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Weird National Briefs - 11/19/14

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Cash for cuddles

PORTLAND, Ore. - The cuddling business has been so good for Samantha Hess she's hired three women and opened a shop in Portland offering platonic touching sessions.

Hess tells KPTV business has taken off at her Cuddle Up To Me shop.

When she started the business last year, Hess would meet clients at locations of their choosing.

The shop has four rooms. Cameras record the sessions for safety. An hour of cuddling costs $60.

TME That's one entrepreneur that has learned to embrace opportunity.

Range, range on the home

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Two men are facing charges after they were accused of target shooting in the basement of a Colorado Springs home.

Police say they responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired inside the house on Saturday. Officers say as they approached the house they heard more shots and noticed the front door was open.

Officers say when they got inside they found two men taking turns shooting at glass bottles.

Christian Clark and Codie Leslie were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of weapons and reckless endangerment. No injuries were reported.

TME If shooting bottles in a basement is wrong, we don't want to be right.

The Voting Dead

LEE TOWNSHIP, Mich.- Dale Hopfinger ran into a problem while trying to vote in Michigan: He was told he was dead.

An election worker even told him that local records listed the date of his demise as Sept. 25. After some persuasion, Hopfinger says officials finally allowed him to cast a ballot last week in Lee Township.

Hopfinger tells WNEM-TV he's been working to figure out what happened, and that the Social Security Administration told him it was likely a clerical error. The 48-year-old said he plans to visit a Social Security office in Bay City on Friday to try to settle the issue.

The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from the Lee Township clerk.

TME We assume he voted for Kennedy.

Chain (saw) of fools

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.- Police say a Florida man stole a chain saw by sticking it down his pants.

Surveillance video from Treasure Coast Lawn Equipment in Port St. Lucie shows the man putting the tool worth more than $600 down his pants on Oct. 28.

Police tell Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Anthony Ballard had come in asking for $1 worth of change.

Police say employees chased Ballard, who ditched the tool in a wooded lot. The employees called 911 when they saw Ballard return to look for it.

Ballard told police he stole the tool but had a change of heart and wanted to return it.

He was held Thursday on grand theft and burglary charges. Bond was set at $28,750. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

TME Talk about overcompensation.

Fowl misfortune

SAN RAMON, Calif.- A tractor-trailer has overturned and spilled about 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph Azevedo tells KNTV that the semi-truck driver took an Interstate 680 off-ramp in San Ramon too quickly around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the truck's trailer flipped on its side.

The truck also spilled an estimated 40 gallons of diesel fuel, snarling traffic for hours during the morning commute.

The driver had minor injuries, and a passenger was not hurt.

It wasn't clear what will happen to the boxed turkeys that landed on the road about 40 miles east of San Francisco.

The turkeys were headed to a wholesale distributor, who was going to deliver them to a big-box retail store.

TME As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could drive.

Meanwhile, in Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska- An underwear bandit is actively stealing women's undergarments in Kodiak, Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers say there's been a rash of burglaries reported lately. People have returned to their homes to find items - mostly women's underwear - missing.

Fisherman Hannah Clark tells Kodiak radio station KMXT that she began noticing items had been moved around in her home when she returned from fishing trips last summer. But she didn't connect those incidents to her missing underwear until she heard the news Wednesday.

Clark says she can't believe 'there's an actual underwear bandit.'

Clark jokes at least the thief has good taste after taking her recent $150 shipment from Victoria's Secret.

Troopers refuse to release details since it's an ongoing investigation. But they remind people to lock their homes.

TME Worst. Batman villain. Ever.

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