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DENVER (AP) -- A wedding gift was no joke to TSA agents checking bags in a screening room at Denver International Airport.
An agent watching an X-ray monitor spotted wax and fuses inside a checked bag at the airport.
TSA said the bride and groom's names both start with a "T," so their wedding souvenirs were labeled TNT.
The incident happened Sept. 22.
TSA wrote issued a statement on Instagram that there was a 20-minute evacuation while bomb specialists checked the bag.
They determined that while the wax and fuses were on bottles that said TNT, inside was just bath salts. The bottles were wedding favors for guests.

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DOVER, Ohio (AP) -- The cash donations stuffed into the large glass container on the circulation desk at Dover Public Library were meant to be an anonymous holiday gift to a needy family, a gesture inspired by the book "Christmas Jars." Now its author is extending that charitable spirit to the thief who swiped the cash, some of which was found the next day in the book drop with a handwritten apology.
Security video shows a man who appears to be wearing pajama pants, a hooded shirt and a jacket walking away from the library with the jar and an estimated $1,000 in donations on Tuesday evening.
In doing so, he actually took something less tangible, "Christmas Jars" author Jason F. Wright told The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter.
"He's not stealing money - he was stealing hope," said Wright, of Woodstock, Virginia. He said he'd like to sit down with the thief to explain the jars' charitable purpose.
"I want him to know this: Someone is on their knees right now praying for a miracle. They don't know how to make it happen for their family, and that jar is supposed to be their miracle," Wright said. "I'd love to meet him, buy him a burger and chat. I'll bring him my Christmas Jar from home and personally deliver it to him. It wouldn't be $1,000, but there's a year's worth of change in there."
Library director Jim Gill said staff on Wednesday found a nearly 4-inch wad of $1 bills in the book drop with a note saying "I'm very sorry." The jar had contained larger bills, including some twenties, Gill said.
A man identified as a "person of interest" in the theft was found at a Dover home but said he wanted to speak with an attorney before talking to investigators, Dover police told the newspaper. They were waiting to see if he might turn himself in.
Meanwhile, Wright was recruiting online followers to contribute to the library's fundraising efforts. Hundreds of dollars were pledged in the first day, and he offered to deliver the donations to the library in person.
Wright said thousands of collection jars have been given away in the decade since his book was first printed, but he wasn't aware of any previous thefts.

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) -- Police in the Philadelphia suburbs say the Man of Steal was undone by his Superman T-shirt.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports 18-year-old Kyree Henneghan was charged with two Upper Darby burglaries that police linked him to because of the shirt.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says a man wearing a T-shirt with the Superman shield broke into one home on Sept. 24 and a second on Tuesday. In that heist, the homeowner walked in and Henneghan bolted with a laptop computer.
Henneghen made a not-so-speedy getaway on his BMX bicycle and police found him a short time later - still wearing the Superman shirt - trying to sell the computer to men in a car.
Online court records don't list a defense attorney. Henneghan is in the Delaware County jail.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) _ A tarantula that escaped in the cargo hold of a passenger flight from Maryland's BWI airport to Atlanta grounded the plane before it could take off and sent passengers onto another flight.
Brian Kruse, spokesman for Delta Air Lines, tells The Baltimore Sun that baggage handlers noticed a baboon tarantula had gotten out of its container on Flight 1525 Wednesday night.
Kruse says the captain grounded the plane so it could be searched for any additional arachnids. Passengers were put on another flight.
Kruse says the spider was confined to the cargo hold and never entered the cabin. No other tarantulas were found.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A married St. Louis couple is sharing their unlikely love story about three years after the mistaken text message that forged their relationship.
In June 2012, Kasey Bergh accidentally sent a text to Henry Glendening, a complete stranger.
Bergh's message read:
"Hey, it's Kasey. I was supposed to connect w Maria @ the park but her plane was delayed so I'm at the Westin. Wanted to see if I could connect w anyone else."
Henry Glendening, a complete stranger, was on the other end of the errant text message. Instead of ignoring the text message, Glendening responded:
"Sorry you've got the wrong number. But if I wasn't headed to work I'd b down to hang ;)"
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the pair continued communicating after realizing they had a lot in common and met in person for the first time a week later.
Despite a 30-year age difference, Bergh and Glendening's connection flourished, and they moved in together within two months.
Exactly two years after the errant text message, Glendening proposed.
The couple married June 27 near the St. Louis riverfront.

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A woman tried to reason with a bear when it went up to her empty kayak while she was eating lunch. In the video she posted on YouTube, Mary Maley first thanked the bear for leaving the kayak alone, but when it came back, she threatened it with pepper spray and then went on to use it.
However, the bear wasn't really phased. Instead, it started gnawing and hitting the kayak, clearly breaking it, before leaving into the woods.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Boise, Idaho, residents are trying to save a tree that was grown from seeds taken aboard the Apollo 14 mission to the moon.
The Idaho Statesman reports the loblolly pine planted in 1977 on Lowell Elementary School's campus is dehydrated and infected with insects.
Eagle Historical Museum curator Alana Dunn brought the tree to the school's attention. Pattie Hennequin has a third-grader enrolled at Lowell and is now leading the effort to save the so-called moon tree.
"The tree has a special place in our history," she said. "It's a fascinating thing to help teach kids about space exploration and to tie in a little Idaho history."
Astronaut Stuart Roosa included the seeds in his personal items at the request of the Forest Service, in part to test the effects of zero gravity. Roosa was a former Forest Service smoke jumper.
Most of the seeds germinated after returning from their journey in space and were distributed to schools and other entities to grow. Demand was so high the Forest Service grew more seedlings from cuttings of the trees.
Lowell got its tree because the son of then-Gov. John Evans was enrolled there.
It's unclear where all the moon trees were planted, with many of the known trees having died off since the 70s.
Arborists with Idaho Tree Preservation in Boise are donating time to deal with the insects. The North End Neighborhood Association has agreed to pay for the 275 gallons of water the pine needs each week.
Lowell students are making a plaque for the unmarked tree, which Principal Nick Smith said was hard to identify at first.
"We had to gather cones from both trees to figure out which one was the loblolly," he said.

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NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Police hope a farm device used to feed cattle will help corral a cow that has been on the loose for months in a central New York town.
Officers in New Hartford have put feed in a headlock feeder and placed the device along a road outside Utica where the rogue cow has been spotted. Headlock feeders have locking mechanisms that trap a cow's head while it's feeding.
Police tell the Utica Observer-Dispatch the 1,500-pound cow has been on the loose for several months. Efforts to identify its owner have been unsuccessful.
A local farmer has agreed to take the cow if it is eventually caught.
Motorists spotted the cow last week as it ran for several miles on a local road before bolting into the woods.


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Firefighters in Anhui, China had to rescue a half naked man from a chimney, after the homeowner heard some loud banging noises.
Apparently the man got stuck when he fell down a shaft from the 18th floor of the apartment building. 
The only way crews could free the man, was to take apart the kitchen wall he was stuck behind. 
Luckily he survived, but not without several broken bones. He didn't talk throughout the whole ordeal, and police haven't identified him. 
Paramedics took him to the hospital. He reportedly told firefighters he was depressed and needed constant care.

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