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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Employees of a Vermont company have launched a side business selling underwear featuring a black-and-white drawing of the face of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
NECN reports that the underwear, which features the message "Feel the Bern," is available for men and women and costs $15 plus shipping and handling. The three workers with KSE Partners, a strategic communications and government affairs firm, say they created Bernie's Briefs as a fun side business.
The Vermont senator has said recently on late-night TV and talk shows that he prefers briefs over boxers.
The startup's founders called Sanders' passion for serious issues admirable. One founder says the political process has benefited from his campaign.
Ten percent of the proceeds will go toward the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports injured service members.

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- The owners of a pit bull who disappeared during flooding in Texas in May are puzzled as to how the animal ended up more than 2,000 miles away in northern California.
Eddie Hurtado says Thor ran away after his family evacuated their San Marcos home that was overwhelmed by the swelling Blanco River during storms over Memorial Day weekend.
Police found Thor wandering in Crescent City, California, in September and took him to the Del Norte County Animal Shelter, where workers used the microchip to identify him.
Hurtado says he doesn't know how Thor got to California.
Hurtado says he can't afford the estimated $1,500 to ship the dog home. A California trucker has volunteered to drive Thor back to San Marcos, 30 miles south of Austin.

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CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- State police have arrested a man on charges he broke into a Pennsylvania supermarket using a rope ladder - then claimed to merely be sleeping on the store's roof when he was caught.
Forty-eight-year-old Thomas Beal is in the Fayette County Booking Center awaiting arraignment on burglary, criminal trespass and other charges.
Troopers say a security guard inside Peachin's Supermarket in Dunbar Township called police early Tuesday when he saw Beal enter the store through an air-conditioning vent and lower himself with the ladder.
Troopers surrounded the building shortly after 3 a.m. and went onto the roof where they found Beal, who claimed to be sleeping.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Beal.

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BOSTON (AP) -- A Boston City Councilor says he was being sarcastic when he tweeted that he would introduce an emergency ordinance prohibiting Justin Bieber-inspired graffiti.
The pop singer asked artists around the world last week to paint murals inspired by tracks from his upcoming album, which is set to release Friday.
The singer posted a photo on Thursday of a mural on a Boston pizza shop, prompting a joking response from Councilor Matt O'Malley on Monday saying he planned to file legislation to keep such murals off city walls.
But not everyone grasped the intended humor and the tweet garnered a range of responses, including calls for O'Malley to focus on things like crime and poverty.
O'Malley says he has nothing against Bieber, but that he's not a fan of his work.

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MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida teacher faces multiple charges after deputies say four of his ninth-grade students saw pornography on his cellphone.
A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release says the incident happened Wednesday afternoon in 47-year-old Vadi Velez-Gonzalez's intensive reading class at Mulberry High School. The school district placed him on leave Friday, and he was arrested Monday.
The news release says a student went to the teacher's desk to ask a question and saw a face-up iPhone with a website showing adult male pornography. Three other students saw it and reported it to school officials.
Velez-Gonzalez is charged with four counts of showing obscene material to a minor.
Records don't indicate whether has hired a lawyer to contact for comment on the case.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KGAN) - Iowa City police said a man tried to avoid DUI charges using an unusual method.
39-year-old Ross McDonald was pulled over early Sunday morning after he was spotted going the wrong way on Market Street.
Officers said McDonald was extremely confused and didn't know why he was getting pulled over or where he was coming from.
Investigators said McDonald admitted to officers that he had consumed two drinks.
During his arrest, officers said McDonald was wearing a costume that featured male genitalia and that he tried to consume toilet paper, believing it would throw off a breathalyzer test.
McDonald would later fail the breathalyzer test and was charged with driving under the influence.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a local judge of elections was arrested after allegedly failing to show up to the polls Tuesday and instead deciding to work as a jitney driver for the day.
The Allegheny County sheriff's office says 55-year-old Darrin Farmer of North Versailles (Vehr-SAYLES') never came to the North Versailles precinct with voting equipment, delaying poll opening by three hours.
Authorities say his wife said he dropped her off at a store to buy refreshments for volunteers but then left. They allege he decided to spend the day giving rides for money.
Farmer faces charges including tampering with public records and obstructing a government function; a listed number for him couldn't be found and it's unclear whether he has an attorney who could respond to the charges.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle elementary school is thanking a garbageman for finding nearly $12,000 in checks in the trash.
KOMO-TV in Seattle reports that Waste Management employee Micah Speir was picking up scattered trash next to some bins when he found a number of checks made out to Lawson Elementary School.
Principal Dorian Manza says he met Speir on his route and gratefully took the checks back. The funds were from a fundraising drive and a Parent-Teacher Association member had accidentally dropped the bag along the garbage truck's route. When Manza tried to tip Speir for his good deed, the man turned him down.
Speir says his only concern was doing the right thing and returning the money to the school.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire authorities say an 18-year-old clocked at traveling 101 mph on Interstate 93 south near Concord told police he was late for class.
A state trooper observed a pickup truck traveling much faster than the posted 55 mph speed limit Tuesday morning. The truck decelerated to 80 mph as it closed on traffic.
The trooper eventually stopped the driver.
Nicholas Tobin of Concord was arrested on a charge of reckless operation. He has a Jan. 8 court date.
He could not be reached by phone for comment; a number was not listed for him.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a burglary suspect's plans went awry when he dropped in on stunned dinner patrons through the ceiling of a Florida restaurant and was then held down by the customers until officers arrived.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports diners told the manager of the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet they heard noises coming from the ceiling on Tuesday evening.
Police say 30-year-old Justin Grimes had gone through ceiling tiles in the bathroom and then fell through into the dining room as he attempted to make his way to the area over the office. Police say he was looking for money.
He is charged with burglary of an occupied structure and is being held in jail.
Records don't indicate whether he's retained an attorney.
 

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