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SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle woman has been accused of chasing a stranger off a King County Metro bus with a sword just weeks after she was jailed for a nunchuck attack.
Seattlepi.com reports that Sharnika Joy Armstead is accused of chasing after a man who bumped her on a downtown bus. She is accused of waving a sheathed short sword at the man.
She was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree assault for the Sept. 14 bus incident.
Armstead was released from King County Jail in August after serving a 74-day sentence for hitting two men with nunchucks while stealing a bottle of shampoo from a supermarket.
 
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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A bow hunter in Teton County is recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and shoving his arm down the animal's throat.

Chase Dellwo, 26, was hunting with his brother northwest of Choteau on Saturday when he came face to face with a 350 to 400 pound male grizzly, the Great Falls Tribune reports.

Dellwo went to walk up a creek bed, hoping to drive the animals to a ridge where his brother was waiting.

He was about three feet away before he realized he was near a bear that had been sleeping. With 30 to 40 mph winds with snow and rain, the bear hadn't known Dellwo was coming. He said he only had time to take a few steps back before the bear knocked him off his feet and bit his head.

"He let go, but he was still on top of me roaring the loudest roar I have ever heard," Dellwo said.

The bear then bit Dellwo's leg and shook him, tossing him through the air. As the bear came at the man again, Dellwo remembered a magazine article his grandmother had given him.

"I remembered an article that my grandmother gave me a long time ago that said large animals have bad gag reflexes," Dellwo said. "So I shoved my right arm down his throat."

The advice worked and the bear left.

Dellwo rejoined his brother who drove him to a hospital. He received stitches and staples in his head, some on his face, a swollen eye and deep puncture wounds on his leg.

"I want everyone to know that it wasn't the bear's fault, he was as scared as I was," Dellwo said.

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A man whose legal name is Santa Claus is running for a City Council seat in the tiny Alaska town of North Pole.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Claus has launched a write-in campaign for the office. Claus, whose driver's license bears his legal name of Santa Claus, is the former president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce.
Two seats on the City Council are up for election. No one filed for office, however, during the regular filing period.

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SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wore a fleece jacket for a media briefing on this weekend's storms, but it wasn't THAT fleece.
Christie said Friday that he still has the blue fleece emblazoned with his name that he famously wore during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy. But he says he decided to wear other fleeces given to him by towns across the state.
He says he didn't break out the "heavy artillery" Friday and will only wear the blue fleece "in case of real emergency."
Christie says he was given 27 fleeces by towns after Sandy and joked that he went through each methodically Friday before choosing to wear one from Camden County.
He says it was a tribute to the Camden County Police Department for its work in Camden.

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ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a Pennsylvania woman has eaten some of the heroin she bought while working as an undercover informant for investigators.
The Altoona Mirror reports that 33-year-old Pamela Laich was working with Altoona police Sunday night when she bought heroin from the target of the investigation.
Police say Laich was instructed to buy five bags for $80 but after a long delay came back with only three. The undercover officer supervising Laich made her go back for two more bags, but police thought what she returned with looked odd. Police say they later determined she had switched the heroin out with dry baby cereal.
Police say Laich then sneaked the heroin into a holding cell, where she ate it.
Court records don't list an attorney for her.

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LIMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A farm in southeastern Michigan has become a natural history museum since bones from a woolly mammoth were discovered.
More than 200 people have stopped at Jim Bristle's farm in Washtenaw County since Friday. Bristle says people have been driving into Chelsea and asking for directions.
One visitor was in hospice care. Bristle tells The Ann Arbor News the reaction has "just been amazing."
Bristle and another man were digging in a soybean field when they found the ribs last week. About 20 percent of the woolly mammoth's skeleton was eventually discovered.
Bristle says the bones will be donated to the University of Michigan.
Judy Coleman pulled her granddaughter out of school Monday to see the muddy skeleton in Bristle's barn. She says it's "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwaiti driver who apparently thought having license plates from another Gulf country would help avoid more than 1,600 traffic citations has been hit with a huge fine.
The state-run Kuwait News Agency says the driver racked up 1,645 different driving violations while traveling under the unnamed Gulf country's plates.
KUNA quoted a statement from an Interior Ministry official, Maj. Gen. Abdullah al-Mehanna, as saying that the driver faced over $190,000 in fines after being caught.
The statement on Saturday did not identify the driver, but reminded drivers they have a month's grace period to change their license plates to Kuwaiti ones for foreign-bought cars.
Countries throughout the Gulf use traffic cameras to enforce speed limits and traffic laws.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- One of New Jersey's top pork roll makers is being sued by the wife of an employee who she says was fired for passing too much gas in the office.
The Home News Tribune reports that Louann Clem says in the lawsuit that her husband suffered serious consequences from gastric bypass surgery. Those included extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea.
The lawsuit alleges that Case Pork Roll Co. President Thomas Dolan complained about the side effects and told Rich Clem to work from home because he made the office smell. His wife also worked there.
But owner Tom Grieb says neither of them was fired. He says business wasn't good and they didn't want to take a pay cut and walked out.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- A food truck at the University of Connecticut is serving up roasted crickets.
The Daily Campus reports the university's dining services are advertising the insects as organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly.
The crickets are high in protein and low in fat. They're a source of B vitamins, iron and zinc.
UConn says the farm that supplies the crickets uses carbon dioxide to kill them and then roasts them.
The crickets are sold for 99 cents and come whole in small plastic containers. They're sold as a snack or a taco topping.
Dining services area assistant manager John Smith says they sell two or three containers of crickets per day at the truck.

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A man sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in one Pennsylvania courtroom has followed that up by walking into another courtroom to marry his girlfriend.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 47-year-old Greg Howard was sentenced Thursday in Westmoreland County Court for robbing and assaulting an elderly woman during a home invasion.
Prosecutors say the Monessen man and two other people got into the woman's house by pretending to be delivering furniture. Witnesses say they took $13,000 and jewelry and left her on her bed with her ankles and wrists bound.
Howard's closing argument had referenced Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny. But he was silent at sentencing.
He was allowed to wear civilian clothes instead of a prison jumpsuit. He remained shackled during a brief wedding attended by five deputies and the bride's baby.

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INDIALANTIC, Fla. (AP) -- Former students of a central Florida middle school were hoping to crack open a buried time capsule to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hoover Middle School.
The problem is no one remembers where it was buried.
Florida Today reports teacher Jack Deppner filmed students on an 8 millimeter camera in 1976. He also collected mementos to bury in the time capsule.
Students reconnected on Facebook and raised the idea of opening the capsule. But no one knew where it was buried. Deppner died a few years ago, but had searched for years and never found the spot.
Former student Dawn Atkinson-Spaccio says they're planning on using metal detectors and ground penetrating radar to scour the campus. If they pinpoint a location, they'll seek permission from the school to start digging.

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