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NEW YORK (AP) -- A statue of a topless, hoofed Hillary Clinton appeared outside a subway station Tuesday, prompting a tussle after one woman purposely knocked it down and sat on it to prevent others from picking it back up.
The display marked the second time a life-size, exaggerated depiction of a naked presidential nominee has surfaced outside a Manhattan subway stop during the general election campaign. In August, an artist's statue of an unclothed Donald Trump was eventually hauled away by city workers.
But the crowd's reaction to the naked Clinton was markedly different from that to the Trump statue, when a largely jovial group of onlookers took photos of it and posed for selfies. Some parts of the portly Trump's genitalia were visible in that statue.
On Tuesday, a woman can be seen on video taken by a reporter for the New York Daily News dragging the life-size structure of the Democratic presidential nominee to the ground, stomping on it and even sitting on top of it to prevent a man from standing it back up again.
"We shouldn't be treated this way. Period," another woman can be heard saying in the video.
It wasn't immediately clear who created the Clinton statue. An activist collective called INDECLINE was behind the naked Trump statue but said in a statement that it had no role in the Clinton one.
A police spokesman said the Clinton statue was eventually removed by whoever brought it to lower Manhattan, and no summonses or tickets were issued.
Representatives for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Clinton supporter, haven't responded to questions about the statue. In August, a spokesman for the parks department issued a tongue-and-cheek statement in explaining that the statue of the Republican presidential nominee was removed because it was being displayed without a permit.
"NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small," spokesman Sam Biederman said then.
The Clinton campaign didn't respond to a request for comment.
Carin Kuoni, a professor of contemporary art and political engagement at The New School, said the Clinton statue could be seen as offensive rather than satirical since women have been defined for years in culture, media and politics by how they look.
"The history of how the female body appears has clearly been so negatively coded and inscribed that it makes for a completely different intervention when you see the sculpture of a naked woman than when you see a naked man," she said.

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has been jailed for stealing a $4.49 bottle of Advil because it was the 12th time he's been convicted of shoplifting.
A Lancaster County jury convicted 51-year-old David Springer in June of taking the Advil from a Giant store last year. He was charged with a felony because of numerous retail theft convictions.
Police say Springer stole the pills by stashing the bottle in his pocket even though he paid for other items that day.
Judge Jeffrey Wright says Springer is a threat to society because he keeps stealing
Springer will serve four months in county prison, five months on house arrest, 14 months on parole and three years on probation.
He was sentenced Oct. 4.
A message was left Monday for an attorney representing him.

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MADRID (AP) -- A small Spanish town is considering fining a medieval church 16,000 euros ($17,500) because its bells are "too noisy."
The town hall of Mostoles, southwest of Madrid, said Tuesday that following complaints from residents, town technicians measured the noise level of the chimes of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and found they were some 30 decibels above the 55 rate permitted by town regulations.
Experts say normal conversation produces 55-60 decibels while an airplane in flight produces 110-120 decibels.
Parish priest Ignacio Torres told the El Pais newspaper the bells have always been tolling in the town, and that they were usually only rung at noon and before evening Mass. He said he had no idea how the church would pay the fine if enforced.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Price is Right" history was made on Monday's episode when a trio of contestants spun different combinations of $1 on the game show's colorful wheel.
The three contestants each landed on spaces adding up to $1 in a pair of spins during one of the show's showcase showdowns.
The game show famously awards contestants who earn $1 on the wheel without going over a $1,000 prize and a chance to spin again.
"The Price is Right" host Drew Carey pumped his fist in the air after the contestants achieved the first three-way $1 tie with different combinations in the show's history . In past instances of such a tie, at least one of the contestants landed exactly on the wheel's coveted $1 space.
The three contestants celebrated in Monday's episode by jumping up and down while embracing in a group hug.
The long-running CBS game show is airing its 45th season.

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) - Slovenian police say a 66-year-old female pedestrian required hospital treatment after being hit by the wing of a small plane which was taxiing at an airport.
Police said Monday that the pilot, a 69-year-old man, apparently lost control Sunday at a small airfield near Ljubljana, and the plane swerved toward the street and hit the woman, who was walking on a parallel path. Police say her injuries were not life-threatening.
Police say an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the incident.

