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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - A Florida man is facing theft charges after police say he tried to steal a snake from a pet store in St. Petersburg on Monday.
Pinellas County deputies said Travis Treder went into Animal House Pet Center, located at 950 34th St. N and put a baby python down the left front pocket of his pants.
Workers tried stopping Treder before he got to the front door. According to the arrest report, Treder pushed an employee out of his way.
A witness and staff worker held Treder to the ground with zip ties until detectives arrived.
The store owner said the python is valued at $149 dollars.
Treder was arrested and charged with petit theft and resisting a merchant.

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BURIEN, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists.
Police in the Seattle suburb of Burien said the driver crashed into a rock in someone's yard after being clocked going 112 mph Wednesday morning.
Witnesses told police that the man ran from the crash but returned to grab his pet monkey out of the car. He then fled with the monkey on his back.            
Police Capt. Bryan Howard says responding officers identified the 30-year-old Burien man easily - because he still had a monkey on his back.
They arrested him for fleeing the scene of a crash. But the monkey refused to be held by officers. They had to call the man's mother to pick up the animal.

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Even if you don't lick your fingers when you eat KFC, you might have an excuse to now. KFC Hong Kong has released a line of nail polish. Yes, you read that right. It comes in two flavors: Original Recipe and Hot & Spicy. 
The 'Finger Lickin' Good Edible Nail Polish' is actually edible, and it aims to keep the brand at its customers' fingertips -- literally. 
The directions are pretty simple, you just apply, let dry, and then lick. It reportedly tastes just like the friend chicken, but we'll have to wait to try it out since it's not in America yet. 

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members.
Tourists in Ketchikan often stop by looking for a restroom, and some decide to stay longer, First City Homeless Services chairwoman Evelyn Erbele told the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.
"If we have a snack, they'll take the snack and they'll sit there and watch TV," Erbele said. "It's called 'audacity,' isn't it?"
The shelter relies on donations and funding from the city and its borough, and it's requesting more money from officials. Ketchikan is called the First City because it's the first stop in southeast Alaska for ships traveling the Inside Passage.
Last year, 38 cruise ships stopped there, bringing 944,500 visitors to this community of 8,200 people, according to the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. The homeless shelter had 365 visitors that year.
"It's a shelter, and we don't turn anybody away," Erbele told The Ketchikan Daily News on Tuesday.
Chris Alvarado, the shelter's services manager, said he sees why tourists come to the shelter, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week.
"Sometimes some of the stores are not open really early, (so) sometimes people will come up here and get coffee and just hang out," Alvarado said.
While few people end up donating to the shelter, Alvarado said it doesn't bother him.
"We are for the homeless, but we're also for the community, for anybody, who needs a safe place to stay," he said. "This door is open for anybody who needs resources. ... I just can't see myself turning somebody away for a cup of coffee even if they're not from here or they're using the bathroom or if they needed a break from walking around."
First City Homeless Services has a $77,635 budget this year and is requesting $14,000 from the borough, according to its application.
Ketchikan is widely known for wanting a bridge to connect the island town to its airport on a neighboring island. But that span, which became known as the Bridge to Nowhere, became a deriding example of congressional earmarks and hasn't been built. Visitors can only reach Ketchikan by sea or air.

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MADRID (AP) -- Officials say a hippopotamus that escaped from a visiting circus caused some traffic chaos and not a little diversion when he strolled easily along a street in the southwestern town of Palos de la Frontera.
A town spokesman said the animal escaped late Wednesday while being transferred from one pen to another, and then wandered out onto a town road.
Videos posted on Twitter show the hippopotamus in the middle of the street, blocking traffic as people tried to attract its attention.
The spokesman said Thursday that town residents enjoyed the incident as they saw the animal posed no danger.
He said the incident lasted some 15 minutes before circus workers coaxed it back to a pen.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with town hall regulations.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A bank robber who left a trail of cash as he ran from the scene of the crime has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 41-year-old Cameron Boddie of Dellwood pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday.
Authorities say Boddie dropped thousands of dollars in cash as he fled a Commerce Bank branch in University City on Feb. 25, 2015. Bills were found on a sidewalk, on streets and in a stairwell. Dogs and the dropped money helped authorities track down the robber in Clayton, where Boddie was arrested near a parking garage.
Police say Boddie had only about $100 in $1 bills left on him.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Officers from the New York Police Department are shaking their booties in response to a challenge to participate in the Running Man Challenge dance-off.
The NYPD was challenged by New Zealand police and subsequently posted a video on its Facebook page showing some uniformed officers dancing with a group of students from a Brooklyn school.
The Running Man Challenge asks participants to film themselves dancing to Ghost Town DJ's song, "My Boo."
The caption of the NYPD video says, "#RunningManChallenge accepted, NZ Police Recruitment!"
The video ends with one officer pretending to talk into his hand radio and then jokingly dropping it.
The NYPD has extended a challenge to the Fire Department of New York, the Boston Police Department and police in Scotland.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A Philadelphia woman who was arrested after she refused to answer questions during a traffic stop in New Jersey has sued state police, claiming troopers violated basic rules by arresting her for remaining silent.
Rebecca Musarra, an attorney, filed the federal civil rights lawsuit after the Oct. 16 stop on Route 519 near the border with Pennsylvania in Warren County, NJ.com reported. At least three troopers insisted after she was pulled over that refusing to answer questions was a criminal act, according to the lawsuit.
Spokesmen for the state police and the attorney general's office, which is representing the troopers, declined to comment on the allegations. State police spokesman Capt. Stephen Jones said the department's internal affairs office conducts a review any time misconduct is alleged.
"In the event that problems are identified, training and/or disciplinary measures are implemented where appropriate," Jones said in an email.
Lawyers for the state have sought in court filings to have the case dismissed, claiming that the troopers "acted in good faith and without fraud or malice."
A trooper pulled Musarra over for suspected speeding, requested her license, registration and insurance, and asked if she knew why she was being pulled over, according to dash camera footage obtained by NJ.com through an open records request. Musarra said she provided the documents but didn't respond to the troopers.
"You're going to be placed under arrest if you don't answer my questions," one of the troopers told her before she was handcuffed and taken to a police station. Musarra asked the troopers if she was being detained, and one of the troopers said, "Yeah, obstruction."
Musarra said a supervisor watched dashboard camera footage and let her go without charges.

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Alright, here's a new one. One man apparently doesn't want God to interfere with his life, or come within 100 feet of him. 
David Shoshan, who lives in Haifa, Israel, has filed a restraining order against none other, than God.
In court on Tuesday, he told the judge God has been very negative to him over the last 3 years. He said he had tried to get a restraining order through police but it didn't work out, so he took his request to the courts instead. 
The judge however, thought the whole thing was silly. He threw out Shoshan's request and suggested the man get help from someone other than police. 
Court documents show God didn't attend the hearing. 

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TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan couple who faced jail after they borrowed a novel and a Dr. Seuss book from a local library and held onto them long past their return dates will remain free.
Cathy and Melvin Duren of Tecumseh were charged with failure to return rental property and a judge told them in April that they faced up to 93 days and a $500 fine.
The charges arose because the Durens owed about $35 in late fees for "The Rome Prophecy," borrowed from Tecumseh Public Library in April 2015, and because they lost "A Hatful of Seuss" borrowed by their teenage son in July 2014.
The Daily Telegram of Adrian reports that the Lenawee County prosecutor's office dismissed the misdemeanor charges Tuesday in exchange for the Durens paying the past-due book fees and the cost of replacing the Dr. Seuss book.

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