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Toilet charity gets Indian village to take on Trump name

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:24:37 UT

MARODA, India (AP) — A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. For an inauguration attended by media Friday, organizers coached villagers to shout "Zindabad!" which means "Long live!" each time they shouted Trump's name. The charity's founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, acknowledged that naming the village after Trump was a stunt aimed at drawing more attention — and hopefully funding — for their efforts to improve sanitation across India.

Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:43 UT

BEIJING (AP) — Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China — and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. Several cities including Shenzhen and Qingdao have reportedly banned sales of the palm-sized contraptions, which sell for about $1 and are powerful enough to puncture soda cans, apples and cardboard, depending on the projectile.

Es una niña: La cría de panda nacida en Japón pasa exámenes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:50:56 UT

TOKIO (AP) — La cría de oso panda nacida en Japón, que se ha convertido en una celebridad en el país, es una hembra. La cría, que todavía no tiene nombre, está en buen estado y se alimenta de la leche de su madre, ShinShin. Las características manchas negras de orejas, ojos y garras de los panda aparecen gradualmente, y los del cachorro empezaban a verse. Se pidió colaboración ciudadana para decidir su nombre. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, profesor de la Kansai University, estima que en los próximos años la economía japonesa ganará 26.700 millones de yenes (240 millones de dólares) con el nacimiento del cachorro, incluyendo artículos relacionados con el panda, entradas al zoo y otros gastos.

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:32:24 UT

A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital's expansion and plans are to move it two blocks away to city property. Even the tree company hired to do the move is feeling the pressure to keep the 98-foot (30-meter) tree upright as it travels about two blocks over about 12 hours to its new home. Cox said the tree will be the tallest the company has ever moved, as well as the largest in circumference at more than 20 feet (6 meters) near its base. The plan is to lift the sequoia Friday afternoon onto the inflatable, rolling tubes. The Idaho sequoia is in a drier, colder climate, and the tree lost its original top in the 1980s due to damage from Christmas decorations that people strung on it.

World's Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs' inner beauty

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:23:10 UT

By celebrating inner beauty, organizers said they hope to showcase that all dogs, regardless of physical appearance, can be lovable additions to any family. Besides the main crown, the Spirit Award is presented to a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provide service to their community, organizers said.

Game on ... and on: 11-day hockey marathon set for Buffalo

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:15:12 UT

From the opening faceoff Thursday night to the final whistle set for the morning of July 3, the group of mostly 40-something Buffalonians will be on the ice playing one continuous game spanning 11 days — or 251 hours, to be exact. Teams will be split into groups of about seven players (five skaters, a goalie and a spare), with each playing four-hour shifts. Aside from countless aching bones and worn-out skates, Lesakowski projects there will be more than 4,000 goals scored. Credit Nicholas Fattey with the first goal, scored on a backhander, 8:21 into the game. The rest of the roster was filled through an application process. In selecting an older group of players, Lesakowski wanted to assemble a team of not merely hockey enthusiasts, but those able to commit to the mental and physical challenges as well as generate at least $10,000 in pledges each. "The biggest thing is make sure their passion's in the right place," Lesakowski said. Because on June 29 at 3 a.m., you've got to find something in your belly that might not exist if you're just in it to play a long hockey game. Any player who backs out or gets injured can't be replaced, meaning more ice time for others. There are only two per team and each skater is already scheduled to take a turn playing net at least once.

Francia: Muere bloguera al explotar sifón de crema batida

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:37:08 UT

Muere bloguera al explotar sifón de crema batida PARÍS (AP) — Las autoridades francesas investigan la muerte de una bloguera debido aparentemente a la explosión de una lata de crema batida que fue retirada del mercado en 2013, dijeron el jueves funcionarios y la empresa fabricante del producto. La fiscalía de Mulhouse, en el este del país, dijo que se investiga la muerte de Rebecca Burger, de 33 años, sucedida el domingo, y si se debió a un defecto en el sifón en un aparato de alta presión utilizado para batir crema y servirla.

Idaho: Trasplantarán secuoya de más de 100 años

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:02:28 UT

(AP) — El pequeño árbol de secuoya que envió el naturalista John Muir a Idaho hace más de un siglo y fue plantado en el patio de la casa de un doctor, se ha convertido en un enorme obstáculo para el progreso. La secuoya plantada en 1912 estorba la expansión de un hospital de Boise, pero se ha convertido en una de las atracciones de la ciudad a lo largo de las décadas y en la secuoya más grande del estado. Así que, a partir del viernes, el Sistema de Salud de St. Luke gastará 300.000 dólares para trasplantar el árbol de 30 metros (98 pies) de altura a una propiedad de la ciudad ubicada a un par de cuadras de distancia. Cox dijo que el árbol será el más grande que haya trasplantado su compañía tanto en altura como en circunferencia, que supera los 6 metros (20 pies) cerca de la base.

Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:40:27 UT

According to police, a woman entered a Spencer's store in Little Rock's Park Plaza Mall at midday Wednesday and tried to return an item. A police report says that the woman became frustrated when she was refused money and tried to leave with a stripper pole instead.

