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Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still inside

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:57:51 UT

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Police in western Washington state say they've recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside. Authorities tell KING-TV ( that police in Lacey on Saturday also took into custody one person in connection with the case. Officials say someone stole the Winnebago on Friday evening from the parking lot of a Federal Way sporting goods store. That's about 35 miles (56 kilometers) from where police in Lacey recovered the vehicle.. Police say surveillance video shows a young man with black hair and a red, white and black backpack stealing the RV.

Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:57:38 UT

MOSCOW (AP) — Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle. The monument features a towering statue of Kalashnikov and an adjacent sculpture of St. George fighting a dragon with an AK-47-tipped spear. Metalwork on the plinth of that statue bore etchings of guns, one of which was discovered to be of the StG44 rifle used by Nazi Germany. News reports said the gun images were ground off on Friday.

New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on race

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:47:49 UT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bake sale at the University of New Mexico set up by a nonprofit group to charge students based on race and ethnicity ended after outraged opponents disrupted it. The group, Turning Point USA, set up what it called an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" on campus Thursday with a sign advertising higher prices for Asians and Caucasians and cheaper prices for African Americans and Hispanics. William Witt, a Turning Point regional director, said the bake sale was aimed at generating a conversation about affirmative action programs. "Certain groups get different opportunities than other groups, and we believe it doesn't give equal opportunity," he said.

Batman comic series to feature scenery from Portland, Maine

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:49:49 UT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Holy hometown, Batman! A highly anticipated Batman comic book series will have some locations that might look familiar to Maine residents. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland City Hall, Old Port's cobblestone streets and various red brick buildings will be a part of Gotham in DC Comics' "Batman: White Knight." The artist and writer is Sean Murphy, who recently moved to Portland. He says he was inspired by the city feeling like a "perfect foggy New England town." Murphy says the series centers on a seemingly reformed Joker who runs for City Council and uses his media campaign to blame Batman for the city's crime. DC representatives say the series is one of the top three best-selling comic books for October.

Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:27:11 UT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over. The Denver Post reports ( ) that officer Chris Frabbiele was responding to an accident scene in a large van used by police to investigate crashes when the raccoon landed on its windshield late Wednesday night. Police spokesman Lt. Howard Black says the raccoon hopped off the van after Frabbiele pulled over and stopped it. Images of the raccoon encounter from a van dash camera showed the animal appearing to cling to the windshield after it landed and crouching by the van's windshield wipers.

Sheriff: Stop calling 911, 'body' is Halloween display

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:40:03 UT

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff's office is asking people not to call the agency about a "body" trapped under a closed, blood-stained garage door. That's because the scene at a home in Greene County isn't real; it's an early Halloween display. The Green County Sheriff's Department says it has been inundated with so many calls about the lifelike display that it posted a message Wednesday on the agency's Facebook page to let people know it's not real. "Do NOT call 911 reporting a dead body," says the post, which includes a photo. "Instead, congratulate the homeowner on a great display." Homeowner Joseph Lovergive told WJHL-TV that his family loves Halloween and always decorates early.

Coroner IDs man in Pennsylvania river wearing hospital garb

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:14:05 UT

BIRDSBORO, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a man in hospital garb found dead along a Pennsylvania river had left a hospital against the advice of doctors about a week earlier. The body of 56-year-old Randy Fabian was found still wearing hospital socks and had heart monitor pads stuck to the chest when kayakers saw the body Sept. 16 tangled in branches along the shoreline of the Schuylkill (SKOOL'-kil) River. The Berks County coroner identified the body and said Fabian reportedly left Reading Hospital on Sept. 8. The coroner said results of a Monday autopsy are pending, but it appears Fabian accidentally drowned. Investigators haven't said how or why they believe he wound up in the river.

Cops: Owner taken for ride when test driver leaves with car

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:18:34 UT

DILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a man hoping to sell his car was taken for a ride when a prospective buyer drove away without him and never came back. Police in Carroll Township in York County say the bizarre theft occurred Tuesday night. Investigators say the car's owner advertised it online and met a man interested in buying his red 1995 Acura Integra with a charcoal gray hood. The owner drove the prospective buyer around for a while, then stopped and got out of the car to let the prospective buyer get into the driver's seat. But police say the buyer drove away in the car before the owner could get back in. The car was last seen in Dillsburg on Route 15, possibly headed toward Philadelphia.

LL Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:59:04 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors. The company took its mission to get people outside to a new level Friday by publishing an ad in The New York Times in ink that can only be seen when the newspaper is taken outside and exposed to sunlight. The advertising insert features L.L. Bean's new "manifesto" that reiterates its commitment to the outdoors and underscores the Freeport, Maine-based company's willingness to try new things to get shoppers' attention. L.L. Bean is positioning itself as an outdoor brand focused less on individual pursuits and more on family and friends enjoying the outdoors, whether it's a remote lake or local park.

Utah pumpkin growing champion tries to beat his own record

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:09:37 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who's loved giant pumpkins since childhood is trying to set a state record for the second time with a nearly 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) gourd he's been tending with scientific precision. Matt McConkie, 29, said the pumpkin he's growing for Saturday's 12th Annual Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh Off should beat his own state record set in 2014 — a pumpkin weighing 1,817 pounds (824 kilograms), the Salt Lake Tribune reported ( ). McConkie, a real estate broker, said he started competitively growing pumpkins nine years ago. He bought a patch in South Ogden and started studying the craft. "It goes as far back as I can remember," McConkie said.

