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HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - About 300 people showed up outside Highland Park City Hall in hopes of getting a free house and $100,000 in cash. They got neither.
The Detroit News reports Tuesday that the crowd responded Monday to a post on social media that advertised the giveaways as part of Black Independence Day.
Highland Park City Hall was closed Monday for the July Fourth holiday. The newspaper reports some in the crowd became upset and clashed with police after learning the offers were bogus.
Police in the Detroit enclave have arrested a man they say created the post on Facebook. Chief Chester Logan says the department is seeking a warrant against him.
About 11,000 people live in Highland Park. The U.S. Census lists its median household income at about $20,000.

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NOVATO, Calif. (AP) -- A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out.
Former running back Ricky Williams, who played for the Saints, Dolphins and Ravens, and Jim McAlpine, a snowboard company executive, said Power Plant Fitness also will offer edibles and topical gels for those who don't like smoking the plant. They say using pot while exercising can help them focus or relax.
Members of the gym, which plans to open this year, will need a medical marijuana prescription to join, but that could change if California voters legalize recreational pot in November.
"I personally use it for focus. It's not about getting high. It's about keeping my mind engaged in the activity I'm in," said McAlpine, who organizes the 420 games, athletic events aiming to stop the stigma against pot use.
Carla Lowe, founder of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana, a political action committee based in Sacramento, said it's not clear how the drug affects the body but "there's zero evidence that marijuana helps you focus. There is evidence that it makes you dopey."
Her group is working to defeat the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California, saying it "does not bode well for the future of our country."
But Williams, who was suspended several times by the NFL for marijuana use, said he wants to dispel the stigma.
"I think a lot of people buy into the stoner stereotype where guys just sit on the couch, smoke and don't do anything, and they're not very motivated," said Williams, who retired from the NFL after the 2011 season. "I found when I was playing football that using cannabis helped me relax physically, relax mentally and even spiritually."
Any potential benefits of marijuana on exercise have not been studied thoroughly. But one doctor who works with marijuana-smoking patients says the drug can help manage post-workout pain.
"To use cannabis in that sense for pain relief instead of the usual things you're able to use now, like opioids, is hands down why you would use it," said Dr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer for HelloMD, a digital health care platform for the cannabis industry.

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CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - An affectionate elk paid some Washington state firefighters a visit over the holiday weekend as they worked to tame a wildfire.
The orphaned elk, dubbed Buttons by the locals, is a fixture in Kittitas County, where she took up residence with some cows and goats on a hillside.
Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman Richelle Risdon says she arrived at the scene on Saturday to see the elk nuzzling up to everyone in the command post area and resting her head on people's shoulders.
Risdon snapped photos of the animal getting up close and personal with the crew and posted them on the fire district's Facebook page.
She says she hopes with all the attention the photos are getting online, hunters will know to steer clear of Buttons.

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MEHOOPANY, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a woman sprayed gasoline on a driver who criticized her for smoking a cigarette while pumping fuel at a Pennsylvania convenience store.
Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly Brinton, of Meshoppen, faces a preliminary hearing July 12 on aggravated assault and other charges stemming from the encounter Thursday at the Mehoopany Dandy Mart, about 30 miles northwest of Scranton.
Police say the driver told Brinton to extinguish her cigarette, then threw windshield cleaner onto Brinton in hopes of putting out the cigarette.
Police say when the other woman tried to drive away, Brinton screamed she was going to light her on fire and sprayed gasoline on her.
Police say the other woman slipped on the gasoline getting out of her car and broke her arm.
Online court records don't list an attorney.

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GATES, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities are continuing to investigate a 30-person brawl at a western New York Wal-Mart that led to four arrests.
Gates Police Chief Jim VanBrederode says the fight started around 7 p.m. Sunday after two 17-year-olds made fun of a dress worn by a 24-year-old woman. He says the altercation quickly escalated into a melee.
The chief says people went into the sporting goods section of the store and got baseball bats to use in the fight.
Police say a 17-year-old girl threw a can of food at a 52-year-old man, hitting him in the head. She's charged with assault, harassment and related offenses. Three others have been charged with disorderly conduct.
Authorities are continuing to review surveillance video.

