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BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet.
Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover. But photos of his blood-splattered bathroom in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, were testimony to his ordeal.
The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor. After his wife tied a rope around the snake, Attaporn pried open its jaws before passing out.
Emergency workers dismantled the Asian-style squat toilet, with the python still twined through it. The snake was taken away to be released back into the wild, according to an emergency responder cited by the newspaper Thai Rath.
Doctors said Attaporn, bloodied but unbowed, will recover.
"He has a really good attitude... even though his own wife and children were in shock. He's been smiling and giving interviews all day from his bed." hospital director Dr. Chutima Pincharoen said.

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HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP) -- Workers raising a waterfront home in New Jersey made a nautical discovery: a 44-foot wooden boat from the 19th century.
The 12-foot wide vessel, its rudder fully intact, was found beneath Eileen Scanlon's Highlands bungalow on Wednesday, the Asbury Park Press reported. The boat likely was used to transport coal and other good along local waterways, and pieces of coal were found scattered along the floor.
Rumors of the vessel's existence had circulated for years. Scanlon got a peek of what looked like a rudder through the home's crawlspace shortly after buying it in 2010, but she didn't anticipate the size and scope of the boat. It's built from 3-inch-thick wooden plants and is held together with 18-inch iron nails.
Scanlon temporarily stopped construction under the house and called Russell Card of the Historical Society of Highlands.
"It was beyond amazing," Card said. "I've heard about it before and the first time I ever saw it was yesterday. I never realized it was so big. I was amazed at the craftsmanship of it."
The property was once a dock of sorts and people used to roll boats on wheels to get to and from the water, said Card, who believes someone left the boat and built the home around it.
The boat will be destroyed, but Scanlon plans to place the bow in her garden.

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HELSINKI (AP) -- A Norwegian consumers' group took inspiration from "slow television" to produce a marathon webcast of a team of readers going through the fine print of terms and conditions of downloadable apps.
Finn Myrstad from the Norwegian Consumer Council says the idea was to point out the "absurdity" and even illegality of some of the conditions. The Runkeeper apologized to its 45 million users after the council revealed that it was tracking and sending user information to a third party even when not in use.
Myrstad said the team decided to read and analyze the small print of some 20 apps over six months, discovering that many of them broke the law.
"We got the idea from slow TV, and we wanted to expose the absurdity of the terms and conditions of when you download an app," he told the AP. "You usually don't read them because either too long or complicated, and many of them breach consumer law and data protection laws."
The show began on Tuesday morning, with the team reading through the terms of around 30 popular apps. It ended 32 hours later. The council later tweeted a 12-second recap of the broadcast.
Norway has popularized "slow television," putting five hours of knitting, a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing live on TV.

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LEETSDALE, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania school district has apologized after quotes from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and an Islamic State leader were printed in the graduating class section of this year's high school yearbook.
"Though the content of the quotes was reviewed thoroughly, the attributions clearly were not," Quaker Valley School District officials said in a statement Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported the situation.
The Hitler quote is "Words build bridges into unexplored regions." Stalin's statement is more menacing: "Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, so why would we let them have ideas?"
The third quote is from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Be just: the unjust never prosper. Be valiant. Keep your word, even to your enemies."
Students can get a refund on the books, or stickers to cover up the quotes.
The yearbooks cost at least $69, but can go for more than $100 if students have their names engraved, district spokeswoman Angela Yingling said.
Students submit quotes from famous people for inclusion in the yearbook, but Yingling said, "publishing the quotes is a shared responsibility of the yearbook staff, sponsor and administration."
The district won't say if students or anyone else faces punishment for the quotes.
Senior Dominique Cagliuso said she plans to cover the quotes in her book with the school-issued stickers.
"It makes the entire senior class look badly," she said. "It's also confusing how nobody caught it before it went out. It's one thing to have a silly quote from your favorite TV show, but to have a quote from dictators is disrespectful."
Quaker Valley High School has more than 630 students in grades 9-12, and Yingling said more than 360 of the yearbooks were distributed.
School board president Sarah Heres said she's "confident steps will be taken to ensure this lack of oversight does not happen again."
"This is a regrettable mistake, as the school district would never knowingly condone this messaging in a school-sponsored publication," the district said in a statement. "We are well aware of the emotions this has conjured in many of our students and their families, and for that we are sorry."

