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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:08

Weird National Briefs (03-23-2016)

Bunny brawl

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Video posted on social media shows a man dressed as the Easter bunny exchanging punches with shoppers at a New Jersey mall.

The video was posted on Twitter around 5:40 p.m. Sunday and shows a chaotic scene in a section that was set up to take photos with the Easter bunny at the Newport Mall in Jersey City.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:46

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Taking a toll

FORT LEE, N.J. - Police say a truck driver used fishing line to flip his license plate in a bid to avoid paying tolls into New York City.

A police officer says he saw 41-year-old Javier Marte of Yonkers, New York, drive through a George Washington Bridge electronic toll lane without the toll registering on Wednesday night.

Police stopped his truck and found a fishing line rigged from the cab to a hinge on the front license plate. They say the line could flip the plate out of view going through the toll plaza. They also say the rear license plate was bent up to defeat security cameras.

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 09:09

Weird National Briefs (03-09-2016)

Something's fishy

HELSINKI - Norwegian police have bigger fish to fry so they've allowed a fellow officer to take home a goldfish that had been waiting for its rightful owner in a jam jar at the local police station.

Bodo Police spokesman Tommy Bech says investigators 'were very close to solving' the case of the lost goldfish, found abandoned Saturday in a shopping bag at a soccer stadium in the northwestern town.

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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 06:58

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Two great tastes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Two Albuquerque Girls Scouts have picked an unusual spot to sell Girl Scout cookies _ a marijuana dispensary.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports a Junior Girl Scout and a Brownie set up shop Saturday outside medical marijuana dispensary Ultra Health and sold more than 60 boxes.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 07:09

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Barely moving

BATON ROUGE, La. - Authorities have arrested a naked man who they say drove into a chemical plant site and led deputies on a slow-moving chase.

News outlets report that deputies arrested 38-year-old Charles Cooper on Sunday on counts including obscenity and flight from an officer.

According to an East Baton Rouge Parish report, Cooper pulled into the grounds of the Formosa Plastics chemical plant in Baton Rouge wearing only socks and a T-shirt. Deputies say he screamed for someone to help him, claiming there was someone else inside the vehicle. The report says no one else could be seen in or around his SUV.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 07:55

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For the birds

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A New Mexico city in cracking down on people feeding pigeons.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that the Carlsbad city council recently approved an ordinance that bans residents from feeding or providing environments that attract the birds.

The city says the ordinance will help eliminate some of the health risks associated with pigeon droppings.

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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:35

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Tunnel of love

SITKA, Alaska - Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an 'elaborate tunnel system' dug underneath a trailer home in Alaska.

The tunnels narrowed as officers walked further in, forcing them to trudge through on their knees and then on their stomachs. Police in the city of Sitka say they eventually spotted Jeremy Beebe's foot sticking out of another hidden entrance, catching him after an officer pulled back the skirting around the trailer.

Police Lt. Lance Ewers said Beebe, 42, had failed to report to the police department on Jan. 12 after he was sentenced to nearly two years in prison, the Sitka Sentinel reported.

Acting on a tip, officers staked out a trailer park Wednesday and saw Beebe heading in to one of the units. A woman who answered the door said Beebe was not there.

Police then used a battering ram to get through a plywood door they found on the outside of the trailer, which led to the tunnel system.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:07

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Not so wily

VALPARAISO, Ind. - A coyote has returned to the wild after getting stuck in a vestibule at a Kohl's department store in Valparaiso.

Authorities were called to the store at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the coyote entered the first set of doors and employees locked a second set of doors, trapping the animal in the vestibule area.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 20:10

Weird National Briefs (01-20-2016)

Dumping a take

DALLAS - Police say a man has been arrested after using a dump truck to steal an ATM outside a Plano bank and leading authorities on a chase to Hutchins.

The Dallas Morning News reports that 63-year-old Larry James Jackson is charged with theft and evading arrest or detention.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:06

Weird National Briefs (01-13-2016)

Airport hiss-teria

BANGKOK - Bangkok's main international airport has issued an apology after a snake was found on a luggage cart in the arrival hall and startled passengers.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport, built on land previously known as 'Cobra Swamp,' said it would like to 'apologize for the incident that frightened passengers' on Sunday.

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