Around the water cooler

Associated Press - September 8, 2008 4:04 AM ET

Sausage Attack

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've arrested a man who broke into the home of 2 California farmworkers, stole money, rubbed one with spices and whacked the other with a sausage before fleeing.

Fresno County Sheriff's Lieutenant Ian Burrimond says 22-year-old Antonio Vasquez was found hiding in a field wearing only a T-shirt, boxers and socks after the Saturday morning attack.

He says deputies arrested Vasquez after finding a wallet containing his ID in the ransacked house.

The farmworkers told deputies the suspect woke them Saturday morning by rubbing spices on 1 of them and smacking the other with an 8-inch sausage.

Burrimond says money allegedly stolen was recovered.

Japan-Green Bears

TOKYO (AP) - Green-colored polar bears are drawing questions from puzzled visitors at a Japanese zoo.

Three normally white polar bears at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in central Japan changed their color in July after swimming in an algae filled pond.

A zoo official says the sight seems to shock visitors and has prompted many questions about whether the animals are sick or carrying mold.

He says high temperatures in July and August and less-frequent water changes because of the zoo's conservation efforts caused the algae growth in the bears' pond and safety moat. The official says once the algae enters hollow spaces in the bears' fur, it's hard to rinse off.

The bears are expected to return to their natural color when the algae growth subsides in November.

Tot Golfer

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - It doesn't really count, but 5-year-old Drew Gray has done more than most of us could on a golf course.

The kindergartner had a hole-in-one on the 75-yard, fifth hole at Yorktown Golf Club near St. Louis. But it doesn't count because it was on par-3 course. The shot was witnessed by several family members and verified by course owner John Bethard.

He says Drew is the youngest player to ace a hole at the course.


WASHINGTON (AP) - A sports tradition may have ended at the White House.

President Bush hosted his final T-ball game yesterday.

It's a tradition he began seven years ago as a way to promote fitness for kids and spur interest in baseball, a game the former part-owner of the Texas Rangers personally loves.

The president and first lady invited sons and daughters of members of the military to take part in the 20th game. Before hand, Bush told the 5- to 8-year-olds, "We are really looking forward to seeing you all play and giving us a chance to thank your moms and dads for the sacrifice and service."

The president recited the Little League pledge and Rascal Flatts sang the national anthem.

In the game itself, as is customary, everybody won. There were no outs and no strikes and nobody kept score. It ended when each of the 26 or so youngsters from both teams got a turn at bat.

And each player got a ball autographed by the president.

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