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Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:59:00 UT

DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) — The feeding habits of a Cooper's hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of a New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons. A hawk has been killing and devouring pigeons near the entrance to M & T Bank in suburban Syracuse for several weeks. Property manager Joseph Mathlin tells the Syracuse Post-Standard that bank staff are terrified and disgusted. Mathlin says the bank tried putting up a fake owl to shoo the hawk away. Jake McGowan of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says the hawk probably won't care about the owl but its pigeon prey might be scared off.



Sonda espacial europea analiza atmósfera de Marte

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:53:55 UT

BERLÍN (AP) — Una sonda espacial europea ha entrado en órbita alrededor de Marte para analizar su atmósfera y buscar posibles señales de vida. La Agencia Espacial Europea dijo el martes que su sonda Trace Gas Orbiter realizó con éxito una maniobra difícil que consiste en hundirse en la atmósfera superior del planeta para perder velocidad. La sonda empezará a buscar en abril rastros de gases como el metano, que podrían ser producto de la actividad biológica o geológica. También buscará hielo, que podría ser útil para futuros descensos sobre el planeta. Un radio fabricado por la NASA ayudará a transmitir señales de los exploradores estadounidenses sobre la superficie a la Tierra. Europa planea enviar un explorador en 2021.



Fabricantes venden juguetes inspirados en excremento

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:17:56 UT

NUEVA YORK (AP) — Los fabricantes de juguetes están acudiendo al inodoro para sus nuevas creaciones. Mattel, una compañía más conocida por sus muñecas Barbie, se apresta a lanzar un juego llamado Flushin' Frenzy que dispara un excremento plástico. Su rival Hasbro, cuyo Toilet Trouble, que dispara un chorro de agua, fue un éxito el año pasado, mantuvo la tendencia este año y lanzó Don't Step In It, un juego en el que los participantes tienen los ojos vendados y no tienen que pisar unas sustancia parecida a heces elaboradas con algo parecido a la arcilla. Analistas de juguetes y expertos dicen que los juguetes relacionados con excremento están saliendo a las tiendas ahora debido a la popularidad del emoji de popó.



Got skunks in your home? Don't use a smoke bomb

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:16:05 UT

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks. The Detroit Free Press reports the man's attempt sparked a fire Monday that quickly spread from the crawlspace to the first floor. The fire eventually spread through the walls and attic of the rental property. Ferndale Fire Chief Kevin P. Sullivan says the house was a complete loss. He says no skunk carcasses were found. Sullivan says the department advises that people hire pest control professionals for such work. But he says if someone is "an absolute die-hard do-it-yourselfer, please read and understand the directions and warning labels" on such devices.



Massachusetts transit bosses under fire for $100K bathroom

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:12:04 UT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts transportation officials are under fire for authorizing a no-bid contract for a tiny, $100,000 bathroom inside a state office building. WCVB-TV reports that the 115-square-foot bathroom and adjoining kitchenette was installed last year at the State Transportation Building inside the new state Transportation Department and MBTA board room. The project was fast-tracked and not put out to bid, which is usually done for state projects to make contractors compete for the work and keep costs down. Greg Sullivan, a former state inspector general who's now research director at the Pioneer Institute, called the cost "outrageous." The bathroom is about 40 steps from a spacious public bathroom on the same floor.



Runaway cow defends its freedom in Poland

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:15:46 UT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled. The red Limousin beef cow that fled last month has gained celebrity status as it defends its life and freedom, roaming a lake-filled region near Nysa, in the southwest of the country. Governor Czeslaw Bilobran said Wednesday the cow is "cunning and clever and uses the difficult terrain to trick the search group," swimming from island to island. When caught, it will be put in a local animal reserve. "It is so brave and strong-headed that we decided to keep it," Bilobran told The Associated Press.



Nothing to see here! Police clear T-Rex walking student

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:47:52 UT

EAST LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — Police in a Philadelphia suburb received an unusual report about a dinosaur on the loose. But officers in East Lansdowne did not panic and took things in stride when they realized what was happening. They posted a video showing a person in a Tyrannosaurus rex costume "taking their kid to school" on Tuesday. Officers concluded their report: "No problem. Clear."



