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January 17, 2019

CHOCOLATE SPILLS ON ARIZONA ROAD

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — It was enough chocolate to even make a chocolate lover sick. Authorities in northern Arizona had their hands full trying to clean up a huge chocolate spill. Make that a huge, hot, messy chocolate spill. It happened when a tank truck was trying to make its way along the westbound lanes of I-40 near Flagstaff. Somehow the trailer got detached from the truck and rolled over, spilling a river of chocolate. How did chocolate get to runny? Turns out that the chocolate inside was stored at 120 degrees. Cleanup crews had to pour most of the 40,000 gallons of chocolate off into the highway median to lighten the damaged tanker so it could be towed away. There were no injuries — and the driver wasn’t cited.

CATS - APARTMENT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — There is a serious housing shortage in California’s Silicon Valley. But there are a couple of cats that have their own digs in which to dig their claws. The Mercury News reports the cats are ensconced in a $1,500-a-month studio apartment that their owner rents for them in San Jose. The 20-pound cats are named Tina and Louise — and they got the flat after their owner moved away to college. The student’s dad, Troy Good, couldn’t keep them and asked a friend to rent him the kitchen-less studio so he could keep the cats. Not only are the cats living large — they are living economically. The newspaper reports the average studio apartment in San Jose rents for nearly $2,000 a month — so their owner is paying about 25 percent off the going rate.

WOMAN HAS 50-POUND TUMOR REMOVED

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — She thought she was gaining weight because of menopause. But an Idaho woman has learned that she actually had a 50-pound tumor that had been growing inside her for decades. Boise TV station KTVB reports Brenda Cridland says she thought the gain of weight was just part of her getting older, but as her health began to decline about eight months ago, she decided to see a doctor. A CAT scan turned up a large tumor that had displaced her internal organs — and was cutting off the blood supply to her brain. The tumor was removed after two-and-a-half hours of surgery to remove the mass, which turned out to be benign. Since the surgery, Cridland says she lost 65 pounds — and learned the tumor was caused by undiagnosed endometriosis.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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