DISPATCHER HELPS MAN DELIVER BABY: ANN ABROR, Mich. — A woman who didn't expect to give birth until mid-July delivered a healthy baby girl along a Michigan roadway with help from her husband and coaching from a 911 dispatcher. Nicole Culwell, of Howell, was heading to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital on Monday with her husband, Matthew, when she realized she wouldn't make it in time. So her husband pulled over along U.S. 23 in the Ann Arbor area, and Susannah was born, AnnArbor.com reported. "He was great and stayed calm about it," Nicole Culwell said of her husband. "I don't even really remember her being born. I just remember holding her after and patting her back to make sure she was breathing." The Culwells were about 10 minutes from the hospital when they stopped, and a 911 dispatcher talked them through the delivery. "You can see the baby's head coming out," Matthew Culwell tells dispatcher Carol Lellis at the beginning of the call, a recording of which was obtained by The Associated Press.
BEAVER BLAMED FOR NEW MEXICO INTERNET OUTAGE: TAOS, N.M. — Officials have finally identified the culprit behind a 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage last week in northern New Mexico —an eager beaver. CenturyLink spokesman David Gonzales told The Associated Press on Friday that a hungry beaver chewed through the fiber line last week. He says the biting evidence was discovered by contractors who worked to repair the outage. Officials say more than 1,800 Internet users were affected by the blackout. The number of cellphone users without service during that time is still unknown. CenturyLink owns a fiber-optic cable that runs from Taos to Interstate 25. The cable carries wireless data for many residents around Taos County.
EXPLODING FRIDGE LEADS TO POT FIND: SAN DIEGO — Authorities say an exploding refrigerator led them to a marijuana-growing operation in San Diego. City News Service says the fridge exploded and caused a fire Thursday afternoon at a home in the Encanto neighborhood. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to douse the fire and there were no injuries. However, police say authorities later discovered marijuana growing at the house and a quantity of flammable hash oil, which apparently caused the explosion. Three people were held for questioning.
CHINA: ARE ‘HAPPY ENDINGS’ ACTUALLY ILLEGAL?: BEIJING — China's law enforcers are having an unusually public debate about a delicate topic: Do paid sexual services known as "happy endings" at massage parlors count as crimes if they don't involve actual sexual intercourse? While prostitution is illegal in China, its boundaries are being discussed with rare candor by courts, police and state media — even the usually stodgy flagship newspaper of the Communist Party. "Various places have different standards for whether masturbation services are a crime; judicial interpretation urgently needed," read a headline of the People's Daily newspaper, which usually spends its time lecturing party members about discipline or obscure ideological issues. The debate centers on sexual services provided by employees of usually low-end massage parlors or hair salons, advertised to customers with colorful phrases such as "hitting the airplane" and "breast massage."
MICHIGAN CITY PLANS HUGE SALAD BAR IN RECORD ATTEMPT: HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — A West Michigan city's celebration of its agricultural heritage is expected to include a salad bar that may be one for the record books. The Grand Rapids Press reports locally-grown lettuce, cabbage, radishes, celery, carrots, onions, zucchini, cucumbers and peppers are planned for the 680-foot-long salad bar in Hudsonville. Salads will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 27. Organizers want to set a Guinness World Records mark for the longest continuous salad bar. All those vegetables are expected to weigh nearly 5,000 pounds. Guinness says the current record was set by a 660-foot, 4,548-pound salad bar in South Africa in 2002. Hudsonville's world-record attempt is part of the Saladbowl Bash, which also includes live entertainment, vendor booths, a bike parade and a spelling bee.