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One bolt of lighting kills 52 cows

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Lightning struck only once – but 52 cows are dead at an Uruguayan ranch. The newspaper El Pais reports that the cows had pressed against a wire fence during a storm when the lightning bolt struck in the northern state of San Jose.

A photograph released by the San Jose Police Department shows the black and brown cows lying dead in a long row.

The newspaper said Friday that veterinarians at the scene confirmed the cause of the deaths, which happened Wednesday. The veterinarians told the newspaper that cows often crowd around fences to seek protection during storms.

Meteorologist Fernando Torena told the newspaper he wasn’t surprised that a single lightning bolt killed so many cows. But he called it “very bad luck.”

Ohio woman gives birth to triplet granddaughters

CLEVELAND (AP) — Not only has a 56-year-old Ohio woman given birth to triplets, but they’re her own granddaughters. Jaci Dalenberg, of Wooster, carried the babies as a surrogate for her daughter, Kim Coseno. The two identical twins and their sister were born by Caesarean section Oct. 11 at the Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights and are still in the hospital’s care. They were more than two months premature and each weighed less than three pounds.

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A Cleveland Clinic news release says infants and grandmother are all doing well.

According to a Clinic spokesman, Dalenberg offered herself as a surrogate when Kim Coseno and her husband, Joe, were waiting to adopt. The couple used in vitro fertilization, and embryos were implanted in Dalenberg’s uterus.

Fla. woman grows dreads to nearly 9 feet

MIAMI (AP) — Asha Mandela has hair that could rival Rapunzel’s. The South Florida woman who started growing her hair 20 years ago now has locks longer than she is tall.

Mandela has submitted her hair, which measure 8 feet 9 inches long, to the Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Dreadlocks, the first entry in a new category.

It takes one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner every time she washes her hair and can sometimes take days to fully dry after she washes it.

The 46-year-old Mandela says she “used to wash it three times a week. Now I do it once a week. It’s very tiring. Sometimes I don’t have the energy.”

Gas station owner sells diesel for 59 cents a gallon

LYONS, Wis. (AP) — Diesel fuel was on heavy discount at a rural Wisconsin convenience store – just 59 cents a gallon.

That is, until the owner discovered he had left off the other $3 while changing the price in his computer.

Mohinder Singh estimates 50 to 75 customers took advantage of the mistake at his Lyons Shell Plaza last weekend, costing him more than $4,000.

He says he changed the price about noon Saturday, and it stayed at 59 cents until he arrived at 7 a.m. Sunday and saw a warning light indicating the diesel tank had only 200 gallons left.

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Koster knew something was wrong when he filled his pickup’s 30-gallon tank for only $10. He told his father, and his father advised him to make things right.

The teen stopped Monday and paid the full amount.

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