ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) â€” Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan.
The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual.
The girls and Sage’s mother dragged the 3-foot-long (1-meter-long) mystery find from the murky water. Paige says they were excited at first, but then got worried. She says she was “so scared” it might explode.
The lake is in Genesee County’s Argentine Township, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton says the Michigan State Police’s bomb squad came out and drilled a hole in it, but “nothing but mud came out.”
FLINT, Mich. (AP) â€” Authorities say police impersonators have been fooling police, firefighters and the public for three years in and around Flint, Michigan.
The Flint Journal reports the impersonators are members of a group calling itself the Genesee County Fire and EMS Media-Genesee County Task Force Blight Agency. They were acting as police at parks, house fires, vehicle crashes and crime scenes.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton authorized charges against three people this week, including unlawful imprisonment. In one case, the impersonators allegedly handcuffed two people. Court records say there are at least five other potential defendants.
Leyton says the individuals sometimes were the first to arrive at crime scenes and “real police would ask them to perform tasks.” An investigation started after a complaint about rude Genesee County park rangers who turned out to be impostors.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) â€” A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper’s office.
Bruinooge says she has been traveling around the country for the past decade, doing headstands in every state that she and her husband visit.
Bruinooge, who is an avid participant of yoga, says her motivation was simply “the fun of doing headstands.”
Bruinooge says she isn’t sure if anyone else has ever attempted to do a headstand in each state.
BEIJING (AP) â€” A highly social giant panda out for a stroll surprised and delighted residents of a town in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan.
The panda was first spotted wandering among houses in Wenchuan county on Thursday, seemingly in search of food. She strolled beside a vegetable garden, trotted across a dirt road and climbed a tree, seemingly unfazed by the attention she drew from a large group of onlookers.
Researchers at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda confirmed that the panda was Zhenzhen, an 11-year-old female raised in captivity and recently released into the wild as part of a special breeding project.
After allowing her several hours to explore, researchers returned Zhenzhen to the Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base by mid-afternoon.
“When she’s in an amorous mood, we let her out of the enclosure, hoping that she will mate with wild pandas,” Wu Daifu, director of the Hetaoping panda training base, said in a telephone interview with China Central Television.
Zhenzhen was set free in the Tiantaishan Area of the Wolong National Nature Reserve on March 5. Freed pandas sometimes wander into settlements near the reserve, Wu said.
Back at the panda base, Zhenzhen will be looked after by staff members optimistic that she may already be pregnant.
“We are not exactly sure whether Zhenzhen had mated with wild pandas, so we just assume she already did and we will take great care of her, hoping she will surprise us,” Wu said.
China’s captive breeding program is credited with bringing giant pandas back from the brink of extinction.
The rare animals are China’s unofficial national mascot and live mainly in Sichuan’s bamboo-covered mountains.
More than 1,800 are estimated to exist in the wild, where they are threatened chiefly with habitat loss, and around 420 others live in captivity in zoos and reserves, the majority within China.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) â€” A Utah couple ran into a different sort of hazard during a round of golf on Memorial Day near Salt Lake City.
A young moose bigger than their golf cart chased them off the links at the Park City Golf Club.
Emily Clearwater of Phoenix says she watched the scene unfold from a relative’s home nearby and took a video when she realized it was following them.
She said the young-looking moose went after the cart twice but eventually lost interest.
Golfer Mark Redican told the Deseret News he was getting ready to hit a shot when his wife started yelling. They jumped in the cart and made an escape as the animal headed off to a nearby pond.
He says the animal wasn’t super aggressive, but it was “gigantic” so they didn’t hang around.
STONY POINT, N.Y. (AP) â€” A school district just outside of New York City says it is considering a proposal from two fifth graders to get rid of homework.
Fifth-graders Christopher DeLeon and Niko Keelie at Farley Elementary School in Stony Point say they decided to petition for a homework ban due to stress from homework. WNBC-TV reports the district was already considering how to rethink homework for district students, saying they agreed with the students’ points.
Assistant Superintendent Kris Felicello said Wednesday that officials are trying to rethink homework to make it more beneficial for students.
The district is considering several options, one of which would allow parents to ask for homework for their children. School officials hope to have a new homework policy ready to go for the next school year.