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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013

Wed., Nov. 27, 2013, 6 a.m.

Tasing for Dollars 

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Knightstown police Chief Danny Baker has used pig roasts and golf tournaments to augment his department's shrinking budget, but badly in need of $9,000 for a new squad car, he's reprising his most shocking fundraising approach to date: getting shot by...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

This photo provided by Sean McAfee from Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, shows a dead raccoon that McAfee saw with the road dividing line painted over it before he stopped his motorcycle to take the picture on Franklin Rd. in Johnstown, Pa. According to PennDOT traffic engineer John Ambrosini, paint crews know to avoid such animals and usually have a foreman on the job to clear any dead animals off the road before the paint-spraying truck equipment passes by. This crew didn't have a foreman that day, and the equipment was too big to turn around in traffic on the curvy, narrow road so the line could be repainted without the carcass in the way. (AP Photo/Sean McAfee) NO SALES ((AP Photo/Sean McAfee))

Fri., Aug. 10, 2012, 8 a.m.

Crew paints yellow line over dead raccoon

This photo provided by Sean McAfee from Aug. 2 shows a dead raccoon that McAfee saw with the road dividing line painted over it before he stopped his motorcycle to take the picture on Franklin Rd. in Johnstown, Pa JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The "squirrelly"...

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This image provided by KVVU-TV shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near The Strip in Las Vegas. Authorities said calls began coming in early Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near was a real person. A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said the sign is a publicity stunt done in bad taste. A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co. says the sign was not authorized and was being removed. (AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson) ((AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson))

Fri., Aug. 10, 2012, 6 a.m.

Dummy on noose shocks Vegas drivers

This image provided by KVVU-TV shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near The Strip in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson) By MICHELLE RINDELS,Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even by Las Vegas standards, it was a shocking billboard: A...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Fri., Aug. 3, 2012, 6 a.m.

Puerto Rico mayor camps on streets

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital says he will sleep aboard a bus on the streets of San Juan to prove they are safe. Jorge Santini said Thursday that he and his family will spend several nights on a...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Fri., July 6, 2012, 7 a.m.

Ice cream used as excuse in Ark. crash

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — A woman accused of leaving the scene of a minor traffic crash in western Arkansas told police she did it because she didn't want her ice cream to melt. Van Buren police say one vehicle rear-ended another on Arkansas Highway...

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Fri., July 6, 2012, 6 a.m.

Cops: Pa. inmate hails cab from hospital

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies say a western Pennsylvania county jail inmate wearing an orange-and-white striped uniform tried to hail a taxi to escape from a hospital where he was taken for medical treatment. The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/OipJ1g ) reports Tuesday that 23-year-old...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Fri., June 29, 2012, 4 a.m.

9.5 tons of garlic stolen in Austria 

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police did not need sniffing dogs to locate this suspected heist — 9.5 tons of garlic. The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria on Wednesday and found them packed...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Fri., June 15, 2012, 9 a.m.

2 accused of flashing at Ill. golf course

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Two Missouri women are accused of showing off more than their putting skills at a southwestern Illinois golf course. Madison County Sheriff's Capt. T. Mike Dixon says investigators responded to complaints of lewd behavior Monday at the Woodlands Golf Course in...

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Fri., June 15, 2012, 8 a.m.

Tourism tweets tout Sandusky trial

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio tourism board tweet meant to promote a Father's Day deal in the Lake Erie town of Sandusky instead directed followers to news about the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The tweet was...

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Law enforcement officers search the at home of Dr. Timothy Jorden in Hamburg, N.Y., Thursday, June 14, 2012. Jorden is sought in connection with the hospital shooting death of his ex-girlfriend at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday. ( (AP Photo/David Duprey))

Fri., June 15, 2012, 6 a.m.

Nationwide manhunt for NY surgeon

Law enforcement officers search the at home of Dr. Timothy Jorden in Hamburg, N.Y., Thursday. Jorden is sought in connection with the hospital shooting death of his ex-girlfriend at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday. Update from the AP: A body found...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

Fri., June 8, 2012, 10 a.m.

