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Two heads are better than one

SAN ANTONIO - A two-headed turtle born last month at the San Antonio Zoo has become so popular that she has her own Facebook page. 

Zoo officials say the Texas cooter, named Thelma and Louise for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie, has been doing well. 

Spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike says the turtle eats and swims, and added that the two heads - named Louise Left and Thelma Right - get along. 

The Facebook page on Sunday showed photos of the quirky reptile and imaginary conversations between the two heads. 

The turtle hatched June 18. The animal is on display at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium. 

TME This is a children's television show waiting to happen.

Home empty home

MCARTHUR, Ohio - An Ohio bank says a bad GPS navigator is the reason it repossessed the wrong house - and threw out all the possessions inside. 

Homeowner Katie Barnett says her McArthur home was wrongly repossessed while she was away with her family last month. When they returned to the house, the locks had been changed and many of their belongings were missing. 

Barnett wants the First National Bank of Wellston to give her $18,000 for the lost items. She says the bank wants her to show receipts for everything that's missing. 

First National CEO Anthony Thorne says the bank wants to compensate the family 'fairly and equitably' but the items Barnett is claiming doesn't match up with what the bank's employees removed. 

The bank says the house it meant to clean out was on the same street. 

TME Because double-checking address numbers is for suckers.

Fortean times

AUGUSTA, Ga. - At first glance, the National Weather Service climate report for Augusta was alarming: 

It had rained frogs in the east Georgia city. 

The sophisticated device that measures rainfall at Augusta Regional Airport recorded .04 inch of precipitation, most of it in the form of a frog. The amount was recorded in Wednesday's climate report for Augusta. 

The Augusta Chronicle reports that National Weather Service employees in nearby West Columbia, S.C., were suspicious when they saw that. So a technician was sent to inspect the All Weather Precipitation Accumulation Gauge, and forecasters learned that a frog had hopped into it. The climate report was then corrected. 

Meteorologist Leonard Vaughan said amphibians have found their way into the gauge about a dozen times since the beginning of the summer. 

TME Future forecasts indicate periods of clouds with a 30% chance of locusts.

You're doing it wrong

NEW YORK - A convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to repeatedly using phony credentials to gain entry into New York City jails. 

The New York Post reports that 36-year-old Yonkers resident Matthew Matagrano pleaded guilty Thursday to posing as a correction officer and sneaking into the Manhattan Detention Center. 

During one of those visits, on Feb. 27, Matagrano assaulted an inmate and stole a $2,500 walkie-talkie. He also handed out cigarettes to inmates. 

It's not clear why the former inmate, whose rap sheet includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse, wanted to get back into jails. 

He faces 10 years behind bars at sentencing.

TME It's like watching a season of 'Prison Break' backwards. 

A bridge too far

MISSOULA, Montana - A man floating on an inner tube suffered broken bones in his legs and torn ligaments in his knees when another man jumped from a bridge and landed in his lap. 

Andy Hill and his wife were floating under a bridge on the Clark Fork River near East Missoula on Sunday when the man landed on him, KECI-TV reported. 

'Suddenly I had intense pain and was under water,' Hill said. 

'There was a guy on my lap and he rolled off my lap and he just kept apologizing saying `I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry,'' Hill said. 

The man swam Hill to shore, still on the inner tube, and the man's friend helped Hill as well. 

Hill suffered broken bones in both lower legs and a cracked femur in his left leg and will likely spend the rest of the summer in a wheelchair or on crutches. 

But he's been able to keep his sense of humor. 

'Who does this happen to?' asked Hill, laughing. 'I don't know of anybody this has ever happened to.' 

Missoula County authorities say the man who jumped could be charged. 

TME It's the first cannonball injury in Montana since the Battle of Little Bighorn.

High Anxiety

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Fire officials in the Adirondack village of Lake Placid say they've rescued a cat from a tree, along with the feline's owner. 

Officials with the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department tell the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that they received a report Saturday night that a person had gotten struck in a tree while trying to rescue his cat. 

Firefighters used the department's aerial truck to retrieve the man and his cat. 

TME If the firefighter had gotten stuck up there, we'd have had a sitcom premise.

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