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A staffer feeds a baby gorilla at a Texas zoo that was rejected by its mother. The infant will be sent to an Ohio zoo.
A staffer feeds a baby gorilla at a Texas zoo that was rejected by its mother. The infant will be sent to an Ohio zoo. (CHRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ / Brownsville Herald)
Posted: February 24, 2013

Goldfish threat to Lake Tahoe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Giant goldfish could threaten the ecology of Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border.

Biologists at the University of Nevada, Reno, say they're finding a growing number of the fish in the crystal-clear lake.

Researcher Sudeep Chandra said the discovery was especially worrisome because the fish excrete "lots of nutrients" that stimulate algae growth. Some of the fish have grown to 18 inches.

How the fish got into the lake is not clear, but they are believed to have come from people dumping their aquariums. - AP

Klanlike hoods at hockey game

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - North Dakota school administrators are investigating a photo posted to Twitter from Friday's state hockey semifinal game in which three fans in the student section are wearing Ku Klux Klan-style white robes and hoods.

Shane Schuster, 19, said he was sitting with friends when the group in the Red River High School student section caught his eye.

Schuster, a University of North Dakota student, said he snapped a photo and uploaded it to Twitter. The students had the hoods on for 10 to 20 minutes, he estimated, but they were gone by the second period. - AP

Man jailed for kids in boxes

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - An eastern Ohio man has been sentenced to six months in prison for punishing his three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape with a hole cut in the top for air.

James A. Taylor, 30, was sentenced Thursday and also must serve two years of probation.

Taylor and Samantha M. Taylor, 26, the children's stepmother, pleaded guilty last month to charges including felony child endangerment. She has not yet been sentenced.

Authorities said the children, ages 5, 6, and 8, are living with other relatives. - AP

Chase in Calif. leaves 1 hurt

ANAHEIM, Calif. - A short high-speed chase that began Saturday in a McDonald's drive-through ended when authorities shot and wounded the driver, authorities said.

Deputies were dispatched shortly after 3 a.m. to a McDonald's restaurant in Stanton, where a driver was reportedly passed out in the drive-through lane, Lt. Joe Balicki of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

The man was "extremely intoxicated" and "became uncooperative" when deputies approached, he said.

The driver fled the parking lot and hit a police car, Balicki said.

A deputy fired at the driver, who was struck, sheriff's Capt. Steve Doan said. The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and will be taken to the Orange County Jail after his release from the hospital, he said. - L.A. Times

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