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BOSTON (AP) -- The feds have a warning for beachgoers in New England during Memorial Day weekend: Don't take selfies with the seals.
Seal pupping season is underway in the region, but people who approach a seal pup on the beach can put both themselves and the animal at risk, the Greater Atlantic Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said in a statement Thursday.
"There is no selfie stick long enough!" officials warned. "As tempting as it might be to get that perfect shot of yourself or your child with an adorable seal pup, please do the right thing and leave the seal pup alone."
It is normal behavior for a mother seal to leave her pup on the beach for up to 24 hours while she feeds, experts said. But if the mother sees people near her pup, she might feel it is too dangerous to return and abandon her young, with "devastating" consequences for the pup.
The statement also notes that wild animals act unpredictably and seals can leave a "lasting impression" with their powerful jaws.
"We have received reports of a number of injuries to humans as a result of getting too close to an animal during a quick photo op," officials wrote.
Experts have long warned about the dangers of swimming too close to seals in the water, since seals are a favorite food for sharks and the sharks might not distinguish between people and their intended prey.

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WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) -- For tourists trying to get to some sights in Glacier National Park, it's been a dam inconvenience.
Travel along part of a popular route through the Montana landmark was limited for the third straight day Thursday after heavy rains caused a large beaver dam to fail and wash debris down a hillside, rangers said.
The mudslide dragged dozens of trees and debris onto the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side of the park, close to some heavily used sights such as Lake McDonald, Lake McDonald Lodge, Apgar Visitor Center, Apgar Campground and various hiking trails.
Park officials hope to have the section of road fully cleared for the Memorial Day weekend, The Missoulian newspaper reported.
"We're at Mother Nature's whim, and this is what we're being dealt," park spokeswoman Margie Steigerwald said.
Flooding and mudslides also closed the road Monday and Tuesday.
Normally at this time of year, visitors can drive 16 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road from the west entrance. Due to the recent slides, just one lane of the road was open Thursday with flaggers, so visitors could experience delays of about 20 minutes.
About 13 miles of the road also was open on the eastern side of the park.
The middle portion of the 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road typically opens in late June or early July, once the plows have cleared all the snow. They are not able to work in the area because of high avalanche danger expected over the next few days, Steigerwald said.

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -A Brevard County man arrested at a school board meeting last night says he was trying to force deputies to remove him from the meeting.
Dean Paterakis has been thrown out of a school board meeting before, but this time, he and his supporters were advocating against a proposed LGBT nondiscrimination policy.
The school board chair didn't like Paterakis' choice of words when he mentioned male genitals and tried to silence him.
The official school board video shows the camera panning away as the disruption continues.  But an audience member recorded Paterakis going limp and being carried out. He was charged with two misdemeanors.  
"I wasn't disrupting," Paterakis said. "If you look back at the video, I actually was just speaking on behalf of what was happening."
Paterakis said his arrest was illegal. "People don't understand that there are pedophiles that are in our school system," he said.
In July, the board will hold a public hearing and potentially vote on whether to adopt the nondiscrimination policy.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center.
Dr. Henry Heimlich told The Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview Thursday he has demonstrated the well-known maneuver many times through the years but had never before used it on a person who was choking.
An employee at the Deupree House in Cincinnati where Heimlich lives says the retired chest surgeon was in the room when an 87-year-old woman began choking. The employee says Heimlich dislodged a piece of hamburger from the woman's airway and she quickly recovered.
Heimlich says it made him appreciate how wonderful it has been "to be able to save all those lives."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says getting a traffic camera ticket isn't a problem - he just burns them.
State Rep. Andy Holt set such ticket ablaze on Wednesday and posted the video to Facebook. A news release issued in conjunction with the Facebook video urges others who are issued traffic camera tickets in Tennessee to ignore them.
"What do you do if you get one? Throw it in the trash. Personally, I prefer to burn mine," he said.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said in an email Thursday to the Knoxville News Sentinel that might not be a good idea. He called Holt's advice unsound.
"No one likes to be caught violating traffic offenses, regardless of how they are caught, but they have a legal obligation to properly address it. Burning a citation or throwing it away is an emotional response that may feel good, but it does not make the violation and accountability go away," Rausch said.
Holt is a longtime critic of traffic camera tickets and has previously called for banning them. In this year's legislative session, he sponsored a bill that requires citations to include the following statement: "Nonpayment of this (citation) cannot adversely affect your credit score or report, driver's license, and/or automobile insurance rates."
The bill passed both chambers and took effect on April 27.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A police officer dashed into the woods alone to search for a man who called 911 saying he ran into forest to escape two armed men.
The gunmen were never found, and the officer soon located the distress caller, but now neither of them could find their way back to the street.
And so it went for three hours in the forest in Birmingham, Alabama, where it took a police K9 unit to track them down.
Birmingham media reported Friday that police would not identify the rescued officer. A spokesman tried to defend him.
Lt. Sean Edwards said "the woods are very difficult to walk through ... The officer was trying to clear a path here, clear a path there, and got turned around a little bit."

