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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A New Jersey man is going to federal court to keep "Pokemon Go" players off his lawn.
Jeffrey Marder, of West Orange, says strangers began lingering outside of his home after the popular game was released last month. At least five people knocked on his door and asked to get into his backyard to catch a Pokemon placed there virtually by the game, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in California.
The suit against game makers Niantic Inc., Nintendo Co., and The Pokemon Company seeks class action status for others who have had Pokemon stops and gyms placed on their property.
The lawsuit says the defendants "have shown a flagrant disregard for the foreseeable consequences of populating the real world with virtual Pokémon without seeking the permission of property owners."
Spokespeople for the companies weren't immediately available to comment on the suit.
J.C. Smith, The Pokemon Company's consumer marketing director, told The Associated Press last week that the company is updating the augmented-reality game so it remains fun for players but respects the real world.
The location-aware game provides virtual rewards for players who visit real sites designated as "Pokestops" in the game. Several locations, such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan and the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., have asked to be removed from "Pokemon Go."
Niantic offers an online form to request exclusions, but changes to the game are not automatic.

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BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Police Department has unveiled an $89,000 ice cream truck as the newest addition to its patrol fleet.
The truck, adorned with balloons and Boston police decals, was introduced Monday at police headquarters in the city's Roxbury neighborhood. It will be used as part of "Operation Hoodsie Cup," a community policing initiative that has distributed roughly 120,000 free ice cream cups since 2010.
Commissioner William Evans says he would've called you crazy if you told him 30 years ago that the BPD would have an ice cream truck as part of its fleet, but the goodwill it generates is "undeniable."
The truck was purchased by the Boston Police Foundation. Local dairy company HP Hood has donated all of the ice cream for distribution.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Apparently unaware she could face a death sentence, a British porn actress says she flew to Iran to undergo a nose job and later wrote online about it, immediately sparking a social media outcry in the largely conservative Islamic Republic.
The buxom performer, known by the stage name Candy Charms, posted a photograph on Instagram several days ago showing her in the back of a car, her eyes hidden behind sunglasses with a scarf partially covering her blonde hair.
"Hey guys I have been on holiday in Tehran," she wrote online. She later added: "My nose was not straight and they are the best in the world in nose surgery. I had my nose done."
Iran is one of the top countries in the world for undergoing rhinoplasty, with more than 20,000 surgeries carried out each year.
The actress deleted the Instagram post and her account following a torrent of comments from Iranians, some friendly and others hostile. On Tuesday, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Hasan Qashqavi, a deputy foreign minister in charge of consular affairs, as saying a British-American actress visited Iran after she "applied for a visa through a travel agency" under a different name.
While not naming the actress, the story implied it was the adult film performer. An ISNA report Monday suggested she listed her occupation as a "hair stylist" on her visa application form.
Qashqavi was quoted by ISNA as telling tourism companies and officials to carefully examine the documents of those trying to visit Iran.
"We have clerics and lawmakers who have cultural sensitivities and these sorts of events may cause problems later," Qashqavi said.
That may be a bit of an understatement in the Shiite power. Under Iranian law, spreading corruption via broadcast carries a possible death sentence. Pornography likely would fall under the law's purview.
It's unclear whether the actress knew the risk before she made the trip. She did not respond to a request for comment made via Twitter by The Associated Press and an email address listed on her website bounced back as undeliverable.

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WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) - Witnesses say a dog was at the wheel of a car that slowly crashed into a West Virginia Wal-Mart.
Shoppers told WSAZ-TV that two dogs were in the car - one in the driver's seat and one in the passenger's seat - as the vehicle rolled into the building in Wayne on Friday. No injuries were reported.
The car owner says she left the car running while she went into the store so the dogs could stay cool. She says the dogs must have somehow managed to get the car out of park.
A store employee says the dogs were fine. The building and the car had minimal damage.

