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December 28, 2018


2 dogs that escaped man’s euthanasia request find new home

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Two dogs that escaped death when a northwestern Indiana veterinarian refused their owner’s request to have the healthy canines euthanized have found a new home together with an Illinois couple.

The man who’d owned Sam, a pointer, and Cosmo, a Lab mix, had divorced and was moving in with his girlfriend, who said she was allergic to dogs.

He visited a Portage, Indiana, veterinarian and asked that the dogs be put down, but the vet refused because they were healthy and friendly.

Penny Emerson is president of Begin Again Rescue Co. in Valparaiso. She tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that the dogs were eventually moved to Peoples Animal Welfare Society in south suburban Chicago’s Tinley Park.

A Lockport, Illinois, couple eventually adopted the canine companions, who are doing well.


Florida toddler injured after crashing motorcycle into fence

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a Florida toddler was seriously injured after crashing her father’s three-wheel motorcycle into a fence.

The Miami Herald reports that the crash occurred Wednesday evening in a Miami-area neighborhood.

Miami-Dade police say the father had just used the vehicle to get groceries. Minutes after going inside, the father heard the vehicle and rushed back outside to see it driving away with his 3-year-old daughter at the controls. Police say the father ran after the motorcycle and ended up being dragged. The vehicle eventually crashed into a fence, throwing the little girl.

The toddler was airlifted to a Hollywood hospital, and the father was taken to a North Miami Beach hospital by ambulance.

Police are investigating how the girl turned on the motorcycle and why she was unsupervised outside.


Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

PARIS (AP) — A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially constructed barrel capsule, designed to use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea.

Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 2,800-mile journey to the Caribbean in about three months.

Savin will drop markers from his 10-foot long, 7-Foot-wide resin-coated plywood capsule along the trip to assist oceanographers in their study of currents in the Atlantic Ocean.

The barrel is equipped with a kitchen area, and a mattress with straps to keep him from being thrown about by rough seas.


2nd man nears end of historic solo trek across Antarctica

A British adventurer was close to becoming the second person to traverse Antarctica completely unassisted just a few days after an American became the first to conquer the feat, which was previously said to be impossible.

Louis Rudd’s expedition blog on Thursday showed that the 49-year-old has only has about 50 miles left on the journey across the continent and is expected to finish Saturday.

If Rudd — a Hereford, England, resident and captain in the British Army — completes the journey, he’ll become the second man to do so after Colin O’Brady of Portland, Oregon, became the first on Wednesday.

The more than 900-mile trek took O’Brady 54 days. O’Brady and Rudd were competing to become the first to travel across Antarctica without getting new supplies or help from the wind.

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