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It’s twilight over the Malibu coastline and while most sun-seekers are winding down their day, one crowd is just getting started. The more than two million estimated surfers in the U.S. can lead to congestion at some surf spots. So, many surfers have decided that riding waves can also happen at night. It’s not for the faint of heart, or the short-sighted. For a sport that depends on seeing the right wave at the perfect time, it might seem crazy to dive into darkness. But as CBS News’ Carter Evans found out on his first night surf session, it’s all about escaping the crowds. If it were light out, Helmut Igel said there would be a hundred guys running into one another but at night, there’s hardly anybody out. Igel is one of an estimated 35 million surfers around the world.  As those numbers grow, so do the few daredevils drawn by the light of …

VAIL, Colo. — Video of a black bear poking around and hitting a few notes on a piano inside of a condominium in Colorado is getting thousands of views online.  CBS Denver reports the homeowner originally thought the incident was a burglary. But her surveillance cameras captured the intruder, which had four paws.  Police say the bear made its way into the residence in an East Vail neighborhood on Wednesday. The officer who responded to the call found evidence that the bear pushed itself through an open kitchen window.  In the video, the bear can be seen wandering around the apartment. At one point, it goes over to a piano, puts its paws on the keys and starts playing a few loud, dissonant notes.  In a news release, police said “the chords captured on video were unbearable and the tune was equally grizzly.”  The bear caused minor damage to the home. It managed to take …

BALTIMORE — A pregnant teenager who was barred from her graduation at a small Christian school was able to celebrate the occasion during a private ceremony. CBS Baltimore reports that Maddie Runkles is a straight-A student, but her pregnancy has drawn scorn from her high school, Heritage Academy, which refused to allow her to walk with classmates in the graduation ceremony. Over the weekend, Runkles received her diploma in a private ceremony at a local church. She was able to graduate among her family and friends. CBS This Morning Pregnant teen barred from Christian school’s graduation speaks out A Christian school in western Maryland is defending its decision to discipline a pregnant student by banning her from participating in her gradua… “Even though it’s not the way I thought I would graduate high school, and not what my family anticipated, it was special that we were able to have something separate with all of our family …

CONCORD, N.H. — A man who was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender was arrested over the weekend when he was spotted participating in a karaoke contest in New Hampshire. CBS Boston reports karaoke DJ Bernie Del Llano recognized Ronald Duby Jr. at the North Chelmsford pub. He says Duby Jr. actually messaged him days before the contest. “He contacted me and said, ‘Where are you going to be for karaoke? Where are you hosting your shows? I can’t be in New Hampshire. I have to be in Massachusetts,’” Llano told CBS Boston. “That gave me the first inclination. I didn’t think he’d actually show up!” Duby Jr. was featured days earlier as “Fugitive of the Week” on New Hampshire TV, in newspapers and online. U.S. Marshals say he failed to register as a sex offender based on a 1995 conviction for sexual assault on a victim under 13. Llano says he had …

NEW YORK — A professional ballet dancer in New York City is being hailed as a hero after he jumped into action to rescue a man who was pushed onto the subway tracks over the weekend, CBS New York reports. As a dancer with the American Ballet Theater, 31-year-old Grey Davis is paid to perform amazing leaps and lifts. This week, he’s being lauded for a lift of a different kind. It happened Saturday night when Davis, his mother, and his wife — who is also a ballet dancer — were at the 72nd Street train station heading home. While waiting for their train, they saw a man and a woman arguing loudly across the platform. Witnesses rescue woman who fell onto subway tracks Utility worker lifts man off New York subway tracks  “It wasn’t scary at first but my wife said this looks like it’s going to escalate pretty quickly,” Davis told CBS New …

DEDHAM, Mass. — When Maybelle the potbellied pig went to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), she weighed 196 pounds — almost double what she should weigh, CBS Boston reports. She couldn’t stand up, and mounds of flesh covered her eyes. Firefighters rescue truckload of abandoned pigs from scorching heat Police bust cockfighting ring and recover 100 roosters “It’s not healthy,” said ARL Law Enforcement Officer Darleen Wood, “it’s not healthy for an animal to be malnourished, nor is it good to be obese, even a pig.” Billerica Animal Control officers took the pig from Megan Caterino’s home — the third pig to be taken out of the residence, according to the ARL. But Maybelle was so overweight, they had to use a backboard to carry her out. Now, she’s at the ARL farm in Dedham, and on a steady diet. Crimes against animals (GRAPHIC IMAGES) Some cases of man’s inhumanity to other creatures “Pigs …

MERIDIAN, Idaho — An Idaho woman said she discovered a Nazi explosive as she was helping her parents clean out their shed. Diana Landa identified the artifact by a Nazi insignia and the year 1938 etched on the bottom of it. It still had a propellant on it, she said. Landa’s parents have lived in their Meridian home for 25 years. They said they hardly used the old shed they cleaned out last week. They have no idea where the explosive came from and how it got there. 60 Minutes Overtime Nuremberg prosecutor, haunted by Holocaust, is a “deliberate optimist” Now 97, Ben Ferencz wept remembering what he saw in Nazi concentration camps, but he tells 60 Minutes how he manages to stay hopeful in life Landa brought the bomb back to her home in Kuna, Idaho, and had planned to keep the artifact or donate it to a museum. But a co-worker recommended she …

HEATH, Texas — It’s a brazen home burglary caught on surveillance camera, but how the crook got in was a surprise to police and the homeowner. Police say the burglar squeezed through a “doggy door” in the home’s back door, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports. Jeff Summers’ dogs, AJ and Lucy, were sleeping when they got an unexpected visitor. “I was really angry that he was there, and just praying that he didn’t do anything to hurt the dogs that were here because they are our family,” said Summers. Summers turned the home surveillance video over to police. “It’s very uncommon to see someone enter a house through a doggy door,” said Sgt. Brandon Seery with the Heath Department of Public Safety. “He made his way into the bathroom. That’s where he stole some prescription medication.” Suspect seen entering a Texas home through a doggy door. Police posted the video online and within hours, tips poured in. …

TAUNTON, Mass. — It was a powerful encounter with Mother Nature for a woman and her 10-year-old daughter, CBS Boston reports. Elly Alves had just picked her daughter, Amary, up from school when they saw what looked like a large fireball hit the side of the car. “The lightning just went straight to my car and went boom,” said Alves. “It was very, very loud.” “It sounded like a bomb just hit the car,” the daughter told CBS Boston. The tire rim absorbed the brunt of the strike and it now has a small burn mark. It also struck fear in both of them. “The car was smelling, a burning smell, and it worried me a little,” Alves said. “I thought the car was going to explode.” Alves stopped the car and they jumped out on instinct, running away from it. “We panicked, we didn’t know what to do,” Alves said. “But then I said …

SAN DIEGO — Animal welfare officials say they’ve rescued several hedgehogs that were left in a trash can in Southern California. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services says the hedgehogs were found Thursday in Ocean Beach. The agency’s director, Dan DeSousa, says an animal control officer found 15 hedgehogs in a plastic bag that was dumped in the trash can. He says five of the hedgehogs were dead and another was euthanized. “The manner in which they discarded these things is appalling and disgusting,” DeSousa told CBS affiliate KFMB-TV in San Diego. This Thu., June 1, 2017, photo provided by the County of San Diego Communications Office shows some of the nine hedgehogs, now under the care of County Animal Services, after they were rescued Thursday, from a trash can in Ocean Beach, Calif. He says authorities are looking for the person who left the animals in the trash can and adds that it …

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