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 (AP) - Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company's proposal Monday.

The State Journal-Register reports that the couple has been known as Burger-King since they were in the fifth grade together, in New Berlin near Springfield.

The couple announced their engagement this spring with a photo next to the sign at a local Burger King restaurant. Although a woman's name usually comes first in an engagement announcement, they decided to flip their names.

A Burger King spokesman says the company felt an overwhelming urge to help the happy couple celebrate their upcoming marriage.

The Burger-King nuptials will be held July 17 in nearby Jacksonville.

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A Philadelphia university says it's investigating a respected law professor who allegedly emailed students a link to a pornographic video.

Drexel University professor Lisa McElroy's email last week "erroneously included a link to inappropriate material," said the university.

Drexel says federal law requires the university to investigate all reports of inappropriate behaviors of a sexual nature.

The associate professor teaches legal writing and teaching methods at Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

She's known for her writings on the U.S. Supreme Court and has written several children's books about the court's justices and other officials.

Drexel says an employee under investigation may be put on administrative leave, but wouldn't say if that applies to McElroy. 

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TMZ reports Marilyn Manson was punched in the face at a Denny's restaurant in Alberta, Canada. 

The performer allegedly got into an argument with a man and made a rude comment about the man's girlfriend, which is when the man punched him. 

Witnesses claim the rocker was leaving the restaurant early in the morning with his crew when the fight broke out. 

Police have confirmed that the fight happened, but they haven't confirmed that Manson was involved. 

Three people suffered minor injuries in the fight, but no one is facing any charges. 

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(AP) Authorities say an elderly couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide at their northern New Jersey home had a history of domestic incidents.

Elmwood Park police tell The Record that since 2012, officers had responded to three calls at the home of 100-year-old Michael Juskin and his 88-year-old wife, Rosalia. Authorities believe Michael Juskin killed his wife with an ax as she slept late Sunday, then killed himself in the bathroom with a knife.

Family members say Michael Juskin suffered from dementia.

In March 2012, police responding to a 911 call found him to be unstable and took him to a hospital for evaluation. Another call came in September 2013, when Rosalia Juskin claimed he was harassing her.

The third call came Jan. 13, when Rosalia Juskin said her husband had locked her in the basement in his confusion.

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Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" have been sold at auction for $1.2 million.

 McLean offered the wistful anthem that asks "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?" at Christie's on Tuesday.

The name of the buyer was not released.

The 16 pages include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song. 

The eight-minute-long "American Pie" was released in 1971. It was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972. "The day the music died" refers to the Feb. 3, 1959, deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash.

McLean, a longtime Maine resident, says writing the song was "a mystical trip into his past."

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It's no secret cats like to eat fish, but wait until you hear what happened when a bobcat went fishing in Florida.

A man walking in Vero Beach captured a photo of a bobcat dragging a fresh catch out of the ocean... a four foot shark.

The man says he saw the cat eyeing the water before it lunged in and sunk its teeth into the small shark. 

The bobcat dragged the fish to shore, but was not able to enjoy the fruits of its labor.

The photographer thinks he scared the cat, because it dropped the shark and ran away.

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Mcdonald's plans to put bigger burgers on the menu. The struggling fast-food chain says it's introducing a trio of "Sirloin Third Pound" burgers for a limited time beginning later this month. It's the latest sign that Mcdonald's is pushing to improve perceptions about the quality of its food.  Mcdonald's says the Sirloin Burgers will cost around $4.99, but franchisees can choose to set their own prices.  The chain dropped its Angus Third Pounders back in 2013. 

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The NYPD has begun cracking down on people who sell churros in subway stations, DNAinfo reports.

The website reports that several women have been arrested or ticketed by cops for selling the crunchy pastries inside the city's subway system. One woman told the site that after she was arrested, cops confiscated her churros, took her to a precinct station and snacked on the treats in front of her.

"They take the churros, saying they need them for evidence and that they will return them, but they don't return them," Ana Alvarado told DNAinfo in Spanish. "When they get to the precinct, whoever wants one grabs one, and whatever is left they put in a black bag."

Alvarado, a 43-year-old who emigrated from Ecuador and lives in Queens, says she has been arrested seven times in the last two and a half years, but continues to hawk the snacks to feed herself and her two sons, ages 9 and 12. She said that once she gets arrested at one station, she has taken to moving to another.

"We live running and hiding from police," she told DNainfo. "If I don't work, who is going to feed my kids?"

Several other vendors who spoke to DNAinfo also recalled being arrested or ticketed, with some being hauled away to holding cells for the night.

The NYPD didn't respond to the site's requests for comment, but the MTA says that any commercial activity in the subway system is illegal unless a vendor gets permission from the transit authority.

Vendors charged with selling food without a license can face fines ranging from $500 to $1,000, DNAinfo reports.

Subway vendors are finding themselves in cuffs more often, according to statistics reported by the New York Post. The paper reports that 89 vendors were arrested this year through the first half of March, nearly double the number of arrests over the same period in 2014.

DNAinfo also reports that three churros vendors were arrested last month at the L train platform in the Union Square subway station.

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A world's first for a 100 year-old Japanese woman. Mieko Nagaoka has become the world's first centenarian to complete a 15-hundred meter freestyle event at a masters swimming competition. 

Japan's Masters Swimming Association confirmed her world record of one hour 15 minutes, 54 seconds for the 100 to 105 age range.  

It's Nagaoka's 25th record since she began swimming in her early 80s. She plans on competing in the World Masters Championships in Russia this summer.  

She won her first medal in international swimming competitions when she was 88. Nagaoka trains four times a week and takes private lessons.

Japan has more than 58-thousand centenarians according to government data released last year.

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The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new limited edition "Forever" stamp honoring the late poet and civil rights champion Maya Angelou. But a quotation on the stamp apparently originated elsewhere.

The stamp dedicated Tuesday showcases a portrait of Angelou and includes the quotation: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

Children's book author Joan Walsh Anglund tells The Washington Post the quotation is from her book "A Cup of Sun," published in 1967.

Angelou rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page. She died last May at her Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home at 86.
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