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Man says he ate birds, turtles in 13 months adrift PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press   
Monday, 03 February 2014 07:20

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It's a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands some 5,500 miles (8,800 kilometers) away.

But that's the story a man identifying himself as 37-year-old Jose Salvador Alvarenga told the U.S. ambassador in the Marshall Islands and the nation's officials during a 30-minute meeting Monday before he was taken to a local hospital for monitoring. Alvarenga washed ashore on the tiny atoll of Ebon in the Pacific Ocean last week before being taken to the capital, Majuro, on Monday.

"It's hard for me to imagine someone surviving 13 months at sea," said Ambassador Tom Armbruster in Majuro. "But it's also hard to imagine how someone might arrive on Ebon out of the blue. Certainly this guy has had an ordeal, and has been at sea for some time."

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Dead Puerto Rico boxer posed standing in the ring PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 06:17

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Even in death, Christopher Rivera Amaro almost looked ready to box, leaning against the corner of a simulated ring.

Mourners who came to his wake in San Juan on Friday found him posed afoot, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses glasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands.

Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin Funeral Home, said Rivera's family wanted to stress his boxing. The funeral home suggested posing him in a ring.

The makeshift ring was set up in a community center of a public housing complex. Rodriguez told The Associated Press it took them several hours to create the scene.

The funeral home has staged similar wakes for others. One featured a deceased man riding his motorcycle.

The 23-year-old Rivera had a 5-15 record in the 130-pound weight class. Police said he was shot dead Sunday in the city of Santurce. No one has been arrested.


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Workers find $43,000 in pockets of donated clothing PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 31 January 2014 09:02

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Workers going through donated clothing at a Michigan thrift store turned up more than $43,000 in the pockets of suits and a robe.

Goodwill manager Tyler Gedelian tells The Monroe Evening News (http://bit.ly/1aMkJA9 ) that he sometimes finds loose change clothing, but nothing like what happened Wednesday at the Monroe store. Stuffed in envelopes in the pockets were tidy stacks of $100 bills.

The 29-year-old called police, who tracked down the man who donated the clothes. The newspaper reports that person was cleaning out an elderly relative's closet and took the clothes to Goodwill; he didn't know there might be money hidden in them.

Goodwill job coach Laura Pietscher was helping Gedelian sort the clothes at the time of the discovery. Gedelian says his biggest concern was finding the rightful owner.

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Information from: The Monroe Evening News, http://www.monroenews.com


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Ohio officers not fooled by drunken pizza driver PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 31 January 2014 09:01

EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say an off-duty pizza delivery driver put the company's sign on his car roof and pretended to be on the job to avoid being stopped for drunken driving.

But it didn't work. Police in Eastlake, east of Cleveland, stopped 29-year-old Michael Christian earlier this week after another motorist reported that he was weaving on the road. Christian couldn't finish the field sobriety test and was arrested.

Det. Lt. Robert Gonzalez of the Eastlake Police Department tells WJW-TV (http://bit.ly/1kiX62o ) that the man admitted that he had done it before, putting the pizza sign on his car when he wasn't working so he could drive drunk without police pulling him over.

He's due in court next week. No attorney information was immediately available.

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Information from: WJW-TV, http://www.fox8.com


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Driver with man on windshield says she panicked PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:14

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield says she can't remember hitting him.

Sherry Lynn Wilkins testified Wednesday that he seemed to fly onto her car in the 2012 incident in Torrance, but the events were a surreal blur.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Phillip Moreno was struck so hard that he flipped onto Wilkins' car and punched a hole in the windshield.

"It was a flash, "Wilkins said. "I pretty much felt him landing on my window. To me, it felt like he came from the sky."

Asked by her attorney how she felt in that moment, she said, "Very confused, like it wasn't real. It took me a while to figure out there was a body on the windshield."

"I didn't feel like I had hit him with my car," she said. "I felt like he fell into my windshield from up high."

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