Planet Charity: Stealing song lyrics can be a killer

Plus: Hitler's house offered to charity; and Hong Kong dogs evicted

Don't you hate it when people steal your song lyrics and use them in fortune cookies? Well a Chinese restaurant chain in the US has made a donation to a homelessness charity after being called out over the practice by the band The Killers. The group claimed on Twitter that the chain Panda Express had used the title of their song Smile Like You Mean It as a message inside a fortune cookie.

"I'm thinkin' orange chicken for life and we'll let you off the hook for using our stuff," the band tweeted. The company responded and agreed to make an undisclosed donation to the Serving Our Kids Foundation, based in the band's home town of Las Vegas.

To Austria, where years of wrangling over Adolf Hitler's birthplace have ended with officials deciding to offer the building to a charity. Politicians have passed a law enabling them to take over the building in Braunau am Inn, in a bid to stop it becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. The building's facade will be redesigned and it will be used to house the charity Lebenshilfe, which supports people with learning disabilities. There had been calls for it to be demolished, but officials said the decision to keep it would send a "life-affirming message" and a "clear symbol against the crimes committed by Hitler". The property's owner will be compensated.

Finally to Hong Kong, where an animal rescue charity, trampled by the march of progress, had its rent doubled after a metro line was opened nearby. Hong Kong Dog Rescue, which had not anticipated such a large increase, said it was seeking a new base from which to work. Just don't say the charity has been hounded out, doggone it!

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