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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump revealed a new campaign logo that's giving some people the giggles.
The logo was released Friday as Trump announced his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
It features an interlaced blue "T'' and "P'' next to red stripes that evoke the American flag. Trump's name is featured above Pence's name, which is smaller. Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again!" finishes off the logo.
The "T'' penetrating the loop of the "P'' below it looked sexually suggestive to some, and the design was immediately mocked on social media.
The overall effect with the typography and image is pretty obvious, said Cyrus Highsmith, an internationally celebrated designer.
"I think that it's very clear that Trump is the dominant partner in this relationship," Highsmith said between chuckles. "The only thing I can guess is that Trump wants to make sure that everyone knows that he's in charge. It's totally in line with his personality."
Other designers said it seemed amateurish.
Nancy Skolos, dean of architecture and design at the Rhode Island School of Design, called the design "fussy and overwrought," and more like a "high school doodle."
Matt Luckhurst, of the Collins design firm in San Francisco, whose work includes Facebook's M app and Airbnb's rebranding campaign, said they did not think the image through.
"I think it's an oversight. I doubt they actually planned this," Luckhurst said. "It's something where they said good enough and they launched it out into the world."
Trump's is not the first logo to become an online punchline. Jeb Bush's "Jeb!" logo was widely ridiculed.
While presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's logo has been praised by many designers, it prompted intra-party grousing last year. It features an "H'' with an arrow pointing right, leading some Democrats to complain that the arrow did not point left.
Asked what a good logo should do, Skolos said it should be memorable. Highsmith said it should be recognizable quickly and not offensive, then hastened to add that he wasn't offended by the Trump logo.
"I think it's funny," he said. "Maybe that's another thing: Put it in enough focus groups to make sure you're not going to get laughed at."

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Three former world leaders were forced to take shelter in the lower level of an Arkansas high school after tornado sirens blared during a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair were attending the ceremony at Little Rock's Central High School when the storm struck Thursday night. The attendees were moved to the lower level of the high school, and a spokesman for Clinton says the three leaders also took shelter downstairs, away from the crowd.
The powerful thunderstorm downed trees and power lines throughout Little Rock, but no major damage or injuries were reported. Once the storm passed, the leaders went to the Clinton Presidential Center for a dinner with the presidential scholars.
Speaking Friday, Blair said it was a memorable start to his first visit to Little Rock.
"Your weather is interesting," he said, eliciting big laughs during a lecture at Clinton's presidential library.
He added that he was asked Thursday if he'd ever experienced a tornado in England.
"We have the odd gust of wind, but that was quite something last night," he said.

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a couple accused of riding naked on a stolen lawn mower in Missouri.
Jasper County sheriff's Det. Tim Williams said a 55-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman admitted that they rode the lawn mower home naked after their clothing was stolen while they skinny dipped in a creek northwest of Joplin.
The Joplin Globe reports that authorities arrested the pair Tuesday morning on suspicion of stealing after finding them at a house with the riding mower parked in the front yard.
Williams says an investigation determined that the lawn mower didn't belong to either of them.

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KINGSTON, Pa. (AP) -- Two men have pulled an 8-foot-long boa constrictor from beneath a vehicle parked outside of a northeastern Pennsylvania medical building.
The Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre reports the men pried the snake from a Mercury Mountaineer's undercarriage Thursday afternoon after one saw it wriggle underneath.
Owner Katie Hauer, who'd been inside the Geisinger Kingston medical center in Kingston borough, says "They told me I better not get in my car."
One of the men, herpetologist Cameron English, identified the snake as a Red Tailed Boa Constrictor. It was placed in a plastic container.
No one was injured and it wasn't immediately known who owns the snake.

