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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Playboy Enterprises has settled a lawsuit by a model who claimed she was hurt when an employee whacked her in the buttocks with a golf club during a Southern California event.
According to City News Service, Elizabeth Dickson's attorney told a judge on Monday that the case was resolved. Terms weren't disclosed.
Dickson's battery and negligence suit said she was helping host the Playboy Golf Finals in the city of Industry three years ago when she agreed to be photographed with Kevin Klein, co-host of a Playboy radio show.
The photo was supposed to show Klein poised to hit a teed-up golf ball from Dickson's buttocks.
But Dickson claims Klein unexpectedly swung the club and hit her.
An email to a Playboy spokeswoman seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Pedals the bipedal bear can clearly stand on its own two feet - but activists in his northern New Jersey terrain wonder for how long.
The bear, which gained fame after first being spotted last year ambling around neighborhoods and caught in videos that were posted on social media and played on national television, apparently has some sort of leg or paw injury that won't allow it to spend much time on all fours, experts say.
The question now is, how much should the state do to help one bear as hibernation and hunting seasons near? Animal activists and state officials are at odds.
Activists worry the bear's health has declined since last year and fear it might not survive a harsh winter, though forecasters say this winter will likely not be as cold as last. They doubt the bear can run, climb or defend itself, or even eat properly. They hope it can be moved to a sanctuary in New York, but New Jersey officials say more information is needed before a decision can be made.
"We are not inclined to take (the bear) out of its natural habitat unless there is a compelling reason for it," state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Hajna said. "We need more information. We need to be able to assess its weight and its overall physical condition."
Complicating matters is that Pedals hasn't been heard from in nearly three weeks. State officials say that may mean the bear is off foraging on acorns somewhere - which would be a good thing.
The activists, though, have vowed to continue their fight. They visited the New Jersey Statehouse and the state environmental offices on Tuesday to drop off petitions supporting relocation, and staged a small rally to raise awareness of Pedals' status. They say more than 290,000 people have signed the petitions.
The debate over Pedals' future comes ahead of a statewide bear hunt scheduled for Dec. 7-11 and an expanded hunt in 2016 that was recently approved in an effort to better control the state's large bear population.
Greg Macgowan, who shot a video of the bear, says it's common to see bears in the area, which lies beyond the suburban edge of Newark and New York City in one of the wildest areas of settled northern New Jersey.
But he admits he "freaked out" when he first saw the bear, nicknamed by the community of Oak Ridge, where he has turned up.
"We are used to him now, and he seems to have adapted well to his disability," Macgowan said, adding that the bear was spotted "fairly often" in July and August.
Macgowan's video shows the bear comfortably walking on two feet through yards in a neighborhood and then crossing a road to enter woods. Other videos show similar scenes.
Hajna noted that wild animals frequently overcome injuries and adapt, and that Pedals doesn't always avoid walking on fours.
"Despite its injuries to its front legs, we have seen video of the bear dropping down to three legs," Hajna said. "It doesn't walk only on its hind legs."
Activists hope Pedals can be captured and placed at the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York. Center officials say that they are open to taking the bear in, and that funds have been raised to build a special enclosure for Pedals.
New York and New Jersey officials would both have to approve the placement, however, and it appears New York's regulations will not allow that to happen, even if New Jersey gave approval. New York limits wildlife facilities to one special permit to take in a bear with special needs, and officials have said the Orphaned Wildlife Center already has one such permit.

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CANDIA, N.H. (AP) -- The owner of a New Hampshire waterpark facing foreclosure chained himself to the top of a slide tower and is hoping for a financial miracle.
In postings on his Facebook page, Kevin Dumont said he's not looking for a handout, just a person or group of people to work with him to help prevent a Dec. 2 auction of Liquid Planet in Candia.
"I am doing this in a last ditch effort to save all that I have created," he wrote.
He promises to stay atop the tower 24/7 to save the small business he created.
Two 40-foot slides at the park were shuttered in August when regulators found high levels of bacteria and said Dumont opened the attractions without a required review.
In a selfie posted on Facebook, the goateed Dumont wears a watch-cap emblazoned with "ARMY." Behind him is the corner of a tent and a table laden with pantry stocks and a microwave oven.
"Last night was a cold one, not gonna lie," he wrote.
In another post, he thanks friends for pizza, beer and company and asks if anyone knows how to contact presidential candidates who've been blanketing the state.
Dumont hasn't returned calls for comment.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a defeat marked by fumbles, penalties and just one touchdown, authorities say a south Florida man tried to set the team's oversized flag on fire.
Tampa police say it happened just after the New York Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-18 Sunday evening. A caller said someone was attempting to torch the $26,000 flag outside the Bucs' corporate offices, near Raymond James stadium. The red banner featuring a skull and two crossed cutlasses measures about 80 feet by 50 feet and hangs from a 15-story pole.
Police say the fire-retardant flag did not actually go up in flames, but a small part of it was damaged.
They say 32-year-old Daniel Justin Raboni of North Palm Beach was charged with felony criminal mischief and marijuana possession.

