Aug. 28, 2018
TRUMP WANTS A HUG FROM MEXICAN PRESIDENT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants a hug from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Who knew?
But that's exactly what Trump said during an unusual public speakerphone conversation with the Mexican leader. First, the White House had to overcome technical difficulties to get him on the line so he and Trump could celebrate Monday's unexpected announcement of a preliminary agreement between their countries on a deal Trump hopes will supersede the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Pena Nieto ended the call by saying he was sending Trump an "affectionate hug."
Trump replied that a hug would be "very nice."
Relations between the leaders have been strained ever since Trump blasted Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists, and insisted Mexico pay for his border wall. Mexico insists it won't pay.
BLACK BEAR CHECKS OUT 'THE SHINING' HOTEL
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — A black bear wandered the lobby of the Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining."
Stanley Hotel Vice President Reed Rowley tells KDVR-TV that 300 guests were sound asleep as the bruin figured out how to open the door and climbed over furniture. A front desk supervisor captured video of the romp.
There was no damage, but the furniture got rearranged before the bear walked out of the lower level door.
The hotel in Estes Park opened in 1909. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
King wrote "The Shining" after he and his wife stayed at The Stanley in 1974. The 1980 horror film was not shot there.
MISSING LIZARD TURNS UP SAFE
WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman's 3 ½-foot lizard is home again safe and sound after going missing for nearly a month.
Liz Rose says her black and white tegu lizard named Tiggs was found close to her home in a neighbor's shed Sunday, no worse for wear other than being a little skinnier.
The Wilmington woman tells The Sun of Lowell the lizard native to South America escaped his outdoor enclosure July 31, and had evaded capture attempts for weeks. She'd even tried to set traps for the 4-year-old Tiggs using chicken and quail eggs.
Rose says she's relieved her pet is safe, and that she had been losing hope in the weeks with no sign of Tiggs.
HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL, SEA TURTLE HARASSED
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man couldn't resist touching a Hawaiian monk seal on Kauai and posting a video of the incident.
That's not cool with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Neither was the video of the man aggressively pursuing a sea turtle while snorkeling that NOAA investigators found while looking into the monk seal incident.
Hawaiian monk seals are a critically endangered species, while all sea turtle species in U.S. waters are listed as either threatened or endangered.
NOAA says the incident the man documented on his Instagram account amounts to harassment. He's been fined $1,500.
BISON ESCAPE INDIANA FARM
HAMILTON, Ind. (AP) — Police have warned residents of a northern Indiana community not to approach a herd of bison that escaped from a nearby farm.
The Steuben (stoo-BEN') County Sheriff's office says the bison escaped Sunday from a fenced-in area at a farm near Pleasant Lake, a village about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne.
Pleasant Lake Buffalo Farm owner Cathy Sanders tells WANE-TV 58 bison escaped and began roaming the 300-acre property.
Police in the adjacent town of Hamilton warned residents about the escaped bison, urging them not to approach the animals.
The department says in a Facebook message that the bison are not friendly and should not be approached because "they can become aggressive."