Pelicans crash California graduation, 1 lands on red carpet


MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A pair of pelicans majoring in curiosity crashed a graduation ceremony at Pepperdine University in Malibu.

The brown, dive-bombing birds joined the class of 2018 on Saturday as graduates were receiving diplomas on a lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

A video shows one of the big birds landing among seated observers who managed to toss it back into the air, only to have it land on a red carpet at the center of the ceremony.

One bird snapped its long beak at the hand of an official who tried to grab it.

Eventually both birds were shooed away and waddled off.

Sleeping black bear comes down from tree near home

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A black bear that was spotted sleeping in a tree near a New Jersey home has come down.

The Paramus (puh-RAM’-uhs) Police Department wrote on its Facebook page Monday night that officers were unable to capture the bear. They say it was last seen wandering through the neighborhood.

Earlier in the day, animal control workers used noisemakers to try and wake the 200-pound (90-kilogram) bear and chase it out of the tree.

Animal control officer Carol Tyler told NorthJersey.com that the young bear likely was attracted by the smell of food.

Police are warning residents to stay away from the bear if they see it and call 911. Police say officers will be making extra checks of the area.