LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) -- This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home. Well, not exactly. Both piggies are making themselves at home next to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. And they're not that little anymore. Animal control officials are on the lookout for two pot-bellied pigs in suburban Maryland. The Capital of Annapolis reports the pigs may now weigh up to 100 pounds each. Officials figure they were once pets. If animal control officers manage to capture the pigs, they'll try to place them with a rescue group.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- From the big house -- to the doghouse. Inmates at a Kansas prison are making doggie beds. It's part of a recycling program at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. The inmates dismantle old mattresses. The springs and cotton batting are sent to recycling centers. Foam is used for dog beds. Some of those pooch pillows are donated to animal shelters. Officials tell the Hutchinson News say the mattress recycling program has made nearly 50-grand for the prison's general fund.
SELF-SERVE CHECKOUTS ELIMINATED
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Self-service equals poor service. That's the conclusion of a Massachusetts-based supermarket chain. Big Y is phasing out self-service checkout lanes. D-I-Y checkout was supposed speed things up and save money. But Big Y says checkout times actually increased, as consumers were stumped by bar codes, coupons and ways to pay. Big Y officials add self-service couldn't replace a human being.
LOST PYTHON CLAIMED
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Mr. T the python is back home. The 12-foot snake was found in the parking lot of a Billings, Montana, fast food restaurant last week. KULR-TV reports the owners were afraid to report the missing reptile, because pythons are illegal within city limits. Turns out they can keep their snake, since they owners had it before the law went into effect. They promise to improve Mr. T's cage so it won't escape again.
TEXTING FOR PARKING
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Now your thumbs can do the parking -- at least in San Francisco. City transportation officials are unveiling a new parking information service. Drivers can send a text message from their cell phones to find out which of 14 city-owned lots have spaces. But authorities warn texting while driving is illegal in California. So, drivers should pull over or let a passenger send the parking text message.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii (AP) -- Don't blame the post office for this slow delivery. A sailor stationed in Hawaii has found a message in a bottle. It had been dropped in the ocean more than five years ago by a Japanese school girl. Petty Officer Jon Moore stumbled upon the clear glass bottle during in a beach cleanup at a Navy missile range. The bottle also had four origami flowers and a photo of the girl's sixth grade class.
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