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Identical twin sisters have given birth on the same day, at the same time, in their respective time zones.
Today.com reports Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers delivered their babies at 1:18 a.m. Thursday. Rodgers' son, Reid Joseph, was born first, on Mountain time in Denver. An hour later, Mariuz delivered her daughter, Samantha Lynne, on Pacific time in La Jolla, California.
The 35-year-old sisters hadn't planned to be pregnant at the same time but ended up with due dates just four days apart.
The sisters and their babies are both doing well. Today.com reports that the families are trying to work out a time to visit each other.

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BOSTON (AP) -- A man who left about $187,000 cash in a Boston taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cabbie, police said Tuesday.
Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland, a driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association, picked up a fare with a cast on one leg on Saturday.
"He told me he was homeless and had been living in a shelter for six months," MacCausland said.
At one point, the man got out of the cab to meet a friend intending to return, leaving a bag behind, the 72-year-old MacCausland said. MacCausland waited about 30 minutes, but the man didn't return. So, he drove to the man's hotel to look for him.
Unable to find the man, even with the help of the hotel staff, MacCausland looked in the bag for identification. There he found three bundles of $50 and $100 dollar bills. He immediately drove to police headquarters to turn in the cash.
Police found paperwork indicating that the money was part of an inheritance.
"To me that was a relief," MacCausland said. "Because I know if it wasn't they'd come looking for me."
The money was returned to the unnamed man after police determined he was the rightful owner. The man gave MacCausland a $100 reward.
"This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized," Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement.
About 30 years ago, another person left a large sum of money in MacCausland's cab. A fare he drove to the airport left a briefcase containing $10,000 behind. That person didn't give him a reward, he said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Visitors to the Los Angeles Zoo may have been greeted by some misinformation recently, courtesy of a comedian who posted fake facts about animals around the zoo.
Jeff Wysaski puts up fake signs in public places as part of his Obvious Plant project. He has posted photos on his Tumblr blog and social media of signs with absurd "facts" about animals that he put up around the L.A. Zoo.
One reads : "If you give a tiny trombone to 76 ducklings, they will lead the most adorable parade you've ever seen." Another says : "America's first president, George Washington, was actually 9 koalas stacked on top of each other."
L.A. Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock says the signs were taken down shortly after they were posted June 30.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- An event at a New York food festival is being billed as the world's healthiest eating championship.
Competitors sanctioned by Major League Eating are famous for downing hot dogs by the dozen but will compete for the Kale Cup at this year's Taste of Buffalo food festival on Saturday. They'll have eight minutes to consume as much of the leafy green vegetable as possible.
The winner will take home $2,000.
The Kale Yeah! contest is meant to highlight the healthier fare served alongside the chicken wings and ice cream at Buffalo's annual food festival. The Independent Health Foundation's Healthy Options program requires each vendor to offer a health-conscious menu item.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - An 11-foot alligator has been found dead in a southwest Florida storm drain after residents complained about clogged drains and a bad odor.
The alligator was discovered Monday after Lee County officials received the calls from the Fort Myers neighborhood.
The Department of Transportation searched for the cause of the odor and found the alligator about 3 feet below ground in a catch basin. Local media outlets report that the alligator came through a 14-by-24 inch pipe, which measures about 4 feet wide.
Lee County public information officer Betsy Clayton said that her office receives calls about twice a year for gators, but most are not as large.
The decaying gator was removed and disposed of at a dump site.

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It's the case of the stolen leggings for a woman in Indianapolis, Indiana, where someone stole a package right off her doorstep. But then, things took a turn. 
Leslie Miller says inside her mailbox, she found $25 and an apology. On the back of the 20, there was a handwritten note that said "stole your pants... felt sorry about it."      
Clearly the thief decided the flashy leggings were just their style, but Miller is hoping that'll work in her favor. 
"If you're going to wear them," she said, "somebody's going to notice you're wearing them."
Miller says if the thief really wanted to cover the cost of the crime, they still owe her $10. 
Her message is keep the change... not her pants. 

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City is starting an ad campaign that urges people to stay put if they're trapped inside a stalled elevator.
According to the city buildings department, five people died and 51 were injured in elevator accidents last year. The agency says the worst deaths occurred when passengers tried to save themselves.
The Daily News reports that the "Stay Safe. Stay Put" ad campaign being launched Wednesday encourages elevator passengers to remain calm and push the elevator's alarm button.
Other advice: Don't try to pry open the doors or jump up and down. That could affect the brake system and shift the car. And don't leave the car through any other means until emergency responders arrive.
And don't worry about a free-fall. The buildings department says that just won't happen.

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Westerville, OH - A woman in Ohio led police on a high-speed chase on Monday, and and even after her tires went flat, police say she took running.
When they finally caught her, she told police a peanut cookie was to blame for her erratic driving, saying she was having an allergic reaction. 
Officers told 30-year-old Corneathia Hill they didn't see any rashes on her, and medical staff cleared her -- saying they couldn't find any signs of a reaction. 
During the chase, police say Hill was going faster than 90 miles per hour through busy downtown streets, putting several people in danger. 
They booked her into jail on several charges including felony eluding, possession and traffic violations. 

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The Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota have proclaimed Tuesday "Adele Day" in the state.
The British singer will kick off her North American tour with two shows in Minnesota Tuesday and Wednesday, so the state's top officials made the proclamation in her honor.
Adele's success has made history.
She is the first woman to have three top ten singles simultaneously.
She has won ten Grammy awards -- becoming the second artist to ever win all the "big four" awards, and the second woman ever to win six awards in one night.
Adele last performed in Minnesota in 2008.

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ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) -- A rare herd of ghostly white deer that multiplied at a World War II weapons depot under the protection of the U.S. Army is now being nurtured by the site's new owner.
Seneca Iron Works owner Earl Martin has planted 15 acres of soybeans to improve the diet of the deer roaming the former Seneca Army Depot in the Finger Lakes, and is working with a nonprofit group to develop about 1,500 acres of the 7,000-acre site as a wildlife preserve and ecotourism park.
"The idea is to create tourism and wildlife conservation in the northern part of the depot and develop businesses in the southern portion," Bob Aronson, executive director of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, said in a recent interview.
Martin's winning $900,000 bid, announced last month, includes plans to create 200 jobs, expand his iron works business, establish about 20 Amish homesteads and renovate a short-line railroad.
Preserving the white deer was a priority of wildlife groups when the depot was put up for sale.
The deer aren't albinos, but are a natural mutation of common white-tailed deer. In the wild, white deer have short lifespans, because they are easy targets for predators and hunters. But the 24-mile fence that encloses the depot and the Army's protective policies allowed the white deer to multiply in peace among more than 500 concrete munitions storage bunkers.
Aronson and Martin are including the nonprofit group Seneca White Deer in development plans. The group was among the other bidders for the property, one of the largest developable sites in the region.
Dennis Money, who heads the group, noted that the herd of white deer has fallen from about 200 eight years ago to about 75 today.
"One of the primary things we need to do is improve habitat and food availability to help bring the deer back up to the numbers there were before," Money said. Normal brown deer have also decreased, he said. "We need to put in better quality foods, like clover, turnips, soybeans and corn."
Seneca White Deer ran some bus tours at the depot between 2006 and 2012. Money envisions future tours that will include not only the deer, but also the history of what was one of the most important Cold War storehouses of bombs and ammunition.
"We're hoping maybe in 2017 it will be opened to the general population," Money said.
 

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