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NY courts spokesman fired after saying he 'barely' worked

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:59:18 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job. David Bookstaver's firing came a day after the New York Post reported he unwittingly dialed a reporter's voicemail, which captured him conversing with someone else — and acknowledging that he was sloughing off at the office. "I'm not doing anything. I barely show up to work," Bookstaver said in a part of the recording the newspaper posted online. The 58-year-old had been planning to retire in October from his communications director job. Instead, he was terminated, chief court spokesman Lucian Chalfen said.



Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:35:22 UT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that zoo Director Brendan Wiley says the procedure that Tiffany underwent Wednesday went "really well." A significant amount of stool was found in her colon and was flushed out. Wiley says the best-case scenario is that she will bounce back. If issues continue, test results will be reviewed to determine how to treat her constipation. The zoo said staff reported on Friday that the gorilla wasn't acting like herself. Staff thought a storm the previous night might have upset her, but over the following days, she lost more of her appetite.



Man denies purposely spraying manure on border patrol car

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:49:19 UT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally. Mark Johnson, 53, of Alburgh, entered the plea in Vermont Superior Court in North Hero to state charges of disorderly conduct and simple assault of a law enforcement officer with fluids. He declined to comment afterward. Johnson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his livelihood was hurt by people working on Vermont farms who could be in the country illegally. He said he asked the agent why he wasn't doing more to arrest people working in the U.S. illegally.



Best weird AP news: 'Jorts-wearing bandit,' Denture-seeker

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:12:38 UT

LUCKY CARROT: ALBERTA WOMAN FINDS MOTHER-IN-LAW'S LOST RING CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of finding. Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring, but told her son. Her husband died five years ago. "I feel relieved and happy inside," Grams said this week. "It grew into the carrot. I still can't figure it out.



Mujer encuentra en una zanahoria anillo extraviado hace años

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:07:32 UT

CAMROSE, Alberta, Canadá (AP) — Una mujer que perdió su anillo de compromiso hace 13 años cuando arrancaba las hierbas en su jardín, vuelve a presumirlo desde que su nuera lo encontró enterrado, atravesado por una zanahoria deforme. La canadiense Mary Grams, de 84 años, dijo que hace mucho había perdido las esperanzas de hallar el anillo de diamante y aún no puede creer su suerte de que la zanahoria hubiera crecido a través de él. Ella jamás reveló la pérdida a su esposo Norman, pero sí a su hijo. Su esposo murió hace cinco años. “Me siento aliviada y feliz”, dijo Grams. “Se ensartó en la zanahoria. No entiendo cómo pudo ser”.



Muere una delfín en playa española mientras gente la tocaba

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:28:02 UT

MADRID (AP) — Un grupo ambientalista español pidió a la gente en las playas que se abstengan de rodear, tocar o fotografiar a los animales marinos varados luego de la muerte de un delfín bebé la semana pasada. Fotos en la prensa española y las redes sociales mostraron adultos y niños acariciando a una pequeña delfín en el mar en Mojacar, en el sureste del país. Equinac, una ONG que busca proteger los animales marinos en la provincia meridional de Almería, dijo que la delfín murió el 11 de agosto antes de que los expertos pudieran salvarla. El grupo dijo en su página en Facebook que los cetáceos son muy susceptibles al estrés, y que al verse rodeados estrechamente por la gente pueden sufrir un shock y morir.



Un cisne negro en Baviera encuentra compañero con un anuncio

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:19:12 UT

BERLÍN (AP) — Una hembra de cisne negro en Baviera ha dejado de estar sola, tras encontrar un nuevo compañero a través de un anuncio de contactos. El animal vivía solo en un lago cerca del castillo Rosenau desde la muerte de su compañero el año pasado, se cree que cazado por un zorro, indicó la agencia alemana de noticias dpa. Preocupadas por la soledad del ave, las autoridades bávaras publicaron un anuncio y tuvieron suerte: un criador de cisnes en la cercana Ingolstadt ofreció una pareja. Los primeros días de los pájaros juntos han sido “armoniosos”, indicó a dpa Christoph Schaeftlein, del castillo Rosenau. El nuevo cisne sólo tiene un año, de modo que aún no se ha podido determinar su sexo.



