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Massachusetts marijuana aficionados roll 100-foot-long joint

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:48:22 UT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts marijuana aficionados have rolled a 100-foot-long (30.48-meter) joint. The effort was led by Boston-based cannabis club and advocacy group Beantown Greentown during an exhibition of pro-marijuana vendors and supporters at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday. They perfected a secret rolling technique using 1,000 grams (35.27 ounces) of their own pot trimmings. The Telegram & Gazette reports that people crowded around to take selfies when the final product was displayed Saturday. Thousands of people attended the exhibition.

Navegante francés bate marca de vuelta al mundo en solitario

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:55:40 UT

BREST, Francia (AP) — El navegante francés François Gabart batió el domingo el record de vuelta al mundo en solitario al completar el recorrido en solo 42 días y 16 horas. Esto es más de seis días menos que la anterior marca, lograda el año pasado por su compatriota Thomas Coville. Los organizadores, que monitorearon la travesía vía satélite, tuitearon que Gabart, de 34 años, cruzó en la madrugada del domingo la línea de llegada cerca de la isla de Ouessant, en la costa occidental de Francia, en su trimarán, un catamarán de tres cascos llamado "Macif".

California man gets stuck in chimney during burglary attempt

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:43:05 UT

CITRUS HEIGHTS, California (AP) — Authorities say a Northern California man tried to burglarize a business by entering through the chimney only to become stuck. Police in the Sacramento-area city of Citrus Heights said Friday that 32-year-old Jesse Berube was uninjured but now faces one count of burglary. According to police, Berube slid down the chimney of the business Wednesday and then found himself lodged inside. The Rocklin man was able to reach his cellphone and dial 911 for help. The Sacramento Fire Department responded and used special equipment to extricate him. Police called Berube a "criminal Santa" who "does not have the same skills as the real deal."

Georgia theme park offers free tickets for eating crickets

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:46:00 UT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia theme park is offering guests a free ticket if they eat a cricket. The giveaway may bug some people. But Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta was giving away T-shirts and free admission Saturday to the first 100 guests to gobble up a roasted cricket. The challenge was meant to promote the park's upcoming attraction called MEGABUGS! The Valdosta Daily Times reports the interactive insect attraction will open in March. Exhibits will include giant replicas of insects including a 15-foot (4.5-meter) dragonfly, a 26-foot (8-meter) hissing cockroach and a 50-foot (15-meter) millipede. Wild Adventures officials said in a news release the exhibits will showcase the unique sounds and movements that insects make.

Oil change turns into owl sighting, bird named 'Shazam'

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:16:53 UT

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A routine oil change has turned into an unusual owl sighting for one car owner. The police department in Salem, New Hampshire, said Friday a mechanic popped the hood of a car and found an Eastern Screech owl sitting on the engine. The department said the car owner had no idea how the owl got there. Police guessed he was either seeking warmth or chasing a mouse. Police posted photos of the owl on Facebook. They named him "Shazam" and said he was very friendly. Shazam was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center for evaluation.

Farmhouse for free, but buyer must move it off owners' land

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:21:48 UT

ELLSTON, Iowa (AP) — Bargain hunters beware! A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land. Roger and Linda Dolecheck wrote in a Craigslist ad that the Ringgold County home will be torn down this winter if no one takes up their offer. The Dolechecks have been trying for years to sell the house where they raised their four children, the Des Moines Register reported . "It needs a family to enjoy it the way ours did," Roger Dolecheck wrote in the ad. The 2 ½-floor farmhouse is assessed at $52,700, even after the Dolechecks invested $150,000 in repairs.

10 days before Christmas, Statehouse tree drops its needles

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:37:06 UT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Christmas tree in the rotunda at the Rhode Island Statehouse is dead. Piles of needles were blanketing the area below the tree Friday, beneath several bare branches. When touched, needles dropped instantly. The tree was sitting in a large container of water, also filled with needles. The governor's office says there are no plans to replace it. The donated tree was put up in November. Trouble with the Statehouse tree has become something of a Rhode Island tradition. In 2005, the tree shed all its needles after it was doused in fire retardant. Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee called it a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree, leading to angry protests.

