May 7th, 2012
02:19 AM ET

Mystery pelican deaths prompt beach warning in Peru

Peru's health ministry is asking people to avoid beaches in Lima and north of the capital until officials can determine what caused the deaths of hundreds of dolphins and pelicans.

Last month, the country's production ministry said the authorities were investigating the deaths of more than 538 pelicans, and other birds, on the northern coast.

State-run TV Peru estimated that as many as to 1,200 birds have been found dead along the 100 miles (160km) of northern shoreline extending from Punta Negra, in Piura, to San José, in the state of Lambayeque.

That discovery came after close to 900 dolphins washed up dead on the northern coast of Peru this year.

The investigation into the deaths of both the dolphins and the birds is ongoing, and it is not clear whether they are connected.

The health ministry advised anyone who might handle any of the dead birds to wear protective clothing, such as gloves and masks.

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May 7th, 2012
02:18 AM ET

Paralyzed football player signed to Bucs hopes to change the world

Even though it's symbolic and "there's no money involved," Eric LeGrand told CNN over the weekend that he's thrilled to be on the roster of an NFL team.

The former Rutgers defensive tackle, who was partially paralyzed in 2010 when he injured his spinal cord during a game, was signed to the 90-man offseason roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

"This was a dream come true for me. I always wanted to go to the NFL - that was my career goal in life," LeGrand told CNN's Don Lemon on Sunday. "Circumstances dictated it differently, but I can at least say I'm there now. I'm on a team. I'm on a roster."

The Bucs are coached by ex-Rutgers coach Greg Schian, who helped shepherd LeGrand through the dark days following his injury.

"He's been there since day one making sure I had the best doctors, best surgeon, best hospital, best everything," LeGrand said. "Everything around me was just so positive and there was no negativity around me. That's what kept me going in the beginning - that first month - when I really didn't know what was going on, what was happening in my life."

LeGrand, who collided with an Army kick returner while making a tackle on October 16, 2010, was initially paralyzed from the neck down. At the hospital, medical personnel told him he'd be a quadriplegic and would need a respirator for the rest of his life.

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May 7th, 2012
02:16 AM ET

Historian guilty of stealing documents worth millions to learn fate

A self-styled historian who claimed to have moved among presidential circles is expected to be sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to stealing historical documents worth well over a million dollars.

Barry Landau, 63, of New York admitted guilt in a Baltimore federal court in February to charges of conspiracy and theft of historical documents.

Prosecutors said he stole from museums in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

After Landau was arrested in July, a search of his New York home turned up more than 10,000 documents.

More than 4,000 have been traced to items taken from libraries and repositories.

The documents include signatures of George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

Other documents were signed by Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Karl Marx and Sir Isaac Newton.

Laundau and a young researcher, Jason Savedoff, 24, admitted visiting numerous museums with the intent to steal valuable documents during 2010 and 2011.

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