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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities captured a diaper-wearing
    monkey who led them on a downtown search after biting a woman.
    The 20-year-old woman reported being bitten on the thumb as she
    tried to pet the animal early Wednesday.
    The woman was walking by State Street Brats, a popular
    nightclub, where a man had the monkey on a leash inside its beer
    garden. People walking by were petting the monkey, who was wearing
    a white diaper.
    But the monkey bit the woman, who suffered four small punctures
    on her thumb, police said.
    The bite sent the woman to the hospital, where a physician said
    the monkey should be found so that it could be quarantined to
    determine if it has a disease.
    By 7:15 a.m., police found the man and the monkey. But the man
    lost the handle on the monkey before an animal control officer
    arrived and it got loose.
    Police issued a warning to the public of the foot-tall monkey
    with a long prehensile tail: "It is now on the lam, presumably
    still in the State Street area."
    About seven hours later, the monkey was captured and taken into
    custody downtown to be quarantined for 10 days, police said.

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    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - An Eagan man was sentenced to 30 days in
    jail for tearing the head off his girlfriend's pet parakeet.
    Nathan David Andersen pleaded guilty in May to felony animal
    cruelty.
    At Wednesday's sentencing, he was also ordered to pay $177 in
    penalties and surcharges, serve two years probation and submit to a
    chemical dependency evaluation. His probation officer may place him
    a domestic abuse program, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom
    said.
    Andersen, 25, attacked the bird and kicked over its cage in
    November in a jealous rage after suspecting his girlfriend of an
    affair, investigators said.
    Backstrom called the 30-day sentence a significant penalty.
    "This was an extreme level of violent behavior and it was
    perhaps directed at a defenseless animal, but the message was sent
    to (the girlfriend) that he's capable of acting in a violent way,"
    Backstrom said.
    Andersen said nothing at Wednesday's sentencing, Backstrom said.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Slew of 63 kittens dumped at Westchester animal shelter
    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) - Some 63 kittens, stuffed in three
    boxes and beset with fleas, were dropped on a suburban animal
    shelter's doorstep, officials said.
    People training dogs to fight may have used the young cats for
    bait and then abandoned them out of nervousness about attention to
    a recent dog fighting case, Mount Vernon Animal Shelter manager
    Sean D'Aliose said. He said kittens are sometimes used to entice
    dogs to fight because the small cats are unlikely to hurt strike
    back and hurt the dogs.
    The kittens, which range in age and breed, were found late
    Tuesday. Shelter Director Paula Young said some were already
    available for adoption, and the rest would be once they were
    medically ready, which could take up to a week.
    Pet Adoption League of Westchester President Jeannie Johnson
    said she initially worried that it might be "almost impossible"
    to find homes for so many kittens. She and her family were keeping
    a few, and some others were at the shelter, but Young had most of
    them at her home.
    The city is offering a $5,000 reward for information about dog
    fighting rings, after an abandoned, critically hurt pit bull was
    found last week. Authorities believe his injuries stemmed from dog
    fighting.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Spanish thief saw himself as Robin Hood-like bandit
    MADRID, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Spain's most wanted thief, "The
    Loner", saw himself as a Robin Hood-style figure and said he
    robbed banks only because they stole from the public, his lawyer
    said on Thursday.
    Accused of killing three policemen and holding up more than
    30 banks, Jaime Jimenez Arbe was planning to move on to
    insurance companies when he was arrested last month, Spanish
    media reported, citing lawyer Jose Mariano Trillo-Figueroa.
    "I am not a killer and if I was obliged to shoot at officers
    of the law, it was always against my will and in order to avoid
    being arrested," Jimenez said in a letter reproduced on the
    websites of newspapers El Pais and El Mundo.
    Trillo-Figueroa said Jimenez, who robbed the banks disguised
    in a false beard and a wig, thinks of himself as Curro Jimenez,
    a Spanish 1970s television bandit in the style of Robin Hood.
    The Loner was arrested in Portugal, armed with a
    submachinegun in preparation for another bank robbery.
    Citing police, Spanish media reported he kept the money he
    stole, depositing it in several different bank accounts.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Owner selling bricks from New Jersey pork-store gang hangout on
    `Sopranos'
    AP Photo NY118
    KEARNY, N.J. (AP) - The meats and sandwiches are long gone, but
    fans of HBO's "Sopranos" can comfort themselves with some of the
    rocks that made up the facade of the fictional Satriale's Pork
    Store, one of Tony Soprano & Co.'s favorite hangouts.
    The owner of the building is selling the white stones online
    before the structure is demolished next month. A condominium
    complex named The Soprano will be built on the site.
    Building owner Manny Costeira said the 2,000 bricks will sell
    for $25 to $50 apiece, and will include a serial number and
    certificate of authentication.
    Costeira told The Jersey Journal of Jersey City the "silly
    idea" popped into his head. But he also said he's received a few
    angry e-mails from people asking why he's demolishing Tony's joint.
    ---
    On the Net:
    http://www.porkstone.com.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Teen severely burned after he lights fire while stealing gas
    TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) - An 18-year-old man was severely burned
    Thursday after he lit a flame while trying to steal gasoline from a
    riding lawnmower.
    He and another 18-year-old man were in a Town of Two Rivers shed
    early Thursday, trying to extract the fuel from the mower.
    At one point, they decided they needed more light, so one of
    them ignited burning materials, according to Manitowoc County
    Sheriff's Inspector Gregg Schetter. The gasoline then exploded,
    Schetter said.
    One of the men was taken to a Milwaukee hospital with serious
    burns.
    Authorities learned of the theft after responding to a 4 a.m.
    call Thursday of a shed on fire.
    County sheriff's deputies and Two Rivers police officers
    eventually learned of the burned man and connected the clues,
    Schetter said.
    The other man wasn't injured. He was being held in the Manitowoc
    County Jail, Schetter said.
    ---
    Information from: Herald Times Reporter, http://www.htrnews.com

