Zone beating 500 other pets entered by their owners. Mr Fogle said: "Milo's personality really shone through. Not only is he very photogenic, but he's also a hero. "Having rescued another animal from drowning, despite having damaged legs himself, he's a true star." Mrs Pomfret said the rescue happened as she was walking six-year-old Milo along the shoreline in Appledore. "He's not the sharpest tool in the box", she said. "But he'll always be a hero to me."