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HOSPITAL-BILLING ERROR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sure, hospital bills can be high -- but nearly $45 million bucks? Alexis Rodriguez says he almost had an asthma attack when he got his bill from the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He tells the New York Daily News he feared the massive bill was legit. Turns out he wasn't the only patient to get a seven-figure bill. But the company that prepares the statements says it's due to a computer glitch. Seems the invoice number was printed in the space where the amount was supposed to go. Corrected bills are being sent to the patients.

COW WATER BEDS

WELLINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- Water beds aren't just for aging hippies. Dairy farmers Richard and David Conrad have water beds to make their cows happy. The Ohio dairymen have been keeping their cows comfy on the beds since March. They tell a local paper (Chronicle-Telegram) it took a while for the cows to get used to their new beds. But the brothers say the water beds have made for happier cows and better quality milk.

NEW ZEALAND-SHEEP SHEARING

WELLINGTON , New Zealand (AP) -- A gold medal for sheep shearing? A New Zealand farming lobby says sheep shearing has the potential to become an Olympic demonstration sport. We'll see. But Federated Farmers say the world's top shearers are athletes, who deserve a spot on the world stage. For now, the sheep shearers will have to settle for competing in a world championship in New Zealand in March.

RESCUED TWICE

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) -- An Illinois ice fisherman might think about taking up a new hobby. Authorities report he had to be rescued for a second time off the shore of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Local fire chief Curt Vandertie says the fisherman wasn't aware that the ice had broken away he was adrift. The chief says the same thing happened to the man last year. Rescuers got to him in an inflatable raft. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports the man will be billed this time for his rescue.

TRAIN-BABY BIRTH

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York area straphangers have seen just about everything. But they don't see a baby born on a commuter train every day. A woman gave birth on a PATH train yesterday morning. She thought she could make it into New York City from New Jersey before junior arrived. Her doctors are at Manhattan's Roosevelt Hospital. But the baby boy had other ideas. Port Authority officials say the woman's husband helped deliver the baby with advice and encouragement from other passengers. Transit officials turned the train into an express, allowing it to bypass most stations. Emergency crews met the train and took the family to the hospital.

BEER FESTIVALS

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Fred Karm is hopping. He's the owner of Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, Ohio. He says he gets so many requests to attend beer fests, he could do a couple each weekend. Some are close to home. The Akron Art Museum will hold its fifth annual Art of Ale on March 9th. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo zoos all sponsor beer tastings. Cincinnati Beer Week is coming up next month. The first festival in Cincy attracted about 700 people five years ago. This year, 10,000 brew lovers are expected.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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