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CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) -- A duck that lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.
Vicki Rabe-Harrison rescued Phillip the duck and, after watching a video of a 3D printer online, turned to South Park Middle School teacher Jason Jischke in Oshkosh for help.
Rabe-Harrison tells WBAY-TV that she assessed Phillip's quality of life and was planning to put him down when Jischke called to say he and his class were working on the project. It took them six weeks of trial and error to get the prosthetic feet just right.
Phillip was a bit wobbly when he first tested his new feet, but he has now joined other birds and animals at a sanctuary in Cedarburg, 20 miles north of Milwaukee.

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MADRID (AP) -- Dog owners in Madrid beware: Pick up after your pooch or face working as a street cleaner.
Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena is warning dog owners they'll face stiff fines or possibly weekend work as street cleaners if they are caught in an upcoming dog poop crackdown. Carmena says Monday that police will initially focus on two city districts where many dog owners are not cleaning up after their pets.
Dog owners could be fined up to 1,500 euros ($1,700) if caught. Carmena also says she'll propose to city councilors that offenders perform street cleaning assignments on Saturdays or Sundays as a possible substitute for the fines.

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BEIJING (AP) -- Police in northern China say an argument between construction workers escalated into a demolition derby-style clash of heavy machinery that left at least two bulldozers flipped over in a street.
In online video taken Saturday, several bulldozers are seen ramming each other while passenger cars scurry away from the cloud of dust.
The video shows one driver running unhurt out of his toppled bulldozer, a fast-moving type also known as a wheel loader, while a friendly bulldozer tries to lift it back up.
The construction workers were from two companies competing for business, Xu Feng, a local government spokesman in Hebei province's Xingtang county, said Monday. He said he couldn't disclose details about arrests or injuries until an investigation concludes.
China's construction sector has fallen on hard times, with growth down by two-thirds from its peak a decade ago. Real estate construction represents close to a quarter of China's economy, a far higher proportion than other major countries, and its slowdown is now sending ripples through industrial sectors such as steel, glass and cement, causing waves of layoffs.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- More than 5,000 prospective students have mistakenly been notified by email that they've been accepted into an upstate New York university.
University at Buffalo spokesman John DellaContrada says the mistaken email was sent Wednesday to students whose applications hadn't been fully reviewed. He says the university sent a second email about three to four hours later notifying the students of the gaffe and apologizing for it.
The university posted a statement on its website saying the "miscommunication occurred when an incorrect email list was generated from an applicant database."
The statement says it's important to note the students who received the mistaken email are still being considered for acceptance by the university.
The University at Buffalo has about 30,000 students.

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AKAROA, New Zealand (AP) -- The wedding rings were made of pasta, the ceremony was held on a pirate boat, and when it came time for the kiss, the bride and groom slurped up either end of a noodle until their lips met.
New Zealand on Saturday hosted the world's first Pastafarian wedding, conducted by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The group, which began in the U.S. as a protest against religion encroaching into public schools, has gained legitimacy in New Zealand, where authorities recently decided it can officiate weddings.
Saturday's ceremony was all about having fun. The guests came dressed as pirates and shouted plenty of hearty "Aaarrrhs." The groom, Toby Ricketts, vowed to always add salt before boiling his pasta, while bride Marianna Fenn donned a colander on her head.
The church claims that global warming is caused by pirates vanishing from the high seas, and that there is a beer volcano in heaven.
"The Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world. We know that," said marriage celebrant Karen Martyn, aka the Ministeroni. "We weren't around then and we didn't see it, but no other religion was around to see it either, and our deity is as plausible as any other."
The church has been battling to gain legal recognition around the world, with mixed success. It was formed in 2005 as a way to poke fun at efforts in Kansas public schools to teach not only evolution, but also "intelligent design" - the idea that the universe must have had a creator.
Church founder Bobby Henderson said in an email that he thought it was odd that most weddings still have such an entanglement between religion and government.
"It's sad that so many people feel pressured to do the traditional Christian wedding even when they don't relate to much of the religion," he said. "If people can find some happiness in having Pastafarian weddings, that's great, and I hope no one gives them any flack about it."
Ricketts, 35, a voiceover artist, and Fenn, 33, a lawyer and photographer, said they've been a couple for four years but decided just three weeks ago to get married, after another Pastafarian couple's plans to be first to wed fell through.
Ricketts said he found out about the church because he's been making a documentary about why religions don't pay taxes.
Fenn said she grew up on a small New Zealand island where people had alternative ideas about how to lead their lives.
"I would never have agreed to a conventional marriage, but the idea of this was too good to pass up," Fenn said. "And it's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate my relationship with Toby, but in a way that I felt comfortable with."
The wedding feast was an all-pasta affair, while the wedding cake was topped with an image of his noodliness, the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Martyn said she hoped people could find happiness in eating, drinking, being with friends and being kindhearted.
"That be what we're all about," she said.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says that dozens of inmates have been moved out of three pods at the county jail due to a month-long bedbug infestation.
Sheriff's department spokesman Mark Opgrande said that the infestation was first noticed about a month ago, and a local business that contracts with the jail tried to eradicate the bedbugs but was unsuccessful.
Opgrande said that two of the pods were heavily populated at the time, housing about 50 inmates each.
The Oklahoman reports that a Dallas-based business that specializes in bedbug extermination was called in Friday to give the jail a quote. Opgrande said that other pest control businesses will also give the jail quotes in the coming days.

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MIAMI (AP) - A 101-year-old Florida woman is getting a second chance at prom.
Eleanor Bessin says she attended her prom on a boat in Boston with a man she had been planning to marry. However, he went off to serve in World War II, and when he returned, he developed cancer and died. She still carries his picture.
Student government leaders from TERRA High School are setting up the dance for about 75 seniors at the Palace Nursing & Rehab. Nursing home staff will vote for a prom king and queen during Thursday's prom.
Resident Sadie Gilbert, 86, says she was never invited to her high school prom but will now get the chance to attend.

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CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - Don't tell Clark Voge, of Cherokee, Iowa, that lightning doesn't strike the same place twice.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the southwest Iowa man has hit two $30,000 lottery jackpots in as many months.
Voge claimed a $30,000 prize Wednesday from a scratch-off ticket. He did the same thing just a month earlier.
Both winning tickets were bought at Sparky's, a convenience store in Cherokee.
The Iowa Lottery says the odds of winning the jackpot on that scratch game are 1 in 120,211.
Voge says he plans to save most of his winnings.

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MILAN (AP) - An alleged mafia chief's appetite for pizza has cost him his freedom.
Police in Naples say they nabbed one of Italy's most-wanted crime bosses after sending an agent dressed as a pizza deliveryman to the door. The fugitive, Roberto Manganiello, was watching the Naples-Inter soccer match with his girlfriend when the operation took place this weekend in Caserta, near Naples.
Manganiello, 35, was unarmed and did not resist arrest. A fugitive since 2013, Manganiello was sought for two killings in 2004 that launched a clan feud. Police say he also ran a drug and extortion ring.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano says Sunday the arrest was "the result of a high-level investigation" with coordination across several agencies.

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BEDFORD, Texas (AP) - Some turtles having a tough time crawling out of an updated North Texas pond can now use special exit ramps.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that the small lake at Boys Ranch Park in Bedford was lined with concrete and has steeper embankments. The reptiles were having a tough time getting in and out of the water.
City workers have installed three exit ramps made of rocks to make navigation easier for the turtles and other animals, including ducks.
City spokeswoman Natalie Foster says the plan originally called for one ramp for turtles, then workers realized that wasn't enough.
The small turtle ramps measure about 5 feet long and 2 feet wide.
 

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