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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A burglar made a clean getaway from a Long Island restaurant after emptying the cash register, cooking a meal and washing the dishes.
Will Colon tells Newsday he found bent burglar bars when he arrived Tuesday at Nelly's Taqueria in Hicksville, New York.
Security video showed the intruder put on food-service gloves and started heating up a pot before hammering the register open. He pocketed the money and put a dollar in the tip jar.
Then, Colon says, the man started "cooking up a storm" in the dark - beans, chicken, shrimp.
Colon says "the dude had some skills."
After eating, he covered and refrigerated the food and wiped down surfaces.
Security video showed the same man was there the night before but didn't cook.

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STOCKTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey state trooper on his way to work had to tell a cow to mooove it.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Flynn was driving to headquarters Thursday morning when he came across a traffic jam on Route 29 in Stockton, a rural town northwest of Trenton. He drove along the shoulder and came upon a wayward cow that was slowing down traffic.
The cow gave the trooper a look and continued to meander along the highway.
Flynn says the cow's farmer arrived and with the help of another trooper, they managed to get the cow back to its farm on the other side of the highway.
Flynn says it's not the first time he's had to deal with livestock. He's also had to corral horses and goats.
 
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GRANTS, N.M. (AP) - The manager of a struggling western New Mexico county says she wants to impose a dress code on employees amid the chaos.
The Gallup Independent reports Interim Cibola County Manager Valerie Taylor told commissioners last week she's banning flip-flops, T-shirts, and jeans. Taylor says the county dress code is now business casual.
The decision comes after the cash-strapped county cut the sheriff's fuel budget in half, ceased allocations for nonprofits, and adopted employee furloughs.
County Clerk Michelle Dominguez asked commissioners if the new dress code restrictions came with an allowance for new clothes.
Chairman Jack Moleres said an allowance is not in the budget.
Taylor says she expects employees to come dressed appropriately.
But Dominguez says staff already knew not to arrive like "a hobo off the street."

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police say a man had drunk a beer and eaten a corn dog at a Walmart in Kentucky before being arrested for shoplifting.
Shepherdsville police said in a Facebook post on Friday that store employees saw 55-year-old David Pethel also load his cart with merchandise valued at nearly $250 before attempting to leave without paying.
Pethel is charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking. He had been held at the Bullitt County Jail, and it is unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Police have arrested a Bronx man for allegedly dealing thousands of dollars worth of crack and cocaine out of a McDonald's he managed, prosecutors say.
Frank Guerrero, 26, was arrested by NYPD and ICE Homeland Secruity Investigation agents early Wednesday morning at the 24-hour McDonald's where he was night shift manager for eight years, according to prosecutors.
Guerrero allegedly sold nearly $10,900 worth of cocaine and crack to an undercover officer over the course of eight occasions at the Bruckner Boulevard location in Pelham. 
On at least two occasions, Guerrero put the cocaine into a cookie bag, which he then place inside a larger McDonald's order containing burgers and fries, prosecutors allege.
He hid drugs in a soap dispenser, where he'd retrieve it before placing it in plastic bags, according to prosecutors.
On Sept. 22, Guerrero sold 100 grams of cocaine and a quantity of crack to the undercover officer for $6,250 inside the franchise's restroom, prosecutors say. After making the deal, the officer took a seat at a booth, where Guerrero served him a bag of food with the drugs, according to prosecutors.
Authorities released photos Wednesday showing bags of cocaine next to cheeseburgers and fries. 
Police searched Guerrero's Bronx home Wednesday and allegedly found 200 grams of cocaine. Prosecutors say $5,300 in cash was also found inside a dresser in the room of a 2-year-old child.
Neighbor Joan Gravina said that police swooped in to make the arrest.
"About six or seven SUVs pulled up, police got out with their shields and their jackets on," said Gravina. 
The child's 24-year-old mother was at the home at the time. She too was arrested and, like Guerrero, faces drug charges. The two of them were expected to be arraigned Wednesday evening in Manhattan Criminal Court.
It wasn't immediately known if Guerrero had an attorney who could comment on the charges.
Tony Rodriguez, the owner and operator of the McDonald's franchise where Guerrero worked, said he is cooperating with the NYPD.
"The actions of this employee are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in my organization," he said.

