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June 29, 2014

In other news

Bear falls through skylight, eats birthday cupcakes

A young bear fell through the skylight into the living room of a suburban Juneau, Alaska, home last week during a baby’s first birthday party. Guests had yet to arrive, and the family watched as the bear shook off the fall and ambled over to a table fill with cupcakes and devoured them. The father opened the back door and shooed the bear out, but when it tried to come back in, he pepper-sprayed it and called 911. A half hour later, a bear believed to be the same one walked into another occupied home and had to be shot by police. — USA Today

Pub burglar’s loot stolen as he went back in for more

David Douglas Greaves, 43, made off with two cash tills and three plasma TVs from The Railway pub in Accrington, England. However, Greaves soon fell victim to thieves himself after the items were pinched from a neighboring car park where he had stashed them while he went back for more. Security cameras showed Greaves with a “look of confusion” when he came back out and found the items missing. — Accrington Observer

Senate Democrats skittish on voting

A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber’s modest productivity this election season to a near halt. With control of the Senate at risk in November, leaders are going to remarkable lengths to protect endangered Democrats from casting tough votes and to deny Republicans legislative victories in the midst of the campaign. The phobia means even bipartisan legislation to boost energy efficiency, manufacturing, sportsmen’s rights and more could be scuttled. —

Obamacare: Massive backlog stalls Medi-Cal expansion

A mountainous backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, but California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared. The California Department of Health Care Services first reported 800,000 pending applications in April. A month later, that number had grown by 100,000 and has not budged much since. As the state works through older applications, new ones continue each day to enter the system, which has been plagued by computer glitches and inefficient procedures for verifying applicants’ personal information. — San Jose Mercury News

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