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OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Lucy is a lover of long walks and a shared dinner of weeds, and she’s looking for love.
At least according to an ad the 2-year-old Embden goose’s owner placed in a Facebook page last week. Brandy Hall tells The Sun Herald of Biloxi that she has taken it upon herself to find a suitable gander for Lucy.
Lucy is currently enamored with Hall’s Great Pyrenees, but the dog isn’t very happy with the match. Hall says there haven’t been many serious responses to her post so far, though someone did ask how much Lucy would cost. Hall says that she’d be happy even finding a friend for Lucy, but she’d like to see her find a lifelong mate.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Greyhound says it is investigating how a bus meant to take passengers from Cleveland to New York ended up in Toledo.
WEWS-TV reports that the bus left Cleveland several hours late on Thursday and was headed east through Pennsylvania when it started experiencing problems. The company says the driver was instructed to head back to Cleveland and get a new bus, but instead drove about two hours past it, to Toledo. The driver then turned around and went back to Cleveland.
Passenger Morgan Staley says they spent about seven hours "just going in a circle."
The company says passengers interested in a refund can contact customer service.
 
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GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term "best friend."
Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown.
The little girl told her mother she was upset because her teacher told her she couldn't call one of her classmates her "best friend."
School officials did not comment. But in a letter to the Hartwells they said "It has been our experience ... that the use of the term 'best friend,' even when used in a loving way, can lead other children to feel excluded."
Hartwell called the ban "outrageous" and "silly." She says children should be allowed to speak from their heart.

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April 20 (UPI) -- A tour bus driver in New York has been fired after a passenger recorded him watching TV shows on his cellphone while behind the wheel.
Barry Fisk captured video after the bus departed Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. Monday on a tour booked by company Get Your Guide.
The video shows the bus driver watching TV shows on his phone while driving a bus load of passengers to Woodbury Commons in Orange County.
A Get Your Guide spokesman said the driver has been fired.
"In this case, the driver in question was in breach of local law and our own safety standards, and we regret that our customer Barry Fisk was put in an unsafe situation as a result," the spokesman told KABC-TV. "We've reached out personally to Mr. Fisk with a full refund and our sincere apologies."

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April 20 (UPI) -- The mayor of a city in Kyrgyzstan said he keeps up with the issues affecting locals by going out wearing a fake beard as a disguise.
Mayor Albek Ibraimov of Bishkek, the country's capital, said he wears a fake beard to prevent being recognized when he goes out to get a first-hand view of the problems faced by residents.
"I dress in old clothes, so that no one will know," he told news outlet Fergana, "I wear a beard, take off my tie and I go and look, and see how things actually are.
Ibraimov made the comments in response to being accused of being out of touch with those affected by an April 13 fire that destroyed part of Osh Bazaar, the city's largest market.
The fire was the third at the market so far this year, and Ibraimov said fire hydrants and surveillance cameras will be installed during repair efforts.

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April 20 (UPI) -- A New York family is offering a $500 reward for a teddy bear lost in North Carolina during a drive home from Florida's Walt Disney World.
Amy Earley said in a Facebook post that her 3-year-old daughter, Morgan, is believed to have lost the stuffed toy, "Baby Bear" out the window of the family car somewhere on Interstate 77 in York County.
Earley said the bear is believed to have exited the car somewhere between the Comfort Suites in Rock Hill and exit 30.
She said Morgan is "completely heartbroken" by being separated from Baby Bear, which she has had since birth.
Earley said she is offering a $500 reward for the bear's safe return.
"We have found a lady willing to send a replacement but I would still love to find him!" she wrote in a follow-up comment.

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April 20 (UPI) -- A Washington state police officer's dashboard camera captured the moment a fleeing driver's car went airborne and ended up smashing its radiator.
The Pasco Police said Officer Ben Boykin responded to help Washington State Patrol troopers with a traffic stop in the city Tuesday night.
Boykin's patrol car dash cam footage, which the department posted to Facebook, shows the fleeing car attempt to evade its pursuers by speeding through a series of alleys.
The suspect's car ends up airborne after speeding up an incline and is left smoking and disabled when the landing smashes its radiator.
The driver fled on foot, but police said they have identified the suspect.

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April 20 (UPI) -- Scientists at a university in Singapore showed off the capabilities of their robots by having one of the machines assemble an Ikea chair.
The Nanyang Technological University researchers released a video showing the robot using two mechanical arms to build an Ikea Stefan chair.
The team said they programmed the robot with the order of the instructions and then spread the parts randomly around the robotic arms.
The arms used a 3D camera to map the locations of the pieces and spent about 11 minutes planning its movements before building the chair in about nine minutes.
"The job of assembly, which may come naturally to humans, has to be broken down into different steps, such as identifying where the different chair parts are, the force required to grip the parts, and making sure the robotic arms move without colliding into each other," assistant professor Pham Quang Cuong said on the school's website.
The researchers published their findings in the April issue of Science Robotics.
"We are looking to integrate more artificial intelligence into this approach to make the robot more autonomous so it can learn the different steps of assembling a chair through human demonstration or by reading the instruction manual, or even from an image of the assembled product," he said.

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(Sky News) A Kickstarter campaign to fund slices of tomato sauce has seen the amount pledged to back it double to more than $30,000 (£21,400).
Slice of Sauce first came about when Emily Williams, whose father ran a restaurant in Michigan, US, was practising an old family recipe.
An attempt at creating a dried version of her dad's BBQ sauce - intended to save on vegetables wasted in the cooking process - led her to develop the dried ketchup, which eventually became the finished Slice of Sauce product.
Ms Williams gave up her office job to create the solid ketchup, teaming up with her former boss Thac Lecong to form the company.
Described as "all natural, no mess and flavour packed", the unexpected concept also boasts sustainable packaging, with the packs of eight portions not being individually wrapped.
The Kickstarter page says the dried product does not have to be kept in the fridge, and promises "a perfectly portioned bite every time".
Ingredients include vine-ripened tomato purée, distilled vinegar, cane sugar, salt, onion powder and garlic.
Now they have smashed their fundraising goal, the aim is to create the slices by hand in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, New York.
The company hope the slices will be available online and at selected speciality outlets by June.
Co-founder Mr Lecong said: "It's going to be like the first man on the moon, except this time the moon is a sandwich."

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April 20 (UPI) -- An Arkansas man captured video of a large alligator being lassoed and removed from next to a busy stretch of highway.
Witness Kenneth Sanders recorded video Wednesday as wildlife trappers carefully wrangled the 12-foot alligator spotted next to Highway 165 in the DeWitt area.
The video shows wranglers using two lassos to rope the alligator.
The trappers and law enforcement officers then used the ropes to keep the gator from escaping or putting up a fight.
It was unclear whether the alligator was released back into the wild away from the highway.

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