Russian crew saves 300 cats from burning shelter

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian emergency workers rescued hundreds of cats and several dogs from a fire that engulfed an animal shelter.

The Emergencies Ministry said its team quickly responded to Friday's fire on St. Petersburg's Vasilyevsky Island, evacuating 300 cats and seven dogs from the shelter. It didn't specify whether any other animals at the shelter were hurt.

The ministry said it took 2½ hours for 37 emergency workers and 10 engines to extinguish the blaze. — AP

Street outside NASA HQ is now 'Hidden Figures Way'

WASHINGTON — The street outside NASA's headquarters has been renamed "Hidden Figures Way" to honor the African American women who served as "human computers" in the effort to send humans to the moon.

Dignitaries including D.C. officials, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas gathered Wednesday in Washington to unveil the new street sign, news outlets reported.

"Hidden Figures" author Margot Lee Shetterly and the families of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson also attended. Shetterly's 2016 book details the women's struggles as they crunched numbers at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in the precomputer age. Johnson, now 100, is the last of the three women still living.

Cruz sponsored the Hidden Figures Way Designation Act. — AP

Hundreds help 89-year-old vet after Uber driver's plea

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — An Uber driver has rallied her community in Georgia to care for an 89-year-old veteran she met on the job.

Lauren Mulvihill took Ronald Dembner home from the hospital this month and learned that he has no surviving immediate family, news outlets reported. She walked him inside his house and found it in disrepair. She asked if anyone checks up on him, and he said no.

Then she took action: She started cleaning and fixing his home herself, and then posted a plea on Facebook, getting hundreds of responses from people willing to volunteer. They even helped care for his dog.

Nearly $3,000 has been raised for Dembner, who said he's incredibly grateful. — AP

Air near wastewater plant now smells like vanilla

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — The air is a little sweeter now that a Mississippi Gulf Coast community is spraying a vanilla scent to mask the odor of its wastewater treatment plant.

More than two dozen machines recently started blowing scented mist into the air 19 hours a day at the Pascagoula-Moss Point wastewater plant.

The owner of a boutique near the plant, Gerrie Hicks, told WLOX-TV that she previously noticed a "foul odor" lingering in the air. She said that now it's possible to sit outside or walk around downtown Pascagoula without being bothered by the smell.

Utility representatives visited Gulf Shores, Alabama, and studied the scent-sweetening system there before installing one in Pascagoula. — AP

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