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ONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Police say someone stole a car from a South Carolina home but later returned it.
Investigators told media outlets the burglar first broke into the house in Conway on Wednesday and stole a set of keys for the car, then came back late Thursday or early Friday and took the car.
Police aren't sure how long the burglar kept the car, but it was returned to the home sometime over the weekend.
Investigators say a surveillance camera captured a picture of the suspect taking the car. No arrests have been made.

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Byers, CO - For $350-thousand dollars, you can buy a nice house in some places in the Denver metro area -- if you're lucky in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country.
But in nearby Byers, that same amount might get you an entire town.
At the edge of Adams County, blink and you might miss it. Just down the road on Highway 36, sits one of the most interesting pieces of property in all of Byers. 
Lets call it a ghost town.
James Johnson sure does.
"There's something special here," he said "there definitely is--you just gotta find out what it is."
Technically, it's a five acre fenced in piece of property, complete with its own service station, restaurant, 8 room motel and 2 homes.
Johnson has owned the property for the better part of 16 years, though his love affair with it started much earlier.
"I first passed it when I was a teenager out visiting relatives out east," he said. "Thought it was a cool structure--then just happened to be out driving one day 15 years later and saw it was for sale so I bought it."
Now Johnson says he's ready to sell--his heart is no longer in it and he wants to travel.
He posted this ad selling it on Craigslist - and the interest has been incredible."It's taken off," he said "I've got calls coast to coast from New Zealand now--it's going crazy."
Johnson says so far he hasn't gotten an offer. For now Johnson says he'll just continue showing the property off--hoping that one day someone will see what he saw when he was a teenager.
"Its time to let it go to someone with new fresh ideas and let them have the dream," he said. 
Though the buildings may need some TLC, Johnson says the property's infrastructure is basically new.
He says he hopes to get it sold in the coming weeks.

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CONESTOGA, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to trespassing in a woman's house and falling asleep - after leaving her a note telling her not to be alarmed.
Online court records show 28-year-old Robert Sheets, of Holtwood, pleaded guilty to a trespassing citation and a misdemeanor drug charge in the bizarre June 21 incident.
That's when police say the woman arrived at her Conestoga Township home to find a note on the door saying, "Don't be scared when you come, Bob is here."
The woman's boyfriend told police he knew Sheets, but not well and hadn't seen him in a long time. The couple hadn't given Sheets permission to stay at their home.
Lancaster County authorities dropped a felony trespassing charge against Sheets in return for Tuesday's guilty pleas. He was fined more than $500.

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Moscow, Russia - Timur the goat's quest for true love was the focus of spectators' attention as they gathered in Moscow, Russia's Central Exhibition Park on Wednesday.
Timur was propelled to internet fame when the world's media covered his close and unlikely friendship with Amur the tiger back in his hometown of Vladivostok.
After a violent falling out, the star-crossed pair were split up and Timur was taken four-thousand miles westwards to Moscow.
Wednesday, Timur hoped to find true love once more during the casting of four potential goat brides, two blondes and two brunettes.
One of the organizers at the exhibition's town farm had her bets on Blondie, hoping that the pretty starlet would be the perfect match for the hoofed celebrity.
Not everyone however was charmed by the event, though. 
Some spectators thought that it was a PR stunt and thought the goat was being unnecessarily exposed to the public.

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New Orleans, LA - A half-naked and shackled inmate was spotted sitting on top of a New Orleans courthouse.
18-year-old Devontay Jenkins was seen sitting on the roof of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse.
Authorities say Jenkins requested a bathroom break when he escaped and climbed onto the roof. Jenkins was eventually captured and taken back into custody.
According to jail records, Jenkins was in jail on multiple charges, including aggravated battery.
It still isn't clear why and how Jenkins got up on the roof.
 

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