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Six-clawed lobster donated to Maine aquarium

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — An unusual six-clawed lobster has been donated to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor.

Named Lola, the unusual lobster was caught by a fishing crew off the coast of Hyannis, Mass.

Aquarium Manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques says on one side where a singular claw would be Lola has five lobster claws arranged in a starfish pattern and on the other side a normal claw. She tells WMTW-TV that the claw deformity is a genetic mutation that lobsters can have throughout their life or from regrowth from a damaged or lost claw.

Lola is expected to go on display in the next several days.

Information from: WMTW-TV, http://www.wmtw.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Stork detained as spy in Egypt found dead

CAIRO (AP) — A stork once detained by Egyptian authorities on suspicion of being a winged spy has been found dead.

Mahmoud Hassib, the head of Egypt's southern protected areas, said Saturday that local residents found the dead bird on an island in the Nile, south of the ancient city of Aswan.

In August, a local resident found the stork in Egypt's Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo. Both he and police were suspicious of the European wildlife tracker found on it. Authorities later let the bird go.

However, controversy trails the bird into death. An Egyptian wildlife organization claimed on its Facebook page the bird was "eaten by local villagers." Hassib denied that the bird had been eaten, though he didn't know an exact cause of death.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Feds: Man tried to enter US via red chile shipment

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an immigrant suspected of entering the country illegally attempted to make his journey in an unusual but hot place — a shipment of red chile.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at a New Mexico border checkpoint said the man was discovered Thursday face down among a commercial load of the spicy stuff.

Columbus Port Director Robert Reza says next to the "highly intoxicated" 35-year-old was a bottle of tequila.

The man, who authorities described as a Mexican national, told agents that he climbed into the commercial hopper while it was being staged in Mexico. He got into the truck-full of chile in hopes of catching a ride to Chicago, the El Paso Times reported.

Agents said he got less than 100 yards into New Mexico before he was discovered. He will be returned to Mexico, officials said.

The red chile shipment was later released.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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How to bring a gator hunter to tears: propose

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — How do you bring an alligator hunter to tears? Drop down on one knee and ask her, "Will you marry me?"

Jimmy Greer of Madison proposed to Elizabeth Ratcliffe of Canton during preparations for her family's annual alligator hunt. Titan, their dog, helped. Around Titan's neck was a sign reading, "Will You Marry My Daddy?"

"I started crying. I was shocked," Ratcliffe told The Clarion-Ledger.

She said the two had been discussing marriage, but she thought he might propose on the opening weekend of archery season.

"That's what we do, we hunt," Ratcliffe said. "I figured that was the only time when both of the families would be there

Gator hunts are her family's thing, though Greer has been joining them for about five years.

His parents were at Ratcliffe's parents' house to take photos of the proposal. So, as Ratcliffe and her mother and sister were making sandwiches and getting things together for the hunt, Greer and her father took a brief break from prepping the boat and loading gear.

Ratcliffe's father told everyone to come outside, then told his daughter to close her eyes and take his hand. She didn't know what was going on. "I thought, 'Maybe he'd gotten me a new car or a new bow,'" Ratcliffe said.

When the two stopped, her father told her to open her eyes on the count of three. She opened them to see Greer, his parents and the decorated dog.

The wedding will be in October, Ratcliffe said: "We want to go on a bow hunt for our honeymoon."

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Men dressed as Batman, Capt. America rescue cat 

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — Who says superheroes aren't real?

When a West Virginia home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue.

John Buckland, dressed as Batman, and Troy Marcum, dressed as Captain America, saw smoke at a house nearby when they were entertaining children as part of their business. They ran to the house along with another bystander, kicked in the door and broke out a window so some smoke could escape.

Buckland, a former firefighter, says he crawled into the front room and felt something furry. He grabbed the animal, ran outside and gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

No one was hurt in the fire, including the rescuers — though Buckland says the cat hissed and swatted at him when it regained consciousness.



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