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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A prickly steel-and-nails sculpture of a mama porcupine and its baby has replaced a statue that was stolen from an airport in Maine.
And thieves, beware: As a security measure, the new porcupines at the Portland International Jetport are firmly affixed to a large granite slab.
A woman from nearby Pownal donated the new porcupines to replace a statute reported missing in April.
The only clues left by thieves were some broken quills and a hunk of rusty steel. Unknown devotees launched a Twitter account that dug in Friday, saying the new porcupines are "a lil' prickly, but you'll learn to love 'em."
Police still have no idea who stole the original sculpture, which was part of an installation of steel woodland creatures by New York artist Wendy Klemperer.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The University of South Florida is dealing with an infestation of bedbugs.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that instead of invading USF's beds or dorms, the bugs have infested its classrooms.
USF officials say six classrooms and a reception area in the Muma College of Business building are currently infested with Cimex lectularius _ the common bedbug.
University employees discovered the bedbugs last week after a student complained about bugs in Room 118. A pest control company treated the building, including spots where the bugs weren't found. The area is now being monitored for follow-up treatments.
Classes in the building have been relocated for the rest of the Summer A semester, which ends June 24.

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DALLAS (AP) -- Electronic construction signs in the Dallas area appear to have been hacked, displaying messages calling Donald Trump a reptile and imploring early morning commuters to take a day off work.
The portable signs along Interstate 30 and elsewhere flashed messages early Tuesday including, "Donald Trump is a ... shape shifting lizard!" Another message read, "Bernie for president," referring to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
Another sign said: "Work is canceled. Go back home."
The signs appear to be ones used by the Texas Department of Transportation.
TxDOT told Dallas-Fort Worth broadcaster KRLD that there's no humor in what the hackers did. The agency says the messages bumped warnings to motorists about nearby construction zones.
The Associated Press left a message for a TxDOT spokesman seeking comment.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh man who robbed a bank with a fake bomb made out of phone wires, duct tape and a sex toy has been sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports an Allegheny County judge sentenced 36-year-old Aaron Stein on Tuesday after rejecting requests for leniency, including house arrest.
The judge says he couldn't tell the community Stein's case warranted only house arrest. He says, "It can't be that simple."
Stein pleaded guilty in March. He says he robbed the PNC Bank in Crafton last June because he was desperate after losing $9,000 he'd invested to cover his approaching honeymoon.
His attorney says desperation drove him to don an Iron Man mask and used the fake bomb to threaten tellers.

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ORLANDO, Fla. - (NBC) - A candidate for the chairman of the Libertarian Party made quite a statement before dropping out of the race this weekend.
It happened Sunday at the party's national convention in Orlando.
James Weeks, a self-described "liberty activist," from Michigan suggested every one could "use a little bit of fun."
Weeks then led the convention in clapping and started removing his clothing while dancing.
At first the crowd started hooting, but that changed over to boos and cat calling as Weeks removed everything but his underwear.
Weeks returned to the microphone and told the crowd the whole thing was a dare then said he was dropping out of the race for the chairmanship.

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Padua, Italy - Apparently if you live in Italy, it's totally cool to pay child support with pizza. 
Nicola Toso divorced his wife in 2002, and agreed to pay about $335 a month for child support for their 6-year-old daughter.      
But a recession hit the country in 2008, and Toso, who happens to be a pizza maker, wasn't able to get the cash together. Instead, he dished out what he owed in pizza, calzones, and other food from his business. 
His ex-wife took him to court over the matter, but Judge Chiara Bitozzi ruled in Toso's favor, saying ""In lieu of money, the defendant offered his ex-wife the same amount of compensation in the form of take-away pizzas from his workplace, an offer promptly rejected as 'beggar's change,'"
The judge ruled Toso hadn't committed any crime, and acquitted him. 

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Authorities were called to a Texas man's home Thursday after he reported he had been shot.
According to The Huffington Post, authorities arrived to the Groesbeck mobile home and found a man who complained of a gunshot wound. He said he suffered from the bullet on his left buttock while sitting on his porch.
Upon further inspection by police, it had appeared that as a thunderstorm rolled over his mobile home, when loud thunder scared his dog into subsequently biting the man. He also admitted to have been smoking marijuana when the pain in question occurred.
The unidentified man was treated at the scene by EMS and released.
Here what the Groesbeck Police Department posted about the incident on Facebook: 
"To quell the rumor concerning a reported shooting today, I want to offer this brief explanation. We responded to a report of a shooting at a local mobile home park. Officer Cox arrived on scene first and was flagged down by a male who stated he believed he'd been shot in the left buttock while sitting on a porch. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the "victim" had been smoking Marijuana on the porch as the thunderstorm passed through the area. The loud thunder scared one of the dogs causing it to nip the "victim" in the left buttock. He believed he'd been shot and subsequently called the police. He was treated at the scene by EMS and released. 
~Chief Henson"

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Some people want to be remembered in unique ways when they die, so who are we to judge? For a woman in Barcelona, Spain, that meant an emoji in her obituary. 
Carmen Bustamante Barango asked her children to put her favorite symbol in the paper when she died -- a winking face emoji. When she died at home at the age of 75, that's exactly what they did. 
Her obituary read "She finished her journey - in this world - at her home." Her children say she talked with them through the messaging app WhatsApp, and often used the emoji. 

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A sharp-eyed boy who collects antique radios is taking umbrage with the vintage radio on display inside gangster Al Capone's cell at a historic Philadelphia prison.
Eastern State Penitentiary closed in 1971 and now operates as a museum and national historic landmark. Thirteen-year-old Joey Warchal took a tour and noticed the radio in Capone's cell was wrong.
The Prohibition-era mobster spent time at Eastern State in 1929 and 1930. The radio was made in 1942.
The seventh-grader offered to find the prison a historically accurate radio. The prison gladly accepted his help.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports the teen has located a 1929 model and will deliver it to Eastern State next week.
Joey began collecting at age 8. His mom says while most kids want toys "he wants antiques."

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Miami, FL - A man in Miami picked a pretty bad time to get into a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. 
The woman was in a delivery room at the hospital -- getting ready to give birth, when police say 21-year-old Trayevon Braye stormed in. Officers say he asked the woman if she wanted him in the room or not, and when she said no, he went into a rage -- kicking her in the chest, and screaming obscenities. He briefly left the room, but then came back and tried to pick a fight with the woman's new boyfriend. 
Three security guards came in to take him down, and they put him in a bear hug when he wouldn't stop fighting. Police arrested him for aggravated battery and assault. 

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