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Authorities investigating claims teacher fed puppy to turtle

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:09:04 UT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — Authorities are investigating reports a teacher fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in a rural Idaho town that was the setting for the teenage cult classic film "Napoleon Dynamite." The uproar has forced police to step up security amid threats at Preston Junior High School and other schools in the district following the incident that reportedly occurred on March 7 in front of several students after school. Investigators are looking into possible animal cruelty charges. The teacher has not been named by authorities. Preston Police Chief Mike Peterson said Friday the threats were vague but linked to the allegation that the reportedly ailing puppy was fed to the turtle March 7.

Corte rumana le dice a hombre que él no está vivo

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:05:46 UT

BUCAREST, Rumania (AP) — Constantin Reliu se enteró en enero que estaba oficialmente muerto. Después de más de 20 años en Turquía, donde trabajaba de cocinero, el hombre de 63 años regresó a Rumania, su país natal, para descubrir que su esposa lo había registrado oficialmente como muerto. Desde entonces, vive una pesadilla jurídica al tratar de demostrar que está vivo. El jueves, una corte en la ciudad norteña de Vaslui se negó a anular su certificado de defunción porque presentó su pedido “demasiado tarde”. La decisión es definitiva, dijo la corte. “Soy un fantasma viviente”, dijo Reliu a The Associated Press vía telefónica desde su hogar en Barlad. “Estoy oficialmente muerto aunque estoy vivo.

Gorilla at Philadelphia Zoo takes stand against dirty hands

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:04:06 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A male gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo is taking a stand against dirty hands by opting to walk on two legs. Apparently, 18-year-old Louis is a clean freak. When Louis has his hands full of tomatoes or other snacks, he walks upright like a human to keep food and hands clean, rather than the typical gorilla stance of leaning forward on his knuckles. Michael Stern, curator of primates and small mammals, says workers had to install a fire hose over a mud puddle in the yard. The nearly 500-pound, 6-foot-tall primate crosses it like a tight rope to avoid getting dirty. Stern says it's "pretty unusual" for gorillas to walk around upright.

Police say Indiana man took taxi to and from bank robbery

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:57:15 UT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 19-year-old Indiana man took a cab to and from a bank robbery and that he paid the driver with some of his stolen cash. Derrick Faria was arrested less than an hour after Thursday's robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch in Evansville. The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Faria reportedly passed a teller a note demanding money, but that he didn't show a weapon. Faria is being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail on preliminary charges of robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records show that Faria hadn't been formally charged as of Friday morning. They didn't list an attorney for him. ___ Information from: Evansville Courier & Press,

Dead man walking: Court rejects Romanian's claim he's alive

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:22:26 UT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Constantin Reliu learned in January that he was dead. After more than 20 years of working as a cook in Turkey, the 63-year-old returned home to Romania to discover that his wife had had him officially registered as dead. He has since been living a legalistic nightmare of trying to prove to authorities that he is, in fact, alive. He faced a major setback Thursday when a court in the northeastern city of Vaslui refused to overturn his death certificate because his request was filed "too late." The decision, the court said, is final. "I am a living ghost," Reliu told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday from his home in Barlad, northeastern Romania. "I am officially dead, although I'm alive," he said.

Maine resident Jesus Christ sends letter to Oprah Winfrey

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:24:37 UT

WATERBORO, Maine (AP) — A letter from Jesus Christ might be the affirmation Oprah Winfrey needs to run for the presidency. WGME-TV reports an 83-year-old Maine woman who changed her name to Jesus Christ says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace. Christ says she sent the letter to Winfrey because she likes her but had no idea it would get so much attention. Gayle King, one of the hosts of "CBS This Morning," posted about the letter to Winfrey on Instagram on Wednesday, asking if it was the sign her best friend was looking for.

