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Brazilian who led U.S. to $17 million under mattress pleads guilty - 19 Oct 2017 at 12:45pm - BOSTON (Reuters) - A Brazilian whose arrest led U.S. authorities to discover $17 million hidden under a mattress pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges that he tried to launder funds tied to one of the largest pyramid schemes ever.

New York police round up wandering cow in Brooklyn park - 17 Oct 2017 at 1:52pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police wrangled a cow on the loose in a Brooklyn park on Tuesday after the animal became a spectacle for tourists and New Yorkers alike when it was spotted roaming the streets and enjoying the park facilities.

Swiss flushing away millions in gold and silver every year - 12 Oct 2017 at 7:03am - ZURICH (Reuters) - While London's sewers can get clogged with fatbergs made up of grease and diapers, it seems Switzerland's waste system is flecked with silver and gold.

Exorcism excise: U.S. psychic pleads guilty to $3.5 million tax evasion - 5 Oct 2017 at 4:07pm - BOSTON (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed psychic who was paid $3.5 million by an elderly Massachusetts woman in exchange for claiming to cleanse her of demons pleaded guilty on Thursday to trying to avoid paying taxes.

Having the right name at the right, or sometimes wrong, time - 29 Sep 2017 at 10:57am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - When reporters descended on upstate New York to ask about a stunning prison break in 2015, state police spokesman Major Charles Guess took their questions.

Crayfish staff help Czech brewery keep its water as pure as can be - 28 Sep 2017 at 8:47pm - PROTIVIN, Czech Republic (Reuters) - Crayfish equipped with high-tech sensors have been drafted in by a Czech brewery in its quest to keep their water supply pure.

Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room - 19 Sep 2017 at 8:47pm - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room.

Geneva toilets flush with cash - 18 Sep 2017 at 1:03pm - GENEVA (Reuters) - Geneva prosecutors are investigating after toilets in a bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination euro banknotes, they said on Monday.

Staying fit: Japan's elderly hits record in challenge to labor market - 18 Sep 2017 at 6:58am - TOKYO (Reuters) - Swinging dumbbells and chewing gum, several elderly Japanese gathered at a shrine in downtown Tokyo on Monday in sweltering temperatures, belying their age and importance in one of the world's most rapidly aging societies.

Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog-gone expensive - 18 Sep 2017 at 6:48am - At Pet Rainbow Fiesta, a pet funeral expo, held in Tokyo on Monday, visitors were given a host of options on performing rites for dead pets, including cremation, constructing a household altar and making offerings of incense.

Police: Unpaid $7 Waffle House bill leads to ID theft ring - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm -

PEARL RIVER, La. (AP) ? Police in Louisiana have uncovered a sophisticated, Los Angeles-based identity theft ring, thanks to two men who skipped out on their $7 Waffle House bill, authorities said. Waffle House employees called police Saturday, saying two men had stiffed the restaurant and driven away in a U-Haul van. Investigators were still taking statements at the restaurant when patrol officers spotted a U-Haul van parked at a nearby hotel, Pearl River police said Thursday. A passenger ran into nearby woods as officers approached, according to a news release from Deputy Chief Daniel Hunter. The officers arrested the driver, and a police dog tracked down the passenger, who also was arrested, he said.



Causa sensación enorme adorno ?Star Wars? de Halloween - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - PARMA, Ohio, EE.UU. (AP) ? Un enorme adorno de Halloween inspirado en "Star Wars? ha causado tanta sensación en un suburbio de Ohio que muchos niños se han vuelto fanáticos de la película y numerosas personas han venido de otros estados para verlo. Nick Meyer, de profesión mecánico, trabajó medio año y gastó más de mil dólares para construir una réplica del vehículo blindado que usan las tropas imperiales en la película. El adorno, que es casi tan alto como la casa, está construido de madera, poliéster y barriles de plástico, dijo Meyer. Añadió que usó como modelo un juguete que compró en internet. En la cabina puso bombillos rojos, y enfrente del adorno, colocó un maniquí de un ?Stormtrooper?.

Intruso disfrazado de Pokemon es arrestado en la Casa Blanca - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - WASHINGTON (AP) ? Un hombre disfrazado de Pikachu, un personaje de Pokemon, fue acusado de tratar de saltar la cerca de la Casa Blanca, y todo porque quería filmar un video para publicarlo en YouTube. Curtis Combs, de Somerset, Kentucky, fue arrestado el martes por la mañana y acusado de ingreso ilegal. Según una declaración jurada del arresto, Combs estaba disfrazado de Pikachu y dijo que su intención era volverse famoso con un video de su hazaña en YouTube. La declaración presentada a la Corte Superior de la capital dice que Combs saltó una barda en el perímetro sur de la mansión presidencial y fue arrestado inmediatamente. Combs dijo a la policía que había previsto su arresto y había estudiado casos similares anteriores.