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:32:42 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves. He took a closer look through his headlights Thursday and saw something bigger and badder. Two young polar bears ran away when they saw the Alaska airport worker's truck approach. He made sure to videotape their departure. "Well, it's just another day at the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Airport," Babcock says as the bears scamper off.

SpaceX utiliza por primera vez cohete y cápsula reciclados

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:48:37 UT

CABO CAÑAVERAL, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) — SpaceX consiguió el viernes otro logro histórico al utilizar un cohete y una cápsula reciclados para llevar al espacio diversos suministros en una nueva misión para la NASA. El cohete Falcon no tripulado despegó apenas a tiempo para la Navidad hacia la Estación Espacial Internacional después una rehabilitación de seis meses. El cohete porta la nave de carga Dragon que también hace su viaje por segunda vez. Fue la primera vez que la NASA aprovecha un cohete Falcon utilizado antes y por a segunda vez la misma cápsula Dragon.

Dog subject of court battle, faked death

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:56:45 UT

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was the subject of a two-year court battle and a faked death is back with his adopted family in Missouri. KSDK-TV reports that Jamie Patterson and her seven kids adopted Mack the boxer-mastiff mix from Rough Road Rescue in Perryville in 2015. It turned out that Mack was quite the escape artist. The last time he wandered off, Rough Road Rescue director Steve Svehla found him and decided to keep him, accusing Patterson of neglect. A two-year court battle ensued. The courts sided with Patterson. But instead of handing over Max, Svehla gave Patterson a box of ashes, saying the dog died. He eventually fessed up to the lie, and gave up the dog.

Oldest polar bear in US celebrates 37th birthday

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:20:41 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Zoo has thrown a birthday party for 37-year-old Coldilocks, the oldest polar bear in captivity in the United States. The zoo says they celebrated her birthday Thursday with a peanut butter, honey, raisin and fish cake. Guests at the party braved a cold, icy day to sing "Happy Birthday" to the bear. Zoo officials say the average lifespan for polar bears in captivity is 23 years. They credit Coldilocks' long life to the care she receives from her keepers and veterinary staff. Coldilocks lived with her partner Klondike for more than three decades before the bear died in 2015 at age 34. Polar bears as a species are listed as vulnerable. The U.S.

Hallan octavo planeta en sistema solar similar al nuestro

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:09:09 UT

CABO CAÑAVERAL, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) — La NASA y Google anunciaron el jueves el hallazgo de un octavo planeta en un sistema solar lejano que ahora coincide con el de nosotros en números. Aún más sorprendente, es que el cuerpo celeste fue descubierto con ayuda de inteligencia artificial. Este octavo planeta orbita alrededor de la estrella Kepler-90 que se encuentra a 2.545 años luz de distancia. Al igual que la Tierra, este nuevo planeta se ubica en la tercera posición desde su sol, pero está mucho más cerca de él y, por lo tanto, tiene una temperatura de 427 grados Celsius (800 Fahrenheit) en la superficie. De hecho, esos ocho planetas están apretujados alrededor de Kepler-90 y orbitan mucho más cerca de él que la Tierra de nuestro Sol.

Retiran 111 gatos de una casa en Ohio

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:15:09 UT

GAHANNA, Ohio, EE.UU. (AP) — Un grupo defensor de los animales retiró 111 gatos de una vivienda en Ohio donde halló otros 55 de los felinos muertos. Empleados de la organización Columbus Humane con ropa protectora retiraron los gatos de la casa de un hombre de 60 años, informó el diario Dispatch. Una vocera de Columbus Humane dijo que muchos de los gatos se encontraban en condiciones “deplorables” y los veterinarios los examinaban para reunir pruebas y decidir su futuro. La vocera Kerry Shaw dijo que la organización, abrumada por tantos felinos, cerró su refugio al público momentáneamente. Columbus Humane responde a las denuncias de crueldad y abandono por pedido de la policía. Shaw dijo que se presentará una demanda contra el hombre.

Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:01:47 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow in Philadelphia apparently wanted to be away from the manger, as it escaped twice Thursday morning from a church's live nativity scene. Stormy, a 7-year-old brown and white Hereford, was back munching hay at Old First Reformed Church of Christ by 7:15 a.m. after two sets of adventures on snowy downtown streets. Police first got reports of a cow near an Interstate 95 on-ramp around 2 a.m. Thursday. One of the state police troopers who responded has a cattle ranch in New Jersey and knew how to handle the situation, WPVI-TV reports . Officers put a rope on the cow and walked her to a nearby parking lot with police vehicles helping shepherd Stormy back to church.

No Tannenbaum: Senator says rule keeps trees from US troops

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:55:09 UT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says a federal rule change that's stopping donated Christmas trees from being sent to American troops overseas is straight out of the Grinch's playbook. The top Senate Democrat sent a letter to the U.S. postmaster on Thursday urging her to immediately waive procedural changes that are preventing New York residents from sending trees to military bases abroad. Schumer says at least 40 trees donated by community groups and others this year were returned to New York farmers. He blames a last-minute policy change that strictly limits the size of packages that can be shipped to overseas bases in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany. The U.S. Postal Service hasn't commented.

Pesebres italianos incluyen a Trump, Putin y Jedis

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:40:48 UT

NÁPOLES, Italia (AP) — Los artesanos navideños de Nápoles, como es habitual, están tomando las personalidades en la noticia para crear estatuillas de cerámica que decoran los pesebres en las casas. Los más vendidos este año son los guerreros Jedi de la nueva película de “La guerra de las galaxias”, los presidentes Donald Trump, de Estados Unidos, y Vladimir Putin, de Rusia, y el líder norcoreano Kim Jong Un, éste en un avión a hélice con un misil sobre el hombro. El artesano Marco Ferrigno dijo que hizo las estatuillas de Trump y Kim como broma. Desde su taller en el centro histórico napolitano dijo que los dos “dan un poco de miedo por la forma en que se están enfrentando”. Desde hace siglos, Nápoles es famoso por sus pesebres.

Grizzly crime solved: Candy factory's stolen bear found

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:29:46 UT

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago. Abilene Police Department assistant chief Jason Wilkins says the Russell Stover Candies sculpture, depicting a sitting teddy bear covered in chocolate, was found Wednesday in a Salina home following a tip from someone apparently unconnected to its theft. Det. Karmen Kupper says a suspect has been identified but hasn't been arrested. Wilkins tells The Wichita Eagle that early leads in the November 2016 theft from the company's Abilene factory didn't pan out and that the bear investigation had "become a running joke." Kupper describes the 150-pound, 4-foot tall (70-kilogram, 1.

Pilot traces virtual Christmas tree in German test flight

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:44:11 UT

BERLIN (AP) — A pilot has traced a virtual Christmas tree over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380. Airbus spokesman Heiko Stolzke told news agency dpa Thursday that the nearly 5½-hour flight the previous day was "a standard internal Airbus test flight before the delivery of a new aircraft." He said the idea for the Christmas tree pattern of the flight, which took off from and landed at the company's plant in Hamburg, came from the pilot and engineers on the flight and it was carried out in cooperation with air traffic control. The plane turned several corners and loops during its flight to produce a pattern in the shape of a tree complete with baubles.

Un gato ayuda a perros en un centro de entrenamiento

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:40:49 UT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Un gato con un nombre inusual tiene un trabajo importante en un centro de entrenamiento canino. El minino de color blanco y negro llamado D-O-G (perro en inglés) es más que una mascota: representantes de Support Dogs Inc. dicen que él juega un papel clave para que los perros se sientan cómodos con otros animales. Los canes de asistencia deben comportarse bien y no distraerse en su trabajo ayudando a personas sordas o con problemas de movilidad. La presidenta de Support Dogs, Anne Klein, dice que D-O-G es “valiente” cuando está cerca de los perros, que son más grandes, y juega con sus colas, duerme en sus camas y come y bebe de sus cuencos.

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:40 UT

PARIS (AP) — French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($354,000). Two police officers, who are not allowed to speak publicly on the case, said Thursday that video surveillance showed the man looking in the trash and leaning against a nearby door. Airport police union official Jean-Yann William Airport told France Info television that "to his surprise, the door is opening, he's entering and finds out there's huge amount of money" in the room of cash transport company Loomis. Video then shows the man leaving the airport with two big bags. Police recognized him as a homeless man living in the airport area.