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“Carta de amor” pública causa polémica en España

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:04:40 UT

“Carta de amor” pública causa polémica en España Aclaró que ella no estuvo en el tranvía de Murcia, en el sureste de España, pero que había escrito la respuesta porque ella y sus amigas no habían visto la carta de Moreno como algo romántico, sino como algo que les causaba temor. El número que puso en el afiche no sonó cuando The Associated Press le llamó el viernes.

Boy turns in $2,000 he found, gets Outstanding Citizen Award

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:36:40 UT

(AP) — A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy who turned in $2,000 in cash he found in a bank bag lost by a restaurant employee has received an Outstanding Citizen Award. An investigation determined the money belonged to Tenoch Mexican Food Corp. Police located an employee at the company's Medford restaurant who said she had lost the bag earlier.

Flower shop owner accused of stealing plants from cemetery

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:04:42 UT

Flower shop owner accused of stealing plants from cemetery Capt. Christopher DePuyt says police installed surveillance cameras at the First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pequannock Township after two plants disappeared from the mausoleum and replacement plants were stolen two days later.

Police: 2 men kill each other over marijuana fight on 4/20

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:47:19 UT

The Eastern New Mexico News reports ( ) Friday that police have completed a weeklong investigation into the deaths. Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero says Lopez was found in an apartment building with a single gunshot to his buttocks.

Mystery in Virginia: Someone is shaving other people's cats

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:35:00 UT

Police Capt. Kelly Walker said Friday that all the cats have been returned otherwise unharmed, but some seem bothered. Walker says he learned of the feline barbering spree this week when a resident asked if he could post notices asking anyone with information to contact police.

Police: Time-consuming haircut prompts woman to pull gun

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:50:01 UT

Police say the woman complained several times before pulling a handgun from her purse and pointing it at the barber, telling him, I got two clips. WJW-TV reports surveillance video captured images of the woman and authorities are asking for help identifying her.

Cornell male singing group booted from campus for hazing

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:58:05 UT

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University officials say the college's oldest all-male a capella group has been permanently dismissed from campus for hazing that included requiring new members to put Icy Hot muscle cream on their genitals. According to the Ivy League school's website on hazing, Cayuga's Waiters initially were suspended two weeks into the 2016 fall semester for hazing that also included requiring members to sit naked in ice baths and making them run up and down a street and then consume food.

Principal says she regrets decision about 'smash space'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:24:33 UT

KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) — An elementary school principal in Washington, D.C.'s suburbs is rethinking her idea to set up a "smash space" designed to let teachers hack away at a chair to relieve tension. Sarah Sirgo, a director of school support and improvement for the Montgomery County school district, told families the district doesn't condone this sort of behavior and officials are committed to providing employees with wellness support.

UK man dressed as gorilla crawls through London Marathon

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40:08 UT

The man dubbed Mr. Gorilla is raising money for the Gorilla Organization — so far more than 22,000 pounds ($28,500) have been pledged. Harrison says the money will be used to protect endangered gorillas in Africa by sponsoring ranger services and helping people living near gorilla habitats to be more self-sufficient. The gorilla crawl has proved popular with people along the route.

NYPD: Woman shot at point-blank range saved by her purse

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:30:28 UT

Police say the bullet tore through the victim's purse, wallet and clothes, but stopped short of actually hitting her body. Police later found him nearby in the vehicle and arrested him on attempted murder charges.

Llama on the lam: Trooper lassoes llama loose on roadway

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:15:20 UT

(AP) — Massachusetts State Police are praising the cowboy skills of one their troopers after he lassoed a llama that was loose on a state highway and led it to safety. The troopers were not able to determine where the llama came from, but the owner of a nearby horse farm offered to keep the animal until its owner is found.

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:55:02 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. On Thursday, two bathroom attendants held toilet tissue that a park official cut as the inaugural ribbon for the high-tech facility housed in a landmarked Beaux Arts building behind the New York Public Library in Manhattan. The team behind the new posh public bathroom visited the Waldorf Astoria and other luxury hotels for inspiration. The bathroom is most often used by visitors to the leafy, grassy refuge of Bryant Park, which draws them with its seasonal attractions including a skating rink in winter, holiday shops, outdoor movies on summer nights and tables and chairs.

SeaWorld San Diego gets a furry surprise: a baby sea lion

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:41:33 UT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld San Diego is caring for a sea lion that was unexpectedly born to a sick mother. The park says the pup was discovered Wednesday when a team went to check the health of her mother, who was rescued from a beach in the city of Oceanside on Tuesday.

Nueva York: Baño público con obras de arte y música clásica

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:12:57 UT

Surgió de la inspiración de visitar los hoteles más lujosos de la ciudad y se espera que más de un millón de personas utilicen las instalaciones cada año, según autoridades del parque. La elegancia de las instalaciones, iluminadas con LED, es poco usual en una ciudad en donde los baños públicos son escasos y generalmente se encuentran en muy mal estado. “Está muy limpio, y las flores son naturales”, dijo Irena Marentic, una turista procedente de Eslovenia, a la salida del lugar, que cuenta con losetas traídas de Italia y España y muestra obras de arte de los pintores locales de Bryant Park.

Legislador gay acusa a trol de Facebook con su abuela

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:21:17 UT

FILADELFIA (AP) — Un legislador de Pensilvania que es abiertamente gay respondió a un trol que le publicó un insulto en su página de Facebook con una llamada telefónica a la abuela del agresor. Sims, quien es blanco y representa al distrito del centro de Filadelfia, respondió en la página del trol que no podía diferenciar si se trataba de un “niñito tonto o de un fanático intolerante”, pero lo que sí sabía es que no debió publicar el número telefónico de su abuela.

South Dakota man claims he found mouse in Coca-Cola can

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:46:05 UT

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man who claims to have found a mouse in a can of soda is suing Coca-Cola Co., saying he missed 60 hours of work and accumulated $1,000 in medical bills after becoming ill. In court documents, attorneys for Coca-Cola Co. disputed that there was proof that the mouse ended up in the can during bottling, saying it would have been in a more advanced stage of decomposition, The Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota, reported ( ). Brian Johnson, an attorney for the Atlanta-based company, said during a motions hearing Tuesday that he anticipates testimony from a veterinary pathologist, who will analyze the mouse's decomposition.

Cause of death of whale in New Jersey can't be determined

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:40:50 UT

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the Sei whale is one of the fastest whales, reaching speeds of up to 30 mph.

500 people get duplicate tax refund checks, can keep only 1

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:39:17 UT

500 people get duplicate tax refund checks, can keep only 1 Department of Administration policy director Allison Rogers says people can cash one check and return the other to the state, along with a brief explanation.

Nacen dos pingüinos en el Zoológico de Londres

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:43:52 UT

El zoológico colocó una efigie de pingüino en la jaula para que las criaturas se le acurruquen. Los pequeños son pesados cada mañana y se les alimenta tres veces al día. Luego pasarán al claustro regular que alberga a unos 70 pingüinos.

Touch new stamp and presto, total solar eclipse becomes moon

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:28:06 UT

Just touch the stamp with your finger, and the heat transforms the image of the blacked-out sun into the moon. There's a map on the back of the stamp sheet showing the eclipse's diagonal path across the U.S. on Aug. 21, as the moon covers the sun in the sky.