Are you for real? Police check out man looking for dentures

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:12:32 UT

BERLIN (AP) — A wary woman in southern Germany alerted police after a man buzzed on the door and asked for permission to search her balcony for his false teeth. Police in Rheinfelden near the Swiss border reported Thursday that an interrogation of the 56-year-old man soon showed that his unusual request was sincere. He said he had visited a friend living a few floors above the woman and lost his dentures while sitting on the friend's balcony. Police say the man's dentures had fallen off the balcony and he was simply trying to track down his much-needed teeth. The man's name was not given in line with German privacy laws. Police wrote they don't know if he ever found his dentures.



Bavarian black swan finds companion through lonely hearts ad

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:37:33 UT

BERLIN (AP) — A black swan in Bavaria is no longer alone after finding a mate thanks to a lonely hearts ad. The German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the female swan had been living on her own on a lake near Castle Rosenau since her partner died last year — believed killed by a fox. Concerned by the bird's solitude, Bavarian officials published a lonely hearts ad and got lucky: a swan breeder from nearby Ingolstadt offered a match. Christoph Schaeftlein of Rosenau Castle told dpa the birds' first days together had been "harmonious." The new swan is only 1 year old, so its gender couldn't yet be determined. Schaeftlein, however, said the widowed swan didn't seem to care, adding "both swans are happily swimming on the lake."



The Latest: Nude suspect sits on Los Angeles harbor crane

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:29:07 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a car theft suspect perched on a crane in Los Angeles harbor (all times local): 8:30 p.m. A suspected car thief has been perched high atop a Port of Los Angeles loading crane for well over an hour as police wait below, and he has now taken off all his clothes. The LAPD says the man is suspected of stealing an SUV from a San Bernardino car dealership Wednesday. Police chased him to the loading dock where he hiked up the stairs to the top of the crane some 140 feet above the ground and ocean. He took off his shirt and shoes after ascending the crane, and minutes later took off his pants. At times he walks around or dangles a leg over the side of the narrow arm.



Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:11:46 UT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement. Mark Johnson is due in court Thursday in North Hero to answer charges of assault and disorderly conduct from the Aug. 3 spraying at the edge of a farm field about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the Canadian border. Johnson, who does custom manure spreading, said he didn't know the border patrol agent was behind him when he turned on his spreader.



Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ring

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:09:09 UT

CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of finding. Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring, but told her son. Her husband died five years ago. "I feel relieved and happy inside," Grams said this week. "It grew into the carrot. I still can't figure it out.



24-year-old bear's testicular cancer surgery successful

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:51:45 UT

24-year-old bear's testicular cancer surgery successful Doctors placed Shash under sedation to get a better look at his overall condition and found he had an enlarged testicle.



Televisoras en EEUU mostrarán el eclipse total de sol

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:30:58 UT

Las cámaras tienen filtros solares para capturar el eclipse en sus fases parciales, además de modificaciones que puede fotografiar la corona y ondas de luz que son invisibles para el ojo humano, permitiendo con ello a los científicos ver y estudiar la temperatura y composición del sol en una forma solamente posibles durante eclipses totales, dijo. Dantowitz, afiliado a la Dexter Southfield School en Brookline, Massachusetts, ofrece su experiencia en el programa de NOVA "Eclipse Over America", que se transmitirá el lunes a las 9 p.m. hora del este de Estados Unidos en PBS.



Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:42:45 UT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police." St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the "jorts-wearing bandit" in a tweet on Monday, and included a photo. The tweet says the suspect's "disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends." Officer Ben Granda said the unarmed suspect approached a cashier at a Walgreens store in Lemay with merchandise on Aug. 8, and then overpowered her when she opened the cash drawer. The man is also suspected of targeting at least two Walgreens stores in the city of St. Louis. No serious injuries have been reported.