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Monday, August 13, 2018

Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out. Boulder police say the homeowner came back to the house late Thursday night and found the mountain lion stuck inside. They said it appeared the mountain lion had pushed through a screen and couldn’t get back out. The big cat roamed throughout two levels of the home for more than an hour before officers used non-lethal rounds to scare it out the front door and away from the neighborhood, which islocated just southwest of downtown Boulder. Police, who photographed the mountain lion lying down between a coffee table and a couch, called the break-in worrisome and asked residents to keep ground-level doors and windows locked at night.

Officers seize 3 king cobras, 300 other reptiles from home

ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home. The Department of Environmental Conservation says officers obtained a warrant Thursday morning to search a home in the town of Allegany, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles southeast of Buffalo. Officers say inside they found three king cobras, six venomous Gila monsters and seven species of turtles kept in enclosures throughout the home, located near St. Bonaventure University. DEC officials say several zoos and wildlife conservation groups have offered to care for the reptiles. It’s illegal in New York state to own venomous snakes. Officials say the man who was living at the house faces charges. Native to Asia, king cobras are one of the deadliest snakes in the world and can grow up to 18 feet in length.

Bitcoin scammers target wealthy, threaten exposure

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — Men in a wealthy Washington suburb have been receiving letters threatening to expose their dark secrets to their wives. The problem, The Washington Post reports , is some of these men don’t even have wives. The letters are part of a growing scam that tries to extort people for Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that’s hard to track. FBI Washington Field Office spokesman Andrew Ames says these scammers tend to flood high-income neighborhoods, trying to fool at least one person. Jeff Strohl says he received a Nashville-postmarked letter from “GreySquare15” demanding a Bitcoin “confidentiality fee” worth $15,750. After his initial shock, Strohl says he figured it was a scam. He posted about it on a community listserv to find he was far from the only Chevy Chase resident to receive such letters.

NASA experiment that included Trump note caused alarm

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A suspicious package that fell from the sky over New Jersey caused some alarm because it contained a note that mentioned President Donald Trump. South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: “NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!” If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.” Trump has been staying at his golf club in Bedminster, which is 29 miles away. NASA tells WNBC-TV the package, which fell on Tuesday, is part of six balloons that were launched to measure ozone. It says a summer student employee wrote the note in a “misguided attempt to be lighthearted,” and that the student has since been removed from the ozone researcg project.

Evangelist seeks prayer for Oregon governor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state’s Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Yoga and meditation suit Gov. Kate Brown just fine, she told reporters Thursday when asked if she follows a certain faith. She said: “I believe very much that each of us is a spiritual being, and that’s how I see the world.” She added that people should treat human beings with respect. Willamette Week reported that Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, on Sunday told a crowd of more than 12,000 at a county fairgrounds near Portland that it would be something if Brown got saved and accepted Jesus Christ as her savior.

Sheriff: NC Woman killed by 2 pit bulls while on a walk

LAKE TILLERY, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old North Carolina woman was attacked and killed by two pit bulls while she was taking a walk. In a statement, Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins said the attack occurred Thursday. Watkins says the woman’s husband reported her missing after she did not return home from her walk. She was discovered hours later dead on the side of an unused road. Authorities found two pit bulls that had they believe had taken part in the attack. The dogs have been quarantined. The woman’s identity was not immediately released.