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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana county plans to dispose of more than three dozen Cold War-era sanitation kits meant to provide makeshift bathroom facilities for fallout shelters.
Forty-two fiberboard drums labeled "SK IV Sanitation Kit" were shipped to Gallatin County in January 1964, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.
The kits contain a toilet seat, commode liner, 10 rolls of toilet paper that people were cautioned to "USE SPARINGLY," along with commode chemical. The seat fits on top of the lined drum.
The kits are a reminder of "the subtle but real fear of a nuclear World War III," said Shane Hope, an archaeologist in the county's Historic Preservation Board.
After county officials determined they didn't need the kits any more, they found out the Department of Defense didn't want them back. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had no use for them, either.
The county has offered some of the kits to museums. The rest may be sold at auction. A value and date haven't been set.
The kits include instructions for setting up and using the commodes. When the waste reaches "the level of the sanitary fill line on the drum," users are instructed to put on the included rubber gloves, use the included wire tie to close up the liner and put the lid back on the drum.
"DO NOT REMOVE THE FILLED BAGS FROM THE DRUM," the instructions caution. And if you need to move the drum, it is preferable to slide it across the floor instead of tilting or lifting.
The drums, which were furnished by the Office of Civil Defense, also included drinking cups and a can opener to open metal cans of food or to pry lids from water-storage drums.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500's first official poet since the early 20th century.
Adam Henze of Bloomington beat out more than 200 others who submitted Indy 500-themed poems for the contest co-sponsored by Indiana Humanities.
The competition revives an Indy 500 tradition from the 1920s, when an official poem was included in the race day program.
Henze is an educator and a doctoral candidate at IU. He receives a $1,000 cash prize and two tickets to the 100th running of the race on May 29.
His poem is titled "For Those Who Love Fast, Loud Things." It will appear in the official race program. Henze also will read his winning poem at the Speedway during qualification weekend.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman has been arrested again on marijuana charges after law enforcement raided his restaurant and cannabis temple.
Ed Forchion was arrested Wednesday along with 10 other people after a raid of his business across the street from Trenton City Hall, officials said.
Forchion opened a restaurant, NJ Weedman's Joint, and an attached cannabis church last year. He sued Trenton police last month, saying they infringed on his religious rights by shutting down the cannabis temple for staying open too late.
Acting Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said Thursday that the narcotics task force had received information that Forchion was distributing marijuana and had received complaints from the community about "constant foot traffic in and out of the establishment at all hours."
Police say they found more than 1,100 grams of marijuana, 32 grams of edible marijuana candy, more than a pound of marijuana butter and a jar with $85 in it that said "Nothing is free donate."
Recreational marijuana is illegal in New Jersey. Forchion wasn't immediately available to comment Thursday.
Forchion told The Associated Press last month that many of his 600 congregants gathered in his temple late at night, some to smoke marijuana on a property that includes a large white cross festooned with ornamental marijuana leaves.
Forchion often campaigns for political office under the banner of marijuana legalization. And Forchion, who is black, has been on a long crusade in the courts, claiming that marijuana laws infringe on his Rastafarian religion and unfairly discriminate against black people.
He has spent time in and out of prison for marijuana possession. In 2012, federal agents in California raided his pot farm, confiscating 600 plants. Forchion filed a petition last month with the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge his 2010 conviction for marijuana possession. Previous efforts in New Jersey's state courts have failed.
The restaurant's clocks are all stuck at the time of 4:20. And the joint offers $4.20 specials that include the "Fully Baked Burger." For $7.10, customers could get the "Budz Nugz," grilled salmon nuggets over a bed of mixed greens.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Police say a Pittsburgh man driving a stolen car ditched the vehicle and jumped into a river to escape from authorities. Police say after being captured, he fled naked from a hospital and hid inside a dumpster.
Police first chased 30-year-old James Edward Williams when a detective saw him driving a stolen car Wednesday morning. Police say Williams abandoned the car and ran through a recycling yard, where he pushed a steel shelving unit onto an officer. They say he later tried to swim away in the Ohio River.
His foot got tangled in a barge's rope and he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital. Later Wednesday, he ran naked from the hospital and was found hiding in a garbage container.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Williams.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Police say a man wearing only a T-shirt during a snowstorm would have frozen to death at the base of an Arizona mountain had it not been for an alert 2-year-old black Labrador mix.
Flagstaff officer Melissa Seay says the dog named Marley heard the man's cries for help, according to The Arizona Daily Sun.
The dog's owner, John Paul Roccaforte, said he let Marley go outside around 1 a.m. when he started barking and wouldn't stop.
"He just kind of starts really sniffing around and then starts barking," Roccaforte said. "He just wouldn't let up. He was relentless."
Roccaforte said he went outside and eventually heard someone moaning and calling for help. He called 911. Paramedics and law enforcement arrived around 1:20 a.m.
First responders found a man who appeared to be in his mid-20s lying in a secluded area nearby. The man was wearing only a T-shirt with no coat. It was about 32 degrees at the time.
"If that dog hadn't heard him out there, he would have definitely frozen to death for sure," Seay said. "He was soaking wet. He had cuts and abrasions all over his legs because he had fallen. He was just sitting there freezing. He couldn't even walk. Without a doubt, he would have died due to exposure."
The man was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. He survived his injuries, though the hospital has not released an update on the man's condition.
After the rescue Marley was rewarded with cuddles and treats as well as an informal hero designation, which Roccaforte said the pup doesn't think too much of.
"He was his regular old self," Roccaforte said. "He was like, 'Yeah, I'm just doing my job.'"