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PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - All those reminders that every vote counts came true in a commissioner race in a small North Carolina town, where a candidate won by just one vote.
The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that a recount in the Princeville race has confirmed that challenger Linda Joyner defeated 24-year member Ann Brown Howell by a vote of 12-to-11.
Edgecombe County elections director Jerry Spruell says 362 people are registered to vote in the ward where Joyner and Howell ran. He said Tuesday that he's never seen such a low turnout in Princeville. Census figures put the town's population at fewer than 1,000.
Joyner campaigned on a platform of addressing safety issues and creating recreational activities for young people.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy crawled beneath the smoke filling a California home to alert his sleeping grandmother to a fire, allowing them to escape unharmed.
San Bernardino County officials say smoke woke up the child early Saturday at the home in the Phelan area. He crawled down a hallway to his grandmother's room and woke her up.
When fire crews arrived, heavy smoke and flames were shooting from all sides of the single-story house. After learning that the family's Chihuahua didn't make it out, firefighters went in and rescued the dog from a bathroom.
The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes. No injuries were reported.
A news release says a preliminary investigation found the fire was sparked by a space heater placed too close to combustible materials.

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PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii man attacked by a shark while swimming off the Big Island says the bite that severed two tendons and nerves in his right ankle felt like something had sliced at his leg.
Paul O'Leary, 54, said he got 50 stitches after getting attacked about 100 yards offshore at a clothing-optional beach, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday. Hawaii officials confirmed that he was bitten by the animal based on the size of his wounds.
"It felt like something just kind of sharp just kind of sliced, kind of scratched against my ankle," O'Leary said.
He said he never saw the shark but noticed his foot was twisting as he swam back to shore.
"And when I looked down, then I saw the lacerations, I saw the flesh and the skin just hanging out there," O'Leary said.
He called out for help from other beachgoers, who helped him in and "really kind of showed their Aloha," he said.
With their help, he said he got dressed to wait for emergency crews.
"There's about five people putting pressure on the cut, and I told them I wanted to get my clothes on," O'Leary said. "So we got them, and we kind of put it on."
The attack marks Hawaii's eighth confirmed shark encounter this year.

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Police in Washington D.C. are looking for two women who twerked on a man, sexually assaulting him. 
Officers say the man was talking on the phone and using an ATM when one of the women went up to him. 
When he backed away, the other woman tried to touch him.
Police say the man didn't know who they were, and didn't seem to want to know them. 
Officers say when they find the twerkers, they should face charges of 3rd degree sexual assault.

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A woman has been reunited with her class ring thanks to a man who found it while using a metal detector and then tracked her down.
Glenda Sullivan tell the News Herald of Panama City that Phillip Mazaruk recently found her at her job as circulation call center manager for the newspaper. He told her he'd found her class ring, buried about 10 inches underground at Deer Point Lake.
Sullivan says she's as giddy as a 16-year-old at the thought of having her ring back. She says she remembers frequenting the lake with her children and assumes it slipped off her finger during one of those visits.
Mazaruk says he and a co-worker at Coastal Helicopters tracked Sullivan with a first name, middle initial, high school and class year.

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A woman in London learned the hard way that eBay isn't always flawless. 
She ordered a table set, but when the package arrived, the box had 40 plastic bags filled with live fish in water. 
She posted a video on Facebook, examining what was in the bags.
Turns out, it was a delivery mix up, and the pet store near her house got her table and chairs.
The young woman says all the fish survived, and she was able to exchange them for her rightful delivery. 
 

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