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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- This is a dirty job one Discovery Channel star wouldn't do.
Fans of the TV show "Dirty Jobs" noticed that photos of an Oregon bank robbery suspect resembled host Mike Rowe. The attention prompted a bemused Rowe to mention that he was in Kansas at the time.
The Mail Tribune reports that police in the city of Medford released surveillance photos of the suspect on social media, leading many people to comment that the man looked a lot like Rowe.
The TV host told the newspaper Wednesday that he "laughed out loud" when he saw the photos. He agreed the man was his doppelganger.
The Rowe lookalike is accused of demanding cash from a Chase Bank branch on Monday. Police are still looking for the real suspect.

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BERLIN (AP) -- Zoo elephants in Berlin have enjoyed a light festive snack: a late delivery of Christmas trees.
The New Year feeding of unsold pine trees has become an annual event. Zookeeper Mario Hammerschmidt says the trees are certified as pesticide-free.
Hammerschmidt said Thursday that the trees are "a good supplement to the food the elephants get during winter time."
The elephants also used the greenery to scratch themselves after keepers put them in the enclosure. But with snow on the ground and temperatures below freezing at the Tierpark, one of two zoos in the German capital, the feast didn't last long.

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BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A man has won prizes worth nearly $2,000 after being the only person to enter a contest to celebrate a Michigan city's 150th anniversary.
Taylor Langstaff had to do 25 activities in the Bay City area and stamp them off on a "passport" to win the prizes, MLive.com reported. He was the only person to submit a fully-stamped passport.
The activities included seeing a show at The State Theatre, enjoying a beer at Tri-City Brewing Co. and going on a holiday tour of homes in Bay City's Historic District.
Langstaff's prizes included restaurant gift certificates, a yearlong membership to the Bay Area Family Y, Bay City-branded T-shirts and a four-person pass to sail aboard the Appledore IV tall ship.
Because Langstaff was the only entrant, he also received second through 10th place winner prizes. He's a native of the city and volunteers at the Bay County Historical Museum.
"I love Bay City so much that this was pretty easy," Langstaff said.
The passport and contest guidelines were sent to residents in utility bills beginning in late May. Deputy City Manager Dana Muscott said this was to give residents time to complete activities in the summer, but said the long waiting period may have caused some people to forget to enter.
"If anything, people still got a great book showcasing everything you can do in Bay City," Muscott said.
Bay City is 115 miles northwest of Detroit.

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MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) -- A newly elected Pennsylvania city councilman says he should be sworn in because he's paid his debt to society for a 1993 felony drug conviction - but he really hasn't.
Corey Sanders, 45, still owes more than $36,000 in fines and restitution, according to court records.
The McKeesport councilman-elect has been seeking a pardon from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to take office after he was prevented from being sworn in with his colleagues Monday. The Democrat pleaded no contest to two felony drug counts 23 years ago and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Sanders said he addressed the fines and restitution in his pardon application, but referred further comment to his attorney, Rachel Morocco, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported (bit.ly/1PLS5ja). She didn't respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
The Board of Pardons recommends to the governor whether to grant a pardon and has a backlog of about 1,500 cases, said Gary Tuma, spokesman for Lt. Gov. and Board Chairman Michael Stack.
Tuma said the board considers the cases in the order in which they are received and it could take up to three months before the application is officially filed.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A macaque monkey who snapped clear, perfectly framed selfies that would have made the Kardashians proud still cannot own a copyright to the photos because it's an animal, not a human, a federal judge said.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick said Wednesday that Congress did not extend federal copyright law to animals. That means the monkey cannot control the rights to the photos and profit from their distribution.
The ruling came in a novel lawsuit filed last year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that sought a court order allowing PETA to represent the monkey and let it administer all proceeds from the photos for the benefit of the monkey, which it identified as 6-year-old Naruto, and other crested macaques living in a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
The photos were taken during a 2011 trip to Sulawesi by British nature photographer David Slater. The monkey took the photos by "purposely pushing the shutter release multiple times, understanding the cause-and-effect relationship between pressing the shutter release, the noise of the shutter, and the change to his reflection in the camera lens," PETA said in its lawsuit.
Slater said he was the brains behind the photos, setting up the tripod the camera was on and positioning and holding it throughout the shoot. He said the British copyright obtained for the photos by his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., should be honored worldwide. He moved to have PETA's lawsuit dismissed, arguing that "monkey see, monkey sue is not good law."
"A monkey, an animal-rights organization and a primatologist walk into federal court to sue for infringement of the monkey's claimed copyright," his attorneys wrote in court documents. "What seems like the setup for a punchline is really happening."
PETA also named as a defendant Slater's San Francisco-based self-publishing company Blurb, which published a book called "Wildlife Personalities" that includes the "monkey selfie" photos.
The photos have been widely distributed elsewhere by outlets, including Wikipedia, which contend that no one owns the copyright to the images because they were taken by an animal, not a person. Slater has said he is exploring legal action against some of those outlets.
Jeff Kerr, general counsel for PETA, said the organization will continue fighting for the monkey's rights.
"Despite this setback, legal history was made today because we argued to a federal court why Naruto should be the owner of the copyright rather than been seen as a piece of property himself," Kerr said. "This case is also exposing the hypocrisy of those who exploit animals for their own gain."

