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THURMONT, Md. (AP) -- In an episode reminiscent of "Winnie the Pooh," Maryland state wildlife workers used an electric hand saw to remove a milk can that was stuck on the head of a bear.
Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Karis King says the wildlife response team was called early Monday to a rural location near Thurmont to rescue an adult male black bear with his head stuck inside a metal milk can.
King says the bear was calm, but the workers tranquilized him for safety reasons before carefully removing the can. She says the animal regained consciousness, lifted his head and walked into the nearby woods.
King says the bear weighed 175 to 200 pounds.
In the children's story, a bear named Pooh gets his head stuck in a honey jar.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Police have given a New Jersey man special recognition for sandwich throwing: They locked him up.
The Fairfax City Police Department in Virginia says in a news release that 32-year-old Jonathan M. Magnes of Morristown was drunk when he threw a sandwich at a 50-year-old man at a Fairfax pizza restaurant and then drove away.
Authorities say the victim, who was not injured, tailed Magnes before officers arrived and pulled over the suspect. It's not clear what led to the dispute between the men.
Magnes was charged Sunday evening with assault and battery, driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal of a blood and breath test.
It's not immediately clear whether Magnes has an attorney, and a telephone listing for him could not immediately be found.

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A New York man who spent 29 days in jail after Pennsylvania state police mistook homemade soap for cocaine has filed a lawsuit.
The (Allentown) Morning Call reports Alexander Bernstein says he had to pay thousands of dollars in court costs and missed Thanksgiving with his toddler before the charges were dropped. He's seeking damages exceeding $150,000. State troopers and the field test manufacturer are named in the suit filed last week.
Bernstein was a passenger in a Mercedes-Benz police pulled over for speeding near Allentown in November 2013.
Troopers smelled marijuana, searched the car and found packages the driver said was homemade soap, but tested as cocaine. Lab tests later showed it was soap.
The driver was charged with marijuana possession and speeding.
State police declined to comment.

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A dead 4-foot-long alligator has been found in a park in northern New Jersey.
The county sheriff's office says it removed the dead animal from Newark's Weequahic Park after a jogger spotted the reptile around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
NJ.com reports Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a statement that officials believe the alligator was a pet.
The remains were turned over to the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey.

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BANGKOK (AP) - They ran an extra 4 miles on their half-marathon. And for their extra pain, they're getting a T-shirt.
Organizers offered runners commemorative T-shirts Tuesday as part of an apology for inadvertently extending the weekend Standard Chartered Bangkok Half-Marathon by almost 7 kilometers (4 miles).
The error by race officials along the route meant participants in Sunday's race ran 27.6 kilometers (17 miles), rather than the usual 21 kilometers (13 miles). Many runners had clocked the race on GPS watches and posted their bewilderment and anger afterward on social media.
Some 6,000 runners took part in the race and everyone - even those who didn't finish - will get a special jersey to wear like a badge of pride, said Songkram Kraison, vice president of the Jogging Association of Thailand, one of the event's two organizers.
"The T-shirt will say, 'Finisher of 27.6 km,'" Songkram told The Associated Press. "The shirts are meant to apologize and also to honor runners who ran in the longer version of the half-marathon."
The Jogging Association of Thailand's website posted a statement Tuesday saying it will mail the shirts within 45 days.
The race looped through Bangkok's historic district, past the Grand Palace, monuments and Buddhist temples, with half-marathon participants sharing the route with full-marathon runners until a specified turn-off. That's where the error occurred, according to organizers, who said officials stationed along the route accidentally directed half-marathon runners to make a U-turn at the wrong spot, which added the extra distance.
"We deeply regret this unfortunate mistake," the Jogging Association of Thailand said in its apology posted in Thai and English on websites and Facebook pages connected with the event. "We admit our mistake and would like to apologize."
The T-shirt is meant to "express our admiration for your spirit in bravely overcoming the obstacles," the letter said.

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People in Bellingham, Washington are showing just how much they love their Taco Bell, and the people who work there. 
Someone started a Go Fund Me page for "Marty," a woman who works the late night shift every night at Taco Bell, and seemingly never takes a day off. 
The page says she's "the definition of a hard working American making a living doing something she enjoys and takes great pride in doing extremely well. She's treated customers with utmost respect for over 20 years at Taco Bell and deserves something for her amazing customer service over the years! Fund her, and show our community appreciation and so we can all surprise her with an amazing holiday surprise!"
The page aims to raise enough money to send her on a vacation to see her family in New York. 
Out of the $5,000 goal, the page has already raised more than $1,100.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend after yelling at him for eating all of the salsa has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Ronnie Buckner told officers 50-year-old Phyllis Jefferson yelled at him in March at his apartment for finishing off the salsa. Buckner said Jefferson then picked up a pen and jammed it in the left side of his pelvis.
The 61-year-old Buckner said he tried to catch a television that Jefferson had knocked over when she grabbed a small kitchen knife and stabbed him in the stomach.
Jefferson's attorney, however, says the stabbing happened because she just learned her boyfriend was a registered sex offender.
Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1N8Fusi ) Jefferson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on Monday. She'll be sentenced later.

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WACO, Texas (AP) -- Police in Texas have safely removed a 3-foot-long snake that a woman discovered in her bathtub.
Nobody was hurt in the incident before dawn Tuesday.
Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says a woman called police to say her adult daughter found a snake in her bathtub and needed help removing it. The daughter had called her mom after finding the snake.
It was a rat snake, which isn't venomous.
Authorities aren't sure how or why the snake ended up coiled in the tub. Swanton says it's possible the snake was flooded from its habitat during recent storms, ended up in a drain line and wiggled its way up into the tub.
Police removed the snake and released it into some nearby woods.

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A little boy in Killinkere, County Cavan, Ireland is definitely on the nice list this Christmas. 
In his letter to Santa, Rory Smith asked for the game "Grand Theft Auto 5" but with one minor change. He wrote "I just want to play with the cars (not the hookers)."
The video game is known for the violence and prostitutes that frequently appear in it. 
Smith's sister took a picture of her brother's letter and posted it on Facebook, where it quickly went viral. 
Hopefully Santa will come through.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Chewing gum once again adorns Seattle's famed gum wall less than a week after it was steamed clean of 20 years' worth of old chewing gum.
Seattlepi.com reports a flash mob met Saturday to leave their gum behind on the wall in the city's Pike Place Market. The group made a peace sign with the Eiffel Tower in the middle to honor Paris after Friday's terror attacks.
Last Tuesday powerful steam cleaners melted off an estimated 1 million pieces of gum from the wall, which hadn't been cleaned in 20 years. Market officials said they had expected people to continue leaving their gum after the cleaning.

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