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Dos granjas en Sudáfrica dejan de ofrecer paseos en avestruz

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:35:41 UT

El debate es parte de una discusión más amplia en África y más allá sobre la ética de la interacción humana con ciertos animales usados para entretenimiento y otros fines. Desde hace 15 años, la granja Safari comenzó a restringir el peso de un visitante para subirse a un avestruz y finalmente a comienzos de mayo dejó de ofrecer los paseos, dijo el encargado de marketing, Billy Engelbrecht. En contraste, la granja Highgate sigue ofreciéndolos pero restringe el peso del jinete a 74 kilos (163 libras), dado que un ave de este tamaño puede cargar hasta 90 kg (198 libras), dijo el propietario Johan Keller, quien aseguró en un email: "nuestras aves son felices".

Used clothing store gets surprise donation of marijuana

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:50:34 UT

The Maplewood Police Department posted a photo on Facebook of the surprise donation to the Once Upon a Child store with an invitation to the owner to come in and claim it. Police Chief Paul Schnell says because it was packaged for distribution or sale, its owner, if identified, could face a felony charge that would carry a sentence of more than a year in jail.

Subastan anillo de diamante comprado en mercado de pulgas

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:22:01 UT

LONDRES (AP) — Hace casi 30 años, una persona compró en un mercado de pulgas un anillo que le costó unos 15 dólares pensando que era joyería de fantasía, y sin embargo resultó ser un anillo de diamante de 26,27 quilates.

'Costume jewelry' diamond really worth hundreds of thousands

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:49:40 UT

Consider the person who dropped about 10 pounds (about $15) around 30 years ago on what was thought to be a piece of costume jewelry — it turned out to be a 26.27 carat white diamond. The gem bought at a flea market is expected to fetch about 350,000 pounds ($454,000) when it is auctioned by Sotheby's next month.

Woman arrested in bomb scare says object was an alarm clock

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:37:58 UT

Woman arrested in bomb scare says object was an alarm clock (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of having a fake explosive device that set off a bomb scare in a grocery store parking lot says the object was a novelty alarm clock she bought at a garage sale.

Man left trying to explain how car ended up in swimming pool

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:52:32 UT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is trying to explain how his car ended up in a swimming pool. Local news outlets report someone noticed the empty car submerged in the swimming pool at a Winston-Salem apartment complex.

Startling video shows sea lion snatching girl from pier

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:21:25 UT

RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) — A college student has startling video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and yanking her into the water on Canada's West Coast. University student Michael Fujiwara tells CBC News that some people started feeding the animal breadcrumbs.

Woman calls cops worried semen in thermos might explode

Sun, 21 May 2017 14:21:34 UT

(AP) — A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode. The sheriff's office defended its action, saying it was important to provide the type of safety information contained in the post.

Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor

Sun, 21 May 2017 01:53:19 UT

(AP) — A humpback whale swam into a Southern California harbor and got stuck there, drawing spectators and news helicopters as boat crews try to guide it out to the open water. Jen Levine, the stranding operations and animal care manager for the Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute, says rescuers plan to use a hydrophone that plays underwater whale sounds to guide the whale out of the harbor.

Woman calls cops worried semen in thermos might explode

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:30:12 UT

(AP) — Felicia Nevins called police after worrying the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice in for her artificial insemination could have exploded. Nevins hadn't even told her family about her fertility journey, but she says the sheriff's office posted the story on its Facebook page after the incident and a news crew showed up at her door. After the Facebook post by the sheriff's office, a TV news crew appeared on her doorstep with a camera. The Sheriff's Office later defended their actions in a statement, saying they never publicly release names or identifying information.

Appearance of young bear puts kibosh on high school game

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:23:33 UT

(AP) — The appearance of a bear cub — a real one, not a mascot — forced the cancellation of a pair of high school baseball and softball games in Vermont. Oxbow baseball coach Shawn French told the Valley News ( ) it was a historic first that sent players and fans scurrying indoors.

Talking turkey: NC firefighters rescue baby birds from drain

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:08:06 UT

Talking turkey: NC firefighters rescue baby birds from drain WLOS in Asheville reports ( the Asheville Fire Department was called after some people walking a dog noticed a frantic hen turkey.

Owner: No flak from the law for floating Alaska strip club

Sat, 20 May 2017 02:30:20 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man says he didn't have problems with authorities after he reopened a strip club on his converted crabbing boat as a way to protest his conviction on federal charges. Coast Guard and Kodiak police didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Oil company watches over pregnant polar bear under bridge

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:22:55 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pregnant polar bear seeking to dig her maternity den chose an unlikely spot: a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast of Alaska. Polar bears are listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act because climate warming is melting their primary habitat, sea ice. "Typically they pick locations that are away from oil field infrastructure," said Beth Sharp, Hilcorp's habitat and wildlife specialist, who has worked on Alaska's North Slope for nearly two decades. U.S. Geological Survey researchers say south Beaufort Sea polar bears increasingly use land for maternity dens as sea ice conditions change.

Thailand's chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:35:04 UT

BANGKOK (AP) — A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Wildlife officials caught the chunky monkey — nicknamed "Uncle Fat" by locals — after photos of the animal started circulating on social media last month. "After he ate food given by humans for a while, he developed a fat mass, which became a type of benign tumor," Supakarn said.

Police department names new K-9 after Patriots' Gronkowski

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:29:22 UT

(AP) — Gronk will soon be tracking down criminals, sniffing for drugs and acting as the furry face of a Massachusetts police department. After attending a nearby charity event in February, the Patriots player stopped by an Athol Subway shop and ordered a footlong chicken, cheese and guacamole sandwich that the restaurant's owner dubbed the Big Subkowski.

Robots, rappelling, rifles: Showcase of special ops gadgets

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:44:53 UT

Here, the U.S. Special Operations Command — the Tampa-based unit that oversees all of the nation's elite military teams — shops for equipment. Lantern-jawed Marines in camo mingle with computer geeks in chinos who run complex intel programs on the convention floor. Panels such as "Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit Sessions" are popular, and alphabet soup acronyms are common in casual conversation ("Are you going to the USSOCOM J-Code Directors Panel?"). Outside the convention center, maritime displays of sleek boats with mounted weapons cruise by, and underwater drones surface. Here are some of the interesting gadgets that were on the trade show floor during the weeklong event, which wraps up Friday. The small grey cylinders with cameras can be remote-controlled on land or in the water, and Sam MacDonald, president, says the device can dive down 150 meters — it's great for hull inspection or contraband, checking out port security. "When a special forces team wants to enter a ship, they use one of our compact launchers to shoot a grapnel and hook onto a ship with a rope attached," Pieterz explained, tugging on a device and a rope attached high into the convention center rafters.

Chief: Boy called police to say father had drugs in luggage

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:49:51 UT

Police say they found more than 200 grams of heroin and the powerful opioid fentanyl, with a street value of about $8,500, in the suitcase. Prosecutors say the father, 41-year-old Yamil Mercado, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of trafficking heroin and reckless endangerment of a child.

Pennsylvania woman makes dress from Starburst candy wrappers

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:54:32 UT

The Mount Joy Township woman posted a picture of her dress last week on her Facebook page , Artistry and Upcycling by Emily Seilhamer. Seilhamer met her husband, Malachi, when he offered her a pack of Starburst, his favorite candy.

Oregon governor forgives boy for swiping hazelnut, pen

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:23:21 UT

(AP) — The governor of Oregon has pardoned a fourth-grade boy who swiped a hazelnut and a pen during a recent tour of the state Capitol. In the pencil-written letter, Samuel explains that he visited the Capitol Building on a classroom tour on April 19 and took the items.