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May 16, 2019

KITTEN STOWAWAYS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Animal authorities in San Diego say five kittens have arrived in the city after a trek of 400 miles. But they didn’t just wander off. The San Diego Humane Society says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column being trucked from Hayward, California to San Diego. On April 24, construction workers building some new medical offices heard meows coming from the column. When they tilted the column, the week-old kittens slid out. It’s unclear how they got there; they could have been aboard when the voyage began near San Francisco _ or ambled into the column along the route. The kittens are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in another couple of months. And since they were found by construction workers, they’ve been given appropriate names: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.

SELF-DRIVING SHUTTLE PULLED OVER

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — This is definitely a case of police pulling a vehicle over even though the driver didn’t do a single thing wrong. That’s because in this case, the vehicle had no driver. A police officer in Providence, Rhode Island pulled over a self-driving shuttle on its first day of carrying passengers on a new route. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements says the officer stopped the autonomous vehicle because he had never seen one before. Chief Clements says the shuttle “looked like an oversized golf cart. Once the officer spoke with the shuttle’s attendant, the vehicle was sent on its way again _ without being given a ticket or warning.

COSTLY COFFEE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s a cup of coffee that will certainly give you a jolt _ not because of the caffeine, but because of its price. A California cafe is brewing up what it says is the world’s most expensive coffee. It costs _ are you ready? _ $75 a cup. The costly coffee is being served up by Klatch Coffee. It’s official name is the Elida Natural Geisha 803 _ and the 803 is significant: the coffee goes $803 a pound. The price may be hard to swallow, but the coffee is hard to come by. Only 100 pounds of the beans were available for purchase, and most went to Japan, China and Taiwan. Klatch was able to score 10 pounds of the stuff _ and is the only chain in North America. So, is it worth it? Some of those who got to try free samples yesterday say it was. One taster says for the price, “it was shockingly good.”

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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