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June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says a salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 15 people in at least nine states due to contact with pet bearded dragons.

The true number of those sickened likely is higher and in more states than the nine so far reported, CDC officials said Friday.

New York has the most known cases with four reported, while California and Ohio each have two or three known cases.

Other states with one known case are Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

Most of those sickened are children under 5 years of age, and four have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

Salmonella symptoms include fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea.

The CDC advises thoroughly washing hands with soap and water after handling bearded dragons and never kissing or snuggling them.

People also are advised to avoid eating or drinking while around the reptiles and keeping them away from spaces where children eat or play.

CDC officials say families with children under age 5, people over age 65 or those with weakened immune systems should avoid having bearded dragons as pets.

Bearded dragons get their name from spikes growing beneath their chins and are popular reptiles that generally are friendly and small.
June 14 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts middle school's graduation ceremony featured 23 pairs of twins -- as well as one twin whose brother attends a different school.

The eighth grade graduating class at Pollard Middle School in Needham features the most twins ever to appear in a single graduating class, officials said. The twins account for 46 -- 47 counting the lone twin -- of the 454 graduating students.
June 14 (UPI) -- Authorities in California said a single bear was responsible for five break-ins in a two-hour period -- and one of the homes was occupied at the time.

The Sierra Madre Police Department confirmed officers responded Thursday to a northeastern neighborhood where a bear had broken into four homes and a garage between 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
June 13 (UPI) -- An Iowa family's Great Dane has been named the world's tallest living dog at a height of 3 feet and 2 inches.

Guinness World Records said the Des Moines, Iowa, canine, named Kevin, was officially measured at 3 feet and 2 inches from his feet to his withers -- the point at the base of his neck, over his shoulders.

The record-keeping organization said Kevin is the first holder of the title since the previous record-holder, a fellow Great Dane named Zeus, died last year. Zeus was measured at 3 feet, 5.18 inches tall.

Kevin, 3, was named for the protagonist of the first two Home Alone movies, but his owners said he doesn't quite have his namesake's courage -- it took extra time to measure him because he was afraid of the measuring tape.

"Kevin is the epitome of gentle giant," owner Tracy Wolfe told Guinness World Records. "In fact, he is scared of most things. He is terrified of the vacuum. He won't let it come within 6 feet of him! He will jump and run to get away from it."
June 13 (UPI) -- A couple magnet fishing in a New York waterway reeled in a safe containing about $100,000 -- and they are now trying to preserve the cash before it disintegrates.

James Kane and Barbi Agostini said they were at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens earlier this month when the magnet on the end of their rope latched onto something heavy.
June 13 (UPI) -- A Washington, D.C., woman scored a $250,000 prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket just four months after winning $50,000 from another game.

Sherri Fowler told DC Lottery officials she bought her Nothing But Cash scratch-off ticket from the Chevron station on Sherman Avenue and scratched it off while still inside the store.
June 13 (UPI) -- An 81-year-old Boston woman who drives trains for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was named the world's oldest train operator by Guinness World Records.

Helen Antenucci, who started working for the MBTA at the age of 53 in 1995, has been driving Blue Line trains for nearly three decades.
June 12 (UPI) -- A Maryland Lottery player said a "mistake" he made while buying his Keno ticket led to his winning a $32,000 prize.

The Baltimore man told Maryland Lottery officials he was at North Point Liquor & Bar in Baltimore when he decided to buy a 10-spot Keno ticket for 10 games, and ended up shocked when the bartender told him the price of adding the Bonus option.
June 12 (UPI) -- A Michigan man who left school to fight in the Korean War finally received his high school diploma at age 90.

Portage Public Schools said in a news release that Bob Bonhomme was issued an honorary high school diploma from Portage Central High School, where he attended classes before being drafted into the military in 1951.

Bonhomme said he had often considered returning to school, but over the years his attentions were focused on his 40-year career at a paper mill and raising his four children.
June 13 (UPI) -- Organizers of a Philadelphia festival that ended nearly a month ago said they are working on a plan to remove meats and cheeses that were accidentally left dangling from a greased pole.

The annual Italian Market Festival has a tradition of dangling Italian meats and cheeses from a greased pole for visitors to attempt to climb and claim the prizes, but this year's event left the dangling foods unclaimed.

Organizers said a crane was brought in on the last day of the festival to remove the leftover prizes, but weather conditions led to a surge of visitors late in the day that prevented the removal from going forward as planned.