Chicago bank robber cut from air duct

OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said Sunday. Charles Estell, 38, was found early...

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Fri., June 8, 2012, 8 a.m.

Thief steals flag from man in chicken suit

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Manchester, Conn., police are investigating the theft of an American flag from a man in a chicken suit. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/ML9gUJ ) that Eric Didio was waving the flag and dancing outside a newly renovated Boston Market restaurant Wednesday...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Fri., June 1, 2012, 7 a.m.

Drug dealer mistakenly texts police

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a drug dealer mistakenly sent messages to a California central coast police officer in an attempt to sell methamphetamine. The Santa Maria officer notified Santa Barbara County sheriff's detectives about the errant text messages early Tuesday. The officer...

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Fri., June 1, 2012, 6 a.m.

Ohio woman broke into house to clean 

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a woman who owns a cleaning service broke into a house and washed the dishes, took out the trash, and vacuumed before leaving a handwritten bill with her name on it. And police say it might...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

In this image taken from video, Miami police officers stand watch near a naked man, second from right, who was shot dead by a police officer when he refused to stop chewing on the face of the naked man next to him, partially obscured by a railing, on the MacArthur Causeway ramp onto Northeast 13th Street in Miami, Saturday, May 26, 2012. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Police say neither man's identity is known. ( (AP Photo/The Miami Herald) )

Tue., May 29, 2012, 6 p.m.

Gory face-mauling attack shocks police 

In this image taken from video, Miami police officers stand watch near a naked man, second from right, who was shot dead by a police officer when he refused to stop chewing on the face of the naked man next to him, partially obscured by...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Fri., May 25, 2012, 8 a.m.

Roving cows drink Mass. backyard brew

BOXFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police say a roving group of cows crashed a small gathering in a Massachusetts town and bullied the guests for their beer. Boxford police Lt. James Riter says he was responding to a call for loose cows on Sunday and spotted...

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Fri., May 25, 2012, 6 a.m.

Theft victim uploads video of suspect

By DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man whose camcorder was briefly stolen has found a way to get back at the suspected thief: He uploaded to YouTube a video that the suspect took with the camera, a clip in which the man...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Fri., May 18, 2012, 8 a.m.

Swallowed jewel: This, too, shall pass

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Police in Canada say they are waiting for a man accused of stealing a $20,000 diamond and swallowing it to produce the evidence. It has been nearly a week since Richard Mackenzie Matthews, 52, is alleged to have switched a diamond...

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Fri., May 18, 2012, 7 a.m.

NY man shoots friend at his request

STOCKHOLM, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a northern New York man had his friend shoot him in the leg with a rifle because he wanted to know what it feels like to be shot. State police in St. Lawrence County say the shooting occurred around...

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Fri., May 18, 2012, 6 a.m.

Man on bond must write book reports

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A man charged in an undercover sting operation in Northern California that ended in gunfire has been ordered released on bond on the condition that he read and write book reports. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers allowed 23-year-old Otis Mobley...

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Fri., May 11, 2012, 6 a.m.

Naked unicyclist arrested in Texas

KEMAH, Texas (AP) — Police say a man arrested in a Southeast Texas city for riding his unicycle in the nude was distracting drivers and creating a hazard. Kemah police Chief Greg Rikard says 45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley was not intoxicated or impaired when he...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Fri., April 27, 2012, 6 a.m.

Cop bumps into cigarette-buying thief

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan detective can credit legwork, luck and one man's bad habit for his latest arrest. A Traverse City police detective went to a local gas station Thursday to show clerks a surveillance video image of someone accused of stealing...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Fri., April 20, 2012, 8 a.m.

Lawsuit says circumcision 'robbed' man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he'd undergone the procedure and that it robbed him of his sexual prowess. Dean Cochrun, 28, is...

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Fri., April 20, 2012, 7 a.m.

'Baby's momma' call helps nab suspect

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Thanks to a ringing cellphone with an incoming call from "Baby's momma," police in Michigan say they were able to track down a suspected robber. Investigators in Bay City said a cellphone was found on the ground of a convenience...

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