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October 11, 2009 | Lisa Black
At first, an Illinois chiropractor was miffed when he opened a shipment of supplies last week and noticed tufts of fur. Then he spotted a black-and-white cat that had hitched a ride from Texas. "My first reaction was, I didn't know what kind of animal he was, so I closed the box back up," said Brett St. Aubin, clinic director at Chiro One Wellness Center in Woodstock, Ill. The stowaway's collar identified him as Cody, 2. The cat had jumped unnoticed into the roughly 2-by-3-foot box as it was being packed, said Marie Webster of Dallas, whose daughter is Cody's owner.
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December 30, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Two suspected stowaways from Nigeria were found aboard a container ship bound for Los Angeles and taken into custody, authorities said Monday morning. Federal authorities boarded the freighter Zenit about 6:30 a.m. Sunday and detained the two men, who are believed to be Nigerian nationals, said Lt. j.g. Stephanie Young of the U.S. Coast Guard. The men, according to Young, had been hiding in the rudder compartment in the back of the ship. They were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for questioning, Young said.
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January 18, 2008 | STEVE HARVEY
There's always a spoil-sport in the crowd. The other day I wrote what I thought was a feel-good item about a stowaway kitty that rode on the ladder rack of a truck for 20 terrifying miles on the 91 Freeway. Luckily, the driver was alerted by another motorist and saved the animal, named Kinky. So what does one reader ask? How did the animal get that name? Did it have something to do with the feline's personal life? If you must know, she's Kinky because she has a kink in her tail, OK?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A British Airways jumbo jet carrying a young man found dead Sunday in a wheel well at Los Angeles International Airport stopped at Cape Town, South Africa, Singapore and Hong Kong on routinely scheduled flights in the last week, officials said Monday. Federal and local authorities from the FBI and the Los Angeles County coroner's office continued to investigate where the youth -- believed to be 17 or 18 -- boarded the flight and how he died. Official results are expected later this week.
WORLD
January 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Canadian wildlife officials are looking for a brave driver prepared for a 2,200-mile trip to return a stowaway skunk to her home in California. The skunk, accidentally locked in a transport truck, survived a seven-day journey without food or water, but is having a hard time finding a ride home. "We can never give a no-spray guarantee, of course," said Nathalie Karvonen, executive director at the Toronto Wildlife Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Eight Ecuadoreans hid aboard a banana boat for as long as 10 days before they were discovered in Port Hueneme at the end of a voyage from South America, authorities said. Three men were treated for dehydration and three others for frostbite after they were apprehended Monday, said Mike Fleming, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The men carried no identification, and their names were not immediately available.
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April 6, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
After spending 15 days inside a cargo container shipped from Shanghai, 18 men and four women were discovered early Wednesday at the Port of Seattle. The stowaways made the arduous journey in the hopes of finding work here, officials said. All 22 people, said to be in their 20s and 30s, were apparently in relatively good health after surviving the trip in the 40-foot container stacked on the cargo ship Rotterdam.
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December 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Emily the cat is back -- after flying home in the lap of luxury. The curious cat who traveled to France in a cargo container touched down at the Milwaukee airport Thursday, greeted by her family and a group of reporters. A Continental cargo agent handed Emily over to 9-year-old Nick Herndon, son of the cat's owners, Donny and Lesley McElhiney. "She'll be held onto a lot all the way home," Donny McElhiney said.
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June 8, 2005 | From Newsday
Pam Hearne said she heard a "thunk" outside her home Tuesday morning, but she thought it was the usual morning ruckus caused by neighbors loading stuff onto trucks. When she returned home from work, she glanced into her backyard and saw a severed human leg, naked but for the white Adidas sneaker on its foot. Hearne, a special education teacher, said she was "very scared" when she saw the limb.
TRAVEL
February 27, 2005 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
In January alone, five cruise-ship sailings experienced outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses linked to noroviruses, a group that causes acute bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms generally subside in a day or two. Outbreaks on ships get lots of attention, but the incidence of norovirus illnesses also is rising in other places and among the general population, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported recent outbreaks in nursing homes, schools and hotels.
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