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 The oldest living person in the world, 117-year-old Misao Okawa, died early Wednesday morning of natural causes, according to the nursing home in Osaka city where she had been living.

The nursing home told NBC News that she had recently started to eat less and was worried about her condition.

Okawa's passing comes a little less than a month after she celebrated her birthday, surrounded by her 92-year-old eldest son and his family, as well as the local media.

When the super centenarian was asked whether 117 years was long or short, she replied "its's short."

Born on March 5, 1898, Okawa helped with her family's clothing business until she married when she was 21 and had 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

She was given the the title of oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.

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A Texas state trooper was ordered to get counseling after he posed for a picture with rapper Snoop Dogg, which the state Department of Public Safety concluded "reflects poorly on the agency," according to documents made public Wednesday.

The trooper, Sgt. Billy L. Spears, was in uniform working at the South by Southwest music and technology festival in Austin last month when Snoop asked Spears to pose for a picture with him, according to a letter from Spears' attorney to the department.

After the picture appeared on Snoop's Instagram account - with the caption "Me n my deputy dogg" - a supervisor drove 80 miles round-trip to deliver the counseling order, which is dated March 24.

In letters to public safety officials and prosecutors, Spears' lawyer, Ty Clevenger wrote that, in fact, it was Snoop's publicist who took the photo, not Spears. And Spears didn't have a clue about Snoop's long arrest record, the letters said. In an online post Wednesday, Clevenger said that's because, "believe it or not, some folks don't watch TMZ or read People Magazine."

Clevenger argues that the action was actually an act of retaliation against Spears for having reported misconduct last year by an officer of a different Texas law enforcement agency.

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Police say a woman who returned items to a Kmart in Racine, Wisconsin also left something else behind. 

49-year-old Melissa Jacobson was arrested on Monday after officers say she snuck behind a cash register at the store and defecated in a box of security tags.

Security footage showed a woman, later identified as Jacobson, doing the deed around 10:30 a.m., and then reaching for paper towels under the counter when she was done. 

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A 28-year-old West Palm Beach man accused of capturing a protected great horned owl and driving around with it while drinking is now facing charges.

The man had posted a video of himself on Facebook holding an apparently stunned or injured owl while driving in West Palm Beach around 2:00 a.m. on March 16, authorities said.

Man Arrested in Attempted Robbery at Jaxson's Ice Cream Shop

The man, identified as Stervenson Benjamin, is charged with violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Federal Wildlife Officer William Calvert served the violation notice on Sunday.

If he is convicted, he could face up to six months in jail, up to a $15,000 fine and up to one year of probation or supervised release.

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An 8-year-old in Tampa named James had a loose tooth. When he watched tooth removal videos with his dad, Rob Abercrombie, the two came up with an idea. They decided to take Abercrombie's Chevy Camaro for a ride. 

They attached James' tooth to a string, and attached that to the Camaro. 

Sure enough, the Tooth Fairy made a stop at their house that night. 

Abercrombie was a professional wrestler, known as Rob Venomous. 

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Where does a company set up the world's largest sperm bank? Why not across the street from the second largest university in the nation?

With more than 30,000 male students, the University of Central Florida has a large donor pool. Cryos is a Denmark-based company that officials say is in the business of preserving future life.

The Vice President says it's the first international sperm bank in Florida. 

Cryos aims to collect sperm and ship it across the nation and to fertility clinics and hospitals in 80 countries around the world. But it can't do that without young men willing to donate for up to $125 each time and other benefits, including free health exams and treatment for three years.

The company says it was attracted by the growing medical city, and hopes to partner with other reproductive medical businesses and the UCF's biomedical programs to arrange for student internships.

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A Nashville prosecutor has been fired after reports surfaced that he made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations in some cases.

Former Assistant District Attorney Brian Holmgren confirmed Wednesday that he was fired from the Davidson County District Attorney's office. He declined to comment specifically on his dismissal, and officials would not say what prompted his firing.

The firing came after The Associated Press reported that the invasive surgery was part of plea bargain talks at least four times in the last five years in child abuse and neglect cases. 

The district attorney has since banned the practice.

Holmgren has been both praised and fiercely criticized for his aggressive courtroom tactics on behalf of children.

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Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of the Beatles' John Lennon has died at her home in Mallorca, Spain. 

A memorial on her son's website says the 75-year-old had been fighting cancer.

Ms. Lennon was Cynthia Powell when she met John Lennon. He was a student at the Liverpool College of Art. She was a studious, proper young lady.

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Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause - his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.

They ruled out several potential causes before stumbling on a reason for the 56-year-old man's kidney problems. He said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts.

The unidentified man went to the hospital last May with nausea, weakness, fatigue and body aches. Doctors determined his kidneys were badly clogged and inflamed by the food chemical called oxalate. 

Besides black tea, oxalate is found in spinach, rhubarb, nuts, wheat bran and chocolate. In rare cases, too much oxalate can lead to kidney trouble, but often there's also a contributing intestinal problem. That didn't seem to be the case for the Arkansas man, and he had no family or personal history of kidney disease.

At 16 cups of iced black tea each day, he was taking in three to 10 times more oxalate than the average American.

Federal studies suggest that, on average, U.S. adults drink a total of 10 or 11 cups of beverages per day - that's water, coffee and all other liquids combined.

The Arkansas case appears to be very unusual, said Dr. Randy Luciano, a Yale School of Medicine kidney specialist who has treated people with kidney damage from too much oxalate.

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Officials believe a teen may have accidentally shot himself at Hadley Park near Tennessee State University.

According to witness statements, Craig Lambert was playing with his cat and handling his gun at the same time when he dropped the gun and it went off on Monday night.

Lambert was shot in the head.

Paramedics rushed the 19-year-old to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition, where he later died. 
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