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Plan seeks to curb drunken behavior on  three Michigan rivers

WELLSTON (AP) — Federal officials say an education plan will be put into place to help curb drunken behavior instead of a ban on alcoholic beverages along sections of three rivers in the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

The plan announced Wednesday includes public service announcements, informational signs and outreach aimed at improving people’s behavior.

Officials in February had announced an alcohol ban, saying it would protect natural resources and public safety on the Au Sable, Manistee and Pine rivers. They agreed to put off the ban after public backlash. Violations would have been punishable by a fine and imprisonment.
 

Lawsuit: Amazon’s Alexa devices record without consent

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit claims Amazon is violating laws in at least eight states by recording children without consent through Alexa devices.

The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle claims the voice-controlled virtual assistant devices permanently records millions of children without their consent or parents’ consent.

It claims the devices can identify individual voices and Amazon could ask for consent when a new person uses the device.

The suit claims Amazon’s failure to obtain consent violates recording laws in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington.
 

Metal turtle sculpture at Boston playground burns children

BOSTON (AP) — Boston authorities have covered a new turtle sculpture at a playground after several parents complained that the bronze model was getting superheated by the sun and burning children.

One complaint included a picture of someone holding a temperature scanner over Myrtle the Turtle's shell that read 133 degrees. The turtle “is dangerous and should not be in a playground,” the complaint said.

The four-foot sculpture of a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at the Myrtle Street Playground in the Beacon Hill neighborhood is now covered by a tarp held down by rope.

City officials told The Boston Globe they are trying to determine their next move, which could mean removing the sculpture, or putting a canopy over it.

Badly-made fake license plate leads to arrest

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — A big-rig truck driver has been arrested after authorities spotted a phony license plate on his rig.

How could they tell?

Well, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says the 1960s-style yellow-on-black plate had wobbly letters and numbers. Also, instead of “CALIFORNIA,” it read “CALIFAS.”

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, possessing methamphetamine, being an unlicensed driver and having an active arrest warrant.

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