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ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ Deer, not deuces, are wild at Presque Isle Downs and Casino, and the racetrack is making changes to get its horses back in the starting gate.
Officials plan to resume racing on Wednesday after canceling some races Sunday and all the races Monday and Tuesday because deer were jumping onto the track and creating a dangerous situation.
To help resolve the problem, the track planned to remove nearby bushes and trees in an attempt to keep the animals at bay. Also, officials planned to raise the fence around the track, and to start the program a few hours earlier, at 3:05 p.m. The time change is to avoid racing at dusk when deer become more active.
A deer ran in front of horses during Sunday's fourth race. Four later races were canceled that day. The track holds races Sunday through Thursday.
"We're taking this very seriously," said Jeff Favre, casino vice president and general manager. "The last thing we want is a jockey or horse to get hurt due to deer."
Sunday wasn't the first time deer had interrupted a race, and jockeys said they were becoming concerned. Five deer interrupted a race June 22, prompting officials to cancel the final five races that day.
"This is a very troubling situation," said Heriberto Rivera, East Coast manager for the Jockey's Guild. The union represents more than 1,300 retired and current U.S. jockeys.
"You can't have animals weighing hundreds of pounds crossing in front of you when you're going 35 to 40 miles an hour," Rivera said.
Presque Isle Downs officials announced the changes after consulting with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission and the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

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People in Australia have spotted something strange. New has spread that they've been seeing a mysterious man, dressed as an undertaker, riding a coffin on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. The lake is usually very foggy, just to make things spookier. 
People describe his as wearing a tuxedo, and moving through the water with a paddle. When they asked where he was going, he said he was headed to a cemetery to prepare a grave site. 
This happened a few years ago at the same lake, when someone took a picture of a formally dressed man riding a coffin as well. 

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Twerking might become the newest exercise craze. 
Businesses in Arizona, California, Florida and Georgia are now teaching twerking classes as a way to exercise. Some include pole dancing and hip hop, and the teachers say you'll burn between 400 and 1000 calories per class. 
The craze began in Europe, and now it's moving to America. As more people are catching on, the "twerkshops" are often packed.

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A 9-year-old boy from New Jersey got more than he expected during a fishing trip to Canada with his dad. 
Keegan Rothman caught a 10-foot white sturgeon, weighing roughly 600 pounds. Rothman only weighs about 80. 
He says he fought with the fish for about two hours before he finally caught it. 
The guide on his fishing trip says it's the biggest fish he's ever seen, and estimates the fish is around 75-years-old. 

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Some birds of prey made things a little difficult for people who went skinny dipping. A few Red Kites swooped down to the nature spot, and stole their socks and underwear to make nests. 
A gamekeeper later found the missing clothing lining a nest where two chicks had hatched.
The birds had stolen the items from spot on Loch Lee in Angus, Scotland, where people frequently go swimming. 
Now, anyone who goes skinny dipping there is encouraged to hide their clothes. 

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A girl in Aurora, Colorado pulled out her own tooth, by tying it to a bow and arrow, and sending it flying. 
11-year-old Alexis Davidson says she was nervous, but didn't feel any pain. 
Her father took video of the whole thing, which is captured in slow motion. Afterward, she jumps up and down out of happiness. He says it was completely her own idea. 

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(WPTV) MARATHON, Fla. - Pirates were once a common sight in The Florida Keys.  On Monday night, a man dressed like a plunderer from the past caused quite a commotion.
Deputies responding to a "shots fired" call on the old Seven Mile Bridge arrested a man in a "full pirate costume, complete with operational black powder pistols in holsters on each hip, a sword and two knives."
At 8:20 p.m., a dispatcher received a call saying there was a pirate firing a gun on the bridge.
When a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrived, he found Jamie Don Spering, 58, who said he is an entertainer.
Spering told the deputy that he was on the bridge with friends for sunset and admitted shooting both of his black powder pistols.
He said there was no projectile loaded in the pistols, just the powder, and he shot the guns safely toward the water.
However, witnesses said Spering fired one shot toward the water and another toward cars that were traveling on the bridge.
Spering was taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct and booked into jail.
Besides moonlighting as a pirate, the sheriff's office lists Spering's occupation as truck driver. 

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A man in Atlanta learned the hard way, if you're going to celebrate winning a race, make sure you've already won. 
Ben Payne raised his index finger, indicating he was the first place winner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree 10K. However, that's when a British Olympian caught up to him, and Scott Overall took home the gold. 
33-year-old Payne says he didn't realize he was slowing down. To top it off, the early celebration cost him $500 in prize money. 

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A woman who considers herself an Angelina Jolie lookalike says she's looking for her own Brad Pitt. 
Veronica Black says the similarity between her and the actress makes it hard to find love. She says most men are intimidated by the way she looks. 
The Canadian model says people started mistaking her for Jolie after she started injecting her lips back in 2011. 

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A Phoenix man might want to rethink his choice of friends.
Firefighters with power drills and sledgehammers had to break the 23-year-old man out of his chimney overnight Saturday.
He got stuck there because his friends locked him out of the house - as a joke - and, given his options, he made what "proved to be a bad decision," the fire department said.
Firefighters got the call about 3 a.m. - when the temperature was 89 degrees, Arizona being Arizona - and it them about a half-hour to pull the man out.
Video of the rescue shows the unidentified shirtless man stumbling out of the hole in his chimney, covered in soot from head to toe, hitching up his trousers.
He was taken to a hospital as a precaution, the fire department said. 

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