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Scary sight: Orange barrel monster greets drivers

BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A scowling, horned monster made out of orange construction barrels is greeting Michigan motorists ahead of Halloween thanks to some creative workers.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports the creature is on display outside the Michigan Department of Transportation's maintenance garage in Livingston County's Brighton Township, about 35 miles northwest of Detroit.

Garage manager Mark Sweeney says the monster was created a few years ago with barrels that were damaged or worn out. Sweeney says some of the garage employees are "pretty creative" and their efforts saved the barrels from the scrap heap.

The roughly 9-foot-tall monster has big red reflectors for eyes. It stands next to a sign for the garage and is held together with used nuts and bolts.

Information from: Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, http://www.livingstondaily.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Injured kangaroo hops into Australian airport 

SYDNEY (AP) — An injured kangaroo hopped into an airport in Australia's second-largest city on Wednesday, perplexing passengers as it made its way into a terminal shop.

Airport officials aren't entirely sure how the kangaroo got into the Qantas Airways domestic terminal, Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said. But once inside, the marsupial — which had been hit by a vehicle at a nearby intersection and was bleeding — made its way into a pharmacy.

Shop workers, Qantas staff and federal police contained the kangaroo in the pharmacy for a couple hours before wildlife officers arrived. Two rescue volunteers tranquilized the animal and took it to a vet for treatment, Wildlife Victoria said in a statement.

This isn't the first time a kangaroo has paid a visit to Melbourne Airport. Last year, a 'roo was found bouncing around one of the airport's parking garages.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Gophers threaten Yakima airport

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Gophers are threatening the Yakima airport.

The city council approved a $30,000 contract Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to poison the burrowing rodents.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports gophers have been tunneling near the runway at Yakima Air Terminal. Officials fear they could weaken the runway or create a problem if a plane rolls off the pavement.

Gophers also could attract hawks, which could collide with planes.

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


2 county employees reprimanded over 'ghost camera' 

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Two county employees in Montana have been reprimanded after a motion-activated camera was installed in a little-used room in the health department in the hopes of capturing paranormal activity.

Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive Matt Vincent tells The Montana Standard that an internal investigation found that no crimes had been committed.

A memo about the investigation from Interim Human Resources Director Penny McElroy says a health department employee thought it would be fun to have the Butte Paranormal Investigative Team see if there was any paranormal activity in the building. Members of the paranormal group say they forgot it when they left.

An employee who noticed the camera on Aug. 21 was worried that someone was spying on employees and turned the camera over to police.

Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Sheep makes surprise visit to Detroit auto shop 

DETROIT (AP) — A sheep that may have been destined for slaughter made a surprise visit to a Detroit auto collision shop, darting through and open door and running around for about 20 minutes before workers corralled the animal.

The sheep showed up at Nortown Collision & Glass Co. on the city's east side around midday Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported.

"All of a sudden I'm looking out, and a big sheep is running through the door," said Nortown Collision owner Eugene Oleszko. "He's running in between the cars and knocking things over."

The sheep tried to escape, but ran into a window made of safety glass. Workers caught it and gave it a bucket of water before officials arrived. They plan to try to figure out where the sheep came from and possibly return it to its owner. No damage was reported.

"It did have the tagging and branding that would suggest that the animal is properly licensed and sold to a butcher or slaughterhouse," police Sgt. Michael Woody said.

Before it showed up at the shop, the sheep was seen running nearby along Eight Mile Road, the city's well-known northern boundary.

"They should just give him to a petting zoo," Oleszko said of the sheep.

Online: Video of sheep http://apne.ws/1erjbsT

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Evidence suggests early Britons ate roasted toads 

LONDON (AP) — A promising excavation about a mile (1.6 kms) from Stonehenge has unearthed a host of clues about the diet of prehistoric Britons — among them a tiny, partially burnt toad bone which suggests they snacked on amphibians.

The University of Buckingham says that the charred leg bone was found alongside fish bones and the remains of aurochs, the wild ancestor of today's cattle, at a site in the town of Amesbury, about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of London.

The finding has yet to be peer-reviewed, but other experts described the dig as very significant. Natural History Museum researcher Simon Parfitt said Wednesday there was no doubt that the animal remains found there dated from prehistoric times.

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