School district soothes parents over school warning letter

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon school district has rushed to soothe parents at a Salem elementary school who received a letter warning that children not picked up promptly might be turned over to the state. The Salem Statesman Journal reports ( ) that a Salem-Keizer School District spokesman confirmed the letter about the upcoming school … Read more

Zimm the macaque captured after 3 days on the loose

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A small, “very spirited” monkey that escaped its enclosure at the Memphis Zoo has been captured. Multiple media reports say that zoo workers spotted Zimm the 3-year-old macaque inside a drainage system on the eastern side of the zoo Saturday morning. Memphis Zoo Director of Animal Programs Matt Thompson says the monkey … Read more

Playing the Lower Keys: Concert piped underwater in Florida

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. — Hundreds of music-loving snorkelers and divers, joined by distance swimmer Diana Nyad, ducked beneath the waves Saturday as a radio station broadcast a concert underwater at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Such songs as the theme from “The Little Mermaid,” the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Fins” entertained … Read more

Vet finds 62 hair bands, 8 pairs of underwear inside dog

More on this MARS, Pa. — This hungry Labrador has some unusual taste buds. A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog’s stomach during exploratory surgery. The head technician at Good Shepherd’s Veterinary Hospital in Mars tells WTAE-TV ( that the black Lab named Tiki wasn’t … Read more