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RESIDENTS of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media on Tuesday.

“There were thousands of them,” resident Pat Wall told NBC10 television.

A small task force of city workers on Tuesday found the source of the infestation, a drain clogged with refuse, said John DiGiulio, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Water Department.

$1304 reward

for cheddar find

LONDON – A British cheesemaker has offered a 500 pound ($F1304) reward for the recovery of 40 kilograms of prize-winning cheddar stolen from an agricultural show in south-west England.

The award-winning cheddar and the reserve champion, each weighing 20 kilograms, were allegedly stolen on Saturday after being left in a marquee in Yeovil, not far from the village of Cheddar, after which the world-renowned cheese is named.

Moon bag sells

for $1.8m

NEW YORK – A bag used by US astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday marking the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing. The bag, which for years sat unidentified in a box at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, was bought by a person who bid by telephone and did not wish to be named publicly, auctioneer Sotheby’s said.

Auctioneers had expected the bag to fetch between $2 million and $4 million.

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