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Lake Geneva gets mail delivered by boat jumpers

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — The only mail delivery in the country that uses teens and college students who jump back and forth from boats is nearing its 100th summer.

The carriers are hired to jump to piers, hustle to mailboxes on the docks and scurry back to the boat — without falling in.

A never-stopping boat delivers to the 60 or so mansions on Lake Geneva in Walworth County, southern Wisconsin.

The boat can carry about 150 people each morning and runs from mid-June to mid-September.

The U.S. Postal Service pays Gage Marine, which runs Lake Geneva Cruise Line, $1 a year to deliver the mail.

It's been done every summer since 1916. The captain of the boat, Neill Frame, has been doing it for 40 years.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1br2ltD

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Kids go picking cherries, find marijuana plants

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — Some children out picking cherries with their father in southwestern Michigan ended up finding about 50 marijuana plants in a farmer's field along the way.

Lt. Robert Kirk of the Van Buren County sheriff's department tells MLive.com that the family called shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday to report the discovery.

Kirk says it appears that someone pulled out a row of corn and planted the marijuana, knowing that the farmer's field would be fertilized and watered. In cases like this, Kirk says whoever planted the marijuana would usually come back before the corn was harvested.

Sheriff's deputies pulled up the marijuana plants and they will be destroyed. Authorities say it's common for marijuana growers to try to hide plants farmers' fields this way.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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90 cats rescued from smuggling near Thai border

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say they have rescued about 90 famished cats that they believed had been headed to Vietnam. They declined to say what fate they had rescued the felines from, but cats are considered a delicacy in their intended destination.

Police Col. Sakchai Sadmaroeng said Thursday his men stopped a pickup truck at a checkpoint Thursday and found six plastic cages full of cats in northeastern Nakhon Phanom province. The driver was arrested and faces charges including animal cruelty and illegal transportation of animals.

The Thai driver told police he received 2,000 baht ($63) to drive the cats to the Mekhong River, near the Thai-Laotian border.

Cat meat is offered in many restaurants in Vietnam. Dogs also have been smuggled there from Thailand for their meat.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Unusual Minnesota rabbit video attracts attention

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota college student's spoof video of an apparently tumorous rabbit that he dubbed "Frankenstein" has attracted hundreds of thousands of Internet viewers.

Gunnar Boettcher, a 20-year-old student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, and his brother took photos and video of the rabbit, which looks to have tumors growing on its head, on June 26.

"We've seen it before around the house but we've never been able to get a close look," Boettcher said. "But we went over to him that day and he didn't run away like he normally does."

In the video, entitled "The World's Scariest Rabbit," Boettcher speaks in an Australian accent, imitating the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.

Boettcher put it on Facebook, and a friend of his posted it to Reddit. Within four days, more than 200,000 people had watched, according to The Free Press of Mankato (http://bit.ly/1acdwVx)

Boettcher last saw the rabbit Wednesday night. He thinks it might have a papilloma virus that's a form of cancer.

Joe Stangel, area wildlife supervisor for the state Department Natural Resources, said he also suspects that is what it is but is waiting for confirmation from a veterinarian. It's not an uncommon ailment in rabbits, Stangel said, but he's not seen it on the top of the head.

It's generally a fatal ailment, Stangel said, noting the DNR would just let nature take its course.

Some of the video comments haven't been particularly kind to Boettcher. Some say it's wrong to get a few laughs from a disease that certainly will kill the animal. Others say he has a responsibility to get it some veterinary help.

Boettcher disagrees.

"It's a great idea to try to help him and make him healthy again, but it's a little ridiculous to blame me for not helping the rabbit and taking him to the vet when it's a wild rabbit," he said. "It's turning into a thing on animal rights ... it was just supposed to be something fun between me and my brother."

Online: Rabbit video.

Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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