Mar. 16 Only in America

Maine resident Jesus Christ sends letter to Oprah Winfrey

WATERBORO, Maine (AP) — Jesus Christ, who lives in Maine, says she didn’t know Oprah Winfrey was asking for a sign from God about running for president when she sent a letter to the television magnate. WGME-TV reports 83-year-old Jesus Christ in northern Waterboro says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace after legally changing her name. Christ says she sent the letter to Oprah because she likes her but had no idea it would get so much attention. Television anchor Gayle King posted about the letter to Oprah on her Instagram on Wednesday, asking if it was the sign her best friend was looking for. Christ says if Oprah runs for president, she’ll vote for her.

Authorities: Man steals SUV at gunpoint during test drive

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a man who took an SUV on a test drive stole the vehicle at gunpoint. Philadelphia police say the theft occurred around 7 p.m. Thursday. A car dealership salesman who accompanied the man on the test drive said the man started driving erratically, so he told him to pull over. As the salesman tried to switch seats with the man, the driver allegedly pulled out a gun and then soon drove off, leaving the salesman stranded on the side of the road. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

RI lawmaker withdraws proposed outhouse ban bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker who introduced a bill that would ban outhouses in the state says he is withdrawing the legislation. Republican Rep. Justin Price said Wednesday he is pulling the measure ahead of a scheduled State house hearing. Price says the issue should be addressed by local municipalities, not the state. The bill would have required any outhouse existing as of Jan. 1, 2019, to be “abandoned, filled up and destroyed” within one year. Price previously said the bill was inspired by a dispute between Warwick residents and their former neighbor who lived within sniffing distance of the family’s outhouse. Those who refused to comply could have faced up to a $1,000 fine.

Ohio student suspended for staying in class during walkouts

HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio high school student says he tried to remain nonpolitical during school walkouts over gun violence and was suspended for a day because he stayed in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, a study hall. Hilliard senior Jacob Shoemaker says school isn’t the place for politics, and he wasn’t taking sides Wednesday. The district says it’s responsible for students’ safety and they can’t be unsupervised. Jacob’s citation for not following instructions was shared online by a friend, prompting a flood of messages to his father. Scott Shoemaker says some people thought his son was suspended for walking out, and angry comments accumulated, including some that mistook Scott for the principal. He says he also got a couple death threats and had to consider switching phone numbers.

Dog sent overseas by mistake returned to Kansas family

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A dog who was mistakenly flown to Japan is back with his family in Kansas. The German Shepherd, named Irgo, arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane from Japan. Kara Swindle and her two children were flying on United Airlines from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this week during a move to Wichita, Kansas. When they went to pick up Irgo, they instead were given a Great Dane. United said in a statement that the dogs were somehow put on the wrong flights during a connecting flight in Denver. Swindle wouldn’t say Thursday whether she is considering legal action. But she was pleased with United’s efforts to return Irgo. She said the dog seemed healthy and happy to be home.

Jesus statue stolen 90 years ago returned to original home

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — A baby Jesus statue stolen nearly 90 years ago from a New Jersey church has been returned. The Rev. Alex Santora says a suspicious package was delivered Wednesday to Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken with no return address. The Jersey Journal reports the pastor called police, who responded to inspect the package. The package was deemed safe, and was opened — revealing the baby Jesus and a note detailing how the sender’s grandfather received it in the 1930s. The anonymous sender says they felt the statue should be returned to the rightful owner. Santora says the statue will likely be used in the church’s nativity set this Christmas, adding it’s encouraging to see people do what’s right even after decades.

Coyote bites 5-year-old boy at California college campus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Professional trappers will try to catch a coyote that bit a 5-year-old boy on a Los Angeles college campus. Lt. J.C. Healy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the child was walking with his father Wednesday when the boy cried out, “He bit me!” Healy says the father chased the coyote away. The boy suffered a minor leg wound. The Los Angeles Times says that shortly after the biting, a coyote aggressively approached a student on campus. A school police officer fired his gun at the animal. Police believe it was struck but escaped into hills surrounding California State University, Los Angeles. Officials will try and get the coyote’s DNA from the boy’s pants. Healy says if trappers manage to catch the animal, it will be euthanized.

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