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LONDON — You never know what you will find digging around an old house. Not the old Houses of Parliament, but across the river Thames in a 1,000-year-old house of worship where important people used to pray. What workers found there lately changed their lives. Rome’s new subway line unearths ancient treasures Craig Dick Craig Dick had found what centuries of archaeological study had missed. “I suddenly thought I’m Indiana Jones,” Dick joked. “I hit the jackpot.” When English passions turned from religion to gardening, what was St. Mary’s Church Lambeth was saved from demolition and turned into a horticultural museum which is under renovation. And when workers lifted a loose slab on the floor they expected to find — nothing. A modern manhole cover now protects what Dick found. A hole in the floor, which led to a crypt full of coffins that nobody knew were there. A church renovation led to a fascinating …

BELFAST, Maine —  Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets. A Belfast police officer responded Sunday morning to find the pygmy goats in a woman’s garage. They had been snacking on cat food. Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick used a cat leash to lead them into his squad car. The two goats found by the Belfast, Maine police department.  The trio drove around looking for the goats’ owner as Fitzpatrick fed them carrots and celery. Belfast is a seaport town about 45 miles east of Augusta. The daughter of the goats’ owner saw Fitzpatrick’s Facebook post and picked up the pair, named Louis and Mowgli – but not before Fitzpatrick snapped a selfie with the duo. Fitzpatrick called the runaways “good company” and joked about adding patrol goats to the next police budget.

TULSA, Okla. — Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes. Eight of the 10 tiny holy books in dispute landed on the surface of the moon during NASA’s 1971 Apollo 14 mission, carried in a pouch by astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Each isn’t much larger than a postage stamp and contains all 1,245 pages of the King James Bible. Etched onto each strip of film at such a small size, its words must be viewed through a microscope, save for two: “HOLY BIBLE” at the very top of the slide. Shooting the scriptures into the heavens was the brainchild of the Apollo Prayer League, formed in the late 1960s to pray for the success of the space program. A novel idea at the time, flying a Bible …

CINCINNATI — A prematurely born hippo in Ohio has been providing regular doses of happiness for animal lovers, in a show of public affection that’s also given an emotional lift to Cincinnati Zoo workers. After months of backlash over the zoo’s fatal shooting of Harambe, a gorilla who became a pop culture phenomenon in death, baby Fiona is the new center of attention there. “She has brought everyone together,” said Jenna Wingate, one of Fiona’s caregivers. “It brings us to tears sometimes.” Blog and video updates such as Fiona taking a bottle, splashing in a pool or learning to run have drawn tens of millions of online views. Tens of thousands of people have bought Team Fiona T-shirts, and thousands more have eaten a Cincinnati bakery chain’s Fiona-themed treats, with proceeds supporting the zoo’s efforts. She gets so many cards and letters that she has her own mail bin. On a recent sunny afternoon at …

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Prosecutors say an Alaska dentist charged with Medicaid fraud pulled a sedated patient’s tooth while riding a hoverboard.  Seth Lookhart was charged with 17 counts of Medicaid fraud after prosecutors say he billed Medicaid $1.8 million last year for IV sedation used in procedures that didn’t call for it.  CBS Evening News 500,000 hoverboards made by 10 companies recalled Hoverboards rose quickly to popularity over the past few years, but the fun didn’t last long. Hundreds of thousands have been recalled for gettin… Prosecutors say in an indictment that investigators found a video on Lookhart’s phone of him riding a hoverboard while extracting a sedated patient’s tooth. They say he texted the video to his office manager and joked that it was a “new standard of care.” Prosecutors say investigators contacted the patient and she told them she was unaware that Lookhart was riding the hoverboard while operating on her.  Lookhart’s attorney, …

ATLANTA — Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a toddler with the last name “Allah” after initially declining to do so because that doesn’t match either of the parents’ last names, a civil rights group that sued on behalf of the parents said Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia sued last month on behalf of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, who had chosen the name ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. The group said it is dropping its lawsuit because the Georgia Department of Health has issued a birth certificate with the name the couple had chosen. Judge who vetoed Messiah as baby’s name is fired “This is an important vindication of parental rights and a long overdue victory for Elizabeth and Bilal,” ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young said. “No one wants to live in a world where the government can dictate what you can and cannot name your child. It goes against …

While out on a jog on a popular running trail Monday morning, Christine Proffitt spotted something moving in the shrubs beside her. When she stopped to take a closer look, the Charlotte, North Carolina, woman let out a shriek. Rolling around in the bushes was a large ball of snakes — all different kinds, sizes and colors. “I just saw what I thought was one big snake and I looked down and it’s probably 10 to 20 different snakes,” Christine Proffitt told CBS affiliate WBTV after witnessing what turned out to be a snake mating ball along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Proffitt’s photo of the large pile of snakes went viral on Twitter. She’s since made her account private. “Watch out on the greenway today guys????” Proffitt tweeted. “My nice walk turned into a sprint race really fast.” Christine Proffitt, of Charlotte, North Carolina, spoke to WBTV about her strange encounter while on a …

MURRIETA, Calif. — A Riverside County neighborhood briefly looked like a zoo when a zebra was spotted wandering the streets, CBS Los Angeles reports. People in suburban La Cresta are used to seeing horses, but not ones with stripes. “Driving over here, and I’m thinking this has got to be a prank. No one’s got zebras here or any place else that I’m aware of other than the zoo,” said Nancy Risen. She said she didn’t believe it when a neighbor first told her a zebra was on the loose Sunday morning. But then she saw it with her own eyes. “The zebra got close to the car. Said hi, how are you? That kind of thing. It was priceless. A priceless experience,” Risen recalled. Risen said she did not know that people were allowed to keep zebras. Riverside County Animal Services said there are no restrictions or permits needed to own zebras. The agency …

SARASOTA, Fla. — An outdoor professional tennis match in Florida came to a brief halt amid sounds of loud sex. Frances Tiafoe was about to serve Mitchell Krueger during their Tuesday night match in the Sarasota Open when he paused and flashed a smile of disbelief over the sound of a woman moaning in pleasure. Broadcaster Mike Cation initially described the sounds as coming from someone playing a pornographic video in the stands, but later said they were coming from an apartment nearby. Love making disrupts tennis match in Sarasota. Can’t be that good, says Tiafoe by Foam A. Lime on YouTube Both players had fun with the situation while the crowd laughed. Kreuger hit a ball sharply in the direction of the sounds, and Tiafoe screamed, “It can’t be that good!” Cation later saluted the responsible couple on Twitter, writing “Sounds like you guys had a good time!”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A substitute teacher claims she was taken off the job because she recorded video of a rat in a Sacramento high school and reported it to her superiors. Veronica Luther said the Sacramento City Unified School District told them not to return to the school after bringing health concerns to the attention of administrators, reports CBS Sacramento. “I heard this scratching noise, and I looked over my shoulder and there was a rat running down the wall,” she said. This happened as she was setting up for her math class at John F. Kennedy High School. She decided to grab her cellphone and hit record. A rat seen crawling up the wall of a Sacramento high school. “I did have the forethought to video the rat climbing on student desks, the floor, the walls, the teacher desk, the workbooks, the shelves,” she said. A custodian was brought in to set a trap, …

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