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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NYPD salutes K-9 just before she loses cancer battle

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department gathered about 20 saluting officers and held an aviation flyover to honor an Emergency Services K-9 just before she died. The New York Daily News reports the 5-year-old bloodhound named Angel was diagnosed with cancer in August. She was honored on Monday as she took a final walk into Staten Island’s Rosebank Animal Hospital to be euthanized. In her time with the police force, Angel helped find missing autistic children and track down crime suspects. She received an American Kennel Club award for her service. Her human partner, Officer Manuel Orellana, says Angel also enjoyed some typical dog mischief while off-duty. He fondly remembers her emerging from his Long Island garden with an eggplant or cucumber in her mouth.

Twins from different parties get different election outcomes

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side. Monica Sparks, a Democrat, and her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, each won their party’s nomination for the Kent County Board of Commissioners in August during the Michigan primary election. They ran in different Grand Rapids-area districts for the seats. Unofficial results show Sparks was the top vote-getter Tuesday for her seat, while Tyson finished second in her district. That means Sparks will serve on the board while her sister won’t. Sparks has said she decided to run for office when her sister declared her candidacy. They’ve said they were adopted into a family that taught them to pay attention to government and public affairs.

Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Identical twins have given birth about two hours apart from each other. The Fresno Bee reports Wednesday that BaoKou Yang went into labor first on Sunday. Shortly after, her sister BaoNhia Yang told her she was experiencing pain and “might be in labor with you.” BaoKou gave birth at 6:59 p.m. Sunday. Her sister then delivered at 8:48 p.m. Both gave birth to daughters who almost were the same weight. The identical twins are from a family of 14 children and say they were inseparable growing up in Fresno. The sisters had bet on who would give first but say they never thought it would be so close, since their due dates were two days apart. They say they’re excited that their babies will share a birthday just like them.

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