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CUMBERNAULD, Scotland (AP) -- A survey from a Scottish eye care company could be sparking a controversy similar to last year's debate over the color of a dress.
Optical Express said on its website that it conducted a survey in the United Kingdom asking whether a swatch of a teal-type color was blue or green.
Sixty-four percent of more than 1,000 people who responded said it was green, according to the company. Thirty-two percent thought it was blue.
But when the same people were shown the same color between a pair of distinctly blue swatches, the company said many changed their minds. Ninety percent said it was the color was green.
The results show how "our visual interpretations of the world around us can differ quite sharply," Optical Express said.
Scotland also was the epicenter for a color debate last year. A photo of #TheDress taken ahead of a Scottish wedding in February 2015 became the subject of a heated global discussion on social media about whether it was black and blue or white and gold.

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OAK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey black bear that walks upright on its two hind legs and has become a social media darling has re-emerged and has been captured on video months after its last sighting.
The bipedal bear nicknamed Pedals was spotted in the town of Oak Ridge, NJ.com reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/28Nrq7L). The bear appeared to be in relatively good health and was moving briskly in a video posted to Facebook featuring the bear. The man who posted the video wrote that he spotted the bear Monday.
Pedals apparently has an injured leg or paw that doesn't allow it to walk comfortably on all fours, according to experts. Prior to the latest video, there had been no reported recent sightings and officials asked the public for help in locating the bear.
Lawrence Hajna, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said officials expect the bear to make it through next winter.
"The bear has an indomitable spirit," Hajna said.
The bear first gained fame after it was spotted ambling around neighborhoods and was caught on videos that were posted on social media and shown on national television.
Last year, supporters pushed for Pedals to be moved to a sanctuary in New York state, but New Jersey officials have said they won't allow the bear to be captured and transferred to the facility. Hajna said at the time that the bear would do better in its natural habitat and the agency would step in if its condition deteriorated.

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A man was arrested on Monday evening in Campo, California, after discharging a shotgun when an animal control officer responded to an emu in distress outside his home, sheriff's officials said.
Sean Michael Shepherd, 31, was taken into custody on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He was being held on $30,000 bail on Tuesday evening. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.
Sheriff's deputies said the bizarre situation surfaced about 6 p.m. Monday in the 28000 block of State Route 94. An animal control officer on patrol spotted an injured emu. As he approached the animal, a man came out of his home and exchanged heated words with the officer, deputies said.
The emu doesn't belong to the suspect, but is his neighbor's animal, officials said.
That's when the man went inside and returned with a shotgun, firing it into the air, deputies said.
No one was hurt. The emu ran away and disappeared, according to authorities.
The animal's feathers were apparently burnt. While it wasn't clear what caused the emu's injuries, the incident happened in the area of the Border Fire, which has spanned 7,500 acres near Potrero and caused some injuries to animals.

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ALLLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man was taken to a hospital after he stepped into a sinkhole on a street in an eastern Pennsylvania city.
Allentown fire department officials said the man was walking early Wednesday when his foot broke through and became stuck in the hole.
Capt. John Christopher said he was freed by city firefighters and was taken to a nearby hospital for observation, although he wasn't badly hurt.
The city streets department responded to deal with the hole, which Christopher described as narrow but fairly deep.

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San Francisco, CA - A former NASA engineer partnered with two other men to create the world's largest functioning Nerf-style gun.
Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer who worked on the Curiosity rover project, decided he wanted a substantial way to protect himself at work from the onslaught of Nerf wars. So, he enlisted the help of two fellow engineers to create the large-scale replica of a Nerf gun, complete with foam darts he created from plungers and pool noodles.
The group designed and tested the gun, demonstrating the differences between their version and real toy Nerf guns. The gun is powered by a 3,000 pounds per square inch paintball air canister, which is filtered into a similar 80 psi tank, which is the pressure behind one shot.
Rober and his fellow engineers also created a special projectile for use in the gun, which they ended up launching more than 130 yards.

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula woman will be behind bars for at least one month after cursing and shouting insults at a judge.
KGVO-AM reports that 30-year-old Tiffany Ortega had appeared in court via video from the Missoula County jail on DUI and careless driving charges.
Judge Karen Orzech had started asking questions when Ortega became verbally abusive toward her. 
Orzech had initially given Ortega a two-day jail sentence and set her bail at $5,000, but she added more time after Ortega continued cursing and made an obscene gesture.
Ortega was found in contempt of court and sentenced to a total of 30 days in jail for "calling me that word," Orzech said.
Ortega is scheduled to appear before Orzech again in August.

