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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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