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March 4, 2019

GENERAL STORE CAT OUSTED

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska general store has had a cat named Stormy for more than six years. But now the cat will have to find new digs. Officials in Homer have ordered the store owners to evict the cat because it violates food safety standards. The slightly overweight black cat often would lounge on the store’s wooden chairs — and make its head available for customers to scratch. Some customers say they would stop by just to visit with Stormy. But no more. The food safety code for Alaska bars pets in places that serve food, except police dogs and service animals. Officials say they inspected the store after someone complained about its presence.

SEAGULL EATS RAT, CAUGHT ON VIDEO

BOSTON (AP) — People often refer to seagulls as rats with wings — and sometimes rats as seagulls without wings. So, as you can imagine, a video of a seagull devouring a dead rat would be a big draw online. A British tourist visiting Boston captured a gull feeding on the rat, taking it into its gullet in a single gulp — and before long, it was posted on social media. In this case the rat has gotten lots of mouse clicks — and prompted thousands of horrified comments.

HUGE FISH WASHES ASHORE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 7-foot sea fish has washed ashore in Southern California. But what has people scratching their heads isn’t the size of the fish — but how it happened to end up near Santa Barbara. The fish is being identified as a hoodwinker sunfish — a recently identified rare species that’s believed to make its home in the Southern Hemisphere. At first local marine experts thought it was a local sunfish. But after images were shared online, a fish expert in Australia recognized it as a species identified in 2017. Tests will be conducted on the carcass to determine its exact species.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II