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Bure Suing for Missed Flight

Moscow's Tverskoi District Court on Aug. 31 will consider a 20 million ruble ($775,000) lawsuit filed by hockey legend Pavel Bure against British Airways after the airline barred him from a flight after mistaking him for a football hooligan, Interfax reported Thursday.

"We waited for apologies or at least regret over what happened, because Pavel didn't need any compensation," Bure's lawyer Dmitry Ragulin, told Interfax. "But nothing of the sort happened, so we appealed to the court for compensation for mental anguish."

The pilot asked Bure to leave the plane before an Oct. 31 Moscow-London flight after mistakenly thinking he was part of a group of unruly football fans the plane had brought from London, Ragulin told Interfax. (MT)

Bear Kills Tourist in Far East

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK -- A brown bear killed a tourist camping Thursday on a Far East island and was then shot by fellow campers, local police said.

The man sustained "fatal injuries as a result of the attack" on the Bolshoi Shantar island off Sakhalin, a police spokeswoman said.

Local radio station Vostok Rossii said fellow campers were woken by loud growls and saw the bear kill the 36-year-old man. Other campers later shot the bear. Police are investigating the incident.

Two tourists were injured in similar bear attacks on Bolshoi Shantar island this year. Both survived. (Reuters)

20 Tons of Vodka Stolen

St. Petersburg police are looking for robbers who attacked a truck driver and made off with 20 tons of vodka he was transporting, Interfax reported Thursday.

The unidentified assailants knocked the driver unconscious Saturday and took him to a different part of the city, Interfax cited a city police source as saying.

When the driver returned to his truck, its cargo was missing, the source said. He reported the incident to police late Wednesday evening, Interfax reported.

The value of the stolen goods is estimated at 1 million rubles ($39,000), Interfax reported. (MT)