The sacks of meat and cheese have been dangling from the pole for nearly a month amid hot and humid temperatures, leading to fears the food items will rot, but visitors to the site said they have not yet detected any noxious odors.

Festival organizers said they are working on plans to get another crane to visit the Italian Market to remove the meats and cheeses, but they said it will be a difficult process as the market is often extremely crowded.
June 11 (UPI) -- Six members of a 1944 high school graduating class met up at a Denny's restaurant in Oregon for their 80th class reunion.

The Salem High School Class of 1944 alumni gathered over the weekend at the Salem eatery that has hosted most of their reunions for the past several years.
une 12 (UPI) -- Buldak ramen noodle products from South Korean company Samyang have been recalled in Denmark for being too spicy.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration announced on its website that it is recalling Samyang's Buldak 3x Spicy Hot Chicken, 2x Spicy Hot Chicken and Hot Chicken Stew ramen noodle products.

The recall was attributed to high levels of capsaicin, the chili pepper extract that gives the noodles their spicy flavor.

"The [Technical University of Denmark] Food Institute assesses that the levels of total capsaicin in a single pack of all three noodle products are so high that they pose a risk that the consumer develops acute poisoning," the food agency said.
June 10 (UPI) -- A 97-year-old Utah woman was presented with her high school diploma eight decades after she dropped out to take care of her family.

Hanna resident Kathryn Cole ended up one English credit shy of graduation when she left school in the 1940s to help take care of her family after her grandfather's death.

"The day that our finals were being given was the date of his funeral," Cole told KUTV.

Cole has spent the last few years working with students at Tabiona Public Schools to improve their reading skills.

The school district determined Cole's work with the students qualified her to earn her missing English credit, and she was presented with a diploma at Tabiona High School's graduation ceremony.
June 10 (UPI) -- A California woman stopped at a convenience store she had been visiting her entire life to buy an energy drink and ended up winning a $1 million lottery prize.

Alexandria Rodriguez of Whittier told California Lottery officials she stopped at Helen's Market on Santa Fe Springs, a store she has been visiting since riding her bike to the shop as a kid, to buy an energy drink.

While in the store, Rodriguez decided to buy an Xtreme Multiplier scratch-off ticket.

"It was catchy. I liked the colors. I was like, 'eh, just give me that one,'" Rodriguez explained. "What's interesting is I ended up picking my lucky number."

The ticket -- lucky number 22 -- turned out to be a $1 million winner.
June 10 (UPI) -- Three young boys out for a hike in North Dakota noticed something sticking out from the ground and were shocked to find out they had discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil.

Jessin and Liam Fisher, ages 10 and 7, were out hiking onNorth Dakota Bureau of Land Management land in the badlands, near Marmarth, with their cousin, Kaiden Madsen, 9, and their dad, Sam Fisher, when the family spotted an unusual object sticking out of the ground.

They contacted Tyler Lyson, Sam Fisher's high school classmate and now the Curator of Paleontology for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, to help identify what they had found during their 2022 hike.

Lyson and his paleontology team accompanied the family on a return trip to the scene of the discovery in the summer of 2023 and determined the boys had found a juvenile Tyrannosaurus fossil.

The fossil will make its public debut at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's "Discovering Teen Rex" exhibit, which opens June 21.
June 10 (UPI) -- A pair of friends from France said it took them about 5 years to realize their dream of building the world's tallest rideable bicycle, which measures 25 feet, 5 inches high.

Nicolas Barrioz and David Peyrou said they came up with the idea while having a drink at a pub, and they soon found themselves creating designs and sourcing materials.

The duo said the bike took about 2 years to build.

"It is not possible to tell you the blood sweat and tears," Barrioz told Guinness World Records.

The finished bike was officially certified as the tallest in the world, beating the previous record by 1 foot, 2 inches.
June 11 (UPI) -- A plane in China was delayed after a passenger's smuggled pet sugar glider, a type of small Australian possum, escaped in the passenger cabin.

Shanghai Police International Airport Branch said passengers on the Eastern Airlines flight to Jinan had to temporarily disembark when the animal, which resembles a flying squirrel, escaped from its owner in the passenger cabin and went into hiding.

Police wrote on social media that the animal's owner "violated the regulations and took a pet sugar glider on board the plane."

The sugar glider was eventually captured and removed from the plane, police said.

Passengers were allowed back on the plane, which arrived in Jinan 62 minutes behind schedule.
June 3 (UPI) -- An Idaho man finally broke the Guinness World Record for the most water moved by the hands in 30 seconds after attempting and failing to take the title for five years.

