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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska whale-watching cruise turned into a rescue mission for an unusual aquatic species - a distressed, swimming deer.
The 18-passenger tour vessel from Gastineau Guiding Co. lassoed the struggling deer on Wednesday, pulled it on board and gave it a ride to an island, Juneau radio station KTOO reported.
Naturalist Audrey Benson said visitors and crew were watching whales when the boat received a radio transmission that deer were swimming in the saltwater on the west side of Shelter Island.
"We heard that there were two deer that were swimming across in the water," Benson said. "So after we watched the whales for a bit our passengers were curious and wanted to see the deer, and so we motored over to them and it turns out there was only one."
The deer appeared to be in distress. It was struggling to keep its head above water.
Crew on a larger tour boat tried to rescue the animal but gave up.
Benson, other crew members and passengers moved in, and with a rope, pulled the deer on board.
"The deer was immediately bewildered and disoriented and it was shaking a lot, it was shivering a lot," she said. "Its teeth were chattering. It tried to stand up but collapsed because it was so weak."
The crew motored to Shelter Island and released the deer.
"It was the craziest thing I've ever seen on any of my tours," Benson said. "I mean, you never know what's going to happen but for a deer rescue - I've never even been that close to a deer, I've never touched one - and to have an opportunity to assist this struggling animal, it was very intense."
They never saw the other deer and presume it drowned.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, deer regularly swim between islands in southeast Alaska and it's uncommon for them to drown.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief.
A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden this week.
"My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer," she wrote on Instagram.
Kellner and three friends were sunbathing Wednesday in a Stockholm park, a homeless man selling newspapers approached, she told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
After he left, one friend noticed her phone was missing. Kellner and a fellow police officer gave chase.
Kellner said she didn't hesitate to make the arrest while wearing a bikini.
"If I had been naked I would have intervened as well," she said.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Worried that Swedes aren't having enough sex, the government wants to analyze the bedroom activities of its citizens in a major new study.
It's been 20 years since the last in-depth study of the sex habits of the Scandinavian welfare state, so Public Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom says it's high time for another survey.
One of the goals of the investigation, set to be completed in 2019, is to find out whether there's any truth to Swedish tabloid reports that Swedes are having less sex than they used to.
"It's important to investigate whether that is the case and if so, what the reason is," he wrote Friday in an opinion piece in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
If stress and other health issues are affecting Swedes' sex lives, he said, "that is also a political problem."
Morgan Eklund, an official in Wikstrom's office, said the minister was referring primarily to a 2013 survey of 3,000 people by the Aftonbladet tabloid, which found that lovemaking is on the wane in Sweden, a country with a reputation of being sexually liberated.
Eklund said the survey was not scientific enough to be used as the basis of government policies "but it points in a direction that can be interesting to follow up."
In a separate article on the government's website, Wikstrom said the Social Democratic-led government needs better information about people's sex habits to guide its policies related to sexual and reproductive health.
"Sex is an area that strongly influences people's health, so we can't just talk about things like, for example, venereal disease, but also things that are positive and lust-filled about sex," Wikstrom said.
The study will be carried out by the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A foul smelling plant known as the "corpse flower" is finally blooming at the New York Botanical Garden in New York City.
Visitors were waiting in line more than an hour to see the rare bloom. It started emerging Thursday afternoon after more than 10 years of growth.
It's native to Sumatra's equatorial rain forests and emits an odor like rotting flesh while it's briefly in bloom.
It's one of the largest flowers on earth and can reach 6 feet in height. It emits the stench to attract pollinators.
The bloom at its peak only lasts about 24 to 36 hours - and it could be years before the flower blooms again.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- To get a Kentucky marriage license, Bradley Jones just has to bring his fiancee to the clerk's office, but there's a problem: She's in prison and can't make the trip.
Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry says state law requires both applicants to apply in person, and won't issue the license. So the Louisville man on Thursday sued Perry in federal court, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
According to the lawsuit, Perry on July 14 denied Jones a license to marry Kathryn Brooke Sauer, who is serving sentences for robbery and other charges at a Kentucky prison. Sauer isn't scheduled to be released until 2026.
Perry says she believes the law prevents her from issuing a license unless both people come to her office, and she can't issue it to just one person.
"I don't see that the law says that I can do that," she said.
Since Sauer can't visit in person, the lawsuit states that the in-person marriage application law infringes on Jones' constitutional right to marry. It seeks to bar Perry from enforcing the law.
Janet Conover, a warden at the prison where Sauer is serving time, said she told Jones she had no objection to the marriage. However, she also told him both parties must be at the clerk's office to apply for a license, and that the prison doesn't transport inmates for that purpose.
The lawsuit said Jones did not want to wait to marry Saur because he is deeply religious. Jones' statement said Sauer is as well.

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy fishing with his father on a New Jersey beach has reeled in a 200-pound shark.
A video posted on Facebook on Sunday shows Gianni Mandile pulling the fish most of the way in before dad Joseph Mandile grabs the shark's tail and pulls it onto the sand while taking care not to get bit.
The Mandiles posed for a quick photo with the shark before Joseph dragged it back into the water and sent it on its way.
The Mandiles use a catch-and-release fishing policy, but Gianni tells New York's WABC-TV that he'll still have bragging rights because he's caught a bigger fish than all his friends.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been arrested on charges he stole a soil-testing device containing radioactive material from the trunk of a car and then sold it to a local pawn shop.
Authorities say 28-year-old Carlos Hernandez, of Bridgeport, is charged with second-degree larceny and credit card fraud. It's unclear whether Hernandez has retained a lawyer.
Authorities allege Hernandez stole the moisture-density gauge Tuesday morning in Bridgeport from the car of a technician who works for HAKS, a New York-based consulting firm offering material testing services. The device was recovered later that day at East Coast Pawn.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the device was not damaged.
The device contains enough cesium-137 and americium-241 to make a person ill, but not a lethal dose.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- A mounted police officer in upstate New York has been spotted going through a Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru on horseback.
Boston's WCVB-TV posted a picture of the officer and his partner in line at the Saratoga Springs drive-thru Wednesday. The station reports Saratoga Springs Officer John Sesselman ordered a cup of coffee for himself and a glazed munchkin for his horse partner, King Tut.
The treat is well-earned for King Tut. The department posted pictures of the horse and Sesselman patrolling the city's downtown Wednesday, noting, "King Tut works hard and doesn't mind if you stop to pet him!"

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Twinsburg, OH - A lost stuffed animal is back at home with its owner thanks to a Cleveland area police officer who found it by the side of the road.
Officer April Blubaugh found the plush puppy on a bridge Thursday afternoon.
The little guy wasn't wet or dirty, so she figured he probably wasn't on the bridge a long time.
Officer Blubaugh says the puppy joined her on patrol until his owner was found later that day.
"I just wanted to get him back where he belongs," she said. "He's probably some child's little friend, and he needs to go home, but in the meantime I'll take care of him here."
Officer Blubaugh joked that if the owner hadn't come forward her new furry fried would have been sworn as a new assistant K9 officer.

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A police officer in Windham, Maine, attempted to "pull over" two cows after they were reportedly menacing cars on Thursday afternoon.
In a video the police department posted on its Facebook page, Officer Ernest MacVane attempts to deal with the cows by asking them to "pull over."
The cows, however, continue walking down the road, leading the officer to call out to the cows and ask them to "stop resisting arrest."


 

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