Correction: Robbers Dressed As Nuns story - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) ? In a story Oct. 17 about two women charged in a bank robbery, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the number of New Jersey banks the women were charged with robbing. They were charged with robbing one bank in New Jersey, not two. A corrected version of the story is below: 2 suspected in Pennsylvania bank heist while dressed as nuns Two women charged with robbing New Jersey bank are also suspects in a bank heist in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) ? Two women charged with robbing a New Jersey bank are also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns.

2-story 'Star Wars' replica in yard for Halloween is big hit - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - PARMA, Ohio (AP) ? A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state. Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker. He built it with his carpenter friend Anthony Paroda, and it's been such a success that spectators are donating money for them to build another display next year. At 19 feet, the replica is nearly as tall as Meyer's home in Parma, a Cleveland suburb.

Police video shows large bear peering into shop windows - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) ? A very large bear-about-town was spotted peering into shop windows in a California tourist community on Lake Tahoe. The Placer (PLAH'-ser) County Sheriff's Office posted video on its Facebook page of the four-pawed prowler early Wednesday. In it, Deputy Don Nevins shines his car's spotlight on the animal and shouts, "Hey, big boy!" before warning the bear against breaking into any of the shops it's sniffing around. Shortly after, the bear darts in front of his patrol car and off into a park. Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin says deputies respond to bear calls every day because they break into cars, homes and businesses.

Hungría rinde homenaje a impresor que salvó a judíos - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BUDAPEST, Hungría (AP) ? Un húngaro que imprimió pasaportes mediante los cuales miles de judíos pudieron huir del holocausto nazi durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial fue homenajeado con una placa el miércoles. La compañía impresora de Emil Wiesmeyer fabricó inicialmente 4.000 de los pasaportes básicos como parte de los esfuerzos del enviado especial sueco Raoul Wallenberg para salvar a los judíos de los campos de la muerte. Luego imprimió otros 20.000 por su cuenta para ayudar a otros judíos a huir del país. La placa en homenaje a Emil Wiesmeyer fue develada en Budapest por el director del Centro Conmemorativo del Holocausto, Szabolcs Szita, y el embajador sueco Niclas Trouve. Unos 550.

Flores crean halo azul para atraer abejas - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NUEVA YORK (AP) ? Algunas flores son capaces de generar una aurora azul a fin de atraer a las abejas, según descubrió un grupo de expertos. En un estudio difundido el miércoles, los expertos determinaron que cierta especie de flores es capaz de crear la ilusión de un anillo azul a fin de atraer más abejas y facilitar así la polinización. Es sabido que las abejas son atraídas por el color azul, pero la mayoría de las flores no son capaces de producir ese pigmento en sus pétalos. En lugar de ello, se valen de un fenómeno físico: producen un halo azul cuando la luz del sol acaricia unos diminutos riscos en sus delicadas superficies. La refracción de la luz sobre esos riscos da la impresión de un color azulillo.

Bush 41's Super Bowl socks to be auctioned by Catholic diocese - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm -

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ? The New England Patriots may have left Super Bowl LI with the Lombardi Trophy, but someone else is going home with presidential socks. Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Roman Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be auctioned off. Bush wore the red, white and blue socks while performing the ceremonial coin toss with his wife Barbara Bush at Super Bowl LI in February. He's donating the socks and an autographed photograph from the coin flip to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. The Diocese says the winning bidder will also get a personalized letter from the former president, who is a longtime summer resident of Kennebunkport.



Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? Some flowers have found a nifty way to get the blues. They create a blue halo, apparently to attract the bees they need for pollination, scientists reported Wednesday. Bees are drawn to the color blue, but it's hard for flowers to make that color in their petals. Instead, some flowers use a trick of physics. They produce a blue halo when sunlight strikes a series of tiny ridges in their thin waxy surfaces. The ridges alter how the light bounces back, which affects the color that one sees. The halos appear over pigmented areas of a flower, and people can see them over darkly colored areas if they look from certain angles. The halo trick is uncommon among flowers.

For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out. He was perfect for the job. Because at the Working Cats program, no manners is no problem. Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team established the program about four years ago to place unadoptable cats ? the biters and the skittish, the swatters and the ones that won't use a litter box ? into jobs as mousers at barns or stables. The shelter recently expanded the program to move cats that were less-than-ideal pets into urban jobs at places like factories and warehouses as a sort of green pest control. The animals are microchipped, vaccinated and free of charge.

Colorado teens break into house, throw party, get arrested - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - PARKER, Colo. (AP) ? Six teenagers who are accused of breaking into a Parker house and throwing a party have been arrested. KMGH-TV reports that Mike Cox, who owns the house and recently put it up for sale, returned home from dinner on Friday night to find sheriff's deputies and teenagers at his house. Authorities say dozens of teens got into Cox's house and posted photos and videos of themselves drinking in it on social media. The teens left a broken window in the basement and broken glass in a shower. Cox says it looks like one of them was standing on his counter top, showering his kitchen with his own champagne. Cox says he hopes the teens are prosecuted.