Serial record-breaker David Rush said he attempted the record multiple times over the course of five years, but his attempts were frequently disqualified for reasons including his pitcher of water moving slightly and using a non-approved surface.

Rush had to use only his hands to transfer water from a bucket to a pitcher placed 1 meter (3.28 feet) away.

He successfully took the record by transferring 3,323 milliliters (112.4 ounces) from one container to the other in the allotted 30 seconds.
June 4 (UPI) -- An extremely rare Star Wars Boba Fett action figure measuring just 3.75 inches tall was auctioned for a record-breaking $525,000.

Heritage Auctions announced the action figure is now the world's most valuable vintage toy after fetching the massive sum, which includes the buyer's premium, at the May 31 Star Wars Signature Auction.

The action figure took the record from a Barbie bearing a 1-carat diamond that sold for $302,000 in 2010.

The hand-painted, rocket-firing bounty hunter is one of only two surviving examples made for Kenner's line of Star Wars toys in the 1970s. The Boba Fett figures were pulled from the production line before making it to market.

"The rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure long ago became such a mythic icon that people worldwide know about it even if they don't collect anything at all," Heritage Auctions Executive Vice President Joe Maddalena said. "We knew this one had a chance to enter the record books, and it was thrilling to see it become the most valuable toy in the world."
June 5 (UPI) -- A father-and-son duo from South Africa created the world's fastest drone, with an average top speed of 298.47 mph.

Luke Bell and his father Mike, of Western Cape, dubbed the quadcopter Peregreen 2 after an earlier model that reach 247 mph, Guinness World Records reported.

The drone is 3D-printed carbon fiber, battery operated and remote controlled. The duo tapped aerothermal engineer Chris Rosser for help controlling it. To nab the record, they flew the drone in two runs in opposite directions, demonstrating its ability to navigate tail or head winds. They clocked an actual top speed of 317 mph and an average of 298.47 mph.

The Bells created the device over a period of months, troubleshooting problems, including electrical fires caused by overheating wires and batteries.
June 6 (UPI) -- A team of chimney sweeps in England came to the rescue of a pet cat who spent a day and a half trapped inside a chimney.

Owners Dylan Tansur and Amy Becks said their 10-month-old cat, Luna, became stranded after climbing through a skylight to the roof of their Desborough home and falling into the chimney.
June 10 (UPI) -- A Kansas zoo was temporarily evacuated when a Syrian brown bear "apparently decided zoo life had become unbearable" and attempted to tunnel out of her enclosure.

The City of Independence said in a Facebook post that visitors were ushered out of the Ralph Mitchell Zoo when the bear, one of three sisters in the enclosure, attempted her unsuccessful escape on Sunday.
June 7 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman said she initially suspected she was being pranked when a lottery ticket she received as a gift from her daughter turned out to be a $50,000 winner.

The Essex woman told Maryland Lottery officials she isn't a regular lottery player, but her daughter gifted her a $5 Gold Rush 7s Tripler scratch-off ticket.
June 7 (UPI) -- Serial record-breaker David Rush returned to his juggling roots to retake the Guinness World Record for most juggling catches while on a balance board (blindfolded).

Rush was the original holder of the record, after his initial total of 77 beat the GWR minimum of 50, but his record was later taken by another juggler who managed 159 catches before losing balance.

Rush retook the record with 1,316, but the same rival took it back with 1,717.

Rush has now claimed the record for a third time with 2,346 catches.

The record marks Rush's 175th concurrently held Guinness World Records title. He is closing in on his goal of holding 181 titles and overtaking fellow serial record-breaker Silvio Sabba's total of 180.
June 6 (UPI) -- A British mechanic broke a Guinness World Record when he took his motorized wheelbarrow up to a speed of 52.58 mph.

Dylan Phillips told Guinness World Records he built his super-speedy garden tool for fun before he realized there was a world record category for wheelbarrow speed.

"I ended up building the wheelbarrow for fun. In a little practice run, messing about, I got 37 mph and then the question got asked if there was a land speed record for it," he told the BBC. "So it was just a case of finding out that the record existed and then deciding to actually do something with this idiotic thing that I'd built."

Phillips made the record-breaking run during Straightliners Speed Week 2024 at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire.

He said taking the wheelbarrow up to high speeds is both "uncomfortable" and "terrifying."
June 6 (UPI) -- A massive rabbit weighing in at 26 pounds was rescued from alongside a busy California highway and taken to a rescue group.

