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It’s gonna cost you

An immigration officer has been indicted on charges that she took several thousand dollars in cash and 200 egg rolls as bribes from three different immigrants seeking citizenship and green cards. Federal prosecutors indicted the 47-year-old last week on three counts of solicitation of a bribe by a public official. She worked as an officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana, Calif., where she reviewed immigrants’ applications for benefits.

Two heads are better than one

A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo, and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and went on display Thursday at the zoo’s Friedrich Aquarium. The two-headed turtle appears healthy, and is able to swim and walk. Zoo experts don’t foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name.

Mom, is that you?

A Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. The man told police his 53-year-old mother was at his home. She was charged last week with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. A teller said the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She got $1,092. An FBI agent said the woman confessed.

And the winner is ...

Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer James and 24-year-old Mark Dixon had been struggling between two names for the boy they are expecting in September. So the Connecticut couple decided to put it to a vote. They placed signs at the Starbucks on the New Haven Green, where they are regulars, asking people to vote for either the name Jackson or Logan. They received almost 1,800 votes in the coffee cup serving as a ballot box. The name Logan was favored by the customers, but ultimately both names won. The couple says it will name the baby Logan Jackson Dixon.

Concrete test

Does concrete float? For the hundreds of civil engineering students at the annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, the answer is “yes.” Teams representing 23 schools vied earlier this month to design, build and race canoes made of concrete. Some vessels were as long as 22 feet and weighed as much as 180 pounds. A wooden canoe of the same size weighs almost 40 pounds. Alicia Welling, manager of the California Polytechnic State University team, says the trick to making concrete float is to mix it with glass bubbles and other lightweight objects. L’Ecole de Technologie Suprieure, of Montreal, took the title.

Signed, sealed, delivered

With a little more than two weeks to go before their wedding, Emily Dreyfuss’ fiance ordered a tie and pocket square from Gap chain Banana Republic’s website to go with his Navy blue suit. What the couple got in the mail instead would make an identity thief giddy: the confidential files of nearly 20 former employees, including Social Security numbers, W4 tax forms, handwritten resignation letters, doctors’ notes and salary information — seemingly the employees’ entire record at the company. San Francisco-based Gap Inc. blamed the mix-up on a human mistake. The company is sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope for Dreyfuss to return the information. She was also offered a free tie and pocket handkerchief — a $61 value — but said she declined.

Not tough enough

The head of a drug enforcement team in southeastern Michigan says he’s disappointed with the light sentence given to a farmer who was growing more than 8,000 marijuana plants. Detective Lt. Robert Sinclair says it’s not “logical or reasonable” to put the man on probation when he was growing marijuana for profit. He says the 2011 bust was one of the largest in the state. The farmer was placed on supervised release for two years after Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman noted his history of helping others. An expert said the marijuana’s quality was not good, but Sinclair says that’s not important.


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