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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:46

June 26, 2013

Without a hitch

DES MOINES, Iowa - A man who robbed a Des Moines area fast food restaurant had an unusual getaway car. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a man entered a Wendy's Restaurant just before 5 p.m. Sunday. He told an employee he had a weapon and demanded money. 

He was given an undisclosed amount of cash, and then fled across a parking lot of an adjacent building. 

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:32

June 19, 2013

All in the family

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say a New Mexico woman who confronted a masked intruder in her home stumbled upon a shocking discovery when she ripped off his disguise - the robber was her grandson. 

KRQE-TV reports that 22-year-old Thomas Clark is facing robbery charges after police say he stole his grandmother's purse during a bizarre robbery at an Albuquerque home. 

According to police, the woman confronted the Clark, dressed in black with a purple bandana over his face, last week when he broke into her home. 

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:27

June 12, 2013

We need a hero

ATLANTA - A masked man and his wife who dress in superhero costumes say they're trying to fight crime by patrolling the streets of an Atlanta neighborhood. 

The man, who calls himself the Crimson Fist, says he feels like a superhero when he dons his mask and patrols the streets with his wife, Meta Data. 

He tells WAGA-TV that he prepares himself for the dangers of the streets, carries handcuffs and wears a 'stun device' that wraps around his knuckles. He checks for car break-ins, cleans up litter and alerts police to suspicious activity in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Atlanta. 

 

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:58

June 5, 2013

Hop to it!

SEATTLE - Some Seattle residents are getting out and hopping with their neighbors. 

They stenciled a 1.8-mile-long hopscotch course on sidewalks through the Central District, and they invited folks to head out Saturday and hop the route. A number of community events were planned along the way. 

Also scheduled: an attempt to break the world record for most people hopscotching at once. According to Guinness World Records, the existing record is 358 and was set in London in 2011. 

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:07

May 29, 2013

Meta-legislating

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Three members of a Michigan city council have abstained from voting on a measure that would have prevented them from abstaining on future votes. 

AnnArbor.com reports that Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock proposed a resolution Tuesday that would have required council members to only vote 'yes' or 'no' on each issue unless they had a financial or professional conflict. 

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:48

May 22, 2013

What a crappy exhibit

MILWAUKEE - An exhibit traveling to the Milwaukee Public Museum this fall concentrates on something few like to talk in depth about: poop. 

The exhibit is called 'Scoop on Poop' and it's based on a popular children's book by the same name. 

It gives visitors an idea of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. It features artifacts, models and interactive exhibits. 

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:47

May 15, 2013

Being neighborly

SEATTLE - Sheriff's deputies say a man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation, and cutting power to thousands of people. 

Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief following the incident Friday. A voice mail message left at a phone listing for the 51-year-old was not immediately returned. 

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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:47

May 8, 2013

Life's rich pageant with gerbils

BEDFORD, Massachusetts - The American Gerbil Society's annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to Bedford, Massachusetts, this weekend for a chance to win 'top gerbil.' 

The competition called for agility demonstrations in which the gerbils must overcome obstacles and race to the end of a course. Breeders of the small animals vie for coveted ribbons based on body type and agility. 

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:47

May 1, 2013

Party of the century

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. - A Tampa Bay-area community is looking for more centenarians to try and break a world record. 

The chamber of commerce in Sun City Center is hosting a Centenarian Birthday Party on March 27. South Bay Hospital is organizing the event and hopes to break the record for the largest gathering of people 100 years old and older. 

The hospital's spokeswoman tells The Tampa Tribune that the current record of 28 was set in the United Kingdom during a 2009 tea party. 

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:48

April 24, 2013

Trial texting

SALEM, Ore. - A judge in Oregon noticed an unexpected glow on a juror's chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial. 

The juror, it seemed, was texting. 

Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves cleared the courtroom and excused all jurors except 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler. 

According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kohler had no explanation for his actions. 

Jurors in Oregon are given explicit instructions at the outset of each trial not to use cellphones in court. 

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