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The skinny: Colo. couple giving up catwalk fight

Purrfect escape

Colo. couple giving up catwalk fight

A couple agreed Thursday to take down a 13-foot escape route for their cats outside their Colorado apartment, the Durango Herald reported. Martha Spence and her husband built the catwalk from a window to a nearby tree to allow their two cats to go outside from their second-floor unit whenever they wanted. But the fur flew when the development's homeowners association saw it and noted that rules bar pets roaming freely. Neighbors not only objected to the look of the catwalk but worried children would try to use it. Because what are chances they can have a tree house there?

Pot patch

Smokejumpers land in the weed

A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden. The six firefighters from a base in Redmond found the site Monday after a rash of lightning strikes. Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson says authorities hiked into the remote site in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. They seized two guns and more than 1,000 little pot plants. And the smokejumpers extinguished the fire after it burned less than an acre.

What's that smell?

Scratch-and-sniff cards cause scare

Those cards the energy company sends to customers to teach them to recognize the artificial smell added to natural gas? Turns out they work pretty well, the Great Falls Tribune reported. Energy West workers recently discarded several boxes of expired cards in Great Falls, Mont. But when the garbage truck picked them up and compressed the load, "it was the same as if they had scratched them," according to Energy West general manager Nick Bohr. The odor prompted numerous false alarms and building evacuations as the truck traveled through downtown Great Falls on Wednesday, leaving the smell in its trail.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from...
Published: 02/11/18
Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida judge has been arrested along with five other men in an undercover police prostitution sting. The Naples Daily News reports that Lee County Circuit Judge Jay B. Rosman was arrested along with the others after arranging...
Published: 02/11/18
Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Customs agents will step up searches for banned flowers meant for Valentine’s Day being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico over worries about diseases and pests, federal officials announced.Agriculture specialists will be station...
Published: 02/10/18

Florida teen dies from gunshot wound he sustained while trying to kill trash animals

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida teen died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun. New outlets reports that 15-year-old Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall died Thursday night at his Myakka City home, southeast of Tampa Bay. Th...
Published: 02/10/18
Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

TAMPA — Two deputies helped a woman deliver a baby at the Florida State Fair on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Roberto Ramirez and Henry Echenique heard a woman asking for help sometime after 4 p.m. because her...
Published: 02/09/18
Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines. Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stu...
Published: 02/08/18
UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

They say that you can get by in Miami even if you don’t speak English, but you can’t get by without Spanish. Not all Miami residents like that linguistic imbalance. Some don’t talk about their discontent, some whisper it, and a few...
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