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Michigan Court of Appeals says a woman whose boyfriend started a huge apartment building fire while preparing to cook a squirrel is liable for up to $2 million in damages.
The Holland Sentinel and MLive.com report the court on Tuesday reversed an earlier ruling that limited Barbara Pellow's damages to about $15,000.
Authorities say Pellow's boyfriend in 2012 was using a torch to burn the fur off a squirrel while on a deck at Clearview Apartments in Ottawa County's Holland Township.
He planned to cook the squirrel, but left the torch burning and it sparked the fire. The flames damaged 32 units in the building. An insurance company paid more than $2 million for repairs and sued Pellow to recover costs since she was registered tenant, not the boyfriend.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The owner of a Greensboro fast-food restaurant is once again relishing his good fortune with the N.C. Education Lottery.
Ralph Havis, who owns Beef Burger, won $1 million playing 100X The Cash, his third big lottery win in less than two years.
Havis bought the ticket early Tuesday morning and claimed his prize that afternoon.
After choosing the lump sum payment of $600,000 and, after federal and state taxes were withheld, Havis received $415,506.
He said he plans to share some of the prize with his employees and put the rest in the bank.
On April 26, Havis won $150,000 playing $500 Cash. And on Aug. 4, 2014, he won $150,000 playing Golden 7's.
He said he's not done playing the lottery yet, adding he's going for "the big one."

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DALLAS (AP) - A 7-foot-long alligator has been captured in a field near a Dallas school.
A Dallas County sheriff's deputy was patrolling early Wednesday morning outside of a middle school when he spotted the alligator and called for help.
Game wardens used catch poles to hook the alligator around its neck and then tape its mouth shut.
Dallas County Game Warden Jamie Sanchez says "that's the hardest and most dangerous part of capturing an alligator." He says that after the alligator's month was taped shut, it was placed in the back of his truck and taken to a wilderness preserve.
Sanchez suspects the animal wandered away from the Trinity River. He says alligator sightings occur every now and then in Dallas.

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Key West, FL - Police in Key West, Florida have been dealing with an unusual car, and it's owner who's apparently from a modern Stone Age family. 
The car is none other than a real-life Flintstones model, with a dinosaur bone-shaped window and zebra-print seats. 
Officers say the car was illegal parked across from the city's indoor basketball court, so they had to find the owner before they towed it. Unfortunately, police haven't released the details we're all waiting for -- like the story behind the Flintstones car to say the least, or whether the officers actually got to meet the Flintstones. 

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NOGALES - Carne asada? Beans and cheese? Nope -- just meth.
An Arizona woman was arrested last week after she was caught smuggling thousands of dollars worth of meth inside of (what looked like) burritos.
According to Customs and Border Protection, the 23-year-old Nogales, Ariz., woman crossed the Port of Nogales pedestrian bridge before she was caught by a drug-sniffing dog.
Officers searched her and found more than a pound of meth wrapped inside tortillas, which were inside a bag she was carrying.
The meth was reportedly worth more than $3,000. 
CBP says she was turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Tampa, FL - Most of us have no cute story about how we got our names. But one newborn in Florida has a great story.
I hope she likes hockey, because little Nikita Franklin will be reminded of the sport for the rest of her life.
Her parents are fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the day they found out they were having a baby they just happened to have tickets to a lightning game.
That's when they decided to name their offspring after the player who scored first that night. And that's why this baby girl is named after Russian right winger Nikita Kucherov.
Wednesday, they got a visit from the team's mascot "Thunderbug" who made sure little Nikita will be decked out in bolts blue.
The original Nikita --- Kucherov --- couldn't make it. He's already in Pittsburgh where the lightning will be playing Thursday night.
 

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