DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - An 18-pound African leopard tortoise who went missing from an Iowa museum has been found alive in an elevator in the building. KWWL-TV reports that officials at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque believe the tortoise named Cashew was stolen, but that the thief quietly returned the animal. The museum says a visitor found Cashew on the elevator floor Thursday. She appears to be in good health. The museum discovered Cashew was missing Tuesday from an exhibit with a 4-foot glass wall. Museum officials suspected she was taken as a prank or to sell. Museum officials are reviewing surveillance video to try to figure out exactly what happened and find a possible suspect.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) - Those who lost loved ones in the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history are preparing for an emotional 50th anniversary. There are weekend events in Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, to memorialize the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher, which sank with the loss of 129 lives about 220 miles off Cape Cod on April 10, 1963. The Navy believes a leak in a pipe shorted out an electrical panel, leading to a cascading series of events that caused the destruction of the sub, now on the sea floor 8,500 feet deep. Part of the Thresher's legacy is safety. Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., says, "We can never, ever let this happen again."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and hearing false rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel. The demand is making it hard for gun stores to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments. The run started in November with President Barack Obama's re-election, followed by the shooting in December of children in Newtown, Conn. That massacre led the president to launch an effort to strengthen federal gun controls and several states to tighten laws. Connecticut became the latest on Thursday. Hours before the law went into effect, hundreds of customers streamed out of Hoffman's Gun Center in Newington with guns and boxes of ammunition. Similar scenarios are playing out all over the country.