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  • NJFFSA16
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    FOREST, Va. (AP) - A smudge of driveway sealant resembling the
    face of Jesus Christ has fetched more than $1,500 in an online
    auction.
    The family that found the image on its garage floor sold it for
    $1,525.69 on eBay Wednesday, more than a week after the slab of
    concrete was put on sale.
    "I really never thought I'd get any, to be honest," said Deb
    Serio, a high school teacher.
    "It's fun to see what people say and think about it," said
    Serio, who has gotten hundreds of messages from around the world.
    The family has hired a contractor to remove the section of
    concrete. The chunk will be turned over to the winner, identified
    only as "islandoffthecoast."
    An active Lutheran, Serio considers the smudge just an odd
    occurrence - not a sign or miracle.
    "There are some people who need this kind of thing to sort of
    start them on their faith journey. I don't," she said. "That's
    why I don't mind parting with it."

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  • NJFFSA16
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    PHOENIX (AP) - A robber tied up a Boston man so tight, he
    developed gangrene and doctors had to amputate his left hand,
    police said Thursday.
    Bruce Northrup, a 60-year-old chemical engineer, was staying at
    an extended-stay hotel in north Phoenix to volunteer with Habitat
    for Humanity.
    Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said the victim was walking
    away from his rental car in the parking lot of the hotel on
    Saturday evening when a man came up to him and asked him for a
    cigarette.
    Northrup said he did not have any, but the man followed him to
    his room and tied him up at gunpoint, Tranter said.
    After another man and possibly a woman came into the room,
    Northrup was placed in a bathtub and told not to move.
    The robbers stole a computer, checks and credit cards and
    Northrup's rental car before leaving. He stayed in the bathtub for
    24 hours before a maid found him and called police.
    Northrup's bindings were so tight, it cut off the circulation to
    his hands, police said.
    Northrup's left hand was amputated and doctors also wanted to
    take his right hand. They didn't after Northrup pleaded with them
    to wait until a vascular surgeon in Boston takes a look at it.
    Police said the suspects in the robbery remained at large
    Thursday.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Farmer attacks police with muck spreader
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German farmer angry with police for
    trying to confiscate his tractor wrecked three patrol cars and
    evaded capture for seven hours before an elite unit managed to
    arrest him, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
    The farmer, 53, was pulled over by police for driving his
    tractor without a license, despite several previous warnings.
    The officers called in three patrol cars for help before
    asking the farmer to get out of his vehicle.
    He refused, and proceeded to ram the cars with his tractor,
    making full use of its attached muck spreader and hydraulic
    fork. Officers were only just able to scramble out of harm's
    way.
    The farmer then drove into a forest, where he eluded a
    manhunt involving two helicopters and an armored car for seven
    hours.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a baby..
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand couple is looking to
    call their newborn son Superman -- but only because their
    chosen name of 4Real has been rejected by the government
    registry.
    Pat and Sheena Wheaton say they will get around the
    decision by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages by
    officially naming their son Superman but referring to him as
    4Real, the New Zealand Herald newspaper has reported.
    The Wheatons decided on the name after seeing the baby for
    the first time in an ultrasound scan and realizing their baby
    was "for real."
    They decided 4Real was the best way to write it, but the
    name was rejected because the registrar said a name had to be a
    sequence of characters.
    Pat Wheaton said he was considering appealing against the
    decision through the courts, but whatever happens he won't be
    budged on his choice.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Firm sees big impact from enlarging condoms
    LONDON (Reuters) - British condom maker Futura Medical Plc
    FUM.L said on Thursday that results of a study showed its new
    condom helped men have firmer and bigger erections, as well as
    a longer-lasting sexual experience.
    Shares in the company, which specializes in sexual
    healthcare and pain relief, rose 14.5 percent to 59.25 pence on
    hopes the condom, which will be marketed by Durex condom-maker
    SSL International SSL.L, could go on sale next year.
    Futura said the study of 108 healthy couples showed its
    CSD500 condom helped men to get a firmer erection compared with
    a standard condom, increased penis size and made the sexual
    experience last longer, delivering statistically significant
    results.
    The condom has a small amount of gel in its peak that
    dilates the arteries and increases blood flow to the penis.
    Chief Executive James Barder said the study results
    underpinned hopes the contraceptive will start generating
    revenues in 2008.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    It's safe to go back into water, doorman says
    LONDON (Reuters) - It's safe to go back into the waters off
    Britain -- reports of a man-eating shark that have made front
    page headlines were just a great white lie.
    British newspapers reported Thursday that stories they had
    eagerly followed in recent weeks about sightings of a killer
    Great White shark lurking in the waters off Cornwall, southwest
    England, had in fact been made up.
    Doorman Kevin Keeble sparked the media feeding frenzy when
    he sent pictures to his local paper of a shark he photographed
    during a fishing trip to South Africa, jokingly claiming the
    photo was taken near the British surfing resort of Newquay.
    "I didn't expect anyone would be daft enough to take it
    seriously," newspapers quoted him as saying. "I can't believe
    the story went so big."