California Highway Patrol officers based in Santa Cruz were summoned to the side of Highway 17 when construction workers spotted the chonky bunny on the loose.

The rabbit, dubbed Bugs by CHP officers, was taken to Pacific and Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists before the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter gave the big bunny a lift to a Mill Valley rabbit rescue group.

The rescue said the animal is believed to be a female Flemish giant rabbit, a popular pet bred for their massive size.

Officials said minor injuries to Bugs' face and back of her neck indicate she may have been snatched from an outdoor enclosure by a predator, but managed to escape before becoming a hoppy meal.

Bugs will be held as a stray for four days, allowing her owner to claim her before she is put up for adoption.
June 7 (UPI) -- A California man washing the dishes in his kitchen found himself interrupted by a trespassing bear -- and he caught the encounter on camera.

Jason Wightman said he was washing dishes at his Sierra Madre home when he looked to the side and saw a bear in his doorway.

He posted a video to Facebook showing the encounter.

"Hello, are you nice?" Wightman says in the video. "You're in my house. Get out of my house."

Wightman said bears are common in his area, but he was stunned to see one inside his house.

"I don't even remember what I was saying," Wightman told KCAL-TV. "It was happening so fast. There was a bear in my kitchen."

The bear left without incident.
June 7 (UPI) -- A British man with a record-breaking collection of 2,012 items related to his favorite film franchise said being in his home "is like living in a Ghostbusters museum."

Darren McQuade's collection of 2,012 pieces of Ghostbusters memorabilia took the Guinness World Record from Ohio man Robert O'Connor, whose collection was tallied at 1,221 items in 2020.
May 31 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia man visiting Maryland for a friend's party made a stop for beverages and scored a $162,441 lottery prize.

The man told Maryland Lottery officials he was driving through Laurel on the way to a friend's Memorial Day party when he made a stop at All Saints Liquors at on All Saints Road in Laurel to pick up some beverages for the celebration.

"I've been having luck with Fast Play tickets down here [in Maryland] and Big Money Doubler had a pretty big jackpot the last time I checked your website," the man said.

His $5 ticket ended up winning the $162,441 progressive jackpot.

"I was in total disbelief when I saw the prize amount. I called my girlfriend, my friends -- nobody could believe it," he said.
May 31 (UPI) -- Organizers of a Guinness World Record attempt in Philadelphia are seeking audience members to participate in the world's largest drag story time reading.

The event, organized by The Philadelphia Gay News and sponsored by Visit Philly, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the National Constitution Center.

Drag performer Brittany Lynn is scheduled to emcee the record attempt and several drag performers from around the Philadelphia region are slated to read aloud from children's books in an attempt to set a world record.

A Guinness World Records adjudicator is being brought to the city to supervise the event.

The attempt is timed to coincide with the start of Pride month, which will feature numerous events across the city for the duration of June.

May 30 (UPI) -- The chair of the Federal Communications Commission called on the agency to strengthen rules to "limit the risks posed by accidental explosions in space" in light of a huge influx in the number of satellites being launched and a spate of recent events in which space junk has fallen to Earth.

"We can no longer afford to launch new satellites into our skies without being thoughtful about space sustainability," FCC chairwoman Chairwoman Rosenworcel said. "Our orbital debris mitigation efforts will help preserve the orbital environment to protect services we rely on and allow new services to be launched."
May 30 (UPI) -- An Indian man broke his own Guinness World Record by typing the alphabet in 25.66 seconds using only a keyboard and his nose.

Vinod Kumar Chaudhary, 44, first set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to type the alphabet with the nose in 2023, when he logged a time of 27.8 seconds, and he broke the record again later in the year with a time of 26.73 seconds.

Chaudhary has now broken the record a second time, managing the feat in 25.66 seconds.

The rules of the record required Chaudhary to type all 26 letters of the Roman alphabet on a standard QWERTY keyboard with a space between each letter.

Chaudhary also holds the records for the fastest time to type the alphabet backward (single hand), with a time of 5.36 seconds, and the fastest time to type the alphabet with hands behind the back, at 6.78 seconds.

"My profession has been typing, that is why I thought of making a record in it, in which both my passion and my livelihood remain," he told Guinness World Records.
May 31 (UPI) -- A resort town in Spain is attempting to calm tourists' rowdy bachelor and bachelorette parties by banning blow-up dolls and giant penis costumes from being displayed in public.

Platja d'Aro, a resort town on the Costa Brava with a population of 12,500, has become a popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, with several companies offering travel packages aimed at the celebrations.

