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NO ONE CLAIMS CHIHUAHUA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- No one has come forward to claim a wayward Chihuahua who led police on a chase across the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge earlier this week.

KNTV reports Friday that Ponch will now head to foster care. He was named after the California Highway Patrol Officer Frank Poncherello played by Erik Estrada in the 1970s television series "CHiPs."

The CHP says the small black dog led them on "quite a chase" Sunday and posted a video of it running furiously on the upper level of the bridge while being trailed by a motorcycle officer.

A spokeswoman for the city's Department of Animal Care and Control said the dog wore a tag decorated with a human skull, but it had no identification.

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STUFFED DOG GOES TO SPACE

LONDON (AP) -- Sam the Dog has gone where no stuffed animal has gone before - into the stratosphere and the English unknown.

Teachers and pupils at an elementary school in Morecambe in northwest England strapped the white fluffy school mascot to a high-altitude helium balloon and launched him from a hotel roof Tuesday. They recorded his rapid ascent some 15 miles (24 kilometers) into the atmosphere, much higher than planned, and captured the trip with an on-board video camera.

After the balloon burst, Sam disappeared. The school hoped to retrieve him, but he was missing from the site where the balloon's camera and GPS system landed some 30 miles (50 kilometers) to the east.

They have launched a social media-driven hunt for Sam in hopes that someone in northern England will find him.

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MAN CLIMS ROCK GETS STUCK AND BUSTED FOR DRUGS

MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) -- A man who had to be rescued when he climbed a California cliff to propose to his girlfriend via cellphone video later was acting erratically and was found to be high on methamphetamine, authorities said Friday.

Morro Bay Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said that 27-year-old Michael Banks was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.

Knuckles said Banks climbed to the top of the cliff early Thursday to propose. Banks got stuck on the way down. No one has spoken to the girlfriend. Knuckles said Friday that he didn't know if the proposal was real only that Banks told "several people" during the rescue that he had asked for her hand in marriage. Police were not immediately available for comment.

Banks "took a different trail down, much steeper" and became stranded, said Capt. Todd Gailey. "He couldn't go any direction, on a sheer ledge, with his feet dangling 80 feet off the ground."

Rescuers called in a helicopter, and a crew member descended by cable to hoist Banks from the narrow ledge.

Banks was calm for most of the ordeal, but "a little unnerved" at that part, Gailey said. He was not hurt.

About 4 p.m. Thursday Banks was arrested when witnesses reported he was acting erratically.

Morro Rock is a 600-foot landmark just offshore from the community of Morro Bay. Climbing is banned, but some go anyway, and there have been several fatal falls over the years. Banks will be charged for the chopper ride.

Banks said nothing during the rescue about any second thoughts on his choice of setting for the proposal, Gailey said.

However, the fire captain said others should consider a place "where you're not in danger of falling off a cliff."

Banks has been booked into jail and isn't available for comment.

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MAN SETS UP FAKE DUI CHECK POINT, GETS BUSTED FOR DUI

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man set up a fake drunken-driving checkpoint only to be charged with drunken driving himself when real troopers arrived to investigate.

The (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/1S1iydK ) says 20-year-old Logan Shaulis will be sentenced June 27. He pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving, possessing instruments of crime, and impersonating a public servant.

Police say Shaulis used a flashing blue light bar, parked diagonally across state Route 601 and set up road flares about 4 a.m. on May 30.

A motorist who stopped says Shaulis claimed he was a trooper with the "drug and alcohol division" and demanded to see her identification.

When police arrived, Shaulis tried to hand a BB pistol to the car's passenger, saying he couldn't get caught with it.

Shaulis' attorney says Shaulis has since completed substance abuse treatment.

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NIGHTMARE DOLL TRYING TO BE SOLD FOR A DOLLAR.

In the market for a new best friend? 

A creepy Craigslist ad featuring a so-called laughing doll is sending chills down the spines of social media users after it was unearthed online Tuesday.

With black, beady eyes, a ruffled black dress and a single flower in her hand, the delicate doll appears straight out of a horror movie. As the Oklahoma City-area seller explains: “Our daughter doesn’t want it anymore.

“Our dog won’t stop barking at it and we never find it where we left it. Doll has really cute laugh. No batteries,” the ad’s description reads.

A photo of the ad was uploaded to Imgur and Reddit. There it amassed a long line of emphatic “nopes” by commenters.

One less-than-impressed Imgur user noted that the doll is “barely abnormal” when you check out the market for such items online.

“Search EBay for ‘Haunted Dolls,’” they wrote. “There’s a bunch, with back stories, going for a lot more than a dollar.”

Indeed, there appear to be never-ending eBay listings for “haunted” dolls, with their prices ranging from a few dollars to $5,650.

