Woman gives up 300 rats
A woman living in a van in San Diego, California, with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them. The San Diego Humane Society on Oct. 8 went to the woman’s van near Del Mar, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the seats and gnawed the engine wiring. The woman was not hoarding the animals — she had started with just two pet rats, Captain Danee Cook of the animal shelter said. However, rats can give birth every four weeks and produce a dozen in a litter. Cook said the woman acknowledged things had gotten out of control. Authorities collected about 320 rats, and more than 100 are ready for adoption. The woman has found a new place to stay.
Woman tried to sell fetuses
A Colorado woman suspected of trying to sell three human fetuses from the 1920s and a fetal skeleton online has been indicted in California on charges of violating a federal law prohibiting the transfer of human fetal tissue. Emily Suzanne Cain, 38, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the charges, KUSA-TV reported. The case has been delayed until Nov. 20 in the District Court in San Francisco, court records showed. The fetuses are believed to be from stillborn infants from the 1920s, the records said. Cain in October last year attempted to mail a package from Canon City, Colorado, to an address in the UK, a criminal complaint said. The package, labeled “school teaching aids and T-shirts,” caught the attention of US Postal Service workers, who noticed there was no signature on a customs form certifying the package did not contain dangerous contents, authorities said in the complaint. An X-ray of the package revealed a human-like shape, San Francisco International Airport customs agents said in the complaint. Cain posted on Facebook that she acquired the fetuses from a university lab collection and was selling them for US$20,000, the complaint said. The specimens were traced to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, it said.
Livestreamer crashes again
A California woman on parole after serving a sentence for driving drunk while livestreaming a crash that killed her younger sister was on Thursday arrested after crashing a car during a police pursuit, officials said. Obdulia Sanchez, 20, was arrested on weapons and traffic charges and a parole violation, Stockton Police Department spokesman Joe Silva said. Officers tried to stop Sanchez for a vehicle code violation, but she did not pull over. She crashed near a highway on-ramp and was arrested. A man traveling with her escaped, Silva said. “The arresting officers saw she was on parole and was driving on a revoked driver’s license,” he added. Last year, Sanchez was sentenced to six years and four months in prison for driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter after her 14-year-old sister died in the 2017 crash. Prosecutors said Sanchez was livestreaming on Instagram while driving when she crashed. The video showed her taking her hands off the steering wheel. She was released from prison last month after serving two years and two months. State corrections department spokeswoman Terri Hardy said Sanchez received credit for the time she spent in jail before she was sentenced. Her sentence was also reduced under California law for good behavior, with credits for various rehabilitation programs.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
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