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'Shaving Cats!!??' Virginia police probe seven pet abductions - 28 Apr 2017 at 2:51pm - (Reuters) - Police and townsfolk in Waynesboro, Virginia, are trying to figure out why someone is abducting pet cats and returning them with hairless underbellies.

Giant rabbit dies after United Airlines flight to United States - 26 Apr 2017 at 5:22pm - LONDON (Reuters) - A 3-foot-long giant rabbit died at a United Airlines pet holding facility in Chicago following a flight from London, in another embarrassment for the airline as it struggles with a global backlash this month over a passenger dragged from his seat.

Horny male seeks mate: Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder - 26 Apr 2017 at 3:25am - NAIROBI (Reuters) - Like many guys using the Tinder dating app, Sudan loves the outdoors and travels widely. The catch: he's the world's last male white northern rhino and desperately needs to mate.

After three weeks, French artist succeeds in hatching eggs - 21 Apr 2017 at 4:09am - PARIS (Reuters) - French artist Abraham Poincheval, who famously spent a week inside a rock and two weeks inside a bear sculpture, has succeeded in hatching chicken eggs after incubating them for some three weeks.

Georgia grants couple's request to give daughter surname 'Allah' - 20 Apr 2017 at 5:11pm - (Reuters) - Georgia officials have granted a couple's request to issue a birth certificate giving their toddler daughter the surname "Allah" after earlier refusing to do so because neither parent has that name, civil liberties advocates said on Thursday.

Cockfighting in Cuba: clandestine venues, state arenas - 20 Apr 2017 at 11:15am - CIEGO DE AVILA (Reuters) - Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says his favorite fighting cock's prowess was "off the charts," so after it died of illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays it on his mantelpiece beside a television.

You say Austria, I say Australia: Airbus trips up on tricky typo - 20 Apr 2017 at 12:39am - SYDNEY (Reuters) - Austria and Australia are 16,000 km (9,940 miles) and two keystrokes apart, as European aircraft manufacturer Airbus discovered to its chagrin this week.

Loud sex sounds stall pro tennis match in Florida - 19 Apr 2017 at 2:57pm - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The score of a televised professional tennis match in Florida was love-15 when the apparent sounds of a woman in the throes of lovemaking interrupted it Tuesday night.

Images show North Koreans playing volleyball at nuclear test site - 18 Apr 2017 at 5:48pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. experts who have been forecasting an imminent North Korean nuclear test said on Tuesday they were surprised when they viewed their latest satellite images of the country's nuclear test site and saw volleyball games under way.

Condom-clogged pipe provides police clue in cracking Texas brothel - 11 Apr 2017 at 7:42pm - AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of condoms that clogged a city sewer pipe led police to raid a massage parlor in Texas and arrest two people for prostitution and other crimes, police documents released on Tuesday showed.

Police: 2 men kill each other over marijuana fight on 4/20 - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Flower shop owner accused of stealing plants from cemetery - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Boy turns in $2,000 he found, gets Outstanding Citizen Award - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (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.

?Carta de amor? pública causa polémica en España - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - ?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.

Swedish cows in a great moooo-d as summer pastures open - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - In an annual event that warms hearts across the country, "koslapp" (KOOH-slep) ? the cow release ? has become a popular family outing for urban residents. Last year, alone, dairy cooperative Arla Foods saw around 165,000 people flock to their farms across the Scandinavian country to watch the cows, frisky with excitement, race out into the sun and the lush summer pastures. Media-savvy farmers are now turning to social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to change the perception of their profession and to encourage people to reflect on where their food comes from. A mere 30 minutes after their release, the cows were settling into their new environment while groups of people elsewhere on the farm were searching for the best picnic spot.

German police deliver pizza after courier crashes car - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLIN (AP) ? Police came to the aid of a pizza courier who crashed his car in the southwest German town of Gaggenau ? by completing his delivery. The 46-year-old driver hit another car early Saturday. Both drivers required hospital treatment. In a statement, police said that after dealing with the accident the officers were able to hand over the "shaken but still edible pizzas" to the customers.

500 people get duplicate tax refund checks, can keep only 1 - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Cause of death of whale in New Jersey can't be determined - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the Sei whale is one of the fastest whales, reaching speeds of up to 30 mph.

South Dakota man claims he found mouse in Coca-Cola can - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Legislador gay acusa a trol de Facebook con su abuela - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Nueva York: Baño público con obras de arte y música clásica - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

SeaWorld San Diego gets a furry surprise: a baby sea lion - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Llama on the lam: Trooper lassoes llama loose on roadway - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (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.

NYPD: Woman shot at point-blank range saved by her purse - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

UK man dressed as gorilla crawls through London Marathon - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Principal says she regrets decision about 'smash space' - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Cornell male singing group booted from campus for hazing - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Police: Time-consuming haircut prompts woman to pull gun - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.

Mystery in Virginia: Someone is shaving other people's cats - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 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.