Last Update on November 24, 2015 08:10 GMT
CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) -- Sparty the Spartan didn't go very far. The costume of the Castleton University mascot had been reported missing. But Sparty's get-up has been found in the football stadium of the Vermont school. The Student Government Association bought the green-caped costume last year for $1,700, to replace one that was showing its wear. University spokesman Jeff Weld jokes that "Sparty just needed a break," after entertaining more than 6,000 people on homecoming weekend in late September.
SWIMMING WITH MANATEES
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) -- Swimming with the manatees could get tougher in Florida. Federal wildlife officials want to limit the number of swimmers to 13 allowed in Crystal River's Three Sisters Springs during peak manatee season. The Tampa Tribune reports officials had originally proposed limiting the number of swimmers to 29. The area is a winter refuge for manatees on the Florida Gulf Coast.
WEATHER INSTRUMENT-CAR STRUCK
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The weather forecast? Falling weather instruments. The National Weather Service says a data transmitter fell from the sky, prompting a Philadelphia bomb squad response. The device hit a car after dropping from a weather balloon. Officials say the weather balloon had been launched from the agency's office in Sterling, Virginia. Philly.com reports high winds carried it over Philadelphia about 165 miles away. The data transmitter weighs about a pound. It even has a postage-paid mailbag inside so finders can return it.
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Sleeping on the job has gotten an Alabama man in trouble with the law. Deputies in Lauderdale County say they caught burglar Randall Burch sleeping in a bedroom that wasn't his. Authorities say a neighbor saw a suspicious truck at the house while the homeowner was out of town. The neighbor called the cops. The TimesDaily reports Burch is now charged with burglary and attempted theft of property.