Taco Bell wasn't open on Christmas Day but a burglar in Georgia decided he wanted a festive feast anyway — and to take a nap while he was at it.
Man breaks into Taco Bell, prepares food, takes nap
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Taco Bell wasn't open on Christmas Day but a burglar in Georgia decided he wanted a festive feast anyway — and to take a nap while he was at it.
Police have asked for the public's help in identifying the man who broke into the restaurant, prepared food and fell asleep early Christmas morning.
At around 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 25, a man approached a Taco Bell in unincorporated Lawrenceville and entered through the drive-thru window. Surveillance video showed him using the fryers to make himself a meal. After eating, he proceeded to take a nap on the restaurant floor. Prior to leaving about three hours later, the suspect stole a laptop and tablet, investigators said.
The suspect was described as a black male wearing black sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt, and black sneakers. Anyone with information in this case, was urged to contact police at 770-513-5300.
'Send Nudes': Drivers shocked by road sign's racy request
PINE KNOT, Ky. (AP) — Drivers traveling along a Kentucky highway didn't have to check their direct messages to receive the infamous sexting request: send nudes.
An electronic road sign that was hacked early Thursday morning asked drivers on Highway 92 in Pine Knot to "send nudes," news outlets reported.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said someone had hacked through the password-protected system. The sign belonged to a contractor doing construction work on the Ky. 92 realignment project through McCreary and Whitley counties, near the Tennessee border.
Driver Tevon Stephens told news outlets he noticed the "clearly hacked" sign while going to work.
"But seriously, we needed to bring awareness to it so the road departments would add cameras or add locks to the equipment to keep from distracting the drivers," Stephens said.
It's unclear how long the message was on the screen. The contractor said none of their employees were involved in the prank.
Space-baked cookies, 'mighty' mice back on Earth via SpaceX
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first batch of space-baked cookies is back on Earth, along with muscle-bound "mighty" mice and other space station experiments.
SpaceX provided the ride home Tuesday, a month after its Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station. The capsule parachuted into the Pacific, returning 3,800 pounds of gear.
Researchers want to inspect the handful of chocolate chip cookies baked by astronauts in a special Zero G oven just in time for Christmas. The oven launched to the space station in November, so astronauts could pop in pre-made cookie dough provided by DoubleTree. A spokesman for the hotel chain said five cookies were baked up there, one at a time. The company plans to share details of this first-of-its-kind experiment in the coming weeks.
"We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year," NASA astronaut Christina Koch tweeted late last month from the space station, posing with one of the individually wrapped cookies.
Scientists also are getting back 40 mice that flew up in early December, including eight genetically engineered to have twice the normal muscle mass. Some of the non-mighty mice bulked up in orbit for the muscle study; others will pack it on once they're back in the lab.
"We're anxious to welcome the mice home! " Dr. Se-Jin Lee of the Jackson Laboratory in Connecticut said in an email.
—By MARCIA DUNN AP, Aerospace Writer
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2 men accused of gluing winning numbers onto lotto ticket
FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it.
Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday and charged with offenses including uttering counterfeit instrument over $1,000.
The state lottery commission called Flowood police about the fake ticket earlier that morning, Sgt. Adam Nelson said. Officers were told the suspects presented an altered $100,000 ticket that appeared to have the winning numbers glued onto it.
The men, both of Columbus, were set to appear in court Tuesday. It's unclear if they have lawyers.
Florida police respond after parrot cries, "Let me out!"
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When someone in a Florida neighborhood heard chilling cries and the words "Let me out!" they dialed 911.
Little did they know the cries were that of a 40-year-old parrot named Rambo.
After the call, four Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies pulled up and questioned a man who appeared to be repairing a car in his driveway. The Palm Beach Post reports that when the deputies explained their concerns, the man smiled, then told deputies he'd introduce them to the perpetrator. When he returned with the parrot, the deputies burst out laughing.
The man told officers that he taught Rambo to scream "Let me out!" when he was a kid and Rambo lived in a cage.
Our Deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued. https://t.co/6fO5n3OkxC— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) January 4, 2020
PBSO officials could not be reached for more details. The agency did tweet a link to a video Saturday, saying, "Our deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued."
Michigan town 'stinks;' Council buys marijuana odor device
BESSEMER, Mich. (AP) — Is that a skunk? No, it's marijuana.
A small town in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula is buying an odor-detection device and drafting an ordinance to crack down on the unpleasant smell of blooming marijuana plants.
Bessemer City Manager Charly Loper said the Nasal Ranger could be used to check a variety of bad-air complaints, but she acknowledged that marijuana appears to be the key target.
"The city of Bessemer stinks," council member Linda Nelson said Monday as the council voted to buy the device, which will cost $3,400 with training. "You can smell marijuana everywhere. We've got people who can't sit in their backyard because the smell from their neighbor is so bad."
Medical marijuana has been around since 2008. But Michigan's 2018 law, which cleared the way for homegrown pot for recreational use, has brought challenges to communities.
The odor problem in Bessemer, population 1,905, occurs when marijuana plants are in bloom, especially during warmer months, Loper told The Associated Press.
"The bloom period lasts six to eight weeks," Loper said Thursday. "A lot of people describe it as a skunk-like odor. It can be strong.
"We're treading very softly in this area," she said. "People have a right to grow marijuana in their house, but everyone needs to be considerate of their neighbors so the odor isn't affecting their enjoyment of the outdoors."
Bessemer is 6 miles (9.5 kilometers ) from the Wisconsin border. The Michigan law has attracted people from Wisconsin and Minnesota who are buying houses and growing marijuana indoors, Loper said.
It's possible that some Bessemer residents might require an air-filtration system in their homes, she said.
"Somebody's got to take a stand. This is a piece of equipment we need," council member Terry Kryshak said of the Nasal Ranger.
The council voted 4-1 in favor of the device, the Daily Globe reported.
Las Vegas firefighters discover illegal gas station at home
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas firefighters have discovered what officials described as an illegal, homemade gas station in a backyard.
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue shared images online of the makeshift gas station discovered by firefighters Tuesday showing two yellow tanks in the corner of a walled yard with a gas pump nozzle on the end of hose.
The hose was long enough to reach from the yard to the street for "possible curbside fill ups," the department said in a social media post.
"This is not only illegal in the city, it is a hazard to neighbors (and) first responders who may respond there for an emergency, like a fire," the department said.
The backyard station may be part of an illegal trend involving people who purchase gasoline with stolen credit card information before emptying the fuel into storage containers at private homes, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officials said.
The city's code enforcement office is investigating the case and citations are possible for the homeowners, authorities said.