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April 19, 2016

Weird News

TECUMSEH, Michigan (AP):

A judge told a Michigan couple they could land in jail for up to 93 days and face a maximum $500 fine for failing to return a novel and a Dr Seuss book borrowed from the local public library.

Cathy and Melvin Duren of Tecumseh, Michigan, appeared in Lenawee County court on Thursday to each face a misdemeanor charge of failure to return rental property. They owe about $35 in late fees for "The Rome Prophecy," borrowed in April 2015. They lost a Dr. Seuss book their teenage son borrowed for their granddaughter in July 2014. "I can't image going to jail over it, but I certainly will fight these charges because I'm not guilty," Cathy Duren said. Although the couple admitted they were negligent in returning the books, they think it's unfair to each be charged a $105 "diversion fee" to the Lenawee County Economic Crimes Unit in addition to fines owed to the Tecumseh Public Library, WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1VpAbYg ) reported.

MIAMI (AP):

A 101-year-old Florida woman is getting a second chance at prom. Eleanor Bessin says she attended her prom on a boat in Boston with a man she had been planning to marry.

However, he went off to serve in World War II, and when he returned, he developed cancer and died. She still carries his picture. Student government leaders from TERRA High School are setting up the dance for about 75 seniors at the Palace Nursing & Rehab. Nursing home staff will vote for a prom king and queen during Thursday's prom. Resident Sadie Gilbert, 86, says she was never invited to her high school prom but will now get the chance to attend.

BUFFALO, New York (AP):

More than 5,000 prospective students have mistakenly been notified by email that they've been accepted into an upstate New York university.

University at Buffalo spokesman John DellaContrada says the mistaken email was sent Wednesday to students whose applications hadn't been fully reviewed. He says the university sent a second email about three to four hours later notifying the students of the gaffe and apologising for it. The university posted a statement on its website saying the "miscommunication occurred when an incorrect email list was generated from an applicant database." The statement says it's important to note the students who received the mistaken email are still being considered for acceptance by the university. The University at Buffalo has about 30,000 students.

LOS ANGELES (AP):

Students and teachers at a Los Angeles high school missed their lunch break Friday after a mountain lion strolled onto campus and tried to join them.

The big cat was spotted walking across the quad at John F Kennedy High School shortly after noon. Instead of sitting down to eat, students and teachers quickly secured themselves in classrooms and called authorities. Police sealed off the area until a game warden could arrive and knock the animal out with a couple of tranquiliser darts, said Andrew Hughan, state Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman. When officers arrived, the mountain lion bolted into a nearby backyard but quickly grew sleepy and confused after the darts hit. "He's on his way back to the Santa Susana* Mountains, in what we call suitable habitat," Hughan said, adding that the animal appeared to be healthy and about two or three years old. The department later posted a video on Twitter of the "groggy" big cat returning to the wilderness.