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THROOP, N.Y. (AP) -- How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in the town of Throop, in the Finger Lakes region 20 miles west of Syracuse.
The responding officer learned that the owners of a horse stable had been storing the manure in large piles that frequently spontaneously combusted in the excessive heat and dry conditions.
DEC officials say a shift in the prevailing winds carried the odor of burning manure into the neighbors' windows.
It took three local fire departments two hours to douse the burning manure.

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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A "Pokemon Go" player has found $2,000 in cash at a Pokestop in New Jersey.
Hackettstown police say the player notified a nearby business Wednesday that he had found the money at a Pokestop, where players can get free in-game items, like an egg that can hatch into a full monster. The player said he would turn the money over to police.
Around the same time, the person who lost the money reported it missing near the business. An officer went there, and an employee told the officer the money had been found.
After checking surveillance video, the officer located the player, who turned over the cash.

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MENDON, Vt. (AP) -- Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to "turn around."
The car was suspended almost vertically on guy wires attached to a utility pole in Mendon on Wednesday night.
Police say 30-year-old Nabila Altahan of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was headed west on U.S. Route 4 when she passed her intended destination and the GPS gave sudden directions to turn around.
Police say Altahan reacted quickly to the instructions, leaving the road at a significant enough speed to propel the vehicle up the wires.
Neither Altahan nor her passenger was injured.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Chinese rocket body streaking across the night sky over the Western United States lit up social media as people shared photos and video of the bright object.
The Chinese CZ-7 re-entered the atmosphere Wednesday night, U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn confirmed. That's when people in Nevada, Utah and California took to social media to report a small fireball streaking across the sky.
Photographer Ian Norman was taking pictures of the night sky with friends in Alabama Hills, California, near the eastern Sierra Nevada, when he saw the light and started recording, thinking the flash was a meteor.
"It was really strange to see something that bright," he said Thursday. "I thought it was just a really big meteor, but it was so slow-moving, I had never seen anything like that."
The former SpaceX engineer heads out a few nights every month, but it was the first re-entry he's seen.
"It was a cool experience, it was beautiful to see it going across the sky," Norman said.
Further east in Utah, Matt Holt was outside a public library in Provo amid a large group playing "Pokemon Go" when he noticed the bright, colorful flash of light. Soon, others spotted it, too.
"I didn't know what I was seeing because I've never seen space debris," said Holt, a student at Brigham Young University. "It looked kind of like a meteor, but it was going much slower."
Holt said it lasted for about a minute. He later learned that the flash was a Chinese rocket, but it was mysterious at the time.
"I didn't feel afraid. I was excited. I was in awe at the science of space," he said Thursday.
The rocket took off June 25 from China's Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, according to the website of the Aerospace Corp., which provides research-and-development and advisory services to the U.S. Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, among others.
In announcing the launch of the new-generation rocket, China said it marked a milestone in its space program, keeping it on schedule to place its second space station into orbit this year.
Rockets heading to orbit shed components that fall back to Earth. Components that fall back from space at high speed heat up due to friction with the atmosphere and break up as increasing density causes a rapid slowdown. But some pieces may survive.
Of 27 previous re-entries this year, witnesses reported seeing five, according to the Aerospace Corp. website.
The most recent was the body of a Russian rocket launched in mid-July from Baikonur cosmodrome. People on New Zealand's South Island spotted the re-entry several days later.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Daniel Rushing probably won't be eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts in his car any more.
The 64-year-old was arrested on drug charges when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in an arrest report that during a traffic stop on Dec. 11, she noticed the flakes on the floorboard. Two roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance and Rushing was arrested. But a state crime lab test cleared him several weeks later.
"It was incredible," Rushing said. "It feels scary when you haven't done anything wrong and get arrested. ... It's just a terrible feeling."
It started on a Friday afternoon when Rushing dropped off a neighbor at a hospital for a weekly chemotherapy session. Then, he drove to a convenience store to pick up a friend who needed a ride home.
Riggs-Hopkins said she was staking out the area for drug activity. Rushing told her he had a concealed weapons permit, according to an arrest report. She asked him to step out of his car and noticed a "rock like substance" on the floorboard.
"I recognized through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic," she wrote.
Rushing agreed to a vehicle search. "I didn't have anything to hide," he said. "I'll never let anyone search my car again."
Riggs-Hopkins and other officers spotted three other pieces of the substance.
"I kept telling them, 'That's ... glaze from a doughnut," Rushing said.
He was charged with possession of methamphetamine with a firearm and spent 10 hours in jail before being released on bond.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told the newspaper that an analyst in its Orlando crime lab didn't try to identify what police found in the car, only to determine whether it was an illegal drug. They determined it wasn't, and three days after Rushing's arrest, the State Attorney's Office dropped the charges.
Rushing, who retired after 25 years as an Orlando parks department employee, told the newspaper he has hired a lawyer and plans to sue the city because he was arrested "for no reason at all."
Orlando police said in a statement that the arrest was lawful.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A new crop will be featured at the Oregon State Fair this year: marijuana.
The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that the fair awards prizes for the curviest vegetable or the most misshapen fruit. This year, marijuana plants will also be on display -- and will be judged by a panel of growers before the fair.
The Oregon Cannabis Business Council is sponsoring the exhibit. Chairman Don Morse says nine plants will be displayed in a greenhouse and monitored by a security guard.
Only people age 21 and older will be allowed inside.
Fair spokesman Dan Cox says the exhibit is a nod to the newly legal status of cannabis. Morse says, however, that those hoping for a sample will be disappointed.
The fair runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 5.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators are searching for a man who they say robbed a New York City bank while wearing a ball gown.
WCBS-TV reports the man robbed a Santander Bank on Staten Island on Tuesday while wearing a silver and black dress with heels, a hat and sunglasses. Investigators say he also had a silver handgun.
Video from a nearby store shows the victim ditching the dress and fleeing the scene in shorts, Nike Jordan sneakers and no shirt.
Police say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

