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HADLEY, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts woman who has been living in a tiny house she built as a college student is leaving town after voters rejected a proposal that would have made her dwelling legal.
The Republican of Springfield reports voters at a town meeting in Hadley on Thursday decided not to legalize backyard cottages.
Sarah Hastings has been living in her 190-square-foot home on a parcel owned by another couple for the last year. She built the home while she was an architecture studies student at Mount Holyoke College.
Some residents had objected to the tiny house because Hastings failed to go through the required permitting process.
She was given a day to move out. Hastings says she'll try to find another location for her house.

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Police in Maine say a 12-year-old boy stole a school bus and went on a brief joy ride before being stopped by a man who followed the vehicle and took control of it.
Bangor police say John St. Germain and his girlfriend saw the bus being driven by someone who appeared to be too young to have a license. They began following the bus and called police.
They say that when the bus stopped at an intersection, St. Germain got out of his car and onto the bus, taking control of it.
The 12-year-old was taken into custody.
The Bangor Police Department gave St. Germain an award on Wednesday. Sgt. Tim Cotton says he probably saved much property damage and even injury or death to the boy.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida man who threw an alligator through a drive-thru window is now throwing himself on the mercy of the court.
The Palm Beach Post reports that 24-year-old Joshua James agreed in court Friday to plead guilty to unspecified misdemeanor charges on May 31 and let Judge Barry Cohen decide his sentence.
James was arrested in February on charges that he threw the 3 1/2-foot gator into a Wendy's last October. He was charged with several felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon.
James told WPTV that he is sorry for throwing the alligator and said it was stupid stunt. He had found the gator by the side of the road.
No one was hurt by the gator, which was captured and returned to the wild.

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- A semi carrying beehives crashed on a Wyoming highway, unleashing millions of bees that hovered in a giant swarm over the roadway.
The Laramie Boomerang reports beekeepers were called out to handle the buzzing mass, which Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Aren Peter said stretched a football field length in every direction.
Peter says the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the truck veered off the roadway, landing on its side. Peter said the driver refused medical attention and was more worried about recovering the bees and getting back on the road.
Peter says he remained in his car while responding to the crash for fear he would get stung.

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HOUSTON (AP) -- A 7-year-old Houston girl managed to get out of an after-school program with a fake excuse note that she wrote herself, in large print with misspellings.
The girl's father, Charlie Dahu (DAY'-hoo), told KTRK-TV that his daughter was wrong to write the note, but that it's obvious it was written by a child.
The note says, "I want Rosabella to go too dus 131 today."
With the note, Rosabella was able to take a bus home, rather than participating in an after-school program. But the girl couldn't get into her house. She spent part of the afternoon outside, until asking a neighbor to let her use the bathroom.
The neighbor kept Rosabella until her father was located.
The Sheldon Independent School District says the incident is under investigation.

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Las Vegas, NV -  The "Slot-Zilla" in Las Vegas is a slot machine-inspired zip-line ride at the city's "Fremont Street Experience." But visitors beneath the ride recently may have felt more inspired to hit the showers than play the slots, after a teenage rider reportedly showered them with his own urine.
Cazimere Ferguson, who was visiting from Honolulu described the incident, "Like a lot of liquid coming from above us, just showering from head to toe our back and top of the head dripping down, and we thought it was some sort of water, maybe some drinks or beer." 
Fremont Street's marketing director reportedly said the teen's parents apologized for the nasty stunt.

