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  • Child's play (Pete Souza/Official White House photo)

    When you have access to the president of the United States, you want to make a good impression. Or any impression.

    That appears to be the plan of this high-energy toddler, who threw himself on the floor in Magnolia's Deli and Cafe in Rochester as the president sat at a table nearby with a small group of college students, graduates and their parents to discuss the high cost of higher education on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

    Official White House photographer Pete Souza snapped the unnamed boy, whose mother appears to be sitting at another table — and laughing — at the kid’s adorable antics.

    It’s not clear if the president chooses to ignore the child or if he hasn’t noticed him at all.

    The photographer posted to Twitter, “A young boy plays as Pres Obama lunches with college students and their parents in Rochester, N.Y.”

    Perhaps the child wouldn’t be so cheerful if he knew how much his college education is going to cost him in the not too distant future.

    This isn’t the

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  • Baby alligator in bathtub (Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

    Here’s a call police probably don’t get every day: There’s an alligator in my bathtub!

    But that's what they heard on Monday when 67-year-old Sarah Boston called to complain that her son was keeping a gator in her tub.

    Sean Lewis, 45, of Deltona, Fla., who was arrested and charged with poaching, said he got the creature from a female friend several days earlier. He told his mother he would get rid of it after a few days, according to the police report, which was obtained by Yahoo News.

    But when those days came and went and the alligator was still in her tub, Boston turned to the police to have it removed.

    Police noted in the incident report that Lewis said his friend promised to return to retrieve the alligator in a few days and that the alligator was not his.

    However, when the friend did not return, Lewis made the baby gator a home in the tub.

    “The tub was partially filled with water and had a cinder block located in the middle to provide a piece of dry land,” the report said. “A light

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  • Thousands of stray dogs, including the one in this image, are reportedly roaming the streets of Detroit. (AP)

    Packs of wild, abandoned dogs are roaming the streets of Detroit
    , leaving city officials overwhelmed at the prospect of handing an issue that raises both animal rights and safety concerns.

    “It was almost post-apocalyptic, where there are no businesses, nothing except people in houses and dogs running around,” the Humane Society of the United States director Amanda Arrington told Bloomberg News about a recent visit to Detroit. “The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people.”

    Bloomberg reports that packs of the dogs have been spotted in groups as large as 20. In one case, Detroit police officer Lapez Moore said the city’s animal-control unit recently found several of the dogs inside a flooded basement where thieves had torn out the building’s water pipes.

    “The dogs were having a pool party,” Moore said. “We went in and fished them out.”

    But the reality of the situation is more dire than an impromptu animal pool party. Local shelters say they are forced to

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  • Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai
    Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai

    Roger Federer claimed the 84th title of his legendary career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time on Saturday. He had to be pleased with what he had done, he reckoned, even if it was the first time that he had lost in his five finals here.

  • Van Gaal admits Di Maria struggling at Man United
    Van Gaal admits Di Maria struggling at Man United

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confessed that Angel di Maria is struggling to adjust to English football after substituting him at half-time of United's 2-0 win over Sunderland. After a promising start to his United career, following a club-record £59.7 million ($92.2 million, 82.3 million euros) transfer from Real Madrid, the form of the Argentina international has dipped. Di Maria has scored just once for United since the start of October and, after an ineffective first half against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday, he was taken off at the interval by Van Gaal.

  • Soccer-Referee denies sending off wrong Sunderland defender

    By Mark Meadows Feb 28 (Reuters) - Referee Roger East has denied sending off the wrong Sunderland player during their 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United on Saturday. Wes Brown looked aghast when he was shown a red card after fellow former United defender John O'Shea appeared to be the one to foul Radamel Falcao for a 66th-minute penalty dispatched by Wayne Rooney. "From his position Roger East, the match referee, believed he saw contact between from John O'Shea and Wes Brown on Radamel Falcao.

  • Brown red card not mistaken identity - referee
    Brown red card not mistaken identity - referee

    Sunderland defender Wes Brown's dismissal during his side's 2-0 loss at Manchester United on Saturday was not a case of mistaken identity, according to referee Roger East. Brown was shown a straight red card in the 64th minute at Old Trafford after Radamel Falcao went down inside the Sunderland penalty area with Brown and his team-mate John O'Shea in close attendance. It was O'Shea who appeared to have hauled Falcao back and managers and players expressed confusion over what had happened after the game, but Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said East felt that Brown had also committed a foul on the Colombian. "From his position Roger East, the match referee, believed he saw contact from John O'Shea and Wes Brown on Radamel Falcao," PGMOL, the body that manages referees in the Premier League, said in a statement.

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