Bicyclist blames Waze for directing him into Lincoln Tunnel

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:38:21 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City bicyclist delivering Chinese food is blaming the Waze navigation app for directing him into the busy Lincoln Tunnel, where bikes are banned. A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman says 19-year-old Bruce Lee was stopped Tuesday evening after he pedaled into the tunnel, which connects Manhattan and New Jersey. The Staten Island man told police that he was directed into the tunnel under the Hudson River by the Waze app on his phone. He was arrested on charges of trespass and criminal possession of a weapon after a dagger was found in his possession. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment.



Prisión a joven que ingresó un tigre de Bengala a EEUU

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:21:20 UT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Un joven de California fue sentenciado a seis meses en prisión por meter ilegalmente al país un cachorro de tigre de Bengala desde México, se informó el martes. Un abogado de Luis Valencia, de 18 años, dijo a la corte en San Diego antes de la sentencia que a su cliente le faltó juicio y quería el tigre como mascota. Pero los fiscales argumentaron que el teléfono de Valencia mostraba datos que revelaron que operaba un negocio de tráfico de animales y alardeaba sobre ganar miles por monos, jaguares y leones. El cachorro de seis semanas de edad fue hallado en agosto en el piso del asiento del copiloto en el carro de Valencia, en un puesto fronterizo de San Diego.



NY touts economic boom with South African photo

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:10:49 UT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York economic development agency report meant to show the state's growth was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing construction cranes in South Africa. The Associated Press discovered the photo in this month's report from Empire State Development. The photo, showing seven towering heavy-lift cranes being used to build a stadium in Cape Town for the 2010 soccer World Cup, is a cropped version of one owned by Getty Images, available for licensing on its website for up to $575. The photo apparently was used to give the impression of heavy construction activity in the state.



Police: Man's target practice leaves bulletholes in walls

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:21:49 UT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man who was taking target practice in his home was arrested after bullets went through the wall into his neighbors' apartment. A Cape Coral police news release says 61-year-old Ivan Bakh was arrested Sunday and charged with firing a weapon in public and shooting into a dwelling. Police say Bakh's neighbors called them Sunday morning after awaking to a loud bang and finding holes in their bedroom and living room walls. When officers went to Bakh's apartment, they reported seeing holes in the wall he shared with his neighbors, as well as several books taped together with a red target drawn on them. Police say they also found a loaded 9mm handgun. Bakh was released Tuesday on $10,000 bail.



KFC cierra cientos de locales en GBretaña por falta de pollo

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:16:21 UT

LONDRES (AP) — En los locales de KFC en Gran Bretaña, el pollo se ha vuelto tan escaso como los dientes de gallina. KFC dijo que 470 de sus 900 locales en el Reino Unido permanecieron cerrados el martes debido a la escasez de pollo. La empresa dijo que el problema comenzó la semana pasada cuando contrató a DHL para sus envíos. Los locales abiertos operan con horarios breves o menús limitados. La cadena de pollo frito ofreció disculpas el sábado y dijo prever que los problemas continuarán durante toda la semana. Se negó a aclarar qué está haciendo para remediar el problema de la falta de provisiones.



Hundreds of KFC outlets in UK closed amid chicken shortage

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:57:04 UT

LONDON (AP) — Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets. KFC says about 470 of the fried chicken chain's 900 U.K. restaurants remained closed Tuesday because of a chicken shortage. The company says the disruption started last week, when it changed its delivery provider to DHL. Open branches are operating on shortened hours or with limited menus. The fried chicken chain first apologized for the problems on Saturday. It said it expects problems to continue throughout the week. The company declined to offer details about what it is doing to address the inadequate chicken supplies.