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"Remember, the Force will be with you. Always," Obi-Wan Kenobi said.
Apparently, the Force isn't just with Luke Skywalker and the rest of the "Star Wars" gang these days.
According to a new report out this week, tens of thousands of Australians have claimed in recent censuses that their official religion is Jedi. And some people aren't too happy about it.
"The Force is strong in my family," Luke Skywalker said.
Here are the stats: A whopping 64,390 Australians marked their religion as Jedi in the 2011 census. 
That puts the number of Australian Jedi just below the Sikh community and above the Seventh-day Adventists. 
Now, this Jedi trend isn't a new thing. It all started back in 2001 when an email campaign erroneously claimed the government would have to officially recognize it as a religion if enough people picked it in the census. Whoops.
And it's been going strong ever since. In the 2006 census, a little more than 58,000 Australians claimed they were Jedis. 
But even though it may seem like a harmless joke, the president of the Atheist Foundation of Australia isn't laughing.
She told the Brisbane Times, "Answering the religion question thoughtfully and honestly matters because it benefits all Australians when decisions on how to spend taxpayer dollars are made on sound data that accurately reflects modern-day Australia."
And dozens of people on Twitter have launched a "Don't Mark Yourself as Jedi" campaign to make sure the fun stops before the 2016 census.
To that we say good luck. And may the Force be with you.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the building and sit down to wait for police, authorities said Friday.
Investigators say 59-year-old Linda Patricia Thompson told them she wanted to go back to prison.
Thompson said she had suffered facial fractures after strangers beat her at a Cheyenne park last weekend.
She said she couldn't get a room at a homeless shelter and decided to rob the bank Wednesday because she could no longer stay on the streets, court records say.
She faces a detention hearing Tuesday on a bank robbery charge and doesn't have an attorney yet.
FBI Special Agent Tory Smith said in court documents that Thompson entered a US Bank branch in Cheyenne and handed a teller a cardboard note that said, "I have a gun. Give me all your money."
The teller turned over thousands of dollars.
Outside, Thompson threw money into the air and even offered some to people passing by, Smith stated. He added that Cheyenne police Lt. Nathan Busek said he found Thompson with a large sum of money when he arrived at the bank.
"Lt. Busek asked Thompson what was going on, and Thompson replied, 'I just robbed the bank, I want to go back to prison,'" Smith wrote.
Thompson had been serving time at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, for a second-degree robbery conviction in Union County until her release in June, Betty Bernt, communications manager with the Oregon Department of Corrections, said Friday.
Thompson told investigators then that she didn't want to be released and advised the Oregon state parole office that she would not do well on parole.
An attempt to reach Thompson's parole officer for comment wasn't successful on Friday.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana ranch hand has been fined after authorities say he posted a video on social media of him chasing a grizzly bear in a pickup truck.
The Helena Independent Record newspaper reports that Lawrence Kennedy of Browning was fined $400 after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
Kennedy initially pleaded not guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act but switched his plea under the deal July 5. He was charged with unlawfully harassing a threatened species.
Federal officials investigated Kennedy after he posted a Facebook video in March showing him driving a truck as a bear ran across an open field on a ranch.
Kennedy told the newspaper in March that he was chasing the bear to keep it away from a herd of cows.

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NEW YORK (AP) - He didn't make a clean getaway.
Authorities say a shoplifter tried to steal 26 containers of laundry detergent from a New York City supermarket.
The Staten Island Advance says the dirty deed occurred Monday night.
Court documents say the man stuffed the detergent - valued at nearly $200 - into a black bag.
He tried to leave the store without paying - but police had a different destination in mind.

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SHAWNEE, Okla.-- Jade is your typical pup, skilled in the art of balance and fetch. But what she lacks is self control, and duck just hits the spot.
Our story starts more than a week ago, when Jade fell under the weather.
"She was getting sick, couple days throwing up, then we started seeing it progressively getting worse," said Bailey Blagg, Jade's owner. "So we took her to the vet."
"We suspected with all puppies, we always do a parvo test, it came up negative," explained Dr. Daina Iman, with the Shawnee Animal Hospital. "I said, let`s go ahead and do a scope."
Not long after, doctors knew what they were up against.
"They found rubber duckies in the stomach," said Iman. "So then we had to get 'em out."
With her whole staff crowded around to see, Doctor Iman found not one, not two, but three.
"Then when I opened the stomach it was a duck, then another duck, then another duck," she said.
"Kind of a serious situation," said Blagg. "But it was funny, everybody got a real big kick out of it."
Today, Jade's back on her paws, and back on a no duck diet.
Problem is, only two and a half ducks were recovered, so where's rest of duck three?
"We don't know," noted Iman. "It had processed through the dog."
Blagg says moving forward, small toys will be kept far away from little Jade.


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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say an 84-year-old man stabbed his wife during an argument that began over the sloppy peeling of mangoes.
The Palm Beach Post reports Uriel Bradshaw was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated battery with a weapon.
An arrest report says Bradshaw was eating mangoes in a bedroom of the couple's West Palm Beach home. His 65-year-old wife became irritated when she saw he was putting pieces of the mangoes on the floor.
Police say the Bradshaws began arguing and he lunged at her with a steak knife. She told investigators he stabbed her twice. She banged on the walls to alert her daughter to call police.
Bradshaw says he doesn't remember stabbing her. He's being held on a $10,000. Jail records don't indicate whether he's hired a lawyer.

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