Teen dies during apparent social media stunt on Los Angeles bridge, police say
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy slipped and fell to his death this weekend while climbing a Los Angeles bridge in an apparent social media stunt. Police were sent to the 6th Street Viaduct around 2 a.m. Saturday and found the boy, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name wasn’t immediately released. On Tuesday, Police Chief Michel Moore told the city Police Commission that the teen was climbing a bridge arch, apparently to make a social media broadcast. The bridge, which opened last July, links downtown to the historic Eastside. It’s the largest and most expensive bridge ever built in LA. But police say it has also attracted graffiti, street racing and other illegal activities. The LAPD has closed it several times.
Chirping sounds lead airport officials to bag filled with smuggled parrot eggs
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) — The 24 bright green baby parrots chirp and bob their heads the second anyone nears the large cages that have been their homes since hatching in March. The Central American natives were seized from a smuggler at Miami International Airport in March. They’re being raised by the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation. It was the hatchlings’ faint chirping inside a carry-on bag at the airport that brought them to the attention of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The passenger had just arrived from Managua, Nicaragua, and was heading to Taiwan. He pleade