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HELSINKI (AP) - Norway is considering moving a mountain - or at least its peak - to neighboring Finland.
Anne Nordskog, a spokeswoman for Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, said Wednesday the government is contemplating a proposal to give the Halti peak as a gift to Finland next year as the Finns celebrate 100 years of independence.
Most of the mountain is on the Finnish side of their northern border but the peak of 1,331 meters (4,367 feet) is in Norway. The proposal would redraw the border to put the peak in Finland.
While mountainous Norway has several peaks that are higher, Finland's highest mountain is 1,325 meters.
Former Norwegian state surveyor Bjorn Geirr Harsson, who came up with the proposal, said "it would be nice to give Finland an extra 6 meters (20 feet)."

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WCMH) - A Texas woman called police after she felt she was sexually assaulted by a toy while eating at a hibachi restaurant.
It happened at the Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse outside of Nashville.
The toy in question is a plastic figure of a boy that squirts water when its toy pants are lowered. It's used as part of the tableside cooking show that Hibachi restaurants are known for.
The owner of the restaurant admits that the other night, one of the chefs shot some water in the face of one of his customers.
"It peed on me, basically. Out of his…wee-wee area," Isabelle Lassiter told WTVF. "It didn't really have a wiener, but you got the point."
Lassiter and her husband, James, were in town on a job from Sherman, Texas. They say they were mortified when the chef essentially made the toy urinate water on Isabelle. They were so upset, they called police.
"It was a sexual-style assault on my wife," said James. "In front of our minor children and grandchildren."
The officer that took the report found that the description wasn't totally accurate. "I observed the toy to have no penis and just a hole for the water to shoot out."
The restaurant's management said chefs will now ask permission before spraying the guests.
No charges have been filed. 

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Blaine, MI - An English Premier League soccer team got an assist from the other team's goalie in a game on Wednesday.
The Minnesota United Football Club hosted AFC Bournemouth in an international friendly.
After a stop, goalie Sammy Ndjock was trying to pass it back to his teammates when his throw went into his own goal instead.
Ndjock's inadvertent score helped Bournemouth beat Minnesota United 3-0.
 

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