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April 8, 2019

MAN AWAKENS TO FIND MAN SLEEPING ON KITCHEN FLOOR

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Police in Altoona, Pennsylvania say a man woke up one morning last week to find a strange man asleep on his kitchen floor. The strangeness didn’t stop there. Police say the man was unconscious — and surrounded by torn-up sanitary napkins. And to throw one more log on the crazy fire — the homeowner suggests the man may also have eaten some of his Krave cereal, which comes in two flavors: chocolate and double chocolate. The suspect in the break-in / sleep-in is 60-year-old Brian Smith, charged with burglary and trespass. Police say he told them he had no idea how or why he entered the home — but acknowledged he used meth within two days of the incident.

CATS KNOW THEIR NAMES?

NEW YORK (AP) — Most of us have had the experience of seeing a cat that barely acknowledges our existence. But a new study suggests the furry creatures do pay attention — and even can respond to the sound of their own names. Japanese scientists say they’ve turned up the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between words people say. The study suggests cats are similar to dogs — in that they will respond to names, even if they don’t understand that their names refer to their identity.

PANDA WATCH ON IN BERLIN

BERLIN (AP) — It’s as sure a sign of spring as the start of the baseball season and the arrival of crocuses: zoo officials hoping their pandas will somehow find romance — or at least produce a baby. In Berlin, zoo officials have paired their giant pandas, an 8-year-old male and a 5-year-old female who arrived from China in 2017. After nearly two years of being kept in separate areas, they were brought together for the first time ever this past Friday. Zoo officials say the female was in heat, a phase that lasts no more than 72 hours. A zoo official says the male balked at first, but eventually approached his prospective mate. The official noted the couple still needs to “practice a bit.”

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II