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Kasola, MN - A company in Minnestoa has come up with a unique way to let people take out frustrations about the upcoming presidential election.  They've developed a way to crush Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton with a tank -- or at least mannequin versions of them. 
The company, called "Drive A Tank," is offering tank rides, where you do just that. 
Normally, Drive A Tank lets people demolish an old car using a tank, for $649. If you pay an extra $249, they'll put a Clinton or Trump dummy inside the old car. 
If you can't pick just one, don't worry. You can run over both of them for $399.
The owner of the business says he created the unusual offer, because he thinks people are unhappy with both presidential candidates, so he wanted to do something fun. 
So far, he says only two people have ordered the dummy upgrade-- and both have chosen to demolish a Hillary Clinton dummy. 

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Texcoco, Mexico - Just outside Mexico City, a new nail fashion craze has customers lining up for a potential lethal beauty trend.
"Scorpion manicures" are all the rage in Texcoco, Mexico.
The process consists of having a scorpion glued to one or two fingernails.
Lupita Garcia, a scorpion artisan and enthusiast, started the trend a year ago in her home city of Durango, in northern Mexico.
The idea grew so popular that Garcia decided to open a nail parlor of her own called "Aries," where she does many scorpion-themed manicures.
Garcia buys dead scorpions from people who find them in the mountain ranges of Durango, where they are extensively found.
Some scorpion species are known for their interesting patterning or large size. but the ones used by Garcia for the manicures are only babies, due to their small size.
Garcia insists the scorpions are not venomous after they have died and added tweezers are always used when handling them.
Scorpions are alternately cherished and feared in parts of northern Mexico, where stings are common and the dead critters adorn key-chains and ornamental ashtrays, a business Garcia was involved in before embarking on scorpion manicures, her most popular idea yet.

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Kiev, Ukraine - Protesters hung rows of underwear outside Ukraine's parliament building Tuesday, hoping to shame the country's top officials into disclosing their financial assets and income as required by law.
Anti-corruption activists explained the word "pants" or "underwear" also translates in Ukrainian or Russian as "people who are scared to do something".
Oleksandra Ustinova, a spokeswoman for the Anti-Corruption Action Center NGO, said "We brought pants (underwear) to the Parliament of Ukraine today because if you translate it from Ukrainian or Russian, 'pants' means people who are scared to do something. That's why we are trying to show that people sitting inside the parliament who voted for the law of electronic declarations are the ones who did not fill their own declarations. So far we have only six MPs - out of 450 - who filled their own declarations. They are scared to do that because together with online declarations comes criminal responsibility if you lie on them."
The official deadline for the submission of the new electronic declarations is October 31st.
"The only thing they can do is they can try and sabotage," Ustinova said. "If we have 40,000 people not filling their declarations they do total sabotage and that is what we are scared about, that's why we're telling them not to sabotage but to fill their own declarations."
Activists say proper submissions would demonstrate to voters and international partners the country's readiness to fulfill European requirements on transparency and accountability, as well as a commitment to combating corruption.

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Hollywood, FL - A woman fearing her child had been kidnapped got a different shock, when she found out the girl had actually stolen and then crashed her car.
Police received a call early Monday morning from a woman saying her 11-year-old daughter had borrowed the keys to her SUV to get a school book out of the car, and then didn't return.
The mother also reported the car missing. 
Police spotted the car at a nearby intersection, with the pre-teen behind the wheel, refusing to stop.
A nearby witness said the police chase lasted more than 10 minutes, before the girl eventually crashed into another car, ending the chase.
She was taken to the hospital as a precaution, and will be charged with aggravated fleeing of police and driving without a license. 

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MADRID (AP) - A row over a public's school's toilet paper supply has broken out in a Spanish town, prompting local officials to step in.
The government-run Rafael Garcia Valino primary school in Yepes, a town 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Madrid, recently sent out a list of supplies students need for class this year. Among the pens, notebooks and erasers was an unexpected item: six rolls of toilet paper.
One parent, Carmen Contreras, complained on her Facebook page that the requirement was "totally surreal." She said the school told her it didn't have enough money for toilet paper.
The ABC newspaper says Yepes town hall has offered to resolve the shortage by supplying rolls for the whole school.
No one was available at the school or town hall Monday for comment.

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