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Stowaway kittens that were found inside a 60-foot steel column. At top, Aaron Stice is reunited with Kkeaton in San Antonio.

Ex-military trainer, retired canine partner reunited

SAN ANTONIO — A former military dog trainer and his now-retired canine partner have been reunited in an emotional encounter in Texas.

Aaron Stice was a corporal in the Marines when he last saw the Belgian Malinois named Kkeaton in October at Camp Pendleton in California.

Stice is now a civilian trainer at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and wanted to adopt the explosive-detecting dog that he'd worked with for several years. The nonprofit group American Humane made Tuesday's reunion possible in San Antonio.

Kkeaton's name has special meaning. Stice served in Afghanistan with Cpl. Keaton Coffey of Oregon, who was killed May 24, 2012. The dog was born days later in a breeding program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and named for the late Marine. - AP

Meows from column alert crew to kitten stowaways

SAN DIEGO — Five kittens that stowed away on a 400mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes.

The San Diego Humane Society said the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego. On April 24, construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from the column.

They tilted the column and the week-old kittens slid out. It's unclear whether the stowaways came aboard in Hayward or along the route.

The kittens will be ready for adoption in a couple of months. They've been given appropriate construction names: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.— AP

$5,760 mistake: Bottle of wine is served accidentally

LONDON — A British restaurant has given some customers an unexpected treat, accidentally serving them a $5,760 bottle of red wine.

The Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter that it hoped the diners "enjoyed your evening" after getting the 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol instead of the $333 bottle of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2001 they had ordered.

A restaurant spokeswoman said "it was a very busy night" and "a very simple mistake" by a staff member who picked up the wrong bottle of Bordeaux. — AP

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