Authorities: Man steals SUV at gunpoint during test drive

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:57:58 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a man who took an SUV on a test drive stole the vehicle at gunpoint. Philadelphia police say the theft occurred around 7 p.m. Thursday. A car dealership salesman who accompanied the man on the test drive said the man started driving erratically, so he told him to pull over. As the salesman tried to switch seats with the man, the driver allegedly pulled out a gun and then soon drove off, leaving the salesman stranded on the side of the road. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

Rhode Island lawmaker withdraws proposed outhouse ban bill

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:49:11 UT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker who introduced a bill that would ban outhouses in the state says he is withdrawing the legislation. Republican Rep. Justin Price said Wednesday he is pulling the measure ahead of a scheduled State house hearing. Price says the issue should be addressed by local municipalities, not the state. The bill would have required any outhouse existing as of Jan. 1, 2019, to be "abandoned, filled up and destroyed" within one year. Price previously said the bill was inspired by a dispute between Warwick residents and their former neighbor who lived within sniffing distance of the family's outhouse. Those who refused to comply could have faced up to a $1,000 fine.

India: 3 detenidos por pruebas para determinar sexo de bebé

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:04:21 UT

NUEVA DELHI (AP) — Un médico indio y dos de sus colaboradores fueron detenidos cuando se disponían a realizar una prueba ilegal para determinar el sexo de un bebé a una mujer embarazada, en un auto escondido en un bosque a las afueras de la capital, dijo un funcionario del gobierno el viernes. Como parte de la operación, realizada en colaboración con la policía, funcionarios sanitarios estatales utilizaron a una embarazada como señuelo para atraer a los acusados, que accedieron a determinar el sexo del feto por 30.000 rupias (4660 dólares).

Mocha master: SKorea barista adorns coffee with works of art

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:35:02 UT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Would you like cream, sugar and art with that? A South Korean barista is charming customers at his coffee shop by drawing intricate artwork on the foamy cream topping their drinks. Lee Kang Bin uses food coloring and small brushes, spoons and tools that look like mini ice picks to draw people, animals, Disney characters and landscapes on coffee. Lee has recreated famous paintings such as the 1893 Edvard Munch (AYD'-vart moongk) masterpiece "The Scream." This month the mocha master reproduced a couple's Niagara Falls vacation photo atop a cup of cold java. Lee creates the designs at the C.Through coffee shop in Seoul and calls them Creamart.

Barista surcoreano dibuja obras de arte en el café

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:58:10 UT

SEÚL, Corea del Sur (AP) — Un barista de Corea del Sur cautiva a los clientes de su cafetería dibujando elaboradas piezas de arte sobre la espuma de sus bebidas. Lee Kang Bin utiliza colorantes comestibles y pequeñas brochas, cucharas y utensilios semejantes a picos para hielo para dibujar gente, animales, personajes de películas de Disney y paisajes en el café. También ha recreado pinturas famosas como la de “El Grito” de 1893 del artista Edvard Munch. Este mes, el barista duplicó una fotografía que una pareja se tomó durante unas vacaciones a las Cataratas del Niágara en una taza de café frío. Lee crea los dibujos en la cafetería C.Through en Seúl y los describe como “creamart” (arte en crema).

Ohio: Gana 5 millones en rifa para promover restaurante

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:44:55 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Un apostador ganó casi 5 millones de dólares en una rifa semanal creada con la intención de traer clientes a un restaurante de Cleveland y que duró casi un año a medida que aumentaba el pozo, se informó el jueves. La multitud en el Grayton Road Tavern estalló en gritos y aplausos el miércoles cuando un jugador de la rifa Reina de Corazones escogió el número correcto. El canal WJW-TV informó que el ganador, residente en la localidad de Hinckley, optó por conservar el anonimato. La bolsa acumulada era de 5,5 millones de dólares. Bajo las reglas del juego, el local se queda con 550.000 dólares para iniciar el pozo siguiente en mayo.

$5M raffle won in business-boosting drawing at Ohio eatery

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:55:19 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland restaurant says someone won nearly $5 million in a weekly raffle that was intended to draw business and ended up lasting nearly a year as the jackpot climbed. The crowd at Grayton Road Tavern hooted and hollered Wednesday when the latest entry drawn in the Queen of Hearts game picked the right number to reveal the game's namesake on a board of playing cards. WJW-TV reports the winner is a man from Hinckley who opted to remain anonymous, for now. The jackpot was about $5.5 million. Under the game rules, the tavern keeps $550,000 of that to launch the next round of the game in May.

