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Police: Man comes to courthouse in stolen car PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:31

SONORA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.

James Manning was taken into custody after police say they received a call from an auto dealership in Redding on Friday reporting the vehicle was stolen.

The 2001 Mitsubishi's GPS indicated it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County courthouse.

Officers found the car, which already had a different set of license plates on it.

Manning's wife, 45-year-old Teresa Castillo, told officers her husband had bought the car earlier in the day for $200 so they could drive to his court appearance.

The 49-year-old Manning and his wife were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance.

They remained jailed on Monday. It could not immediately be determined if the couple had lawyers.


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Man observing alligator in Florida bitten by snake PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:08

A man who stepped out of his car in Alligator Alley to view one of the deadly reptiles was bitten by a poisonous snake.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said the 29-year-old man from Boynton Beach was bitten on the foot by a water moccasin Saturday evening after he and his girlfriend made a stop to check out an alligator at mile marker 49 on I-75 eastbound. The highway is also known as Alligator Alley.

Jachles said officials from the Miami-Dade venom unit responded and an air rescue helicopter from the Broward County Sheriff's Office flew the man to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Fla., where he was stabilized.


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Wayward squirrel blamed for $300,000 in damage PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 08:15

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne community center set to open in June.

Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park last week, causing a power surge that damaged the heating and air conditioning systems and some parts of the boiler system. The squirrel didn't survive.

The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1gf701J ) parks director Al Moll said the repairs will be covered by insurance, minus the department's $50,000 deductible. Crews are working to make repairs so the center can open as planned on June 7.

A nearly $2 million project is transforming the former McMillen Ice Arena into a community center with basketball courts, an indoor track and other activities.

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Man with first name 'God' sues credit rating agency PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 07:08

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.

According to the New York Post (http://bit.ly/1evP6XW ), God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate.

He says an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue.

Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather.

The 26-year-old owns a Brighton Beach jewelry store and is a graduate of Brooklyn College.

He says he has high scores with two other major credit agencies.

The Post says Equifax did not return calls or emails seeking comment.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com


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In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DIDI TANG, Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:35

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors late last month, and it fetched 5,250 yuan ($860).

"Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar," Liang said in an interview. "This is my way to question China's foul air and express my dissatisfaction."

Liang's work is part of a gust of recent artistic protest — and entrepreneurial gimmickry — reflecting widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China, where cities often are immersed days on end in harmful pollutants at levels many times what is considered safe by the World Health Organization. The chronic problem has spurred brisk markets for dust masks and home air purifiers.

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