The town has been known to host up to 300,000 tourists in a single weekend.

Mayor Maurici Jiménez announced a new bylaw banning people from going out in public "without clothing or only in their underwear or with clothing or accessories representing human genitals or with dolls or other accessories of a sexual nature."

Violations carry fines ranging from $325 to $1,627.

Jiménez said pre-wedding celebrations have gotten out of hand in the town recently and are threatening the peace of locals.

Platja d'Aro Police Chief David Puertas cited a recent example where a bachelor party used gaffer tape to bind the groom-to-be to a lamp post and disturbed residents by playing loud music long into the night.

The town's new bylaw follows similar measures instituted in Spanish locales including Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Sevilla, Málaga and Granada.
May 29 (UPI) -- A Utah woman was reunited with a long-lost family charm after she randomly came across it on eBay.

Joan Eccles said her stepfather, Augusto William Conti, was serving in New Guinea during World War II in 1944 when he sent a pair of matching charms to Eccles and her mother, Agnes Inez Redfern, for Valentine's Day.

The charms, crafted using coins, were respectively inscribed "New Guinea, To My Darling Joan, 1944," and "New Guinea, To My Darling Wife, 1944."

Eccles said she has held onto her charm for the past 80 years, but her mother's was believed lost after she died in Georgia in 1963.

Eccles said she was browsing eBay recently and was shocked to see her mother's charm listed.

Her daughters, Vikki Fredrickson and Staci Wilson, reached out to the California-based seller and discovered it had been purchased at a flea market.

Fredrickson and Wilson bought the charm and presented it to Eccles as a Mother's Day gift.

"It's a story of hearts coming back together, where both literally and physically she has a memory back, and we have this to continue on in our family for decades, years to come," Fredrickson told KSL-TV.
May 30 (UPI) -- A book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was returned to a library in Finland 84 years past its due date.

Helsinki Central Library Oodi said on social media that a person recently brought in a Finnish translation of Doyle's historical novel Refugees that has been due back Dec. 26, 1939.

"Always better late than never," the post said.

Librarian Heini Strand said there was no information on why the book was 84 years overdue, but she offered a theory.

"Usually these kinds of loans returned decades after the due date are books found when people go through deceased relatives' belongings," Strand told The Guardian.

Strand pointed out the book had been due back one month after the Soviet Union invaded Finland in November 1939.

"The return of the book might not have been the first thing on the borrower's mind when the due date approached," she said.
May 29 (UPI) -- A Kentucky man collected a $50,000 lottery prize just three months after his daughter scored a $150,438.47 jackpot.
May 30 (UPI) -- Traffic on a pair of California highways turned into a jam when a truck loaded with strawberries overturned, dropping barrels of the fruit into the road.

The California Highway Patrol said the overturned truck, carrying about 40,000 pounds of fruit, blocked the northbound connector ramps to Highway 101 and Interstate 880 in San Jose on Wednesday morning and was leaning over a guardrail.

The ramps were closed as crews worked to lift the truck upright and remove the fallen barrels of strawberries.

No injuries were reported from the crash or ensuing traffic jams on both highways.
May 29 (UPI) -- A bear was caught on camera breaking into a California home and leaving with only one stolen item: a package of Oreo cookies.

A video recorded in the Canyon Crest Drive area in Monrovia shows the bear entering the home through a window and exiting with the package of Oreos dangling from its mouth.

Neighbor Vina Khoury said the same sweet-toothed bear, now known to residents as Oreo, previously visited her garage to steal chocolate cake from her refrigerator.

"I feel like I can't leave a window open even with a screen because he literally took the screen out, so that's a little alarming for me," Khoury told KABC-TV.
May 29 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Michigan came to the rescue of a pet snake that slithered through the handle of a miniature teacup and became stuck.

The Lansing Fire Department said in a Facebook post that a mother and daughter visited Station 6 with their pet snake, which was in an unusual predicament.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It took Naval Academy plebes two hours, 19 minutes and 11 seconds Wednesday to accomplish the ultimate in upward mobility: scaling a greased obelisk and swapping out a cup with a cap, this year with an unusual hitch.

The annual grueling, slippery ritual marking the completion of the plebe year ended with 20-year-old Californian Ben Leisegang standing victorious on the shoulders of scores of classmates and placing an upperclassman’s hat atop the Herndon Monument.