Sheriff legally used inmate food funds for beach house

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:37:53 UT

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff legally used more than $750,000 of funds meant to feed inmates to purchase a beach house. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin told The Birmingham News he follows a state law passed before World War II that allows sheriffs to keep "excess" inmate-feeding funds for themselves. Entrekin reported on state ethics forms that he made "more than $250,000" each of the past three years through the funds. The sheriff's annual salary is more than $93,000. He and his wife purchased a four-bedroom house with an in-ground pool and canal access in September for $740,000. Entrekin got a $592,000 mortgage. The home is one of several properties with a total assessed value of more than $1.

North Carolina veteran inaccurately declared dead

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:50:54 UT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials have discovered a North Carolina veteran isn't dead yet. The Fayetteville Observer reported that 81-year-old Charles Covell of Fayetteville was surprised to learn that he had been declared dead by the Veterans Affairs Department last month. Covell's wife realized something was wrong when a monthly disabilities payment was not deposited in their account. They learned a death certificate for a Charles Covell was filed in January. Covell spent 12 years in the Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. A spokeswoman from U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson's office said Tuesday the VA has said the mistake had been corrected.

Rusia: fallo en avión arroja oro sobre pista de despegue

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:40:19 UT

MOSCÚ (AP) — La escotilla de un avión de mercancías cargado con metales preciosos se abrió accidentalmente el jueves durante el despegue esparciendo al menos tres toneladas de oro por la pista, según agencias rusas. Las autoridades investigan el incidente ocurrido en el aeropuerto de la ciudad de Yakutsk, en el extremo oriental del país, según la agencia de noticias Tass. Un avión An-12 operado por la aerolínea Nimbus despegó de Krasnoyarsk cargado con 9,3 toneladas de oro y otros metales preciosos, según un comunicado del Comité de Investigación citado por Tass. Los problemas en el tirador de la puerta hicieron que esta se abriera arrojando parte de la mercancía.

Gold spills on Russian runway after plane door glitch

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:36:33 UT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say the hatch of a cargo plane carrying precious metals accidentally flew open upon takeoff — scattering at least 3 tons of gold on the runway. An investigation is underway after the incident Thursday at the airport in the far east city of Yakutsk, according to the Tass news agency. An An-12 plane operated by the airline Nimbus took off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gold and other precious metals, according to a statement from the state Investigative Committee quoted by Tass. Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal. Authorities recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, Tass quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying. No one was hurt in the incident.

Teddy bear with toy gun sparks anxiety in New Mexico town

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:27:30 UT

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — A giant stuffed teddy bear sitting on a park bench holding a toy gun near an elementary school has sparked anxiety in one New Mexico town. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports the teddy bear was spotted Tuesday in Socorro, New Mexico, but police say no laws were broken. Socorro Police Chief Mike Winders says police investigated the matter and there was no specific threat attached. Resident Dennis Wright says he believed the apparent prank was a threat made against elementary school children. No arrests were made. ___ Information from: KOB-TV,

Guam man accused of stealing 46 cans of corned beef

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:58:24 UT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A 35-year-old man on Guam has been charged with retail fraud for allegations that he stole two cases and 46 cans of corned beef from a market. The Pacific Daily News reported Thursday that two New Asan Beach Market store employees said they saw the man leaving with multiple cans of corned beef on Feb. 27. Court documents say the employees saw the man re-enter the store later in the day. The employees say they confronted the man, at which point he ran and escaped. An employee wrote down the license plate number of the car he was in and police tracked it down. Police say the vehicle had been involved in another theft case. Officers arrested the man.

Alaska motorists stop dog team pulling sled without musher

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:45:18 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — McKenna Wall was driving home last weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska, when she noticed something odd about the sled dog team running on the highway's shoulder. She had just attended a sled dog race, but these dogs had no musher on their sled to guide them. Wall thought it might have been one of the racing teams. While she recorded Sunday's strange encounter, her fiance Wyatt Dunlap pulled their vehicle ahead of the team. He stopped in front of six dogs and other motorists boxed them in to stop them from running more. It turns out it wasn't one of the teams that Wall saw racing earlier. Former Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race competitor Gwen Holdmann said two of her children were giving a friend a ride in the sled.