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska police say a man used a stolen front-end loader to break into a liquor store and then led officers on a low-speed chase early Thursday.
A witness flagged down Anchorage police about 3:20 a.m. to report a front-loader with forklift attachments had ripped off most of the front entrance to a Brown Jug, an Alaska liquor store chain.
The witness saw the driver go inside, take bottles, then hope back on the front-loader and drive east.
During a 15-mph chase, police followed the driver into a recreational vehicle park and blocked the only exit with patrol cars.
Police say alcohol bottles were found inside the front-loader, which had been stolen from a construction site.
Joseph Martin is being held on suspicion of criminal mischief, burglary, felony driving while intoxicated and other counts. His bail is set at $30,000.

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- It seems a huge tiger shark named Chessie likes the South Carolina coast.
Local news outlets report the 1,400-pound shark tagged a year ago was caught again this week off Hilton Head Island by the same fisherman.
Fisherman Chip Michalove first caught Chessie, named for the nearby Chechessie River, in May 2015. On Wednesday, he caught the shark about a half-mile offshore.
Chessie has traveled 2,000 miles in the past year and also gained some weight. The shark weighed 1,200 pounds last year.
The tracking is a project of the nonprofit OCEARCH, which works to learn about the movement of sharks. It's most famous subject is Mary Lee, a 3,500-pound tagged great white that routinely makes the news as it wanders along the East Coast.

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SILVER SPRING, MD (NBC News) Police are looking for two gunmen who robbed a Silver Spring, Maryland GameStop, and were punched by a young boy in the store while carrying out their crime.
The robbery was caught on the store's security camera.
The two suspects entered the store just before 9pm on May 20th.
One suspect initially ordered three customers, including the 7-year-old boy, against the wall behind the counter.
The boy didn't go without a fight, punching one of the suspects several times first.
"Well, he's tough. He's tough and, you know, I think instincts come out in situations like that," said the boy's mother, who did not want to be identified.
The suspects then ordered the clerks to the floor and took an undisclosed amount of money.
"It was scary. You're never prepared for something like that. You're not. So, you don't wish it on your worst enemy," said the boy's father, who also did not want to be identified.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A YouTube prankster has been arrested after climbing the Hollywood sign.
Los Angeles parks officials say 24-year-old Vitaly Zdorovetskiy (ze-DOOR'-uh-vest-skee) was taken into custody after clambering up the letter "D'' on Wednesday.
In video taken from atop the sign and later posted on social media, Zdorovetskiy says, "I'm all the way up, nothing can stop me." Television showed him waving a flag from his perch.
Senior Ranger Patrick Joyce tells City News Service that Zdorovetskiy could face charges including trespassing. It wasn't known if he has a lawyer.
Zdorovetskiy has more than 9 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, where his videos show off dozens of pranks.
Attempts to access the iconic sign are an ongoing problem for the city. It's surrounded by a fence and many security cameras.
 

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