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Half-sisters meet for the 1st time, after 85 years

JENKS, Okla. (AP) — A woman in her 80s met her 94-year-old half-sister over the Memorial Day weekend — the first time the siblings had ever set eyes on each other.

KOTV reports that 85-year-old Zelda Gates didn't even know she had a half-sister until she read her father's will.

On Monday, Gates finally met Reta Knight, her older half-sister, in Jenks, about 12 miles south of Tulsa.

Knight says her father left her and her mother and she always wondered why. She says her mother was evasive when she asked, so she didn't push the subject.

Family members used old pictures and online genealogy resources to make sure of the connection.

Gates says meeting her sister for the first time was wonderful. She noted that the two look alike too.

Information from: KOTV-TV, http://www.newson6.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Colombia chocolate thief sentenced to 5 months



BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It's enough to make a candy junkie give up the sweet stuff forever.

A self-declared chocolate addict has been sentenced to five months in one of Colombia's harshest prisons for swiping $8 worth of candy bars.

Luis Augusto Mora was caught stealing two boxes of locally made Jumbo bars at a Bogota supermarket. After confessing, Mora was sentenced to La Picota prison, home to some of the country's most hardened criminals and drug-traffickers.

The tough punishment has caught the attention of President Juan Manuel Santos. In a radio interview Tuesday he said that misdemeanors like Mora's shouldn't waste prosecutors' time and effort.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have distributed a statement saying the chocolate thief is expressing regret.

Mora says he'll "never again touch a chocolate in my life."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Nebraska woman wolfs down 2 4½-pound steaks

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A Nebraska woman celebrated breaking a Texas steakhouse's speed record for eating a 4½-pound slab of beef by polishing off another one.

The Amarillo Globe-News and the Big Texan Steak Ranch's Twitter page say that competitive eater Molly Schuyler finished her first steak in 4 minutes and 58 seconds. The previous record was 8 minutes and 52 seconds.

The 5-foot-7, 125-pound mother from Bellevue, Nebraska, ate her second 4½-pound steak in 9 minutes and 59 seconds.

The restaurant foots the bill for anyone who can eat one of the steaks, a baked potato, shrimp, a salad and bread roll in under an hour, so Schuyler ate those side dishes as well.

In February, the self-described "bottomless pit" ate 363 chicken wings in 30 minutes in Philadelphia.

Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Michigan zoo sells exotic animal 'doo'

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A zoo in southern Michigan is selling a composted mixture of manure produced by exotic animals.

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is hosting a "Zoo Doo" event Thursday and June 5.

Horticulturist Frank Cummins told the Battle Creek Enquirer that the zoo has compost available from herbivores that will sell at $25 a load to zoo members and $30 for nonmembers. Cummins says that the price is a deal, since cow manure can sell for around $2 or $3 a bag.

The Kalamazoo Gazette says zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals are contributing to the gardening aid.

Binder Park Zoo says it's a "fun and creative way" to raise money and dispose of waste. It also uses the compost as fertilizer at its facilities.

Online: http://www.binderparkzoo.org 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Deer leaps from Illinois overpass onto minivan

WEST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman is grateful her family is safe after a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass, landing on their minivan as it traveled along an Illinois interstate.

Heidi Conner tells The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald the doe came to rest in the middle of the West Dundee family's Chevy on Sunday. She and her four children were traveling about 70 mph on the Jane Addams Tollway.

She says the accident was bizarre, adding "nobody can believe this deer fell from the sky."

Illinois State Police say witnesses reported seeing the deer jump from an overpass.

Conner says the crash totaled the van and caused minor injuries, but says the way the deer landed on the vehicle was "a miracle in itself."

Police say the animal died.

Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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