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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 'Tis the season for Santa to take a scuba dive.
As part of holiday festivities at the California Academy of Sciences, the fish are getting fed by a diver dressed as Santa Claus.
The show known as "Scuba Santa" runs through Christmas Day. It takes place during the morning feed at the Philippine Coral Reef tank at the San Francisco museum.
Volunteer diver George Bell donned his Santa suit, from hat to coal black boots, and scuba gear for a recent feed and fielded visitors' questions from inside the tank.
Floating amid the coral reef and array of fish, he explained that Santa likes to "take a tropical vacation or two" during his off months and first learned to scuba dive in the Bahamas and then trained in California.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A Kentucky man bothered by a rattle in a car he'd recently bought at an Ohio auto auction has found 2 pounds of heroin in a secret compartment inside the vehicle.
WCPO-TV reports the man drove the Volkswagen Jetta for several weeks before discovering the heroin beneath the front passenger seat.
Investigators found more than 6 ½ pounds of heroin in the car eight months ago after the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested a former Mexican law enforcement officer who said a drug cartel forced him to drive the drugs across the country.
A Highway Patrol spokesman says the car was thoroughly searched before it was released to the auction.
The auction company has agreed to take the car back.

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chileans are in an uproar over a Cabinet minister being given an inflatable sex doll with a note saying "to stimulate the economy" taped over its mouth.
The furor erupted after photos of Economy Minister Luis Cespedes posing with the blow-up doll circulated on social media.
President Michelle Bachelet herself weighed in on Twitter, calling the joke gift misogynist and an affront to her government's goal of promoting respect for women.
Cespedes was given the doll by Roberto Fantuzzi, head of the Chilean exporters association Asexma, at its year-end dinner. The largely male politicians and business leaders present, including former Organization of American States leader Jose Miguel Insulza, laughed as a smiling Cespedes posed with the naked female doll on his arm.
In Chile, it is a tradition for the leader of Asexma to give creative gifts to guests at its annual dinner, but some attendees scrambled to distance themselves from the gift after social media exploded with charges of sexism. They said Fantuzzi went too far.
"One laughs because one is in awkward situation, but we are all aware that it was a blunder that we are sorry for," said Alejandro Guiller, a dinner attendee who may run for president in 2017 for the governing party.
Cespedes said he was sorry Wednesday, and Insulza "lamented and rejected" what had happened at the dinner.
"I think that beyond asking for forgiveness, this demonstrates that in Chile there is still machismo, sexism and in some cases even misogyny," Bachelet tweeted.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Two Florida men are spending the holidays in jail, thanks to observant neighbors who spotted them taking Christmas gifts from a nearby home and another homeowner who chased them with a metal pipe.
The Polk County Sheriff's department announced that a Lakeland resident heard a loud noise Wednesday morning and called another neighbor, who looked outside and saw the men taking gifts from a nearby home. The neighbor yelled and they fled in a car.
Lakeland police and sheriff's deputies tracked them down. They bailed from the car and ran into a home, but the homeowner chased them out with a metal pipe.
Authorities arrested 18-year-old James Davis and 21-year-old Antonio Thomas. Both face multiple charges and remained in the Polk County Jail Friday. Records don't list attorneys for them.

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man who police say was driving drunk while behind the wheel of a backhoe is facing charges.
Fifty-six-year-old William Campbell was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failing to maintain a lane among other offenses.
Police say a South Brunswick officer stopped Campbell Monday after observing him "drinking beer and swerving all over the road."
The officer reportedly smelled alcohol on Campbell's breath and found bottles of Jack Daniels and vodka in the backhoe.
Police say Campbell failed a field sobriety test and admitted to the officer that he didn't have a valid license.
Campbell has seven prior DWI convictions. It's unclear if he has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

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OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York couple was horrified when a UPS delivery that they thought was a Christmas present turned out to be an assault rifle.
Newsday reports that Joel Berman opened the keyboard-sized case in front of his wife and 6-year-old granddaughter Wednesday night in Oceanside, on Long Island.
Instead of a toy plane they were buying for their friend's son, they found a semi-automatic rifle, scope, stand, ammo clip and copies of an Arizona man's driver's license and concealed-weapons permit.
They hustled their granddaughter out of the room and called police, who picked up the weapon.
Atlanta-based UPS says it's investigating the "highly unusual incident." The company says it accepts legal shipments of some firearms. It says shippers must meet certain requirements.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a woman stole baby Jesus from a Nativity scene in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and dropped the figurine off at a hospital with a note explaining that the baby had been "neglected" by his parents, "Joseph and Mary Christ."
Police say 49-year-old Jacqueline Ross told them it was a joke, but they aren't laughing. She was identified from surveillance video and is jailed on charges of theft and institutional vandalism.
Police say she went to the hospital early on Dec. 4 just minutes after stealing the $2,700 figurine from Payrow Plaza.
Police say she left a note with the porcelain baby that read, in part, "Child has broken right foot which is been (sic) neglected. Parents Joseph and Mary Christ got a warning."
Ross doesn't yet have an attorney.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Authorities say a New Hampshire man was arrested after he tried to move a parked ambulance that was blocking his car.
Matthew Duval, of Manchester, was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He's due in court next month. A phone number for him wasn't in service and it wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
WMUR-TV reports that firefighters and paramedics were inside a home helping a patient; they had unlocked the ambulance so firefighters could grab supplies.
Authorities say the 40-year-old Duval couldn't get his vehicle around the ambulance, so he got in it and tried to move the ambulance himself. Workers heard the back-up "beeping" sound and called police.

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LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island woman was reunited with $5,000 in cash that she accidentally threw in the trash thanks to a little luck and the diligence of several sanitation workers.
Forty-five-year-old Krishna Nadalall says his mother, Bayban, had set aside an envelope containing the cash for her mortgage payment but she couldn't find it Tuesday morning.
Hysterical over the loss, the Long Beach woman called Nadalall to report that she mistakenly threw the money away.
Nadalall, a sanitation worker himself, gathered three co-workers to help sift through the loads of trash compiled at the Merrick Transfer Station.
The group was able to recoup all but $40 of the money after some of the bills fell out of the envelope along the way.
Bayban offered a reward to the men, but they refused.

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TIGARD, Ore. (AP) - It wasn't the marriage proposal Matt Behrens planned, but it worked just as well.
He was going to pop the question Wednesday evening at a Portland restaurant, but the snowstorm left Behrens and girlfriend Shannon Kernan stuck in their suburban apartment.
Plan thwarted, Behrens went out to shovel. Then an idea struck: Why not surprise her now?
He shoveled a message in the snow and called for Kernan to come down.
In her bathrobe, she ran outside to find Behrens on one knee. Behind him, he had shoveled two words: "Marry me."
Of course she accepted.
Kernan told The Oregonian/OregonLive it was a much more romantic way to be asked. "It was perfect."

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