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Snake interrupts New Mexico elementary school Zoom lesson

May. 29, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico elementary school teacher on Zoom with students had a lesson interrupted thanks to an uninvited guest: a bullsnake. The desert animal surprised Sunrise Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Annette Otero Nuñez during a class May 12 via Zoom from her backyard in...

Texas jail says guards didn't notice inmate giving birth

May. 28, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A woman managed to go into labor and give birth alone in a Texas jail cell without any corrections officers noticing until after she had delivered the child, a sheriff's official said Thursday. The woman had the baby in a Fort Worth jail cell on May 17, according to Tarrant County...

'Feisty' 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

May. 28, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (AP) — “Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother. That quality shone through earlier this month when the Massachusetts woman's beloved centenarian grandmother, Jennie Stejna, came back from the brink of death to survive a bout with COVID-19, the disease...

German police investigating find of ape body parts in forest

May. 28, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police say the grisly find of an ape’s hand and foot in a forest west of Munich appears to be less nefarious than previously thought, and certainly not as outlandish than wildly speculative tips they’ve received. The cleanly severed hand and foot, complete with skin,...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family. The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization. After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more...

A juvenile black bear roams through Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020. The bear was eventually trapped by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and will be relocated. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP)

Glazed or jelly? Doughnuts lure city-roaming bear into trap

May. 27, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Glazed or jelly? A black bear roaming around a Florida city proved no match for the doughnuts that lured the animal into a humane trap. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the juvenile 250-pound (113- kilogram) bear spent a good chunk of Tuesday morning meandering around the...

Coronavirus fears shrink jackpot for Alaska's guessing game

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NENANA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s favorite guessing game has taken a hit because of the coronavirus. There were five entries that correctly guessed that a tripod set up on the frozen Tanana River in Nenana, Alaska, would tip over at 12: 56 p.m. on Monday, April 27, as ice broke up in the spring thaw....

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

New England bishop takes tongue-in-cheek shot at Tom Brady

May. 22, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the former...

In this photo provided by the Wild Bird Fund, a rehabber holds two of the ducklings rescued from a pond, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in New York's Central Park, at a Wild Bird Fund facility in New York. They were among the five ducklings who were rescued Thursday after their mother was believed to have been killed by a snapping turtle. (Phyllis Tseng/Wild Bird Fund via AP)

Ducklings orphaned by snapping turtle safe in New York City

May. 21, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Five ducklings going through the worst days of their new lives were rescued Thursday from the treacherous Central Park waters in which a snapping turtle is believed to have killed their mother. The baby mallards were floating bait for what lie beneath in one of the manufactured ponds of New...

In this May 9, 2020, photo provided by Catherine Brewer, Knox Brewer stands next to a safe he pulled out of Whitney Lake in South Carolina. The 6-year-old was using a magnet attached to a string to fish for metal in the water when he reeled in a lockbox that police said was stolen from a woman who lived nearby eight years ago. (Catherine Brewer via AP)

Boy, 6, cracks open robbery case by reeling in sunken safe

May. 21, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy helped crack open a nearly decade-old robbery case when he reeled in a locked safe from the bottom of a South Carolina lake. Knox Brewer of Johns Island took up “magnet fishing” and began hunting for metal objects underwater as a way to pass time...