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The skinny: When birds take over, it's back to the pagers

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When birds take over, it's back to the pagers

A pair of ospreys has quieted a fire alarm in a New Jersey shore town. The raptors built a nest inside the fire siren at Spring Lake. By law, it can't be disturbed. Ospreys are listed as a threatened species in New Jersey during their breeding season. So the siren has been turned off for the spring and summer, while firefighters and paramedics rely on pagers and cellphones to alert them to emergencies. Borough Administrator Bryan Dempsey said a police officer notified him in March that an osprey appeared to be building a nest on the siren, which is mounted on a pole about 100 feet off the ground behind the police, fire and first aid squad headquarters. First responders in the resort about 60 miles north of Atlantic City say so far things have been working smoothly. Officials say they may need to create an alternate place nearby for the birds to nest next year, as they tend to return to the same spot. "Once they pick a spot, they keep coming back to that spot" year after year, Dempsey said.

NOT SO CLEVER SPIES

A cryptic tweet is just blah blah blah

The Internet was abuzz this week over a cryptic tweet sent by the National Security Agency's careers account. Was it a coded message containing national secrets? Or spy instructions? Alas, it is a coded message but it does not contain anything interesting. The decrypted message says: Want to know what it takes to work at NSA? Check back each Monday as we explore careers essential to protecting your nation. Oh. An NSA spokeswoman explained that the agency is known for its "code markers and code breakers" and that the tweet was "part of our recruitment efforts to attract the best and the brightest." Really.

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Robbers know how to boost gas sales

When robbers showed up at a Philadelphia gas station, they fired a shot that grazed the clerk. But it's what they did afterward that had police scratching their heads. Police told KYW-TV that instead of fleeing, the robbers stuck around early Monday and pumped gas, offering a discount to those who paid cash. Police say the robbers probably didn't get enough money in the holdup and switched to entrepreneurial mode.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: When birds take over, it's back to the pagers 05/06/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:34pm]

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