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Detectives search Bieber home in egg-tossing case PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:13

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Detectives searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said Tuesday.

Roughly a dozen investigators searched Bieber's home and arrested one member of the singer's entourage on suspicion of drug possession, Lt. David Thompson said.

The drug, which was initially described as cocaine but was later being tested to determine its contents, was in plain sight when detectives searched Bieber's house, Thompson said.

The arrested man was later identified as Lil Za, a rapper whose real name is Xavier Smith.

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New Year's revelers destroy Alaska Internet link PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 10 January 2014 16:27

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A New Year's tradition has left residents in one Interior Alaska community off the grid.

The traditional way to ring in the new year is to shoot off guns at midnight on Jan. 1 in the community of Tanana, located about 150 miles west of Fairbanks.

But this year, one or more revelers with .410-gauge shotguns shot out one of the town's main fiber-optic cable lines used for both Internet and TV. A handful of customers lost service as a result. The cable was strung about 20 feet high, and had more than a dozen pellet holes in it, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://is.gd/CPJKuZ) Friday.

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Texas firefighter uses beer to put out tire blaze PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 10 January 2014 07:37

HOUSTON (AP) — An off-duty Houston firefighter made the best of his resources when trying to put out a truck tire fire: He used beer the rig was hauling.

Fire Capt. Craig Moreau and his wife were driving home Monday night after a trip to Austin when they came upon an 18-wheeler on fire. Moreau and the trucker, whose brake problems started the fire, tried using a small extinguisher.

Moreau says he thought the fire was out, but then noticed the blaze had flared up after crawling under the truck to check.

The firefighter then asked the driver what he was hauling. When he learned it was beer, he had his solution.

Both men began shaking and spraying cans of beer on the blaze, and the fire went out.

No injuries were reported.


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Judge hears claims on Renoir painting's found at flea market PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 10 January 2014 07:26

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments on whether a napkin-sized painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir should go to a Baltimore museum or a Virginia woman who says she bought it at a flea market for $7.

Marcia "Martha" Fuqua had planned to sell the painting at auction, but the sale was canceled after the Baltimore Museum of Art said the painting was stolen more than 60 years ago. The FBI seized the painting in 2012 and has held it while the court sorts through competing claims.

Fuqua's story that she bought the painting in 2009 has since been contradicted by others.

The museum says it's the rightful owner no matter how Fuqua acquired it. Fuqua says the museum's documentation of the theft is legally inadmissible.

Arguments are scheduled for Friday morning.


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Man crashes into gas station, steals banana PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:54

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Call it the case of the banana-eating bandit.

Police in Connecticut say they're looking for a man who smashed his vehicle into a gas station in Newington, swiped a banana from a shelf and ate it before leaving early Wednesday morning. Nothing else was taken.

The store's surveillance video shows a Ford Freestyle with Connecticut license plates backing repeatedly into the store and breaking the glass doors, which set off the burglar alarm at about 2 a.m.

The man was gone before police arrived.

Authorities describe him as a black man who was wearing a brown hat, dark jacket and dark pants. Police say the station wagon has damage to the driver's side taillight and rear bumper.


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