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HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback from Washington to his 50th high school reunion in Michigan.
Vern Herrst, 67, began his trip Friday from the Methow Valley in northern Washington in hopes of reaching Howell before the reunion in August, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell reported. He plans to ride his 12-year-old horse, Nikki, through Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
"I always wanted to do something like this - and who knows how many more chances I'll have," he said.
The trip is also a fundraiser to support agencies that helped in Herrst's fight against myeloproliferative disease, a blood disorder similar to leukemia. Herrst hopes to bring in $1 or more per mile on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Washington/Alaska Chapter.
"They were great to me, and I wanted to do something for them," he said.
Herrst expects to travel between 20 and 25 miles per day until he enters Michigan sometime in July at a point near Iron Mountain in the western Upper Peninsula. But he's still not quite sure how he'll make it across the Mackinac Bridge to get to the Lower Peninsula.
As a former long-haul trucker, Herrst has seen thousands of miles of countryside, but he's is looking seeing the country from a different perspective as he passes through mountains, plains, and farmlands on horseback. At night, he plans to roll out a sleeping bag and sleep under the stars or climb into a tent if it's raining.
Herrst will post updates from the road on his Facebook page, 2016 Great Northern Horse Adventure, so friends, family and anyone else who's interested can keep up with his adventure.

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JACKSON, Miss. - Oklahoma drivers know a thing or two about potholes, but one Mississippi man got so fed up with the nuisance that he decided to get the city's attention in a unique way.
"After 14 calls to 311, I thought it was time to do something different," said Eddie Prosser.
Prosser says a huge pothole in the middle of his residential street has been a nightmare for drivers.
Prosser told WJTV that the pothole appeared about 16 months ago, which caused two smaller potholes to form about a year ago.
When his calls for help went unanswered, Prosser decided to throw a party.
Balloons and a big card adorned a caution sign on the pothole, reading, "Happy Birthday Pothole" and "I've been here for over a year."
After the 'party,' WAPT reports that city crews filled the potholes.

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It looked like either a terrifying disaster, or the Disney movie 'Dumbo' come to life. 
On Wednesday, a helicopter carried an electronic elephant from the Jungle Cruise ride over Disneyland. 
The park's planner said the elephant machine had a problem with its neck, so it had been removed for repairs, and this was the return back to Disneyland.
Of course, the flying elephant went viral online, with people snapping pictures of the unusual sight from all angles. 
The elephant delivery also came with an artificial tree, and an electronic python, all of which were part of the Jungle Cruise ride.

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Police in Barcelona, Spain are trying to find two people who were caught on camera having sex at a subway station. 
People were literally walking by as it was going on, but somehow police didn't notice at the time. Officers say it's possible the pair wasn't actually having sex, and instead may have been doing some kind of performance, but that's unclear. Either way, they could still face charges. 
If they were trying to keep their relationship underground, clearly this was not the best way to do that. 

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Ask any Harry Potter fan and they'll tell you that the first page of the very first book brings back of a wave of wizard-ing nostalgia.
That's certainly the case for Meredith McCardle, who claims on her Twitter page that "Harry Potter is a religion." The author recently took her obsession to a new level when she gave a fresh meaning to the term witch"craft."
In a rather ambitious DIY endeavor that might have required a little bit of magic on her end, McCardle painted an entire wall in her home with the text of the first page of author J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
"I'm a writer myself, so I wanted to transform my home office into a place of inspiration," McCardle told TODAY Home in an email.
"It was only natural to choose the first page of Harry Potter because those books were what kickstarted my love of children's and young adult literature."
To create the wall, McCardle borrowed an overhead project from her mom, who's a teacher. She then printed off the first page of the book on transparent film and projected it onto the wall. (Yes, exactly like you used to do in elementary school.)
Next, she traced all of the letters on the wall with a pencil and then painted each one. Voila!
In the end, McCardle finished her project with a level of perfection and attention to detail that even Rowling approved.
If you're inspired to try your hand at creating a wall like McCardle's of your own, she shared four tips with TODAY to help you get the same look.
1.Measure each line as you go and don't rely on the projector to stay straight. She learned that the hard way.
2. Use good quality paint. "Trust me when I say you will not want to do a second coat. I used interior wall paint. It took less than a quart to cover the wall."
3. If there's such a thing as a pencil that doesn't smudge, use it! "I just used a regular pencil, and I had to go back and clean all of the smudge marks off the wall when I was done painting. That was easily the most annoying part of the project."
4. Have patience, listen to some upbeat music, and trust that it's going to be amazing when it's done!

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