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September 6, 2018

TOILET IN KITCHEN

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is the new tenant of a tiny apartment with a unique layout — the kitchen and bathroom are in the same place.

Yep. The toilet, bathtub, oven and sink are all in one room. The 200-square-foot (18.5-sq. meter) apartment is in St. Louis’ tony Central West End.

The ad and photo for the $525-per-month apartment appeared on several websites and had people flush with excitement. Harold Karabell of S.F. Shannon Real Estate Management says the new tenant loves it.

The 111-year-old building originally housed 12 luxury apartments. Karabell says that around the time of the Great Depression, it was remade into 50 small units, the studio the smallest among them.

Toilet/kitchen combo aside, Karabell says the apartment has a lot to like, including refinished hardwood floors and new windows.

RODENT REPELLER RULING

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge says pictures of mice lounging around an anti-rodent device are reason enough to let a lawsuit proceed against a company that sells them.

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III included three pictures in his written ruling yesterday.

He says a trial is necessary to determine if a group of consumers is right when it says the devices are completely ineffective and are falsely marketed.

The ruling included pictures which showed mice congregating beneath the device and one crawling up a wall and eventually resting on top of it.

The device, which plugs into an electrical outlet, is supposed to repel mice, rats, ants, spiders, roaches and other pests.

A lawyer for the company that manufacturers the device, New York-based BHH, says his client stands by its product.

APRIL THE GIRAFFE-OFFSPRING

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Like a lot of parents, April the Giraffe will be seeing her fast-growing offspring off to a new chapter in the fall.

Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York says April’s son Tajiri (tah-JEER’-ee) will be moved in late October to the Carolina Wildlife Conservation Park , outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

April’s pregnancy drew more than 232 million YouTube live views during a seven-week period. She gave birth to Tajiri in April 2017.

She won’t be an empty nester for long. April’s due to deliver another big bundle of joy around March of next year.

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