April 19 Only in America

It’s (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple with 13 sons has welcomed a 14th into the family. The Grand Rapids Press reports Jay and Kateri Schwandt’s latest addition was born Wednesday evening, five days before the baby’s expected due date. WOOD-TV reports the boy weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces and is 21 inches long. Jay Schwandt was happy that mom and baby had a safe delivery. The baby’s name hasn’t been announced. Kateri Schwandt has said she’s used to large families, as one of 14 children herself. As with their last few children, the couple decided against learning the baby’s sex before the birth. The Schwandts live in Rockford, north of Grand Rapids, and their eldest son is in his 20s.

Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos

MONROE, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath. A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was arrested on burglary and property damage charges. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a responding officer found “a full tub of water and a plate of food along with half eaten Cheetos belonging to the victim on the toilet next to the tub.” Washington told the homeowner and police that an unknown male had told her to break into the house. Police found a tall ice chest under a broken window.

California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it. San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard. He says it was found on Sunday after falling over the wall while escaping a dog. DeSousa says the animal’s shell cracked into three pieces. Veterinarians repaired it Tuesday in a three-hour operation. The $4,000 cost is covered by the county’s Spirit Fund. The tortoise will live with a rescue group. DeSousa says it will take a year to heal but the 35- to 40-year-old tortoise could have many more decades of life.

Women pay to replace stolen cardboard cutout of bistro owner

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Two women who took a lifesized cardboard cutout ad of a Vermont restaurant owner from an airport have sent a check to the bistro to pay for replacement costs. Leunig’s Bistro in Burlington said Tuesday that they received a written apology and a $350 check to cover the cost of the stolen cutout of bistro co-owner Bob Conlon. The women identify themselves as “Leunig’s #1 Fans” and say they apologize for the inconvenience they caused the team. The restaurant pledged a new Bob Conlon cutout would soon be back at Burlington International Airport. Conlon says he was glad the suspects paid for the cutout. The letter also says the women hope to eat dinner at the bistro in the future.

‘It smells like death:’ Alabama endures NYC sludge train

PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet. The “poop train” is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other states’ waste. Parrish, Alabama, mayor Heather Hall says the smell is unbearable. All kinds of waste have been dumped in Southern states in recent years, including toxic coal ash from power plants around the nation. In South Carolina, a plan to store radioactive nuclear waste in a rural area prompted complaints that the state was being turned into a nuclear dump. Experts say Alabama’s inexpensive land, permissive zoning laws and a federal ban on dumping New Yorkers’ excrement in the ocean got the poop train chugging.

Highway department apologizes for ‘inappropriate message’

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s transportation department has apologized for an “inappropriate message” that appeared on one of its traffic signs. Motorist Ruslan Kozlov tells KCPQ-TV he was driving on Interstate 5 south Tuesday afternoon when he spotted the message “U Suck” on an overhead sign. The transportation department said it was “clearly a mistake” that was caused by a “training error.” The agency says it’s taking steps so it doesn’t happen again.

‘Pharma Bro’ arrives at low-security federal prison

FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. Martin Shkreli was moved Tuesday from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix. According to its handbook , there are no bars, towers, or locks on rooms. Inmates must demonstrate a high degree of responsibility, and “the expectations are that each inmate will comply.” Shkreli, who was dubbed “Pharma Bro” for his loutish behavior, was sentenced last month to seven years in prison for securities fraud. He was also fined $75,000. The 35-yearold Shkreli was found guilty in August of lying to investors in two failed hedge funds and cheating them out of millions.

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