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New York is staging a show with 2,000 pigeons tagged with LED lights illuminating the city's night sky.
For its premiere Thursday, the birds were released at sunset from coops aboard a former aircraft carrier docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Improvising their own choreography, the flock swooped, twirled and glided through the sky above the East River for the show called "Fly by Night."
"It's almost like this shooting star going across the skyline," said artist Duke Riley, who created the 30-minute spectacle on the Brooklyn waterfront. (See video and photo below)
LED light bands are attached to a bird's leg and remote-controlled from the Baylander, a decommissioned Navy ship from the Vietnam era.
Spectators lined a grandstand on land, surrounded by taped sounds of birds cooing and flapping their wings as the pigeons perched atop the warship, waiting for the sky to darken.
Then a hush descended on the scene as Riley and several assistants, hollering and blowing whistles, waved garbage bags - simulating hawks - over the vessel to start the flock flying around. 
The spectacle, which runs each weekend through June 12, is free of charge but requires online reservations. There's already a waiting list.
Riley selected the Brooklyn Navy Yard for his light show because nearby, on an artificial island, the Navy housed its first messenger-pigeon fleet in the early 20th century.
The project by the 43-year-old artist and Boston native is presented by Creative Time, a New York-based nonprofit that sponsors public art. He says he was inspired for "Fly by Night" after reading an old military manual on training pigeons for night missions.
About two-thirds of the birds were donated by people from New York's pigeon community who were forced to give up their birds because of their housing situations. Others are on loan from friends.
They come in an array of colors, some with silver heads, others with black stripes, and one with a red beak.
Equipping thousands of pigeons with LED lights was a project unto itself - a team effort led by a company called 10xBETA based at the Navy Yard. It took a technician in China to create a pigeon-light circuit. And an American manufacturer made containers for the equipment that volunteers snapped into the leg bands.
The cost of the project was not disclosed.
The show also celebrates the vanishing hobby of keeping pigeons on the rooftops of Brooklyn's historic waterfront. In the 1960s, thousands of people did that, but now, there are fewer than 200 raising pigeons in New York.
When the show is over in June, many of the birds will go to a Brooklyn man who lost hundreds of his pigeons in a fire earlier this year.
It's not the first time Riley has used homing pigeons for his performance art. He says he smuggled cigars from Havana to Key West, Florida, in a 2013 project called "Trading With the Enemy."
"Pigeons suffer a PR problem," said Creative Time curator Meredith Johnson. "People have this sense that they're rats with wings. But pigeons are incredibly complex."
"He wants to bring them out of the shadows," she said of Riley.


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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) - Court documents show that a Utah school district paid more than $10,000 for a student's medical expenses after she was injured while wearing so-called drunk goggles in a 2014 exercise.
The Standard-Examiner reports that the parents of then-13-year-old Kylie Nielsen sued the Davis School District and former teacher Rick Smith for negligence and recklessness. The suit says Smith encouraged students to play tag while wearing goggles designed to simulate drunkenness, an activity that caused Nielsen to break her ankle in multiple places.
In its response, the district says Smith failed to act with reasonable care.
Smith no longer works for the school district and has not yet responded to the lawsuit. Efforts to contact him have been unsuccessful.
The lawsuit has been assigned to pilot program meant to reduce time and litigation costs.

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HOUSTON (AP) - Danesiah Neal wanted chicken tenders for her school lunch. Instead, the Houston-area eighth-grader got a grilling from police over whether she used a fake $2 bill to pay for it.
KTRK-TV reports a Fort Bend Independent School District police officer questioned the girl before taking the $2 bill to a bank, which verified the currency.
The district said on its website Friday that nobody was charged and that it will continue investigating other potential counterfeit cases.
Neal was getting lunch last school year at Christa McAuliffe Middle School when a cafeteria worker used a pen that mistakenly identified the bill as counterfeit.
The girl's grandmother says Danesiah had no other money and missed lunch.
KTRK-TV reports the case is among eight counterfeiting investigations against students at Fort Bend since the 2013-2014 school year.

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Santa Barbara, CA - A Las Vegas elementary school teacher could be in trouble with the law. She's under investigation after someone resembling her stole thousands of dollars worth of wine from a California resort-- and that theft appears to have been caught on surveillance cameras. 
She's been dubbed 'The Blonde Bandit -- caught on camera at the center of an unprecedented heist.
While hundreds of people were tasting and toasting at the World of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara, one woman was busy doing something else. 
Event President Leslie Mead Renaud was packing up for the night when she noticed five cases of her wine -- worth more than two-thousand dollars -- were missing.
"There were a bunch of other people looking around for their wine and that's when I heard that somebody had just walked off with cases," Renaud said. 
That somebody, she says, is the woman known as the Blonde Bandit. 
"People from the resort also saw her. They thought that she was with the World of Pinot.  The people with the World of Pinot thought that she was with the resort," said Renaud. 
Shots from Bacara Resort surveillance cameras show the woman in her distinctive zigzagged black and white shirt at the hotel desk.
Then, outside with at least one man loading cases of wine off a luggage cart and into a waiting truck. So could she have bought the wine? Renaud says absolutely not. 
"Because it's completely illegal for anybody to be able to buy or sell wine at the event." she said. 
Renaud says at least five people including herself had cases of wine stolen, the estimated value is as much as $10,000. 
Police say the woman's name is Heather Ogle, and she's a first grade teacher at Goolsby Elementary School. 
When Renaud heard who police say the thief was, she wasn't surprised. She says Ogle has been suspected of taking wine in the past, even wearing the same shirt when she did it at a different event.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff investigated and forwarded the case to the district attorney there, with a recommendation for prosecution on charges of felony grand theft.
Renaud says Ogle's attorney has already called her to broker a deal.
Ogle's attorney says she hasn't been charged with any crime, but they are aware of an ongoing investigation against her. 
 

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