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Tuesday lasts a wee bit longer (AP) -- by a second.

International timekeepers are tacking a second to the clock to compensate for a slightly slower Earth rotation.

While a leap second is hardly enough time to change daily life, it has been known to affect some computer systems in the past.

There have been calls to abandon the practice of periodically adding an extra second, which has kept computers synchronized with the Earth day since 1972. The last time was in 2012.

A decision by a United Nations agency that deals with telecommunications issues isn't expected until later this year at the earliest.

For now, Tuesday's leap second means clocks will move from 23:59:59 to the odd reading of 23:59:60 before it hits midnight, universal time. That's 8 p.m. EDT.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told reporters that the bottle was shaped like a "pineapple" hand grenade and was in a woman's suitcase.

The building was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and then closed for the rest of the day after a suspicious item was noted in a security screening.

Sheriff's official Jim Knapp said earlier that something "didn't look right" in the screening. A bomb-sniffing dog was brought over, and authorities evacuated the courthouse based on its response.

Neil says that he isn't sure what prompted the dog's response. He says no charges are expected.

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare.

Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday.

But when they arrived in Uniontown, authorities say, Williams refused to pay the bill, and the cab driver called police.

Police say Williams told them he didn't have cash and "his credit card was maxed out for the day."

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1FNmUMj ) reports that Williams was charged with theft of services. He was jailed on $2,500 bail to await a preliminary hearing July 7.

It's unclear where the children are staying.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Williams.

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MOREAU, N.Y. (AP) -- For sale: A 325-acre New York property containing more than 100 structures atop a mountain offering spectacular views. Sleeps hundreds.

And one more thing: It's a former prison.

The economic development office says July 7 is the deadline to submit bids to turn the prison in the Adirondack foothills into a new enterprise.

The state closed the medium-security Mount McGregor Correctional Facility last summer as part of a plan to shut down four prisons because of declining inmate populations.

It's located in the Saratoga County town of Moreau (MOHR'-oh), just north of Saratoga Springs.

Some of the buildings date to 1915, when the site was home to a tuberculosis sanitarium. It was turned into a state prison in the 1970s.

McGregor's dormitories and cells could sleep more than 540 inmates.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Doctors at a Central California hospital have delivered a fourth set of triplets in the last four weeks.

The Fresno Bee reports ( http://bit.ly/1NuYH2N ) Tuesday that the fourth set was born earlier this week.

The newspaper reported that hospital officials confirmed the latest births, but the family didn't give permission to release any other details.

One set of triplets was born the week of June 7, followed by another set June 18 and the third set three days later. All babies are said to be doing well.

A fifth set of triplets could arrive at any time. Doctors are monitoring Stacie Trasoras, who is carrying three girls.

Triplets occur in about 120 of every 100,000 live births in the U.S.

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) -- A Maine woman has pleaded guilty to stealing Christmas wreaths and arrangements from grave sites in a Saco cemetery to decorate her own properties during the holidays.

Saco police announced that 56-year-old Pamela Golarz, of Old Orchard Beach, was fined $950 after pleading guilty to theft in York County Superior Court.

A charge of falsifying physical evidence was dismissed, and if Golarz does not commit any crimes in the next year, the charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer will also be dismissed.

Police say Golarz stole 15 holiday wreaths and arrangements worth a combined $800 from Laurel Hill Cemetery in November and December.

Investigators were led to Golarz by video from a hidden camera installed by someone whose loved one's grave had been victimized. A tip led to her arrest.

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#LoveWins

In a ceremony that confirmed the worst fears of anti-gay marriage advocates the world over, two robots were wed in Japan over the weekend.

Frois, the groom robot, married Yukirin, an android made in the likeness of AKB48 idol Yuki Kashiwagi. Frois, the bulky groom made partially from a trash can, married Yukirin, an android made to look like the Japanese pop star Yuki Kashiwagi.

Guests, who paid about $80 to attend, were treated to a robot-sliced cake and a robot wedding band,

The ceremony was even sealed with a kiss.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City.

It happened at the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

Police say a man in his late 20s and wearing a grey hoodie wheeled into the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. After receiving over $1,200 in bills, police say the suspect then fled westbound on Broadway in the wheelchair.

He remains at large.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster.

The Gulf commercial hub on Tuesday announced plans to add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings.

Mohammed al-Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates' minister of Cabinet affairs, said the project is part of a broader effort by the seven-state federation to embrace cutting-edge technology and make it a global hub for innovation.

"This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3-D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors," he said in a statement.

The roughly 2,000 square-foot office building and furniture used inside will be printed out layer by layer from a mixture of reinforced concrete, gypsum and plastic using a 20-foot tall 3-D printer.

The project is a partnership with WinSun Global, a Chinese company which has begun assembling houses and other buildings made using 3-D printers, and architectural and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.

The Emirati statement said 3-D printing technology has the potential to cut building construction time and labor costs by at least half, and reduce construction waste by 30 to 60 percent. It described the proposed Dubai office as "the most advanced 3-D printed structure ever built at this scale" and the first to be put into actual use.

No details on the timeframe or cost were made public.

Officials plan to use the office as the temporary headquarters of a $136 million "Museum of the Future" announced earlier this year that is expected to open in 2017.

Dubai is already home to a number of fanciful man-made islands, including one archipelago depicting a map of the world, as well as the world's tallest building, the 828-meter (2,717-foot) tall Burj Khalifa.

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Fort Myers, Florida

A DISPUTE OVER WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE PERFECT-LOOKING MANGO... ACTUALLY CAUSED A SHOOTING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

CHRISTOPHER RICHEY SAYS HE WAS DRIVING DOWN THIS ROAD IN FORT MYERS WHEN HE STOPPED TO PICK UP A PRISTINE MANGO THAT HE SAYS WAS IN THE ROAD.

BUT THEN THE HOMEOWNER DROVE UP... WHO - HE SAYS - ACCUSED HIM OF STEALING MANGOES FROM HER YARD... AND THREATENED TO SHOOT HIM.

THAT'S WHEN 64-YEAR-OLD JOSEFINA TOMETICH ALLEGEDLY WENT INTO HER HOME... PULLED OUT A 22-CALIBER B-B GUN... AND SHOT OUT THE REAR WINDOW OF HIS PICKUP TRUCK.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED HER FOR FIRING THE B-B GUN.

IN THE END... RICHEY SAYS HE LEFT WITHOUT ANY MANGOES.

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