Fan-tastic! Man who caught Turner HR ball snags Wrigley shot - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - He's become Mr. Hawk-tober. Remember that fan who made the great catch on Justin Turner's game-ending home run at Dodger Stadium over the weekend? Guess what? He did it again. Keith Hupp came up with his second homer souvenir in the NL Championship Series, corralling the ball Cubs star Javier Baez hit into the bleachers at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. "I'm still kind of a newbie at this ballhawking stuff," the retired policeman told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Chicago. "The only thing that's lightning strike-ish about this is that it's two in four days." Hupp is 54, from Southern California and has rooted for the Dodgers forever.

Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - PITTSBURGH (AP) ? Facebook users in Pittsburgh and other western and central Pennsylvania locations have found themselves transplanted to Philadelphia for a day. A glitch on the social media site caused Pittsburghers and others to receive Facebook notifications welcoming them to the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday. Facebook says a "bug" with the site's location services application caused the problem and was fixed later Wednesday.

Robbers with hunting knives demand $1 from store, then flee - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm -

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) ? Two young men made an unusually small request as they robbed a store in Massachusetts by demanding a single dollar in their robbery. Police say two men entered the Brockton Market and Deli around lunchtime Tuesday while brandishing large hunting-style knives and demanded a single dollar. The men then fled. The Enterprise reports the two young men were described as Hispanic and possibly between the ages of 15 and 18. One was wearing a red sweatshirt with a white shirt on top of it. The other was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. No arrests have been made. ___ Information from: The (Brockton, Mass.) Enterprise, http://www.enterprisenews.com



Alaska rescue group takes in alligator that outgrew bathtub - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - WASILLA, Alaska (AP) ? It was an odd day for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub. KTUU-TV reports that a Wasilla resident called 911 this week after realizing that the more than 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) alligator named Allie couldn't live in a tub anymore. Rescue group Valley Aquatics took Allie in. Valley Aquatics owner Sheridan Perkins says Allie is a 3-year-old American alligator. Perkins says she has thought about re-homing Allie in Florida. The alligator is Wasilla's second run in this year with a large reptile. In May, a 17-foot (5.2-meter) python named Sam went missing for several days before reappearing in his home's living room.

Asombrosa disminución de insectos en Alemania - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLÍN (AP) ? La cantidad de insectos voladores ha disminuido drásticamente en Alemania y los expertos advierten que ello podría tener severas consecuencias sobre el medio ambiente y la cadena alimenticia. Un equipo de investigadores utilizó diminutas trampas en 63 reservas naturales, y detectó que en un período de 27 años la cantidad de estas minúsculas criaturas disminuyó en 76%. Si se comparan las cifras únicamente entre veranos, la disminución es de 82%. En una monografía publicada el miércoles por la revista PLOS ONE, los expertos dijeron que la disminución de insectos en Alemania es mayor al promedio mundial de 58%, entre 1970 y el 2012. Al parecer el culpable no es ni la topografía local ni el cambio climático.

NYC water main breaks, sending geyser blasting onto house - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? Public works crews have repaired a broken water main that caused a geyser to erupt from the ground in front of a New York City home. The owner of the home in Staten Island's Todt Hill section told the Staten Island Advance that a powerful stream of water began pounding the front of the house Wednesday morning, breaking several windows. The front lawn caved in and water from the broken pipe shot 15 to 20 feet into the air directly toward the house. The geyser eventually subsided but water continued to pour out of the hole as emergency crews arrived on the scene. About two dozen homes in the neighborhood were without water.

No Go: Pokemon-costumed man arrested after White House jump - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - WASHINGTON (AP) ? A Kentucky man dressed as the Pokemon character Pikachu is accused of trying to jump the White House fence ? all in the name of making a YouTube video. Curtis Combs of Somerset, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with unlawful entry. An arrest affidavit says Combs was dressed as Pikachu and told authorities he wanted to become famous and had planned to post a video of it on YouTube. The affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court says Combs jumped a barrier on the outer perimeter of the south grounds of the White House complex and was quickly arrested. Combs told police he expected to be arrested and had researched D.C. charges and previous jumpers. Combs pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Texas district alters homecoming queen's hair color in photo - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - HOUSTON (AP) ? A Houston-area school district has apologized for altering a high school homecoming queen's purple hair in a photo. Ebony Smith was crowned North Shore Senior High School's homecoming queen last month. Galena Park Independent School District shared a photo of Smith online last week in which her hair had been altered to appear brown. Smith says the image was poorly edited and embarrassing. The school district has apologized for posting the altered photo and has since replaced it with a black-and-white version of the picture. The district's student handbook says bright hair colors are unacceptable in the classroom, but Smith planned to dye her hair brown after homecoming.