As the Huffington Post reported last year, some of these so-called haunted dolls are collectors items.

An attempt to reach the Oklahoma seller for comment was not immediately successful.

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MAN'S GAG GIFT TURNS HIM INTO UNDERWEAR MODEL

Fame isn't putting a dent in Brendon Williams' sense of humor. The boudoir poses that started off as a gag gift for his wife's birthday created such a response on social media that the British Columbia father with a lot of hair and a bit of a belly landed an unusual modeling gig for American Eagle: a real video advertising its fictitious Aerie line of comfy undies for men, reports the Vancouver Sun. And the professional online poker player who calls himself a practical joker isn't stopping there. "Underwear's kind of where I've made my mark on this world, I guess," he says, per CBC News. "If my butt made it to Times Square, who knows where it could go next?"

It all started when Williams chose Masika May Photography, which appears to do "dudeoir" photos of men on a regular basis, to capture him in various sexy poses for his wife. But his wife actually loved them, and suddenly the private pics were no longer private. Now fans can catch Williams in action in the Aerie ad on YouTube, which was viewed nearly 2 million times in just two weeks. And while Williams is clearly playing a role in the ad—he's "Doug"—he admits the experience has actually improved his self-esteem. "I don't think I have the greatest body in the world, obviously, but this has made me go a little bit easier on myself," he says. And why not? Mashable, after all, calls his dudeoir photos "beyond stunning." (One presidential candidate has his own underwear line.)

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DONALD IN THE BUFF

TRUMP POSES NUDE IN LONDON ART GALLERY: A controversial nude portrait of Donald Trump has been put on display in The Maddox Gallery in London, UK. The Los Angeles artist Illma Gore has received death threats as a result of the piece which was reportedly censored in the US. Gore told Storyful her painting was “about the significance we place on our physical selves.” Gore gained international attention in January when she offered people the chance to have their names tattooed on her body for as little as $10.

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PADDLEBOARDER KNOCKED OFF BOARD BY SHARK

A 56-year-old man was paddle boarding off the coast of Jupiter, Florida when he had a close encounter with a shark.

On Thursday, Maximo Trinidad was recording himself using a GoPro camera when he was upended by a five-foot spinner shark while he was in the water.

He told IE: "I was excited to experience the shark jumping at me so close. It is a unique experience to have this shark coming so close to you and thank God nothing happened." 

Spinner sharks are known for taking spinning leaps out of the water.

Luckily for Trinidad, the shark didn’t jump and the only thing airborne at that moment was him as he went flying off his board.

He was not hurt and climbed back on the paddle board.

In 2015, there was a shark attack epidemic with 59 people getting attacked in the United States, 30 of the attacks were in Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission say that Florida has a diverse shark population.

They say: “Experts believe that most shark attacks are cases of mistaken identity, which explains why nearly all shark attacks that occur in Florida waters are of a bite-and-release nature."

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OLDEST MAN WITH TATTOO

Great-granddad Jack Reynolds has set a new world record for Oldest person to receive their first tattoo, after going under the needle on his 104th birthday.

Jack, from Chesterfield, UK, had "Jacko 6.4.1912" tattooed on his upper arm at local parlour Pete Who's this morning.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain before getting his record-breaking tattoo, he said he was "apprehensive" but added: "But I'm looking forward to it."

Showing no obvious sense of anxiety during the procedure, Jack joked: "I'd rather be doing this than getting a haircut."

The former railway line foreman has already raised £2,146 for independent charity Ashgate Hospice which cares for terminally ill adults across North Derbyshire by attempting the record.

His daughter Jayne Goodwin, 55, and grandson Shane Spencer, 35, also who got the same tattoo.

Proud Jayne said afterwards: "I'm really proud of him. He's my superhero”.

"He initially joked about getting it on his bottom, but then wasn't too keen on having to get out his bum to show people."

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WOMAN GETS SASSY WITH POLICE

BOCA RATON, Fla. --A Florida woman was arrested Monday after she repeatedly called 911 to report that her car had been stolen, even after officers arrived to investigate,

Lisa Makris, 45, made the first of her eight calls to 911 at 4:54 a.m. Monday, according to a Boca Raton police report.

When asked by a dispatcher where her car was last seen, Makris reportedly replied that she didn't know, "because I had a blackout from drinking."

Makris called three more times to make sure that a police officer was coming to meet her.

She called again after an officer arrived, saying the officer who responded was "not being professional enough."

She later referred to the officer as "an amateur," WKMG reports.

Eventually, the dispatcher reminded Makris that 911 is meant to be used in life-or-death emergencies, and provided Makris with a number for non-emergency calls.

After a final warning, Makris was arrested on a charge of misuse of the 911 system.

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