The Class of 2027 worked together to scale the 21-foot (6-meter) obelisk covered in vegetable shortening to replace a plebe “Dixie cup,” a white canvas sailor’s hat with an upturned rim, with the upperclassman’s more formal hat. There are about 1,300 plebes in the class, according to academy spokesperson Elizabeth B. Wrightson. After the climb is complete, they’re called fourth class midshipmen, not plebes.

Under rainy skies in Annapolis, Maryland, plebes linked arms around the monument’s base to build a pyramid, clearing grease from the monument’s surface, enduring a constant soaking spray from hoses.

Around the two-hour mark, one plebe finally got close enough to place the upperclassman’s hat near the obelisk’s pinnacle. Many of those in the pyramid dropped to the ground as the crowd celebrated. But in an uncommon scenario, the Dixie cup hat remained in place, Wrightson said.

The plebes quickly started back up to finish the job. Minutes later, the same plebe whipped the top of the obelisk, still lathered white with shortening, with a waterlogged shirt and knocked down the upperclassman’s hat.

The hat was handed back up, and he finally knocked down the Dixie cup hat and slid the upperclassman’s hat into place, prompting uproarious cheers from the crowd below.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Someone’s plans to harvest dozens of apparent marijuana plants grown on the Wisconsin state Capitol grounds have gone up in smoke.

The plants sprouted in a tulip garden outside the Capitol, WMTV-TV reported Thursday.

Tatyana Warrick, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration, told The Associated Press in an email Friday that workers had removed the plants, but that her agency couldn’t determine if they were marijuana or hemp. Both are forms of cannabis, but only marijuana has the compound that gets people high.

Warrick didn’t respond to questions about how the plants might have made it into the garden.
KYLE, Texas (AP) — How many people named Kyle can fit in one place? For one Texas city, not enough.

Another attempt by the city of Kyle, Texas, to break the world record for the largest gathering of people with one name fell short Saturday despite 706 Kyles of all ages turning up at a park in the suburbs of Austin.

The crown is currently held by a town in Bosnia that got 2,325 people named Ivan together in 2017, according to Guinness World Records.

It’s not the first time the Kyles have come gunning for the Ivans. Last year, the official count at what has become known as the Gathering of the Kyles clocked in at 1,490 in the fast-growing Texas city that is about 37 miles south of Austin, the state’s capital.
May 28 (UPI) -- A misbehaving monkey that escaped from his South Carolina home has been safely captured after spending the weekend on the loose.

Colleton County Animal Services announced Monday on social media that the 15-year-old Japanese macaque, named Bradley, was successfully captured and is back in the custody of his owner.
For decades, the responsibility for birth control has fallen largely on women, but new research suggests a birth control pill for men might one day become a reality.

How does it work? It targets a protein required for fertility, scientists report.

The protein, called serine/threonine kinase 33 (STK33), is enriched in the testicles and is specifically required to create functional sperm, they explained.

A drug that inhibits STK33, called compound CDD-2807, blocked the ability of male lab mice to fertilize female mice, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science.
Confirming the dangers of drinking raw cow's milk when the H5N1 avian flu virus is circulating in U.S. dairy herds, researchers found that mice fed the milk quickly got ill.

In late March, researchers first detected traces of H5N1 bird flu in nasal swabs and milk obtained from U.S. dairy cows. Since then, the outbreak has been detected in many dairy herds across multiple states.

So far, H5N1 does not seem to transmit easily between animals and humans: There have been only two known human cases of H5N1 infection linked to the U.S. dairy cow outbreak. Both have occurred in dairy workers who have had extended, close contact with the animals.

Experts also believe the general milk supply to be safe, since the heating involved in pasteurization kills the virus.

However, drinking unpasteurized "raw" milk -- a craze among a small subset of consumers -- may, in fact, run the risk of passing H5N1 to other mammals, including people.
"Beetlejuice is back! After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return home to Winter River. Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia's life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter, Astrid, discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic and the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened. With trouble brewing in both realms, it's only a matter of time until someone says Beetlejuice's name three times and the mischievous demon returns to unleash his very own brand of mayhem," an official synopsis reads.

Keaton returns as Betelgeuse, a demon who terrorized the Deetz family and attempted to marry Lydia in the first film. O'Hara reprises her role of Lydia's mother, Delia Deetz.
May 24 (UPI) -- A Virginia woman used the numbers from inside a fortune cookie to play Powerball and won a $50,000 prize.

Tierra Barley told Virginia Lottery officials she always uses the set of numbers she copied from the slip of paper inside a fortune cookie when she plays Powerball.
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