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BEAVER, Pa. (AP) -- A grenade that led authorities to evacuate a county courthouse was a gag gift intended for the newly elected sheriff, authorities said Thursday.
Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy ordered the evacuation as a precaution Wednesday after the box addressed to him was X-rayed along with other incoming mail.
The novelty gift included a real - though disarmed - World War II grenade mounted on a plaque with a sign reading, "Complaint department. Take a number." A numbered plastic ticket was attached to the grenade's pin.
The sheriff said he didn't recognize the sender's name.
"When I saw the name on the package, that's the first time I'd seen the name or heard of the person," Guy said.
County detectives quickly tracked down the sender, who explained he was simply a fan of Guy's and wanted to welcome Guy into office with a funny gift.
District Attorney David Lozier said Thursday that the sender won't be charged with a crime because his intentions were innocent. But Lozier issued a warning to others.
"Just because this is legal does not mean it's smart," he said.
The courthouse was evacuated for about 80 minutes Wednesday.

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A kitten in Russia dramatically survived with all 9 lives, when it got stranded outside an apartment building, several stories above the ground on a clothes line. 
Two quick thinking men came to the kitten's rescue when they saw the little furball dangling from the wire outside a window. It was desperately drying to pull itself back up onto the ledge, but it kept slipping.
The two men decided to grab a blanket so they could catch the kitten if it fell. One of them got a broom and started tapping the cat. While the kitten tried to fight the broom at first, holding on for dear life, it eventually fell off the wire. Luckily it went tumbling to safety into the blanket.

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"Space balls" have landed in Vietnam... And I'm not talking about copies of the movie. 
Three metal balls came crashing down on Saturday, with what witnesses describe as "thunder-like noise."
One landed next to a stream, one in a garden, they range from about 100 pounds to roughly 9 ounces. The Vietnamese military closed off the area where they were found to investigate.
So far they've determined the balls are compressed air tanks, made in Russia. Investigators aren't sure if they belong to Russia, or if that's just where they were built. 
Experts say they could be from a launch device, possibly the result of a failed satellite launch. Investigators note that since they're relatively intact, they most likely fell from a relatively low height, less than 60 miles. 

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A man in Victoria, Australia is apparently with the fact that he's a dick.  
The law student has been drawing a penis as his official signature, even on his government-approved Proof of Age Card. Jared Hyams says he's been drawing the phallic drawing for years, and he's been battling the authorities about it for the last five. 
He says it started when he drew a penis as is signature on a voting change of address form. The Australian Electoral Commission wouldn't allow it, 
so Hyams took the agency to court.
For now, he came out on top, and his license and proof of age documentation proudly show the signature he wants them to. 

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Whatever disparaging cliche you've heard about the lowly dime -- dime a dozen, nickel and dimed, dime's worth of difference -- it's not true of this dime.
No, this particular coin that's about to go to auction Thursday evening in Tampa is worth way more than 10 cents.
More like a million dollars or two.
The 1894-S dime was struck at the San Francisco Mint. Only 24 were made, and only nine likely still exist.
"There's a couple of iconic rarities in the rare coin market," said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, California. "A couple of coins have been known among the rarest of the rare for 100 years and this is one of those numismatic icons."
Hall said so few of those dimes were made at the San Francisco Mint because the country was in a recession that year and more dimes weren't needed.
Hall has graded 30 million coins in his career, including this dime. He said it's in "spectacular condition, almost perfect."
Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the auction, says on its website that an 1894-S dime "routinely sells for more than $1 million on the infrequent occasions when an example is offered at public auction, and private sales have been reported for more than $2 million."
The coin belonging to a private owner who is remaining anonymous will be auctioned during the Florida United Numismatists show.
There's also a lot of interest in what happened to the other, long-missing 1894-S dimes.
In an effort to track down some of the coins, Heritage Auctions is offering a $10,000 reward to be the first to examine any previously unreported, genuine examples of the coins.
"They could be in somebody's desk drawer. They could be sitting in somebody's bank box. People could look almost anywhere and they might show up," said Mark Borckardt, senior numismatist at Heritage Auctions.
 

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