ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Confrontations between moose and Alaska residents are leading wildlife officials to warn people to give the animals some distance. An agitated moose has already charged skiers standing in a ski resort lift line. Another moose walked up behind a woman tending her chickens in the city of Homer. She says it started eating chicken food out of the bucket she was carrying. She says she turned toward it and it animal kicked her in the head. Department of Fish and Game biologist Dave Battle says moose get cranky this time of year. He says their winter food of twigs and other woody material isn’t as nutritious as summer leaves and they’re using up fat reserves.
LONG-LOST DOG FOUND
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her pet dog that skipped out of her apartment six months ago. Tanya Flowers tells The Jersey Journal she spent days handing out hundreds of fliers and contacting local shelters after her year-old Maltese named Paris got lost last September. The Jersey City woman feared she wouldn’t see the dog again. But then a shelter in Staten Island, New York called her to say Paris had been found. Flowers says Paris was allegedly found walking the streets in North Bergen four months ago. A man who spotted her took her in, but he recently brought the dog to his mother’s home in Staten Island because he could no longer care for it. The mother brought the dog to a veterinarian and, after its microchip was discovered, Paris was reunited with Flowers.
PHOENIX (AP) — A woman suspected of being the so-called “SOS Bandit” who robbed four banks in the Phoenix metro area since January has been arrested. FBI officials say 46-year-old Cornetta Newton is facing charges in connection with four bank robberies between Jan. 30 and Feb. 16 in Scottsdale, Chandler and Tempe, Arizona in addition to being charged with an attempted bank robbery in Scottsdale. The robber was called the “SOS Bandit” because she worn slip-on shoes during most of the heists. It was unclear Tuesday if Newton has a lawyer yet.
OKLAHOMA FLAG PLEDGE
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed a bill calling for public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each school day. It now heads to the state Senate. The bill says students “shall recite the pledge” once each day, instead of once per week as required under current state law. There’s an exemption for students who don’t want to take part. Supporters say the pledge is a symbol of unity and that reciting it will remind students “of the loyalty, dedication and courage” that made America great.
FINED FOR POACHING ON TV
DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) — If you’re going to poach elk, it might be a good idea not to do it on TV. Two Kentucky men on a cable television hunting show have been fined nearly $31,000 and have lost hunting privileges for 15 years for poaching two bull elk in southeastern Wyoming in 2014. The case came to light when someone watching “Hunting in the Sticks” reported the men appeared to have killed elk in the wrong hunting district. Officials say they think the hunters were driven to get “kill shot footage” for the show, and that it led them to make bad decisions. Investigators say the men eventually confessed. Wildlife officials say one of the men had also poached an antelope in 2013.
BLIND WOMAN SAYS SHE AND DOG KICKED OFF PLANE
FRANKLIN, Maine (AP) — A blind woman from Maine says she and her service dog were kicked off an American Airlines flight after she requested a different seat. Sue Martin, of Franklin, says she, her husband and her guide dog boarded a plane bound for Dallas at Reagan National Airport near Washington on March first. She says she asked a flight attendant if she could be moved to a seat in another row that had room for the German shepherd. Martin says the flight attendant refused. A man in first class later offered his seat, which Martin accepted. That’s when she says she was asked to leave by an American Airlines employee who said her presence on the plane was unsafe. An American Airlines spokeswoman says the airline is investigating the allegations.