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Weird National Briefs - December 31st, 2013

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That escalated quickly

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office says in a report that deputies found a man covered with blood when they arrived at Helen Williams' North Charleston home early Wednesday. She told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody.

Deputies say the man said Williams was so angry when he returned without beer because stores were closed on Christmas Eve that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest.

Williams was in jail Friday and charged with criminal domestic violence. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer.

TME It's the gritty reboot of 'The Gift of the Magi.'

Potty protest

AUGUSTA, Maine - A toilet protest by an Augusta man angered by the city's decision to flush a proposed Dunkin' Donuts shop in his neighborhood is growing.

David Labbe, a plumber, put five commodes in his yard in October when the city's planning board, backed by his neighbors, rejected a zoning change that would have allowed the Dunkin' Donuts plan to go forward.

The developers were prepared to offer Labbe three-times what he paid for his home so they could tear it down and build the coffee shop.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Labbe's protest has now grown to 28 snow-covered toilets. He says he thinks he can fit 100 toilets in his yard.

His neighbors call his protest childish.

TME Didn't Gandhi do this once?

Doe! A deer!

deer

READING, Pa. - Shoppers looking for post-Christmas bargains have gotten a surprise at a northeastern Pennsylvania sporting goods store after a deer decided to join them.

WFMZ-TV says the deer walked through the front door of a Dick's Sporting Goods store in Reading on Thursday afternoon.

Store manager Brad Meyer says the deer slipped on the floor and a customer tackled it to the ground, preventing any injuries to customers or damage to the store.

The store called the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which arrived and removed the deer. There's no word on where the deer was released.

TME In this economy, you'd think they'd welcome every buck they could get.

Silver lining?

NEW YORK - A New York man who stumbled upon an orphaned $1 million lottery ticket a month after Superstorm Sandy has finally been awarded the prize money.

New York Lottery officials cut 27-year-old Marvin Martinez a check Friday for the winning ticket he found raking leaves last November in the wake of the storm.

A state gaming commission spokesman tells the New York Post an investigation failed to identify anyone who claimed the scratch card was stolen or reported it missing.

Martinez, who immigrated to New York's Long Island from El Salvador six years ago, took a lump sum payment of $779,106. After taxes that comes out to $515,612.

The landscaper, who still lives with his mother in a storm-damaged home, tells the newspaper he'll keep working six days a week.

TME Talk about raking it in.

San Diego smells

SAN DIEGO - San Diego's La Jolla Cove stinks, and the culprit is sea lion poop.

That's according to a lawsuit filed last week by a hotel and restaurant. U-T San Diego reports the suit says the stench is driving away customers and poses a public health risk. It claims the city hasn't acted promptly to deal with the problem.

Alex Roth, a spokesman for interim Mayor Todd Gloria, says the city is working toward a solution.

He says the smell is probably more pungent recently because the sea lions have been snacking on anchovies.

Last year, businesses complained that guano from pelicans, gulls and other birds was raising a stink. The city eventually hired a company to spray a bacterial solution to dissolve the waste.

TME Who says sea lions don't give a crap?

A sweet and creamy sign

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A suburban Phoenix family says their Christmas cheesecake sent them the message of a holiday miracle.

The Arizona Republic reports that when the family in Scottsdale, Ariz., pulled their dessert out of the oven, it cracked as it cooled and formed a crucifix.

The family members, who have not given their names publicly, say the crucifix is a message.

They say they won't be eating the cheesecake. Instead, they plan on selling it and donating the money to a local charity or church.

TME It's no burning bush, but we'll take what we can get.

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