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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Police in California say a waiter returned $32,000 in cash after some diners accidentally left it behind.

The Fresno Bee reports that a mother and son forgot the cash, which was in a navy blue bag, at an Applebee's restaurant Wednesday night. The money was from a family restaurant and rental income and they were on their way to the bank when they stopped for dinner.

When the waiter found the money he told his boss, who called police.

The money was ultimately returned to the family. The server was not identified. He told police he did not want any publicity. Carrie Hellyer, an area director for Applebee's, said the waiter said he just wanted to do the right thing.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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Legislators Say Donald J. Trump State Park Needs A New Name

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An undeveloped, languishing New York state park named after Donald Trump should be renamed, two state legislators said Thursday, citing what they say are discriminatory proposals from the Republican presidential candidate.

Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, both Democrats, said they will introduce legislation they're calling the "Anything but Trump Act" and want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove signs for the 440-acre site in Westchester County. The legislation comes after Trump proposed banning Muslim immigrants from the U.S.

Trump donated the land to the state in 2006 after plans for a golf course fell through. Budget cuts prompted the state to close the park in 2010, though signs for it remain.

Lavine, of Long Island, suggests the state rename the park for Peter Salem, a Muslim Revolutionary War soldier from Massachusetts who fought in battles in New York state. Other suggestions include folk singer and activist Pete Seeger.

"The rhetoric and discriminatory proposals we've seen from Mr. Trump don't belong in the presidential election, and don't belong in New York state parks," said Squadron, of Brooklyn. "He has dishonored the state, and should not be honored with a state park named for him."

A spokeswoman for Trump's campaign responded by calling the park "a $100 million gift to the state."

"Mr. Trump is the front-runner for president of the United States of the Republican Party," spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. "He is a proud resident of New York who employs thousands of people. The state cannot remove his name."

Hicks also provided a statement from Trump in which he said, "If they want, they can give me the land back."

A spokesman for Cuomo declined to comment on the matter. On Monday, the Democratic governor said Trump's comments and his proposal to ban Muslim immigration do a "disservice" to the country and could actually encourage terrorist recruitment efforts.

"He is fanning the flames of hate," Cuomo said on CNN. "One billion Muslims were just alienated with one sentence. At this point we don't need more Muslim enemies. We need more Muslim allies."

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COWBOYS RIDE TO THE RESCUE OF DEER TRAPPED IN ARIZONA CANAL

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Two cowboys are being credited with coming to the rescue of a deer stuck in an Arizona canal.

The state Game and Fish Department received several calls Thursday reporting a deer was trapped in a canal near Lake Pleasant, northwest of Phoenix.

The animal apparently slipped into the cold water and couldn't scale the canal's steep, concrete walls to get out.

Game and Fish officer Reuben Gonzales says two cowboys with lassos happened by and stopped at the scene to help.

Video the agency posted on YouTube shows one man standing on a bridge above the canal and dropping a lasso around the deer's antlers as it swims below.

Gonzales says Game and Fish officers then carried the stressed, shivering animal out of the water and loaded it into a truck. They then took it to Lake Pleasant Regional Park and released it.

The deer regained its composure after about 20 minutes and ran off.

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INDIANA MAYOR RE-ELECTED BY 1 VOTE AFTER BALLOT CHALLENGE

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The mayor of an Indiana town has been re-elected by one vote after an election panel threw out a ballot.

Jasper held a recount this week after the November election between Republican Mayor Terry Seitz and Democratic rival Wayne Schuetter ended in a tie.

On Friday, a local election panel determined one ballot cast for Schuetter was invalid.

City attorney Renee Kabrick said the absentee ballot was tossed out because it lacked a signature.

Seitz says the close race underscores the fact that every vote counts.

Indiana law required the recount to be completed by Dec. 20. If the results had remained tied, the City Council would have voted on whether Seitz or Schuetter would be mayor of the city of 15,000 people.

Schuetter couldn't be reached for comment.

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