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LONDON (AP) - A new study shows that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces from photographs on computer screens.
The Cambridge University study published Wednesday also shows that sheep can recognize the faces of their human handlers without any prior training.
It had been known that sheep can recognize familiar faces of other sheep and of humans.
The researchers say this study of the ability of sheep to recognize faces may be useful in research into Huntington's disease and other human brain disorders that affect mental processing.
Lead scientist Professor Jenny Morton says sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities comparable to those of humans and monkeys.
Among the faces they were trained to recognize were Barack Obama and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.
The research was published in Royal Society: Open Science.

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BERLIN (AP) - A young man detained by police during a drunken argument in Germany was found to be carrying a baby python in his pants, and may be in trouble under animal welfare laws.
Police in the southwestern city of Darmstadt said the 19-year-old was detained on Tuesday night after a loud argument with another man disturbed residents. They said he was searched and officers noticed "a significant bulge in his trousers."
The man told officers that he had a snake in his pants, and pulled out a 35-centimeter (14-inch) baby king python.
He was taken to a police cell to sober up, and the snake put in a box. Police said Wednesday they were looking for the reptile's owner and examining whether "the non-species-appropriate transport" violated animal protection laws.
 
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Police in Pennsylvania say they've arrested a man who showed up to an elementary school intoxicated and hoping to vote - on the wrong day.
Authorities charged 34-year-old Douglas Shuttlesworth with a DUI after they found him at a school in Harrisburg on Monday.
Police say Shuttlesworth appeared intoxicated and they later found out he drove to the school thinking it was Election Day.
A woman who identified herself over the phone as Shuttlesworth's mother says her son mistakenly thought it was Tuesday. He was not available to comment on the charge.

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A man accused of stealing a motorized shopping cart from an Alaska grocery store didn't get very far or go very fast before his low-speed getaway attempt was foiled by police.
The battery-operated cart with a basket mounted behind the handlebars has a top speed of 1.9 mph.
Authorities say Rondell Tony Chinuhuk of Anchorage is charged with felony theft for attempting to take the cart early Tuesday from a Safeway store in Fairbanks.
Police say they stopped Chinuhuk while he was crossing a thoroughfare following a 10-minute joyride that consisted mostly of trying to leave the expansive store parking lot.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Chinuhuk was charged with felony theft of the $2,500 cart. Assistant public defender Jennifer Hite says in an email the office doesn't comment on cases.

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CLACKAMAS, Ore. (AP) - A deliveryman in Oregon who heard a woman's screams for help had his wife call 911, but when a deputy showed up it turned out the screamer was a parrot, not a woman.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that when Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Hayden Sanders showed up, all he found was Diego the Parrot.
The green-and-yellow bird was in good health and no humans were involved.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits.
The health ministry of Poland, which has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, has put out a short video praising rabbits for producing many offspring.
The YouTube video shows rabbits munching on lettuce and carrots while a rabbit "narrator" reveals the secret of their big families - exercise, a healthy diet and little stress. The brief appearance of a human couple enjoying a romantic picnic hints that a little romance might help, and a wine glass turned upside down suggested an anti-alcohol message.
Viewers are told: "If you ever want to be a parent, follow the example of rabbits."
It is the latest step by the conservative government in this mostly Catholic country of 38 million to reverse a shrinking population. European Union figures show that Poland's birth rate was 1.32 children per woman in 2015. Only Portugal had a lower fertility rate, though the figures in Spain and Greece were almost as low as Poland.
The Health Ministry said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was trying to encourage Poles in their reproductive years - between the ages of 18 and 45 - to adopt a healthy lifestyle that would improve their reproductive health.
It also said it was seeking to raise public awareness of the issue in a way that "did not offend anyone and was not vulgar."

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - A cat missing for more than a year has been reunited with his owner 120 miles (193.11 kilometers) from their Maine home.
Kennebunkport resident George Lichte says he believed his cat, Romeo, was dead after he never came home one day last fall. The Bangor Daily News reports Lichte received a phone call two weeks ago from a Skowhegan veterinarian, saying Romeo was found alive.
Solon resident Kevin Taft says he found the friendly feline while he was sitting at a picnic table, and assumed he was a stray. He planned to adopt Romeo, before learning the cat already had an owner.
Lichte says he wonders how Romeo got so far away.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis man is feeling pretty ... pretty ... pretty ... pretty miffed over a recent traffic ticket.
In an instance of life imitating art - in this case a recent episode of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - computer programmer Scott Smith says he was ticketed for honking his horn at a police officer.
Smith told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he repeatedly honked at the officer in an unmarked car Friday because the light had turned green and the officer wasn't moving.
He was pulled over and used his cellphone to record the heated exchange with the plainclothes officer, who asked, "Is your horn stuck?" Smith replied: "Is your brake stuck?"
Smith was ticketed for excessive noise from a vehicle. He plans to file a formal complaint.
In the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode, Larry David's character was ticketed for honking at a police car at a stoplight.

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ZION, Ill. - Illinois police officers responded to a very unique call Friday morning.
A raccoon, who Zion police believe "has been eating a little too well," got caught in a sewer grate.
Animal Control officer R. Knorr and Zion Police Officer K. Vaugh were unable to remove him and had to request help "from the real heroes over at the Zion Public Works Department." They were able to free the raccoon and he was not injured.
Zion police posted photos of the rescue to their Facebook page, adding that Officer Vaughn was more scared of the raccoon that it was of him. Good work guys!

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BERLIN (AP) - German bureaucrats - notorious for their ability to create lengthy tongue twisters consisting of one single word - are celebrating the doubling of Twitter's character limit.
Twitter announced Tuesday it's increasing the limit for almost all users of the messaging service from 140 to 280 characters, prompting a mix of delighted and despairing reactions.
Waking up to the news Wednesday, Germany's justice ministry wrote that it can now tweet about legislation concerning the transfer of oversight responsibilities for beef labeling.
The law is known in German as the Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz.
Munich police, meanwhile, said that "at last" they won't need abbreviations to tweet about accidents involving forklift drivers, or Niederflurfoerderfahrzeugfuehrer.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert made clear he'll keep it short, quoting Anton Chekhov: "Brevity is the sister of talent."
 

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