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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A snake carried onto a commuter airplane flying between Alaska communities caused a commotion this past weekend. CBS affiliate KTVA-TV reports that the loose snake was spotted Sunday on a 90-minute Ravn Alaska flight between Aniak in southwest Alaska and Anchorage.  Snake slithers out of luggage bin mid-flight, prompts quick landing Snakes aren’t found in most of Alaska.  Photos show a pale snake about 4 to 5 feet long curled up under a carry-on bag. Another shows a flight attendant placing it into a trash bag: A snake curled up under a carry-on bag on a flight in Alaska An employee places the snake in a trash bag on a flight in Alaska “For the purpose of preserving cabin safety for the greater traveling public, Ravn Alaska prohibits all rodents, ferrets, reptiles, snakes, insects or any type of venomous or poisonous creature from being used as an emotional support animal,” Ravn Alaska …

A sea turtle nicknamed “Piggy Bank” after swallowing nearly 1,000 coins died Tuesday after undergoing two surgeries to remove the money from her stomach. Veterinarian Nantarika Chansue examines “Piggy Bank” while operating on the 25-year-old sea turtle for a second time on Sunday. The 25-year-old sea turtle in Bangkok, Thailand, fell into a coma after experiencing intestinal problems during her second procedure on Sunday. Doctors told BBC News the large sea creature died from blood poisoning, which she developed after the initial seven-hour operation on March 6 to remove coins weighing a total of 11 pounds from her body. Piggy Bank, also known as “Omsin” in Thai, was first discovered eating coins from a pond in the Chonburi province two weeks ago. Visitors often throw them in for good luck. Unfortunately, the coins meant a death sentence for hungry Piggy Bank. The unusual mass of metal cracked her shell, reports the BBC. The first surgery …

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A giant metal container apparently washed up on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene over the weekend and the mystery of its origin is becoming clear, reports CBS affiliate KREM-TV. “It was about 6-foot, square and steel,” Mark Sales told KREM-TV. “As my Dad and I were leaving the beach … there were a bunch of people braving the rain and snapping photos with it too,” Sales told KREM-TV. “Something different in Coeur d’Alene for sure.” The container ended up looking like a die because of the white dots placed on it by a local resident. The man behind the decoration has been revealed, according to a tweet from KREM-TV reporter Taylor Viydo. Chris Gridley, who owns a sign shop, used a machine and some vinyl stickers to fix up what his mother-in-law called was an eyesore on the shore. One witness told KREM-TV that it appears as though the die …

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan lawyer and Republican activist has died, a day after hundreds of people responded to his published invitation to attend an open house to celebrate his life.  Bob Eleveld died Sunday at age 80. He was too ill from cancer to attend the event Saturday at a Grand Rapids-area golf club. Guests ate roast beef and shrimp and wrote messages that were delivered to Eleveld by family members.  His partner, Michelle McIsaac, says the reception fulfilled Eleveld’s wishes. “He went out with a bang,” she said. “Long before he had cancer, he would always say, ‘Don’t throw a funeral for me. Have a party,’” his daughter Kerry Eleveld told CBS affiliate WLNS-TV after the obituary gained national attention. She said after the event there was an “outpouring of love” in the room.  On March 12, Eleveld published his obituary and announced the open-house celebration in The Grand Rapids Press. His family called …

VACAVILLE, Calif. — A young sea lion camped out in a farmland canal in California poked his head back out of a drainage pipe Wednesday, a day after rescuers tried for hours to wrangle it and take it for a checkup, officials said.  Marine mammal experts are trying again to get the animal out of the canal in the small inland city of Vacaville, between San Francisco and Sacramento. The rescue had been called off for nightfall. On Wednesday around 9 a.m., the sea lion, which has been dubbed “Mr. Leisure,” emerged from a concrete culvert and went east in the canal, which is the wrong way, CBS Sacramento reports. Wildlife officials are using plastic fencing stretched across the canal and loud noises to get Mr. Leisure to turn around.   The closest body of water is the Sacramento River, about 50 miles north. Experts at the center believe the animal likely traveled up the …