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Poachers accidentally flag their presence
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Vietnamese fishermen flying a
    Malaysian flag as a decoy while sailing in Malaysia's
    northeastern waters gave the game away by mistakenly flying it
    upside down.
    This is an unusual mistake, because "Stripes of Glory" as
    the flag is known at home, carries a blue rectangle in its top
    left corner emblazoned with a yellow crescent and star, while
    red-and-white stripes alternate on the rest.
    Local fishermen became suspicious, and tipped off fishing
    authorities, who detained 13 crewmen after seizing 500 kg
    (1,102 lb) of stingrays, valued at 6,000 ringgit ($1,737),
    along with a fake fishing license, the Star newspaper reported.
    "We believe the fishermen were in our waters since Sunday,"
    it quoted Munir Mohamad Nawi, a fisheries official in the
    northeastern state of Terengganu, as saying.
    The Vietnamese are expected to be charged with encroachment
    under the fisheries act, and face a maximum fine of 100,000
    ringgit, or two years' jail, or both, if convicted.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    SnakeBit

    Bite from beheaded rattlesnake sends rural Washington man to
    hospital
    PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - Turns out, even beheaded rattlesnakes can
    be dangerous.
    That's what 53-year-old Danny Anderson learned as he was feeding
    his horses Monday night, when a 5-foot rattler slithered onto his
    central Washington property, about 50 miles southeast of Yakima.
    Anderson and his 27-year-old son, Benjamin, pinned the snake
    with an irrigation pipe and cut off its head with a shovel. A few
    more strikes to the head left it sitting under a pickup truck.
    "When I reached down to pick up the head, it raised around and
    did a backflip almost, and bit my finger," Anderson said. "I had
    to shake my hand real hard to get it to let loose."
    His wife insisted they go to the hospital, and by the time they
    arrived at Prosser Memorial Hospital 10 minutes later, Anderson's
    tongue was swollen and the venom was spreading. He then was taken
    by ambulance 30 miles to a Richland hospital to get the full series
    of six shots he needed.
    The snake head ended up in the bed of his pickup, and Anderson
    landed in the hospital until Wednesday afternoon.
    Mike Livingston, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    biologist, said the area where the Anderson's live is near prime
    snake habitat. But he said he had never heard of anyone being bit
    by a decapitated snake before.
    "That's really surprising but that's an important thing to tell
    people," he said. "It may have been just a reflex on the part of
    the snake."
    If another rattlesnake comes along, Anderson said he'll likely
    try to kill it again, but said he'll grab a shovel and bury it
    right there.
    "It still gives me the creeps to think that son-of-a-gun could
    do that," he said.

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  • MalahatTwo7
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    Hmmm.. .He said. She said......


    Exotic Dancer Revives Client During Show
    Dancer, Customer Differ On Who Offered Pills

    POSTED: 5:41 pm EDT August 3, 2007

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- An exotic dancer is credited with reviving a client who passed out during a private strip show early Friday morning, police said.

    Karnesha Nantz, 25, was hired early Friday morning to perform a personal show for Daniel Karpinski, 46, at Karpinski's home on the 400 block of Southeast Evans Avenue in Port St. Lucie, police said.

    According to a police report, while Nantz was dancing, she turned and faced away from Karpinski for approximately 20 seconds. When she turned around again to face him, Karpinski was slumped down on the couch and was having trouble breathing, police said.

    Nantz called 911 and began to administer CPR on Karpinski because he was not conscious or breathing. Paramedics arrived at the home and were able to revive the 46-year-old to the point where he was able to breathe on his own but unable to speak. He was transported to St. Lucie Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

    According to a police report, Nantz said Karpinski offered her prescription narcotics on several occasions while she was dancing for him. Police said they located a bottle of prescription oxycodone at the scene with Karpinski's name on it.

    Robert Vega, with the Port St. Lucie Police Department, told West Palm Beach television station WPBF that Karpinski told police that Nantz offered him an unknown pill wrapped in a towel. He said he took the pill on his own free will and afterward did not remember anything until he woke up in the hospital, police said.

    Distributed by Internet Broadcasting.

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