Niños van de falda a la escuela por el calor en Gran Bretaña

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:35:32 UT

LONDRES (AP) — Alumnos en una escuela secundaria en Gran Bretaña encontraron una forma novedosa de evadir las estrictas reglas de uniforme escolar que prohíben el uso de shorts, en momentos en que el país sufre una intensa ola de calor: usar faldas en lugar de los pantalones grises del reglamento. En la ciudad de Nantes, en el occidente de Francia, choferes hombres de autobuses del transporte público acudieron a trabajar esta semana luciendo faldas que son parte del uniforme de sus colegas mujeres, en protesta por el hecho de que no se les permite usar pantalones cortos.

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:33:44 UT

Vivian Kirkpatrick-Pilger, a Republican Party official in mountainous, forested Josephine County, told legislators that people have been salvaging roadkill meat in Oregon for years — since vehicles and animals have been colliding — and they've never needed a law or permit to do it. [...] the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said that before last week, the only people allowed to keep roadkill were licensed furtakers, and no one — not even licensed hunters — could keep game animals found as roadkill. Les Helgeson, of the community of Beaver, near the northwest coast, told legislators that roadkill "would not be palatable, much less pass any sense of health standards for human consumption." Todd Toven of Castle Rock, Colorado, posted a video on YouTube showing himself carving up a deer that had been hit by a vehicle on a highway and finished off by a deputy sheriff's bullet. Oregon's new law calls for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules for the issuance of permits for the purpose of salvaging meat for human consumption from deer or elk that have been accidentally killed in a vehicle collision.

En debate del Brexit, “Imagine” de Lennon inspira algunos

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:51:17 UT

BRUSELAS (AP) — En una cumbre de líderes europeos en Bruselas el jueves donde se abordó el tema de la salida británica de la Unión Europea, algunos participantes se inspiraron en la famosa melodía “Imagine” de John Lennon para manifestar sus diferencias. Pero el primer ministro belga Charles Michel inmediatamente descartó esa posibilidad, afirmando que se debe respetar la voluntad del pueblo británico expresada en un referéndum en junio del 2016 a favor del Brexit.

EEUU: Recortarán sentencia a reos que ayudaron a guardia

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:36:13 UT

(AP) — Las autoridades en Georgia recortarán en una cuarta parte las sentencias de seis presos que ayudaron a un guardia de prisión que tuvo una emergencia médica mientras estaba trabajando, se informó el jueves. El jefe de policía del condado Polk, Johnny Moats, dijo a medios noticiosos que el guardia colapsó repentinamente mientras supervisaba a reos que tienen permiso para salir a trabajar durante el día. Se prevé que el guardia se recupere.

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:01:51 UT

Photos in British media show the boys wearing short-sleeved white shirts, school ties and the gray and white plaid skirts that the girls wear. In the western French city of Nantes, male bus drivers reportedly wore skirts this week that are part of female drivers' uniform to protest the fact that they were not allowed to wear shorts.

Consejos para mantener el cerebro saludable durante la vejez

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:19:53 UT

No hay maneras comprobadas de evitar el declive mental o demencia senil, pero un nuevo reporte dice que hay indicios de que el ejercicio, control de presión arterial y algunos tipos de entrenamiento mental podrían ayudar. Sin tener pruebas, el gobierno no debería de comenzar una campaña de salud pública promoviendo estrategias de salud cerebral para la vejez, dijo las Academias Nacionales de Ciencias, Ingeniería y Medicina en un informe divulgado el jueves. Al igual que el consejo sobre la presión arterial, desde hace mucho que se considera que lo bueno para el corazón es bueno para el cerebro.

Suspect lights cigarette at end of wild police pursuit

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:49:56 UT

Suspect lights cigarette at end of wild police pursuit Officials say at one point during the pursuit early Thursday the suspect stopped the sedan suddenly and then backed up and rammed a patrol car.

Genoa makes special airport waiver for famed pesto sauce

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:40:05 UT

ROME (AP) — The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who can't get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce.

En disputa, propiedad de la casa donde nació Hitler

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:47:17 UT

En disputa, propiedad de la casa donde nació Hitler VIENA (AP) — Un abogado de la propietaria de la casa natal de Adolfo Hitler disputa el derecho del gobierno a confiscar el inmueble, argumentando ante la corte suprema austríaca que las autoridades utilizan la medida “como un garrote” porque su clienta rechazó ofertas de compra a precios demasiado bajos. El recurso es en respuesta a un proyecto del gobierno de apoderarse de la casa después que la propietaria Gerlinde Pommer se negó a venderla. Hitler nació en 1889 en la casa en Braunau am Inn, una población cerca de la frontera con Alemania.

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:07:13 UT

Seismologists said Wednesday's automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara was a false alarm based on a quake that happened in the same area nearly a century ago. "The quake did happen, but it happened in 1925," said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist from the US Geological Survey. The report caused huge ripples on Twitter, where dozens of automated tweets were generated, and concerned citizens were hoping the people of California were OK. Reporters and editors often use the automated emails from the USGS to begin their coverage, though the reports themselves warn that they contain automated information that has not been reviewed by a seismologist.

Stoked! 511 California surfers paddle out to set record

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:58:56 UT

The record became official Tuesday after 511 surfers formed a circle and held hands for one minute while floating off Huntington Beach. The paddle-out was conceived as a way to celebrate surfing making it into the Olympic summer games for the first time in 2020.