The Defense Department sent a notice to its workforce on Wednesday telling employees not to stream March Madness games on Pentagon computers, warning the department’s network could be overwhelmed.  “March Madness is officially upon us,” the Joint Service Provider (JSP), which handles IT services for the Pentagon, wrote to workers in an unclassified email obtained by CBS News. “Your JSP support team acknowledges and appreciates that college basketball fans within the DoD are excited to cheer on their favorite teams, update brackets, and otherwise obsess over the Big Dance.” A Pentagon official confirmed the authenticity of the email. CBSN March Madness preview: Which teams have the best odds of making the Final Four? The NCAA tournament gets underway next week, with a big selection show happening this Sunday on CBS. CBS Sports network analyst Danny Granger joi… Acknowledging the inevitability of workers tuning into the tournament at work, the JSP said “engineers will closely monitor …

The hunt is on for a missing 2-foot-long cobra that went missing Monday evening from a home in Ocala, Fla., reports CBS affiliate WKMG-TV. The reptile’s owner, Brian Purdy, contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to report that it had escaped an enclosure. California Highway Patrol rescues 2 calves stuffed into car D.C. schools cancel recess over escaped bobcat Pit bull rescued from “crack house” becomes FDNY firehouse dog A man was shadowing the snake’s owner so he could get a license to handle poisonous or venomous reptiles and snakes. He was at the home late Monday while the owner was working, reports the Ocala Star-Banner. Police say he opened the cover of the cage and the snake jumped at him and then slid away. The man called Purdy who rushed home. When they couldn’t find the snake in the concealed room, they called FWC. Wildlife officials say the apprentice shouldn’t have …

Oncor provides safe, reliable service to more than 10 million Texans. After months of face-to-face meetings with this customer, including with elected officials, it is now necessary for Oncor to proceed with vital tree trimming in the 7400 block of Westlake in Dallas. The trees in this area must be professionally trimmed in order to keep local residents safe and ensure reliable service to this area of the city. We understand that trees are a beautiful, important part of all of our communities, and Oncor takes great care in performing this work while balancing cost, aesthetics and reliability. Today, and during this routine trimming in the past, this customer has threatened her own safety and the safety of others, in order to further delay this vital maintenance. Oncor has been in contact with this customer for several months and we have discussed all available options which would minimize trimming. We must now perform this work …

ATLANTA — A noted jewel thief who discussed her six-decade criminal career in a documentary has been arrested after authorities said she failed to appear in court. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 86-year-old Doris Marie Payne was arrested at her Atlanta home. She was taken to the DeKalb County Jail. It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney who could speak for her. CBSN Police say 86-year-old jewel thief caught again Doris Payne, 86, has been arrested for allegedly trying to steal two diamond neckalces from a surburban Atlanta store. Authorities say she has a … Payne was sought after missing an arraignment March 6 in an alleged 2016 jewelry theft at Perimeter Mall, about 13 miles north of downtown Atlanta. A judge deemed her too ill to stand trial Feb. 21 in the 2015 theft of a pair of designer earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue. Payne, her family …

This house encased in snow and ice up to 7 inches thick may look fake, but photographer John Kucko assures his social media followers it’s anything but. The beach home in Webster, New York, about 5 miles from Rochester, is located in a “very remote” area near the shoreline of Lake Ontario. In the spring and summer, it’s a weekend getaway; but when it comes to winter, it’s more of a hazard than anything else. Kucko said he frequently visits the spot to shoot sunsets year-round. But when he stopped by the secluded spot on Sunday, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Photographer John Kucko captured another photo of the “Ice House” on Monday. “We’re probably coming off a record warm month of February, and then this happens,” Kucko told CBS News. “The waves have just been incredible.” This house, unlike neighboring houses facing the lake, doesn’t have a retaining wall. Therefore, the freezing temperatures combined …

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