Cops: 8-year-old girl helps drive drunken Pennsylvania man

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:33:13 UT

DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911. WPXI-TV ( ) reports the bizarre incident involving 24-year-old Kevin Cook happened on Sept. 3 in Darlington Township, Beaver County. That's where township police say in a criminal complaint that someone reported seeing the child driving and almost wrecking the car twice about 7:30 p.m. Police say the girl stopped the car when another motorist became upset and got out of his car, yelling at her and Cook. That's when the girl told police Cook made her switch seats so he could get behind the wheel before police arrived.

California TV viewers alarmed by apocalyptic emergency alert

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:44:56 UT

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens. The Orange County Register reports ( ) a Lake Forest woman says she was watching HGTV on her Cox Communications cable service on Thursday when the alert flashed across the screen. Video shows the message included the voice of a man warning that "in the last days extremely violent time will come." The newspaper says Spectrum cable customers also got the message. A Cox spokesman tells the newspaper that viewers should have seen a typical emergency-broadcast test but a technical malfunction caused it to go on longer than it should have.

Regresan libro a biblioteca con 78 años de retraso

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:24:17 UT

ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts, EE.UU. (AP) — Pasaron casi 80 años, pero un libro que fue sacado durante la Gran Depresión ha sido devuelto a la biblioteca pública de Massachusetts. La biblioteca pública Attleboro publicó el jueves en su página de Facebook fotos de una copia de “The Young Lady at Home” (“La joven en casa”), de T.S. Arthur. El libro fue regresado esta semana. La fecha de entrega en el sello del forro trasero era del 21 de noviembre de 1938. La subdirectora de la biblioteca, Amy Rhilinger, le dijo a la televisora WPRI-TV que un hombre limpiaba el sótano de su amigo cuando se encontró el libro.

Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:41:03 UT

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — It took nearly 80 years, but a book borrowed during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library. The Attleboro Public Library posted on its Facebook page Thursday pictures of a copy of "The Young Lady at Home," by T.S. Arthur. The book was returned this week. The due date stamped at the back of the book? Nov. 21, 1938. Library deputy director Amy Rhilinger tells WPRI-TV a man had been cleaning out his friend's basement when he came across the book. She says the library staff thought it was "awesome" the book was returned even though it's in terrible condition and can't go back into circulation. Rhilinger says the library isn't trying to collect late fees, either.

Council member gives opponent ABC (already been chewed) gum

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:23:37 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis City Council member has given one of her opponents something to chew over — a piece of chewed gum. Twenty-year incumbent Lisa Goodman took the gum out of her mouth and handed it to challenger Teqen Zea-Aida before the start of a candidate forum Tuesday. Goodman asked Zea-Aida: "Would you take my gum, please?" Goodman tells the Star Tribune she couldn't find any paper to get rid of her gum and was just making a lighthearted comment. Zea-Aida wondered if Goodman was hinting he had bad breath and thought she was offering him gum. Goodman says the challenger "looked at me like I was crazy," and she took the gum back out of his hand. The council member says it was "a simple attempt at humor" and apologized.

Prosecutors: Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:46:38 UT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker apparently spent more than $51,000 of her own money on an online psychic, showed up for work at the Capitol impaired by medication and hid a cellphone from investigators, prosecutors allege in a court filing this week. Rep. Dawnna Dukes is due to face misdemeanor corruption charges at an Oct. 16 trial. She is accused of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for shuttling her daughter back and forth from school. The Travis County prosecutors' court filing this week is intended to inform Dukes' attorneys of allegations against her that will be asserted at trial. She's not facing charges pertaining to the allegations included in the filing.

Police: Shop owner fires warning shot, gets stolen beer back

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:37:34 UT

COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida gas station owner chased a man and fired a warning shot, forcing him to return some stolen beer. Orlando television station WESH reports it was the fourth time store owner Sowann Suy used his gun in defense of his store in the Atlantic coast community of Cocoa. Suy, who's dubbed "Clint Eastwood" by friends, told the station he fired the shot Wednesday after the man took the beers and threatened to beat him up. Records show Suy shot a suspect in the stomach at the store in 2009 and chased off another suspected robber the following year. In 2016, Suy wounded one man and two others were arrested during a botched robbery.

300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high school

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:19:06 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bat infestation prompted a Salt Lake City high school to cancel its after-school programs so school workers could root out the flying mammals. Janitors at the city's West High School rounded up more than 300 bats from Monday through Wednesday, prompting the school to close its doors Wednesday afternoon. Some flying bats were caught in midflight by janitors using butterfly nets. Others were found sleeping in classroom corners. Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen says the high school lies in a migratory bat path. But the number of bats this year was above average.

Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes-in-one in round

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:09:12 UT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school golfer has defied huge odds by recording two holes-in-one in the same round. Parkland High School golfer Ben Tetzlaff tells The (Allentown) Morning Call ( ) he still can't believe the feat, which came during a nine-hole practice round Monday at Iron Lakes Country Club. The National Hold-In-One Registry calculated the odds of the feat at 67 million-to-1. Parkland coach Scott Levan says he missed the first ace, but saw the second when Tetzlaff hit a 9-iron on the 140-yard sixth hole. Tetzlaff had already sunk a gap wedge on the 104-yard second hole. Tetzlaff's career-low round is a 76 he shot at Allentown Municipal Golf Course. He hopes to play golf in college.

In Alaska town packed with cabs, bootleggers give you a ride

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:32:13 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A far-flung Alaska town is known for having streets that are among the most taxi-congested in the U.S. in proportion to the small number of people who call it home. For years, locals knew the cabdrivers as a source for illegal booze in Bethel, which has 58 taxis for its population of 6,200 — one for every 107 residents. State police heard the rumors and launched a two-year investigation that recently led to charges against 18 drivers accused of selling alcohol out of their cabs without a license. At play is a mix of strict liquor laws and cars being unable to reach the commercial hub for dozens of tiny villages on the tundra 400 miles west of Anchorage.