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CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania man was charged Thursday after police say he sprayed fluid used to embalm a human brain on marijuana that he then smoked.
State police in Carlisle charged 26-year-old Joshua Lee Long with abuse of a corpse and conspiracy.
Court records indicate Long's aunt contacted detectives on June 21 after finding a human brain in a department store bag under a porch while cleaning out a trailer.
Long allegedly told her during a phone conversation from the Cumberland County jail that he used the formaldehyde-soaked pot to get high.
"The defendant related that he knew it was illegal to have the brain and that he and (another man) would spray the embalming fluid on 'weed' to get high," wrote Trooper John Boardman, the investigator.
Court records indicate a coroner concluded the brain was real and that Long supposedly named it Freddy.
The coroners who examined the brain believe it was most likely a stolen teaching specimen, according to the arrest affidavit.
Long remains in jail, and court records did not list a lawyer for him.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The employees of a company whose boss gave them a well-publicized big raise have bought him a new Tesla.
The Seattle Times reports that Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price posted the news of the gift on Facebook Thursday, saying "Gravity employees saved up and pitched in over the past six months and bought me my dream car."
Gravity spokesman Ryan Pirkle said the gift was thought up and organized by an employee who was one of those most impacted by Price's decision last year to raise to $70,000 the annual salary for all the more than 130 people who work at the company that processes credit-card payments. At the time Price said he would also make $70,000, dropping his salary from more than $1 million annually.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City firefighter had to miss his daughter's birthday to help bring another life into the world.
The New York Daily News reports Lt. Kevin Roth showed up just in time Thursday night to a Queens home, where emergency responders were called for an "imminent birth."
Roth and four firefighters got her to lie down and gave her oxygen before seeing the baby boy's head emerge and helping deliver him safely.
Roth tells the newspaper his daughter was a "little upset" that he had to work on her 14th birthday, but perked up when he texted her, "I hope you don't mind sharing your birthday with a baby boy, because we just delivered one."

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WELLINGTON (AFP) - A New Zealand kebab shop owner who ignored a pistol-wielding, would-be robber and continued to serve his customers has insisted "I'm not a hero" after footage of his actions went viral.
Mr Said Ahmed said he decided to call the bluff of a robber wearing a black hoodie and face mask who burst into the Egyptian Kebab House in Christchurch late in the evening.
In extraordinary CCTV footage released by Canterbury police, the robber shakes a sports bag in Mr Ahmed's face with one hand and points a pistol at him with the other.
Instead of filling the bag with cash, Mr Ahmed continues to pack the souvlaki he was working on and turns his back on the gunman to pick up some plastic cutlery and a napkin.
He then calmly reaches around the robber to hand the meal to a customer, who accepts it and warily backs away.
As Mr Ahmed walks off to the kitchen, the gunman stands at the counter for a few seconds, not knowing what to do, then takes his bag and shuffles off somewhat sheepishly.
Footage of the May 28 incident has been viewed almost 140,000 times, with commentators labelling Mr Ahmed "the chillest chip shop operator ever".
He said the robber demanded money but his first thought was serving his customer and his reaction wrong-footed the gunman.
"He didn't scare me... he was surprised from my reaction," he told Fairfax New Zealand.
"I was sure he would not shoot me. He came to rob me, not to kill me."
Mr Ahmed, who migrated to New Zealand from Egypt 20 years ago, said it was the first incident of its kind in the 15 years he has owned the kebab shop.
"When he had gone my heart was beating hard," he told the New Zealand Herald, saying he "thanks God" for guiding him during the robbery.
The 55-year-old said he now closed his shop earlier and advised his children "be a little brave - life can change in a few seconds".
Police said they were still seeking the gunman.

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ASPEN - A customer of an Aspen grocery store found an unexpected bag left in the self check-out lane.
Mind you, the bag left was rather small, so it's understandable that someone could have accidentally left it behind.
However, inside the bag was described by Aspen Police as "white powdery substance" -- which appears to be cocaine.
"With the cost of white powdery substances these days, probably somebody got home and spent the next 15 minutes going through their pockets over and over," the Aspen Police joked about on their Facebook page.
The police department said they are leaving it up to the person who left it behind to come and collect it.
"Can I get a price check on lane 3?" Aspen Police laughed about again. "#AspenProblems."

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman has been arrested for allegedly skipping tolls, something authorities say she's done more than 500 times.
The Jersey Journal reports police attempted to stop 55-year-old Denise Simien near the Holland Tunnel after learning she owed more than $16,000 in unpaid tolls and fees. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the Verona woman didn't stop and passed through the toll plaza again without paying before she was stopped on the other side of the plaza.
Simien was charged Wednesday with theft of services and obstruction of justice.
She's one of several people who've recently been charged with evading the Holland Tunnel's $15 toll.
It's unclear if she has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

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