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Probably too late to call the Secret Service

CASE OF MISSING BIKES

PROBABLY too late to call the secret service

Not even a former president is immune from thieves. Two bicycles belonging to former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosa- lynn, were snatched from inside the Carter Center near downtown Atlanta this month. The couple like to ride bicycles in nearby Freedom Park when they have free time. Peter Wicker, the owner of a local bike shop, donated the bicycles to the Carters in 2007 after seeing the poor condition of their old bikes, which had been brought in for repairs. Atlanta police say they have made no arrests. The Carters are currently in China.

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An addiction to bank money

He apparently got hooked on robbing banks, even generating a following along the way. His face appeared on surveillance images that sparked chatter in the blogosphere. One eyewitness admitted he was impressed by the man's professionalism. In total, the FBI believes he hit 12 banks stretching from Erie, Pa., to Toledo, Ohio, in just two months. Now authorities think they know who he is. Kenneth L. Gibson, 33, was charged with robbing a National City Bank in Cleveland, and that robbery resembled the 11 others. The robber followed a similar pattern in each theft: He entered the bank and slipped a note to the bank teller, demanding money. Then he quickly left.

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A twin arrival of rare kangaroos

Nebraska zookeepers are seeing double and they're thrilled about it, with the birth of twins to a rare species of tree kangaroo. Twin joeys were born at the Lincoln Children's Zoo to Matschie's tree kangaroos Milla and her mate Noru. They were found in Milla's pouch last month and count as two of the four documented Matschie's tree kangaroo births last year. Kansas City Zoo zookeeper Jacque Blessington says only about 50 of the animals exist in North America. In the wild, they live in the rain forest in northeastern Papua New Guinea. She says the babies were likely the size of a lima bean at birth. They are expected to begin poking out their heads or feet as early as May.

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Moose drops in, then can't find exit

A family in Spokane, Wash., got an uninvited visitor when a moose calf fell through a basement window and into a bedroom. The Spokesman Review reports that the baby moose was apparently foraging in shallow snow near the house when it fell into a deep window well. As it tried to get out and join its mother and sibling, the moose became trapped in the bedroom. A state wildlife biologist managed to shoot a tranquilizer dart into the moose's rump. Then he and four others used a tarp to haul the 375-pound baby up a narrow stairway. Wildlife officers tracked down the calf's mother and sibling and trucked the reunited family to a spot near Mount Spokane and released them.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

Probably too late to call the Secret Service 01/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 10:44pm]

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