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May 16, 2018


DETROIT (AP) — Baseball fans leaving valuables in view in vehicles near Comerica Park in Detroit will receive fake tickets as reminders to keep their property safe. Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (HEAT), Detroit police and AmeriCorps members are expected to issue the warning advisories in parking lots and on side streets during today’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. HEAT says the advisories will be marked with the item in view and estimated dollar amount. Vehicles parked near sporting venues often are targeted by thieves who take valuables through unlocked doors or by smashing windows.


BERLIN (AP) — Police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance in a southern German town — and found a man arguing with a parrot. A resident in Loerrach, near the Swiss border, called the emergency number Monday to report his concerns about loud shouting from a next-door apartment that had been going on for some time. Police said officers sent to the scene found there was a loud argument going on — but it was between a 22-year-old man and a parrot. The man told them he had been annoyed with the bird, which belonged to his girlfriend. The parrot responded to being shouted at with loud noises of its own. Police said it couldn’t speak but could bark like a dog. Since no one was hurt, the officers left.


METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A man has been injured by what police call a “fireball” while trying to blow up an old vehicle in Massachusetts. NBC 10 Boston reports the explosion happened shortly after 5 p.m. when an unidentified man tried to blow up an old bus on his property in Methuen. Police say a “fireball” erupted from the vehicle. A bomb squad and hazmat team searched the area for the man, and found him with burns to his face and head. He was transported to an area hospital. The severity of his injuries is unknown. State police are investigating why the man tried to blow up the bus. Officials say there is no danger to the surrounding community.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A college student has won the job of master builder at a Lego center that’s opening in central Ohio later this year. University of Akron student Maxx Davidson beat more than 70 other contestants in a Lego building competition in Columbus in early May. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the 22-year-old built an aquarium, a portrait of his mother and a giant turntable to win the competition. Davidson will now help create life-size Lego models of notable Ohioans and other landmarks at the new Legoland Discovery Center in Columbus. Davidson says he will put his life science education studies on hold for the role, which he calls “one of the coolest job titles ever.”


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A team at the University of Southern California’s Game Innovation Lab has adapted Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” into a video game. Players can build a cabin along the shores of Walden Pond, toil in fields for sustenance and explore 70 acres of digital nature over the course of one year, the same time period covered in Thoreau’s book. The game has been available for about a year on computers, but it was launched yesterday on PlayStation 4. Tracy Fullerton, who led the team that designed the game, says “Walden” is one of her favorite books and that she thinks its message of escaping technology to appreciate nature is topical today. Fullerton says the objective is to find the right balance between survival and fulfillment.


UNDATED (AP) —It was a good Mother’s Day for one mom and her brood. Police in New York State have used technology to help save 14 ducklings from a storm drain on Mother’s Day. Officers with the Suffolk Police Department on Long Island responded to a 911 call on Sunday saying that several ducklings had fallen into a storm drain, with their mother waiting nearby. Four of the ducklings were rescued immediately, but the rest retreated further into the drain - until officer Steven Damico used a duck-calling application on his phone that helped lure the remaining ducklings out. A final duckling was unreachable until an officer snagged it with a net. All the ducklings were safely reunited with their mother.

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