NHS hospitals appear to be making more money than ever from parking fees. A report from the Press Association says hospitals in England collected more than £120m last year - up by 5%. Many trusts defended the charges, saying the money was put back into patient care or maintaining car parks. But the chief executive of the Patients Association said it was unfair that hospital parking in Wales and Scotland was largely free, while patients in England had to pay. Of the 120 trusts asked by PA, 89 responded to the Freedom of Information request on the charges.
Wandering aimlessly in search of your parking spot could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the latest update to Google Maps. Absent-minded drivers can now easily pinpoint their car and find the best way to get back to it, using the app on their smartphone. And the new feature also provides a countdown timer and notifications, which could mean drivers return before landing a fine. The parking tool was previously available for testing as part of a raft of new tools in Google Maps v9.49 beta. But it is how now gone public, with an update to the Android and iOS app available from today.
Shoppers in Alaska were treated to a rare sight Tuesday when a moose gave birth outside a Lowe's hardware store. Anchorage police contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game about the moose and its baby, Ken Marsh, a wildlife official, told KTVA-TV. Marsh said the staff was ready to assist security if needed. Katherine Warren, one shopper, alerted security at the Tikahtnu Commons when she spotted the pair while shopping with her family. Security created a barrier around the moose and blocked a section of the store-front driving area.
Shoppers got a big scare at a Walmart in Arkansas after somebody dumped dozens of snakes in the parking lot over the weekend, police said. "After we got one of our officers who is apparently some sort of snake whisperer, we learned that they are non-venomous garden snakes," Paragould Detective Jack Hailey told KAIT. Dozens of slithery surprises found in Walmart parking lot https://t.co/ua2e59KQbp Hailey said it appeared that someone collected the snakes -- as many as 40 of them -- and dumped them in a pile in the parking lot Sunday night. "They were collecting them for this reason, and I don't think that was the best thing to do at all," he added.