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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) â€” Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.
Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed cookies.
The cafe opened last month and has been full since opening day. It was inspired by the cat cafe craze in Japan, where many people live in cramped high-rise apartments that don't allow pets.
IDAHO FALLS (AP) â€” A warm and dry Idaho winter might be on the way, weather experts say.
That means some state water managers will be turning to the decades-old technology of cloud seeding to squeeze every last snowflake out of the storms that do appear.
Idaho Power officials said Tuesday they are ramping up cloud-seeding operations in the upper Snake River Valley, as well as the Payette River basin near Boise. Another eastern Idaho cloud-seeding effort, operated by the High Country Resource Conservation and Development Council, also is up and running for the winter.
Don Carlson of American Falls and Kathy Daly of Pocatello were among those who traveled long distances to support the noodle bazaar at St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday.
"Not many people make homemade noodles any more," said Carlson.
"I try to support all the churches," Carlson continued. "It's super when people support a community."
The parishioners at St. John's have made noodles and other homemade goodies and sold lunches on the first Saturday in December to help finance maintenance of their little church.
She wins! Let the celebration begin!
Stoddard Elementary first grade teacher Melissa Hunt found out on Friday she was one of five national winners who earned a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance in its "Dream Big" initiative.
With the announcement that Hunt had won the $100,000 grant, Stoddard students erupted in cheers, applause and the rally cry: "Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Hunt."
"I was trying to get them to say 'Stoddard Elementary' because this is community celebration," said Hunt.
"I work with amazing teachers and the kids are incredible," she said.
Blackfoot city treasurer Heather Schild reported at Tuesday's Blackfoot city council meeting that the city is in good standing financially. However, new measures have been taken in the city's continued effort to "pinch pennies."
"The mayor [Paul Loomis] has tasked me to take extra measures to save money. The revenue looks good, but every penny saved helps," Schild said.
Schild said that city vehicles will now be fueled from the Bingham County pumps which will save the city between 19 and 34 cents per gallon. City vehicles use approximately 8,500 gallons of fuel per year.
The Christmas Tree Fantasy continues today and concludes on Saturday. Come see the beautiful Christmas trees and wreaths and enjoy the music provided by individuals, families and musical groups in Bingham County.
The fantasy auction begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Needlecraft Building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. Trees, wreaths, a table setting and other items will be auctioned.
Everyone is invited to participate in the fantasy and auction.
"Bring your checkbook," said fantasy chairman Mary Ann Johnson.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) â€” Police say a Florida man stole a chain saw by sticking it down his pants.
Surveillance video from Treasure Coast Lawn Equipment in Port St. Lucie shows the man putting the tool worth more than $600 down his pants on Oct. 28.
Police tell Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Anthony Ballard had come in asking for $1 worth of change.
Police say employees chased Ballard, who ditched the tool in a wooded lot. The employees called 911 when they saw Ballard return to look for it.
BOISE (AP) â€” A coalition of conservation groups and a U.S. congressman from Oregon have sent separate letters asking the U.S. Forest Service to require a pro-hunting group get a permit before being allowed to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in Idaho.
The letter sent Tuesday by Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio and another sent Monday by environmental groups cite a recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision revoking a special use permit for the predator derby.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) â€” Police say a New Jersey man who was drunk stole a bulldozer in order to get a ride home.
Police say 30-year-old Christopher Russell left behind a path of destruction as he tried to maneuver the bulldozer through West Hudson Park. The bulldozer leveled signs, three benches, a tree, a drinking fountain, and left a maze of tracks in the grass.
Harrison Police Capt. Mike Green tells the Jersey Journal that Russell told officers he was cold and was trying to ride home to Newark.
DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) â€” The Dickson County Sheriff's Office in Middle Tennessee ended up paying a ransom after a malicious computer program blocked access to their files.
Detective Jeff McCliss told WTVF-TV that malware on a computer locked the agency's case files, which included autopsy reports, witness statements and crime scene photos. He says the malware, called "Cryptowall," doesn't tamper with files on a computer, but keeps them locked until a ransom is paid.