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 (AP) Police say the 23-year-old son of Bellingham City Councilman Terry Bornemann was shot and killed in an accidental shooting Thursday. His friend has been jailed on investigation of first-degree manslaughter.

Lt. Bob Vander Yacht says Aaron Bornemann and his friend, Masen Potter, were hanging out and handling a handgun together at a home Thursday night. He says the two were "engaging in horseplay" when Potter grabbed the handgun, pointed it at Bornemann's head and pulled the trigger.

According to police, Potter said he thought the gun was unloaded.

Bornemann was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center where he died early Friday.

"All of us are going to feel a lot of pain for the Bordemann family," said Mayor Kelli Linville. "How do we prevent these tragedies.?That is a discussion our community will have."

The 21-year-old Potter was booked into Whatcom County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000.

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ABC is working to bring back The Muppet Show in 2015. The network has ordered a pilot presentation featuring the Muppets, but not many details have been released. 

Entertainment Weekly reports Bill Prady, the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, is co-writing it

with Bob Kushell. The two are also executive producers. 

Prady wrote for The Jim Henson Hour, Muppet Classic Theater, and several Muppet specials.

The original Muppet Show aired from 1976 to 1981. A revival 1996 had just ten episodes.

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A new report says North Korea is recruiting young women to be part of a Kim Jong Un's "pleasure squad."

The South Korean newspaper says the "squad" used to perform for his father, Kim Jong Il. 

The concept would be a revival, since it was disbanded after Kim Jong Il's death. The women were supposedly forced to secrecy in exchange for gifts and money. 

The newspaper says the women worked as entertainers, and made about $4,000. 

The timing of the new "pleasure squad" also coincides with the end of the formal three-year mourning period for Kim Jong Un.

"Pleasure squads" have been around in North Korea for several years. 

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The latest viral tale of a caged bloodsucking chupacabra in Texas has been put to rest, literally and figuratively. 

It all started when a Texas couple caught a critter that they saw eating corn in a tree on their property in Ratcliffe, Texas. Jackie Stock said her husband trapped the animal, which had a hairless back, large claws and countless teeth. That led locals to speculate that it was the legendary chupacabra, a monster that supposedly attacks livestock and drinks their blood.

Chupacabra sightings pop up periodically, over a range that extends from South America to Maine but centers on Mexico and the American Southwest. ("Chupacabra" is Spanish for "goat-sucker.") Usually the monsters turn out to be coyotes or dogs with a bad case of mange. That's the kind of critter that was repeatedly sighted in the Houston area earlier this year.

The Ratcliffe Chupacabra is unusual, in that experts eventually made it out to be a mangy raccoon rather than a coyote (or a chupacabra, for that matter). 

Texas Parks and Wildlife has taken no enforcement action and plans no further investigation. "Our agency does not believe chupacabras exist anywhere but in the imaginations of some," spokesman Mike Cox told NBC News.

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(AP) - Czech police say they have seized a record amount of cocaine in a shipment of bananas for a supermarket.

Barbora Kudlackova, spokeswoman for the police anti-narcotics unit, says more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of cocaine was packed among the bananas.

Kudlackova said Friday it was a random find and that the seizure has a street value of some $40 million.

Kudlackova confirmed that the seizure was bigger than the country's previous record of 117 kilograms (258 pounds) in 1999, but did not provide an exact weight for the latest seizure.

Police said it would be inopportune to disclose any other details given the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Similar seizures have been made in recent years in Denmark and Germany.

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A man survived a shark attack near Jupiter Inlet in Florida, likely from one of the most dangerous sharks in the world.

The man was reportedly spear fishing nearly three-miles offshore when the shark attacked.

The man told first responders he believes it was a bull shark that bit him in the chest.

The bull shark has teeth made for shredding flesh, but the man is expected to be ok.

Witnesses describe rescuers bringing the man back to shore... with a significant amount of blood on his wet suit.

He's now at Saint Mary's Medical Center in stable condition.

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The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, will restart this weekend.

Teams of scientists are completing final tests on the collider after a non-specified problem delayed the restart at the end of march.

The device is located in a cavern 330 feet below the ground below a small Swiss village. 

It consists of a 16-mile ring of "superconducting'' magnets with accelerating structures that boost particles as they make their way down the tunnel.

It was started in 2008 by the European Organization for Nuclear Research or CERN.

It was responsible for one of CERN's most important feats -- the 2012 discovery of the long-sought Higgs Boson, nicknamed the "God Particle.'' 

It received such a name for its ability to give mass to most elementary particles, making it responsible for the creation of stars, planets, and life itself.

The particle collider was shut down in 2013 for a two-year period during which its entire ventilation system and over 62 miles of cables were replaced. 

The upgraded collider will run at an even higher speed than before, and is expected to hit its highest collision energy by June.

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A statue of TV icon Lucille Ball in the actress's home town is upsetting the people who live there. 

People in Celoron, New York say the statue is frightening to look at, and they want it gone.

They say it looks nothing like the beautiful comedian -- but more like a ghost of her.

People have now started a Facebook campaign called "We Love Lucy! Get Rid of the Statue" and it has almost 2,000 likes.

Even the mayor of Celoron is getting into the statue debate. He says getting the original artist to re-do the statue would be too expensive - upwards of $8000.

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(AP) - Officials near Daytona Beach say a central Florida man who was found dead at a landfill had apparently been sleeping in a trash bin.


The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday that 51-year-old Ronald Lantery had been asleep in a recycling bin and was crushed to death when the container was emptied into a truck.

The truck then made the delivery to the county landfill.

Lantery's body was found Wednesday at the Tomoka Farms Road Landfill.

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