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February 4, 2020 GMT

FAMILY GETS 55,000 DUPLICATE LETTERS FROM LOAN COMPANY

An Ohio man says he had to make two trips to a post office to pick up bins containing 55,000 duplicate billing statements sent from a student loan company. WOIO-TV reports Dan Cain said he was suspicious when he was informed by a post office in Twinsburg, Ohio, that he wouldn’t be able to get his mail through its front door. That’s when Cain discovered 79 plastic bins of mail from College Ave Student Loans awaited him. The company in Wilmington, Delaware, said Monday that it apologizes for the error in its mailing system and is working with Cain on a remedy. 

WOMAN SEES MISSING DOG ON BEER CANS PROMOTING SHELTER DOGS

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A dog in Florida will be reunited with its owner in Minnesota three years after disappearing thanks to a beer can photo campaign to help find homes for shelter dogs. Monica Mathis of St. Paul was scrolling the internet on Jan. 24 when she spotted what looked like her missing dog Hazel on one of the beer cans featured in a social media post. She called the shelter in Bradenton, Florida, and provided proof that the dog was hers. A nonprofit will provide the transportation costs to get Hazel the mixed terrier to her home in Minnesota.

RESCUED PUPPY HELPS EASE STRESS AT VIRGINIA 911 CENTER

TAZEWELL, Va. (AP) — A rescued puppy is helping lighten the stressful days of the dispatchers at a Virginia 911 call center. WVNS-TV reports the puppy’s former owners surrendered the 8-week-old lab mix to the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, and dispatchers in the office fell in love. Edwinna Cecil says the puppy “helps calm everybody down.” As the center official dispatcher service dog, the puppy will be a 911 ambassador. The puppy was named Rookie, based on votes on the sheriff’s Facebook page.

SCIENTISTS REPORT TROVE OF SHARK FOSSILS IN MAMMOTH CAVE

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (AP) — Paleontologists working at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky say they have discovered shark fossils that include part of a shark head and dorsal fins. The Courier-Journal reports fossils of shark teeth are common, but fossilized skeletons are uncommon because cartilage does not typically survive. Paleontologist John-Paul Hodnett visited the cave in November and says “my mind was blown.” The find includes a lower jaw, skull cartilage and several teeth from a shark that lived around 330 million years ago. There are also teeth and dorsal fins from other species. Hodnett says their exploration of the fossils has “just scratched the surface.”

FLYERS MASCOT CLEARED OF CLAIM HE ASSAULTED TEENAGE FAN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty has been cleared of allegations that he assaulted a 13-year-old boy during a photo shoot, police said. Chris Greenwell and his son Brandon met the hairy, googly-eyed mascot at a November event for season ticket holders. Greenwell has said that as Brandon walked away from the mascot, Gritty ran out of his chair and “punched my son as hard as he could.” Greenwell filed a complaint with police Dec. 21. But police announced Monday that their investigation determined that “the actions of the individual portraying the Flyers’ mascot did not constitute physical assault as alleged.”

TRUMP OR OBAMA? LAWMAKERS FIGHT OVER SC INTERCHANGE NAME

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — “President Donald J. Trump Interchange” or “President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama Interchange?” That is the soon-to-be fiercely debated question for state lawmakers in South Carolina whose preferences fall along clear partisan lines. The site at issue is the junction of Interstate 85 and Interstate 385 near Greenville. The highways see 200,000 vehicles pass through each day and have recently benefited from a $300 million improvement project. Both resolutions are up for a hearing Thursday in the House Invitations and Memorial Resolutions Committee. There are seven much less contentious road naming resolutions on the agenda as well.