Odd News Roundup
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Hacked Colorado road sign shows support for Snowden

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — A portable, electronic road sign that was supposed to alert drivers to delays on a southwest Colorado road got changed to say something completely different.

For roughly a day, it read, "SNOWDEN IS A HERO," referring perhaps to Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents to reporters. The Telluride Daily Planet received a photo of the sign from a reader.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks says a time stamp on the photo indicates the message was up for at least 23 hours. A colleague turned off the sign Wednesday.

Shanks says someone probably left part of the sign unlocked, allowing for the message to get changed.

Shanks said Thursday she hopes next time someone changes the sign to say "CDOT is a hero."

Snowden has won temporary asylum in Russia. The Obama administration wants him to face trial in the U.S for the leaks.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ex-convict sentenced for sneaking into NYC jails

NEW YORK (AP) — A convicted sex offender who repeatedly used phony correction department credentials to gain entry into New York City jails has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Matthew Matagrano was sentenced Thursday. The 36-year-old Yonkers resident pleaded guilty last month to posing as a correction officer and sneaking into the Manhattan Detention Center, where he mingled with inmates for hours.

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

Matagrano's rap sheet includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse. Police statements released in court report Matagrano said he repeatedly sneaked into jails because the people inside were "nice" and made him "feel important."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Doctor: Ohio man revives 45 mins after heart stops

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who was declared dead when his heart stopped beating for 45 minutes suddenly revived, said his stunned doctors, who can't find an explanation. The man, though, credits his faith.

The presumed-dead diesel mechanic, Tony Yahle, was being prepared by nurses to be seen by his family Aug. 5 when he began to show signs of life, the doctors said. He fully awoke at the hospital five days later, they said.

Yahle, a 37-year-old West Carrollton resident, has been a topic of conversation since, said his cardiologist, Dr. Raja Nazir.

"In the last 20 years, I've never seen anybody who we have pronounced dead ... and then for him to come back, I've never seen it," Nazir told the Dayton Daily News for a story published Tuesday. "Actually, I've never heard of it."

Yahle said at Christ's Church in Bellbrook that a "miracle happened" when he revived. He said doctors couldn't find any defects in his heart. He said his doctors' last guess was that it was all the result of a possible viral infection.

Yahle's teenage son, Lawrence Yahle, said he spoke to him shortly before he revived, the newspaper reported.

"I pointed at him and said, 'Dad, you're not going to die today,'" the 18-year-old said. "I stood there for a few more seconds. I was about to walk back to comfort the family, and that's when he started showing signs of a heartbeat."

The teen said he "went from hopeless to hope in an instant."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ohio State set for 3rd corpse flower bloom of 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A large rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its terrible smell is expected to bloom soon at an Ohio State University greenhouse that already experienced two of the rare blooms this year.

The 5.5-foot titan arum hadn't opened by Friday morning, but the school said it was on the verge. The plants unfurl to reveal a bold, reddish-purple color and release the smell of rotting-flesh.

Sometimes they take years to bloom, if they do at all. The blooms are brief, sometimes a day or less.

Each of the four corpse flowers that have bloomed at Ohio State since 2011 got a nickname connected to the school. This time, the greenhouse is inviting Facebook fans to vote for one of four options: Scarlet, Sloopy, Carmen or Orton.

Online: https://bioscigreenhouse.osu.edu/titan-arum

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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