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Salt Lake City, UT - Police in Utah have recruited an unlikely ally in the fight against pornography.  
Url (pronounced Earl) is a black lab trained for one thing: detecting electronic storage devices. 
Affectionately dubbed "Porn Dog" by the department, Url operates by sniffing out chemicals used in storage media. It might be what he was born to do- Url comes from the same trainer as the k-9 that helped arrest former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. 
"I think everyone was pretty skeptical," said Lt. Lane Findlay of the Weber County Sheriff's Office. "Really, a dog that can detect electronics?"  
Url will go to work with the FBI, Homeland Security, and many other agencies.   

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PLANO, Texas, June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Is it a dolphin, a baby T-Rex or your dad's mustache? What do you see in your Cheetos?
This summer, Cheetos, one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, is searching for the next Mona Lisa of Cheetos shapes to be a part of the official online museum, www.CheetosMuseum.com, celebrating all of the art to be found in a Cheetos bag. Since its launch, the Cheetos Museum has already had over 15,000 Cheetos fans turned art curators submit the unique shapes they've found in their Cheetos bags. The 10 best shapes will be featured in the ultimate official Cheetos art collection and be awarded a total of $150,000 in prize money. 
A T-Rex, dolphin and mustache are only three of the thousands of Cheetos shapes fans have submitted to CheetosMuseum.com.Best. Collection. Ever. If you find Cheetos snacks that look like things, share them with Cheetos. http://CheetosMuseum.com
"Cheetos are like clouds - each has a unique shape that comes to life with your imagination. Since their inception, Cheetos snacks have captivated consumers with their whimsical shapes and uncanny resemblances to landmarks, animals, objects and even deities," said Jeannie Cho, vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay. "We have seen people share, tell stories, and even sell them online- now we have an official Cheetos Museum to celebrate the creativity out there, and we want to fill it with your imagination!"
Being a Cheetos art curator is as simple as saving and submitting the unique Cheetos shapes. From May 31 through August 15, fans can submit a photo and the story of their one-of-a-kind Cheetos shape (whether it be the Eiffel Tower or Venus de Milo) at www.CheetosMuseum.com. All submissions, from modern to impressionist, will be judged weekly based on visual interest, buzzworthy and creativity. Ten weekly winners will be awarded a $10,000 prize and have their masterpieces immortalized in the online Cheetos Museum and in a real-life exhibit later this summer. The Cheetos brand will then turn the voting over to America to determine the grand prize winning shape from the four weekly winners with the highest scores. The fan whose submission has the most votes will be unveiled as the pièce de résistance of the Cheetos Museum exhibit and be awarded an additional $50,000 as the grand prize winner. 
But that's not the only way to get involved. In addition to hunting for one-of-a-kind shapes, enthusiasts can also look for one of 10 surprise Cheetos game pieces, representing specific Cheetos Museum shapes, hidden inside specially marked bags of Cheetos. The 10 lucky fans to uncover these pieces of Cheetos art will win an ultimate family vacation (worth $10,000) to one of the cities represented by the game pieces.
To see all of Chester's cheesy art collection and to vote for your favorite pieces visit www.CheetosMuseum.com.
Full contest rules and regulations can be found at https://www.cheetosmuseum.com/official-rules 

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Omaha, NE - The search is on in Omaha, Nebraska for the thief who stole $18,000 in exotic snakes.
Pet Store owner Don Everson says someone broke into his pet store early Friday through a rear door and took eight bald pythons and a handful of frozen dead rats.
"I know it was a customer," Everson said. "They went right for specific things. They took the snake food to feed those specific sizes."
Everson says the snakes are harmless and not venomous, but he is worried they may die without proper care.
He believes the man seen on security camera stealing the reptiles in just two minutes is a former customer. Everson says he simply wants his un-insured exotic snakes returned.
"They were my babies you know," he said. "I made these. Most of those snakes that were stolen, there was only one of them in the world and I produced that so, with my breeding program here." 

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Huancayo, Peru - Smiling ear to ear, a red-nosed clown took the hand of his blushing bride in a clown-filled wedding ceremony in Peru over the weekend.
A band of balloon-wielding clowns held up their inflatable weapons in homage to the bride and groom.
Local media reported that the couple has been together for more than ten years and that they finally decided to take the plunge.
The groom has been a professional clown for more than 16 years, and he didn't leave his face paint at home on his wedding day. The ceremony was filled with clown antics.
Once instructed by the priest to kiss the bride, the groom laid three smooches on his giddy bride.
There were no sad clowns in sight, though a few tears of joy may have been shed.
 

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