Tar cakes tires, slows commute on New Jersey highway

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:37:10 UT

OLDMANS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — It was a sticky commute on a New Jersey interstate after tar coated the highway. State Trooper Alejandro Goez says the tar was in the center and right southbound lanes along a 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 295 in Salem County just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The trooper says about 20 vehicles reported going over the tar between mileposts 13 and 8. The tar stuck to their tires and wheels. There were no accidents or injuries. Workers scraped the tar from the road. State Police are trying to determine where the tar came from.



Tailandia: otorgan custodia de 13 bebés a millonario japonés

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:56:52 UT

BANGKOK (AP) — Una corte tailandesa otorgó el martes la custodia de 13 bebés, nacidos de madres sustitutas, a su padre biológico, un furtivo millonario japonés. El caso de Mitsutoki Shigeta revive una historia extraña que ocupó los titulares de los tabloides hace cuatro años. En 2014, la policía allanó un condominio y halló nueve bebés con nueve cuidadoras en cuartos sin amueblar. Se determinó que Shigeta había engendrado a los niños por medio de madres sustitutas tailandesas. Este caso, junto con otros, dio lugar a una ley que prohíbe la subrogación comercial de vientres para clientes extranjeros.



Añaden 2 patas al emoji de langosta tras críticas al diseño

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:31:27 UT

AUGUSTA, Maine, EE.UU. (AP) — Tras las protestas, la organización que controla la publicación de emojis agregó dos patas más al icono de la langosta para corregir el diseño. Poco después de que Unicode Consortium hizo públicas las propuestas para los 157 nuevos iconos que estarán disponibles este año, los residentes de Maine mostraron su desacuerdo porque la representación de la langosta tenía ocho patas en lugar de las 10 correctas, según reportó el Portland Press Herald. El organismo tuvo en cuenta las quejas y remendará el diseño del emoji de langosta, además de actualizar los de la patineta y ADN, escribió el lunes el jefe de Emojipedia, Jeremy Burge. Se espera que el icono de langosta esté disponible más tarde este año.



Lobster emoji gets 2 more legs following design complaints

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:56:32 UT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct. The Portland Press Herald reports soon after the Unicode Consortium released proposed images of 157 new emojis to be made available this year, Maine residents took umbrage at the lobster emoji's eight legs instead of the correct 10. Emojipedia Chief Emoji Officer Jeremy Burge wrote Monday the consortium had heard people's complaints and is releasing updated designs for the lobster emoji, alongside updates for a skateboard and DNA emoji. The lobster emoji is expected to be available later this year. ___ Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.



Lobster emoji gets 2 more legs following design complaints

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:56:32 UT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct. The Portland Press Herald reports soon after the Unicode Consortium released proposed images of 157 new emojis to be made available this year, Maine residents took umbrage at the lobster emoji's eight legs instead of the correct 10. Emojipedia Chief Emoji Officer Jeremy Burge wrote Monday the consortium had heard people's complaints and is releasing updated designs for the lobster emoji, alongside updates for a skateboard and DNA emoji. The lobster emoji is expected to be available later this year. ___ Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.



11-year-old Pennsylvania Boy Scout called for jury duty

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:26:43 UT

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — One Pennsylvania resident has been called to perform his civic duty a few years earlier than expected. Jeanette Fox says her son came running to her with a summons from the Chester County court to appear for jury duty in March. Her son, Luke, is only 11 years old. Fox says she tried to go online to request an exemption, but there was no option to select for those too young to serve. She says she made multiple phone calls, and a person who answered said the county had recently changed companies that pull the list for people who receive summonses. The error was eventually fixed, but Fox says her son was excited to go. Luke is a Boy Scout, and he toured the Chester County Courthouse last year.



NYC still waiting to fill new 'night mayor' position

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:22:36 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is still waiting to see who will become its first ever "night mayor." The nightlife ambassador position was announced last fall by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio. He says the position would serve as a point of contact between city agencies and the city nightlife industry. The New York Post reports Democratic City Councilman Rafael Espinal, who sponsored legislation creating the position, says he hasn't heard any word about a confirmed appointee. Espinal says the city is vetting a candidate and the post will be filled in the next few weeks. A spokeswoman for the mayor's office declined to provide a timeframe for the announcement.