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HARTLAND, Mich. (AP) -- A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school's courtyard, returning each year to lay her eggs and then walk the hallways with her ducklings - with the help of students and staff - to safely get to a nearby pond.
The duck named Vanessa has appeared at Village Elementary School in Hartland for the past 13 years, and her latest waddle through the school took place last week, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports.
The duck flies into the closed-off courtyard, where children in the surrounding classrooms can take a peek out the window to watch, and she crawls under a specific shrub, digs out her nest and lays her eggs. It's there that she waits for them to hatch.
After the ducklings appear, now-retired teacher Ruth Darrah and others tape black construction paper along the walls, creating a clear path for the ducks to get to a nearby pond outside the school. Teachers and staff make sure students are out of Vanessa's path so they don't frighten her.
"It's so unusual, but everyone gets so invested in this duck because how cool is it that she comes back each and every year," said Elizabeth Krause, a mother who has witnessed the duck's appearance almost every year.
This year's hallway waddle took place on Thursday. The duck waited by the courtyard door for it to be unlocked and waddled with her ducklings through the school within minutes.
"She has it down by now, after 13 years," Darrah said.

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YEMASSEE, S.C. (AP) -- Nineteen monkeys made a break from a compound on the South Carolina coast, but freedom was fleeting.
Local media outlets report the monkeys escaped from the Alpha Genesis center Sunday afternoon and six hours later all had been recaptured.
Alpha Genesis operates two facilities near Beaufort, South Carolina, where it has 5,000 monkeys, many sold for medical research.
Yemassee Police Chief Gregory Alexander says a broken or a loose cage door led to the escape. Alexander says it's not the first time it's happened, but generally the monkeys return to the compound because they know that's where there's food.
U.S. Department of Agriculture records show that two years ago 26 monkeys escaped. All were recaptured but two facility employees were fired.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh police are fine with giving peace a chance, as long as you say it and don't spray it.
Myers Williams, of Brentwood, has been charged with causing nearly $24,000 damage by spray-painting 34 images, mostly of peace signs, on 13 downtown buildings.
Police say the spree occurred from about 4:20 to 4:50 a.m. on March 18.
The 24-year-old was arraigned Monday on 13 counts of criminal mischief, one for each of the buildings he allegedly damaged. Police identified him through surveillance video.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Williams, who faces a preliminary hearing May 9.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man who got a police officer's help to find a bit of marijuana lost in his yard has been charged with misdemeanor drug abuse.
The patrolman's body camera video shows an intoxicated man admitting he lost the drug. The Alliance officer says he doesn't want children to find it and then locates it in the grass.
The man asks if he'd throw it back on the ground. The officer refuses.
Police say the officer had found the man stumbling along the road and tried to get him home safely.
Some commenters suggested the man has an alcohol problem and criticized Alliance police for sharing the video on Facebook.
Capt. James Hilles tells the Akron Beacon Journal it's just a light-hearted example of silly things people say to officers.

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AVON, Colo. (AP) -- A bear caught rummaging through a refrigerator in an apartment in Colorado's mountains turned out to be more scared than scary.
Firefighters say the black bear may have gotten into the Avon apartment through an open window or door early Saturday morning. The resident locked himself in his bedroom and called for help.
About a half dozen firefighters and deputies responded, at first yelling to scare the bear. Then they quieted down as one gently pushed open the apartment door and small bear emerged, head first.
They stomped and yelled as it ran down the hallway to try to keep it from getting too comfortable around humans.
Firefighters posted a video on Facebook as a reminder to people to close their windows and doors now that bears have emerged from hibernation.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Workers renovating a century-old performance hall discovered human remains under the orchestra pit and now archeologists are planning to analyze the bones.
The property under Cincinnati Music Hall was a public burial ground in 1818, and bones have been popping up since construction began for the building in 1876. Workers found a skull and other bones during a major renovation in 1969.
Crews uncovered the bones while removing asbestos in late March, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Heavy excavation hasn't yet started on the venue's $135 million renovation project.
Gray & Pape, a firm that conducts archaeological and historical investigations, concluded the arm and leg bones are believed to belong to four adult bodies.
Six other grave shafts were identified in the north carriageway, which is the space between Music Hall's main building and the North Hall. Each contained burials in wooden coffins.
The property under Music Hall was a potter's field- or a public burial ground.
A report released by the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp., the project manager for the renovation, speculated that the bones may have been moved from an original burial ground and reburied in a single grave.
Anastasia Mileham, a spokeswoman for the project manager, said remains found in the past have been re-interred at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.
"We will likely do something similar with the human remains uncovered at Music Hall," she said.
Officials told The Enquirer they hope that analysis of the remains and historical research will reveal more clues about those who lived and were buried near the Music Hall property.

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- A college student appalled at the dorm furnishings his roommates were leaving behind his freshman year has started a booming business recycling mini refrigerators.
Mitch Newlin, of Brunswick, Maine, goes to Bates College, a private, liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine, about 35 miles north of Portland. The 22-year-old buys dorm refrigerators at the end of the school year and sells them to incoming students the next year.
His company, Re-Fridge, has branched out to a total of 17 colleges in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts and expects to collect more than $70,000 in revenues this year, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Now a junior majoring in economics, Newlin hires students at the other colleges to pick up and deliver the refrigerators, capitalizing on the convenience to the customers.
At the end of his freshman year, Newlin says he hauled his roommates' left-behind fridges and furniture home and stored them in his parents' basement in Brunswick while he mulled over his business plan.
"There had to be a way to prevent this stuff from being thrown out and recycled to a new owner," he said.
He polled fellow Bates students on Facebook about what they would be willing to sell at the end of the school year to avoid items going into landfills and being fined $50 by the college for leaving items behind. He said 50 people approached him and told them he could have their refrigerators, and Re-Fridge became a reality.
Now he uses social media to recruit his employees and market the refrigerators.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says it's forbidden.
Tennant said in a news release Friday that it's illegal to photograph any part of the voting process, and no electronic devices or cellphones are allowed in the voting booth.
She says signs are posted in every West Virginia precinct, and poll workers have been instructed to tell people not to have devices out while voting.
The early voting period began last Wednesday. Voters may cast their ballots during regular business hours and next Saturday at their county courthouse, courthouse annex or community voting location designated by the county.

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - More than 1 million goldfish now have a giant fishbowl to call home in a Phoenix suburb.
Tempe officials dumped roughly 1.2 million goldfish and minnows into Tempe Town Lake on Friday.
They say the fish will serve as a natural insect control for midge flies' larvae, which are at the bottom.
KPNX-TV in Phoenix reports that the fish were transported from Arkansas by truck.
The man-made lake already has a variety of fish including bass and carp. The goldfish are expected to be a food source for the larger fish.
The lake was drained in March to replace a dam its west end. The lake is expected to reopen in May.
Officials say the new dam will be more cost-effective, dependable and last for at least 50 years.

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A man who allegedly exposed himself to people on Miami Beach was taken into custody after he attempted to evade officers by jumping in the ocean and swimming away, police said.
Witnesses told police the man was "doing inappropriate things" and "exposed himself" to beachgoers. One witness said he watched the suspect bother several adults and even two children, which prompted him to call the authorities.
"That's when I called police, when I saw the first one. They took him off the beach and the next thing I know, I look over and he was running into the water with his pants coming down," Tyler Morin said. "He swam out and the helicopters and everyone was running after him."
Investigators say the man jumped into the ocean on 61st Street and swam the length of 11 blocks before he was apprehended near Ocean Drive and 72nd Street.
The man, whose name wasn't released, is facing several charges including loitering, prowling and battery on a law enforcement officer.
 

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