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Virginia driver faces charges after running over himself
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself.
Fairfax County Police released dashboard video from Tuesday's incident showing 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu getting out of his car on a residential street in the Alexandria section, a Washington suburb. But Bonsu apparently forgot to put the car in park and the video shows him running in front of the car and being struck.
Bonsu gets up and continues running. Police say they caught him, unharmed, after a brief foot chase.
Police say they initially pulled Bonsu over Sunday for an apparent equipment violation.
Charges against Bonsu include a third-time DWI, felony hit-and-run and illegal window tint.
Court records don't list an attorney for Bonsu.
Inn-decent exposure: Naked couple finds no room at hotel
STERLING, Va. — A Virginia sheriff's office says two people in the buff were rebuffed at a hotel.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office wrote in its daily incident log that deputies responding to a Sterling hotel on Sunday afternoon encountered 36-year-old Brent A. Martinez and 31-year-old Maria C. Cano-Morales, both of Sterling and both "unclothed."
Both were arrested and charged with indecent exposure. Cano-Morales bonded out, while Martinez remained held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
It's unclear whether they have lawyers. No further details have been released.
New York City's tree sweaters to stay in place
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Parks Department says a cluster of trees in a Manhattan neighborhood can keep their crocheted sweaters.
The Parks Department says it has reversed a prior decision to remove the trees' sweaters after residents of the West Village neighborhood told The New York Post that the colorful threads on about two dozen neighborhood trees increased business and foot traffic.
Parks spokesman Sam Biederman says the department had a change of heart and the sweaters will not be removed by officials.
Local business owner Holly Boardman installed the sweaters last Thanksgiving in order to beautify the neighborhood street.
Alabama woman unearths Tennessee man's long-lost class ring
MOBILE, Ala. — Five decades after it went missing, a south Alabama woman has found a Tennessee surgeon's ring while exploring a neighborhood with her metal detector.
The ring was about four inches deep in the dirt.
She contacted the University of Tennessee's Office of Alumni Affairs. Officials learned Sheppard had previously contacted the office about his missing ring.
Sheppard lost the ring about 50 years ago, when he was attending medical school and living at the house where the ring was found.
Burgess and Sheppard met shortly after the ring was found and it was returned to him.
It's spring break and beer is flowing - on a Florida highway
CRESTVIEW, Fla. — Spring break is underway and the beer is already flowing — onto a Florida interstate highway.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials said on Facebook Wednesday that a tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer spilled its cargo onto Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle.
In a news release, the Florida Highway Patrol said 44-year-old Michael Nolan Powell of Simpsonville, South Carolina, failed to maintain his lane, resulting in the truck running onto the shoulder of the road before overturning. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and is charged with careless driving.
Troopers said about 60,000 pounds (27,000 kilograms) of Busch beer was tossed from the trailer.
Police: Runaway zebra killed by car in Phoenix suburb
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Police say a zebra was killed when a number of the animals broke out of the grounds of an Arizona festival and were wandering on a nearby road.
The accident on Wednesday morning occurred near the grounds of the Chandler Ostrich Festival in a suburb of Phoenix.
Chandler police Sgt. Daniel Mejia says the SUV driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The Ostrich Festival, which will be held this weekend, attracts hundreds of thousands of people. Activities include ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities and a parade.
Woman says found tooth with blood on it while eating cashews
RAVENNA, Ohio — An Ohio woman says she found a tooth with dried blood on it while eating cashews.
WOIO-TV reports Nickolette Botsford said she felt something hard while eating the nuts and vomited when she saw it looked like a tooth.
The Ravenna woman said a hospital confirmed it as a human tooth spotted with dried blood. Her hospital report says she was treated for exposure to blood or bodily fluids.
It's unclear what product Botsford was eating and where it was purchased.
Botsford called Planters' parent company, which recently picked up the tooth for testing.
Kraft Heinz Co., based in Pittsburgh and Chicago, confirmed the item was a "foreign object" and said it's investigating its manufacturing process and suppliers.
The company's email Tuesday night says it hasn't received any related complaints.
This story has been corrected to show that WOIO-TV, not WKYC, reported the story.
NASA will fly you to the sun — or at least your name
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will fly you to the sun — or at least your name.
Now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for this hottest ticket in town. The names will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all the way to the sun.
Once launched this summer from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the probe will eventually come within 4 million miles of our star, closer than any other spacecraft. Temperatures will reach 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,300 degrees Celsius), as the spacecraft zips in and out of this atmospheric hot zone. Until now, the materials for such a grueling journey were unavailable.
Actor William Shatner, who portrayed Capt. James Kirk in the old "Star Trek" TV series, is NASA's pitchman for the send-your-name-to-the-sun campaign.
Smoking orangutan riles anger against zoo in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A video of an orangutan smoking has brought more criticism of a zoo in Indonesia infamous for past animal welfare troubles.
In the video shot Sunday, a young man flicks his half-smoked cigarette into the primate's enclosure. It's picked up by the reddish-brown primate, who expertly puffs on it to laughter from the crowd.
Activist Marison Guciano said Wednesday the smoking ape is further evidence of a lack of supervision and education at Bandung Zoo, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the capital, Jakarta.
Guciano said the man committed a crime but the privately owned zoo is mainly responsible because of its "ignorance of supervision and education for visitors."
The zoo has repeatedly made headlines for starving and sick animals. It was temporarily closed in 2016 after a Sumatran elephant that died was found to have bruises on its body.
A change.org petition calling for Bandung Zoo to be closed has nearly 1 million signatures. Visitors who review the zoo on TripAdvisor describe a dirty facility and sadness and anger at seeing the condition of the animals.
Zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi'I said "we very much regret that such a thing happened" and the incident was reported to police.
Signs at the zoo warn visitors to not feed animals or give them cigarettes, he said.
Substandard conditions are common at Indonesian zoos and Guciano blamed the government for being slow in establishing animal welfare standards.
Four-legged fugitive: Big lizard escapes California pet shop
SAN DIEGO — Residents near San Diego are warned to watch out for a four-legged fugitive: a 5 ½-foot monitor lizard that wriggled out of its cage.
Mike Estevez tells KGTV that a 35-pound reptile named Bubbles was last seen on Sunday at his store, Mike's Pets in Spring Valley.
Estevez says the carnivorous critter probably managed to escape through a tiny crevice at the bottom of a cage.
Security camera footage shows Bubbles sauntering toward the rear of the store.
Estevez says Bubbles is good around people and often roams the store while customers are around.
But he's advising anyone who sees the reptile not to try grabbing him.
San Diego County's Animal Services department is assisting in the search.