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The skinny: Two-headed turtle hatches at Texas zoo

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Two-headed turtle hatches at Texas zoo

A female Texas cooter that arrived June 18 is on display at the San Antonio Zoo. And she's a healthy if two-faced specimen, able to swim and walk, says zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike. Officials named her Thelma and Louise, for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie of the same name. But let's hope a road trip isn't in her future.

Stress positions

Lawsuit fails to oust yoga

A judge is allowing a San Diego-area school district to teach yoga, rejecting the claims of disgruntled parents who called it an effort to promote Eastern religion. San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer said in Monday's ruling that the Encinitas Union School District stripped classes of all cultural references, even renaming the lotus position the "crisscross applesauce" pose. The judge said that the opponents were relying on information culled from the Internet and other unreliable sources. "It's almost like a trial by Wikipedia, which isn't what this court does."

Eager beaver

Rodent bites into Net, phone service

Officials have finally identified the culprit behind a recent 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage in northern New Mexico. CenturyLink spokesman David Gonzales told the Associated Press on Friday that a hungry beaver chewed through the fiber line. He says the biting evidence was discovered by contractors who worked to repair the outage. The beaver dammed communication flow for more than 1,800 Internet users and an unknown number on phones.

Sticky situation

Woman's lips were sealed

A New Zealand woman who reached into a drawer one night last week for her lip cream woke to discover she had grabbed a tube of superglue. The Dunedin 64-year-old made a frantic call to emergency services, the Otago Daily Times reported. All she could do was grunt. During a 20-minute call she tapped out answers to questions about her location. Rescuers were shown the glue and cream. At the hospital, doctors used paraffin oil and hot water to loosen her lips. She said she felt "like a wee chicken coming out of her shell." The glue went into the trash bin.

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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