BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former South Texas juvenile justice department employee has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for felony theft after authorities say he acknowledged stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Workers at an Indiana zoo needed a couple of hours to corral a young giraffe that escaped from her enclosure. The 7-month-old female got loose Monday from the African Journey exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Zoo spokeswoman Bonnie Kemp says the giraffe, Thabisa, never left the property. It wasn't immediately clear how the youngest in the zoo's herd of nine giraffes escaped.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio police officer has apologized for a work mishap by bringing a firefighter a cake iced with an unusual message: "Sorry I tased you." Hamilton Township Officer Darcy Workman says she accidently shocked firefighter Rickey Wagoner with her stun gun last week while attempting to restrain a patient being taken to a hospital. Wagoner wasn't seriously hurt.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday favored humans over animals in a novel copyright lawsuit filed over a series of entertaining selfies taken by a monkey with a toothy grin. U.S. copyright law does not allow lawsuits that seek to give animals the rights to photographs or other original work, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Copyright infringement can only be claimed on behalf of humans, the court said.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has elected a squirrel to its student senate. The Sacramento Bee reports "Furry Boi" was named April 13 to the Associated Students of the University of California Senate. The squirrel initially took the form of a critter living among campus trees, running on platforms such as easier acorn access.
LARGO, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities went to a funeral home and used a dead man's finger to try to unlock his cellphone as part of their investigation. Thirty-year-old Linus Phillip was killed by a Largo police officer last month after authorities say he tried to drive away before an officer could search him. At the funeral home, two detectives held the man's hands up to the phone's fingerprint sensor but could not unlock it.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware say a woman assaulted convenience store workers with pepper spray and hot coffee over a botched sandwich order. Dover police said in a statement that the incident occurred Wednesday at a Wawa. Police said 34-year-old Tiffany Evans ordered a sandwich and then yelled at a male employee for making a mistake. A female employee said they would make another sandwich and told Evans to stop talking like that.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A third lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio school district for allowing a man convicted of handcuffing and assaulting students as part of a fake "scared straight" program into elementary schools. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the mother of a Leggett Elementary School student filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, bringing the total amount sought in legal complaints against the Akron school district to $74 million.