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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a man has made Walt Disney World his happiest place on Earth for dining and dashing.
Fifty-one-year-old Jerry Moody was arrested Tuesday after the manager of a lounge at Disney's Contemporary Resort says he racked up a $92 bar tab and tried to leave without paying.
The Orlando Sentinel says that according to an arrest report, a waitress recognized him as fitting the description of a man who tried to do the same thing at another lounge the previous night.
Both lounges are on Disney property but not inside the theme park. Many Disney restaurants and lounges don't require admission fees.
Police say Moody acknowledged that he shouldn't be at the resort but told detectives he likes to go to Disney World.
Reports show Moody's been arrested on Disney properties five times.
He's being held on a $5,100 bond. The newspaper says Disney had no comment.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon school district has rushed to soothe parents at a Salem elementary school who received a letter warning that children not picked up promptly might be turned over to the state.
The Salem Statesman Journal reports ( http://is.gd/rTTiDo ) that a Salem-Keizer School District spokesman confirmed the letter about the upcoming school year was sent recently to Swegle Elementary School parents. However, district spokesman Jay Remy says it was sent in error because the school's principal had not reviewed it. Remy described the letter as neither accurate nor courteous and said an apology would follow.
The third paragraph begins: "Children must be picked up on time. If they are not picked up on time we will call DHS and you will then have to pick them up at court the next day." DHS is the Oregon Department of Human Services.
KPTV of Portland reports parents have been sent a phone message apology.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service says one of its employees was photographed having sex on the roof of a federal courthouse in Pennsylvania.
A resident of a nearby apartment building who was concerned that there was a security breach snapped the pictures this week and sent them to WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, which alerted authorities.
U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane issued a statement Thursday confirming the employee's involvement. He said the matter is under investigation.
The photos depict a couple engaged in sex acts on the roof of the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Harrisburg.
Pane said the Marshals Service is confident that the security integrity of the courthouse is intact.
  
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BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) - Vermont state police say they cited the same driver twice in a five-mile stretch for driving at speeds of 90 mph and above.
Police say they first stopped 30-year-old Benny Wercberger of Monroe, New York, on Interstate 91 in Bradford at 9:30 a.m. Thursday - after clocking him driving 97 mph in a 65 mph zone. He was issued a ticket and allowed to continue on his way.
Five miles farther north, police say, they clocked Wercberger and his 2015 Mercedes SUV traveling 90 mph. Besides slapping him with another speeding ticket, they charged him with negligent operation of a vehicle.
Wercberger is due to appear in Orange County Court on Aug. 26. He did not immediately return a call left at his home seeking comment.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Workers are trying to catch a small, "very spirited" monkey that escaped its enclosure at the Memphis Zoo.
WMC-TV reports the primate, a macaque named Zimm, broke free around 4 p.m. Thursday.
After the escape, visitors were asked to leave the nearby area as workers searched for Zimm, who senior veterinarian Felicia Knight called a "very spirited monkey."
Zoo officials say Zimm, who weighs about 10 pounds and is described as harmless, likely ran into a storm drain on the property.
They say she could be asleep and may not come out until morning.
The zoo tweeted: "Sleep well, little macaque. We'll have you home soon."

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According to the Huffington Post, the newest presidential candidate has a tail. 
A cat named Limberbutt McCubbins has actually filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.
He's registered as a Democrat, but his campaign says he's actually a "demo-cat" with the slogan, "together, we cat."
His owner says it started as a joke, but got pretty real once they filed the FEC papers. 
McCubbins' platform includes protecting the legalization of catnip. 

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A blind alligator stretching more than 10 feet has been removed from the Trinity River in a park near downtown Fort Worth and taken to a refuge.
Game wardens and a reptile hunter, Chris Stevens, used a noose to capture the male gator Thursday night at Riverside Park.
Stevens said the animal needed to be moved to ensure public safety.
"The problem is not the alligator - it's the people," he said. "Being in that high profile of a location, people are going to start feeding it, and anytime you have an alligator like this, it's just a matter of time before people poke it."
Stevens took the 10-foot-2-inch alligator to a nature reserve. He said it was likely blind in both eyes.
Texas game wardens summoned Stevens to help catch the alligator after several reported sightings in recent weeks. Recent heavy rain and flooding may have brought the animal to the area.
A man swimming in a Southeast Texas marina, Tommie Woodward, was killed July 3 by a 400-pound alligator.
That animal was shot and killed days later, with Woodward's remains still inside its stomach.

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People in Philadelphia caught an object, that looked like a cloud, flying through the air. 
They describe it as transparent with sparkling lights in it, moving slowly through the sky. 
One man who caught it on camera says as soon as he started filming, it started to move and come down. He has no idea what it is. 
News outlets in the area say they've heard several explanations, like a big bag, a weird cloud, 
or maybe soap suds.

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A film crew looking for a particular shark used an underwater speaker playing heavy metal music to attract great white sharks, the Huffington Post reports.
There is no word if the heavy metal being played was performed by Great White.
According to Australian Geographic, an Australian tour boat captain played AC/DC songs through an underwater speaker, causing the sharks to change their behavior, in 2011.
The sharks can hear the music, the HuffPo says, and they also sense low frequency vibrations created by the heavy metal.
The vibrations resemble the sound of struggling fish, according to "Bride of Jaws," an episode of the 2015 season of the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week."
The specific shark the crews were looking for, Joan of Shark, was tagged off the coast of Western Australia in April 2014 and is the largest great white shark ever tagged in Australia, reports the Daily Mail.

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Hornell, NY - A group of coworkers in upstate New York got a big check this week, after they won a lottery jackpot. 
The 29 employees of rail car producer Alstom have been playing the New York lottery together for the past 17 years.
It finally paid off in may when they won a $1,000,000 Powerball prize. 
After taxes, they'll be splitting a lump sum of more than $660,000 -- which means each person will get just under $23,000.

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