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Last Update on Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:05 AM EDT

Netherlands-Marijuana Cafes
Sex and pot won't be going together -- at least not in Amsterdam. Officials in the Dutch city have won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in the Red Light district. Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands. But possession of small amounts isn't prosecuted and pot is sold openly in so-called "coffee shops." But prostitution is legal. Amsterdam's mayor argues that brothels and pot cafes lead to crime. A court ruled in favor of the mayor yesterday, saying he can take action to protect public order.


Ospreys' Nest
If you can't beat 'em -- build for them. That's the view Maryland transportation officials are taking. The state Transportation Authority is considering a nesting platform for ospreys. The determined birds keep rebuilding their nests in front of a traffic camera pointed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Officials have tweeted they're consulting with engineers about building a platform for the nesting ospreys. Crews have removed the nests three times, but the birds keep coming back. The birds have even attacked the traffic camera, which would cost six-grand to replace. Officials say the nesting platform would be nearby, but in a place that would be safer for any future chicks.

Parakeets Stolen
It's a crime wave -- for the birds. Police in northern Virginia report 13 parakeets and six parakeet eggs have been stolen from a Manassas home. It's the second time bird bandits have struck in recent months. Police say two parakeets were stolen from another home in December. A Manassas police spokeswoman says officers are pursuing at least one lead in the latest case and hope to return the parakeets to their owner.

Quick Bowler
Strike! Strike! And strike! No, we're not talking baseball but really fast bowling. Jason Hicks hopes to roll a world's record for the most strikes in a minute. He unofficially tied the mark last month at Michigan's Clio Bowling Arcade with 12. He'll try again next month to earn a Guinness record with 13 strikes. His family owns the bowling alley and he helps to manage it. The Flint Journal reports Hicks will also be raising money for local charities with his record attempt set for May 2.

Cinnamon Clue
A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped to crack the case. But police in Madison, Wisconsin, didn't have to call in the CSI team. It wasn't DNA or even bite marks that led officers to a suspected car thief. Investigators report a car was taken early Monday morning from a hotel. Surveillance video got a glimpse of the suspect, who was seen eating something. An officer found a half-eaten cinnamon roll in the parking lot. Workers at a nearby restaurant described the suspect, who was located with the help of Sun Prairie police.

Restaurant-Bee Swarm
The buzz at Joe's Crab Shack was the bees. When Diane Christoff and her sister left the Savannah, Georgia, restaurant they spotted a swarm of bees in a flower urn. It was Tuesday, Earth Day, and Christoff says she was worried an exterminator might be called. So, she made a beeline to a beekeeper and called Steve Salter. The bees were no big deal to Salter, who has worked with swarms of up to 60,000 bees. The Savannah Morning News reports Salter scooped the little buzzers into a cardboard box. He says the honey bees will join his five hives.



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