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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- On the day Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, a miniature wall appeared around the former reality TV host's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tourists stopped Tuesday to snap photos of the 6-inch gray wall that was topped with razor wire and plastered with "keep out" signs. The tiny wall was gone by Wednesday morning.
It was the work of an artist who calls himself Plastic Jesus, known for posting "No Trump Anytime" signs on street corners earlier this year. His web site says his art is influenced by news and culture.
During his campaign Trump drew cheers by vowing to build a single wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Police in suburban Philadelphia say they have grounds to believe a one-woman string of coffee thefts across four states has been brewing for months and want the public's help in finding her.
Police in West Chester said Wednesday that the woman has stolen more than $3,000 worth of coffee from Wawa convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland since the beginning of the year.
Authorities say she's been taking bags of coffee from one store and returning them for cash refunds at other stores.
She's suspected in as many as 50 coffee thefts.
Police say she's been known to wear scrubs, so she might have some sort of job in health care. She's been seen driving a silver sedan and a maroon SUV.

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CLARKSBORO, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a New Jersey woman trying to catch Pokemon in a cemetery ended up stuck in a tree and had to call 911 to rescue her.
Firefighters in Clarksboro say the woman climbed a tree Tuesday night while playing "Pokemon Go" on her smartphone inside the Eglington Cemetery.
She called 911, and the East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue arrived to get her down with a ladder.
Chief Rob Gould tells WCAU-TV that "she was a bit embarrassed at that point." Fire officials didn't release her name to spare her additional embarrassment.
In a Facebook post, the fire department warned "Pokemon Go" players to watch where they're going so no one gets hurt.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A landmark in Maine where thousands of people have pledged their everlasting love to another with padlocks has been deemed a public safety risk and will be removed.
The Portland Press Herald reports the city's 30-foot-long Love Locks fence will be removed in the next two weeks but a portion will be displayed in a nearby parking lot.
People attach padlocks to the fence, viewed as a symbol of love like one removed in Paris. The city-owned fence is near Portland Harbor and has been sagging under the weight of hundreds of locks.
City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says a portion of the chain link fence came loose from its frame about two weeks ago.
The replacement fence won't allow locks to be attached to it.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) -- City officials in an Atlanta suburb say they'll relocate a dumpster used for discarding roadkill after complaints of dead-animal smells wafting from the receptacle.
WSB-TV reports that the dumpster is on city-owned property behind some businesses at a main intersection in Johns Creek.
Business owner Tony Maurlanda says the smell can be overwhelming, especially on hot days.
Johns Creek city spokesman Doug Nurse says the dumpster, used to dump road debris including dead animals, will be moved to a site near a water reclamation area.
Johns Creek, a city of about 85,000 residents in Atlanta's fast-growing northern suburbs, is about 25 miles northeast of the city.

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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- Police say a Southern California resident who heard noises in his backyard went outside and found a man in his hot tub.
The Ventura County Star reports that the resident confronted the intruder, who ran off late Tuesday.
Ventura police found the suspect on the roof of a neighboring house. The 47-year-old man was arrested without incident on suspicion of prowling.
The suspect, described by officials as a transient, could face other charges including parole violation and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- One of the most viewed displays at the Iowa State Fair will peer into the future and celebrate the past at the same time as the popular butter sculpture exhibit features characters from the "Star Trek" television series.
Each year Sarah Pratt creates a cow from 600 pounds of butter for the butter cow exhibit. The refrigerated case also features a second scene which has included Elvis Presley, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon.
This year standing next to the cow will be Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and Uhura in two scenes on the bridge of starship USS Enterprise to commemorate the original "Star Trek" television show's 50th anniversary.
The Iowa State Fair, which attracts more than a million people a year, begins Aug. 11.

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Police in the eastern Idaho town of Pocatello say they won't respond to any more calls about unruly kids who won't clean their rooms.
Police Chief Scott Marchand said in a prepared statement that the department is trying to better utilize time and resources, and that means officers will no longer respond to calls from parents looking for someone else to discipline their child. Officers will also no longer respond to civil incidents like disputes between landlords and tenants.
They will still respond to calls about crimes or disturbances, however.
Pocatello isn't the first Idaho city to tell parents that police aren't at work to deal with unruly children. The Nampa Police Department announced last month that officers will only respond to actual crimes, not complaints about kids who refuse to brush their teeth. Lt. Jason Kimball said at the time that his department gets several such calls a week.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Police say a supervisor at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, tried to steal $3,000 worth of chips from a craps table by hiding them in her bra.
The Express-Times of Easton reported Tuesday that 44-year-old Brandy Micheli-Cheatham was charged with theft by unlawful taking.
Authorities say cameras recorded her Friday afternoon dropping and picking up $500 purple chips in a hallway, and placing something into her bra while in a casino elevator.
Police say she admitted to the crime when confronted by security.
The online court docket doesn't list a defense lawyer, and a phone number for Micheli-Cheatham couldn't be located.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The family of a man who died 28 years ago will finally get to spread his ashes thanks to the determination of a woman who found a box containing his remains at a Florida thrift store.
Brittany Gaither tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal she was shopping at Coronado Thrift and Boutique Shop in New Smyrna Beach earlier this month when she found the wooden box in a dresser drawer. It had a Phoenix funeral home label with the name of Robert Roy "Rusty" Fanning and the date of his cremation in 1988.
Gaither decided to track down the family. She posted a Facebook status that was shared more than 120 times. Soon she got contact information for Fanning's brother.
She mailed the box to the family, which plans spread the ashes near Flagstaff, Arizona.

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