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(Huffington Post) Two convicts who escaped a prison in Canada were recaptured in the most ironic place.
Police officers in Edmonton found Kelsie Laine Marie Mast, 23, and Samantha Faye Toope, 20, inside an adventure game company's "escape room" at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to media reports.
Authorities described the escapees as "violent offenders with a history of weapons offenses." They jumped a fence at the Edmonton Institution for Women around 24 hours earlier and escaped. 
A local resident recognized the wanted women and tipped cops to their presence at Sidequests Adventures, a downtown business that hosts interactive games where players have to solve puzzles to leave a locked room. Co-owner Rebecca Liaw was showing the women the escape room when officers found them. 
"It's funny and ironic that escaped convicts run into an escape room and get caught," Liaw's husband and fellow co-owner, Jonathan Liaw, told The Edmonton Journal.
Police returned the women to Correctional Service Canada. It's unclear what new charges they face.

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Researchers believe they may have found the final resting place of St. Nick.
A recent scan of the ground beneath St. Nicholas Church in the Turkish province of Antalya has revealed what local officials say could be a secret tomb. They believe the tomb could belong to the popular Christian saint who helped inspire the legendary character Santa Claus, the Hurriyet Daily reports.
The discovery was made using ground-penetrating radar amid local speculation that St. Nicholas, who was born in the church's town of Demre, previously known as Myra, could still be buried there.
Cemil Karabayram, head of Antalya's Monument Authority, expressed high hopes for what may lie there.
"We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor," Karabayram told the Turkish paper.
The process of excavating the ground is expected to take some time, with workers first having to carefully loosen and then remove the titles.
A body previously thought to have been St. Nicholas was moved out of the church in the 11th century and is believed to have wound up in Italy, Newsweek reported.
This past spring, some of those relics ? including a gold-encased rib ? left Italy for Moscow, making the relics' first trek outside of the country in nearly 1,000 years, the Telegraph reported.
But some Turkish officials are now saying those remains could actually have belonged to an unidentified priest, not St. Nicholas. That's the theory of Professor Y?ld?z Ötüken of Hacettepe University's history of art department, according to Karabayram.
Karabayram is, therefore, remaining quite hopeful.
"The world's eyes will be set on here," he told Hurriyet Daily. "We claim that St. Nicholas has been kept in this temple without any damage. We are at the last stage. If we get the results, Antalya's tourism will gain big momentum. We will start discussions at an international level after the excavations."
Carol Myers, creator of the non-profit St. Nicholas Center, which provides information on the saint, says people shouldn't be so sure.
"I'd say the speculation is very premature," she told HuffPost by email on Wednesday. "If relics are found, they would need to be dated and examined by international experts. The Turks, of course, are very interested in promoting tourism. I'd be very reluctant to jump to any conclusions."
St. Nicholas' real-life acts of generosity, particularly to children, helped inspire the red and white-suited figure known as Santa Claus who has become a worldwide symbol for Christmas and holiday festivity.
The popular saint was born in the third century in the village of Patara, to wealthy parents who taught him Christian beliefs and values before their untimely deaths left him orphaned, according to the St. Nicholas Center.
Wanting to live a life of piety, he surrendered his wealth to the needy and dedicated his life to serving God while becoming the Bishop of Myra.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A St. Bernard in South Dakota has set a new, slobbery world record.
Mochi, also known as Mo, holds the Guinness World Records title for having the longest tongue on a dog.
According to Guinness World Records, Mochi's tongue measures in at 7.31 inches (18.58 cm).
Mochi's owner, Carla Rickert of Sioux Falls, says her dog is happy, but also has some breathing problems because of her long tongue and slobbers more than usual when she's nervous. Mochi also needs to be given treats in a certain way and has problems picking items up from the floor.
The 8-year-old Mochi broke the previous record held by a male Pekingese, whose tongue was 4.5 inches (11.43 cm).
Mochi is listed in the new Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals book.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State University is allowing motorists to take a bite out of certain parking tickets by paying with peanut butter.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the school recently announced motorists who have received a "no current permit" parking citation can pay it with at least 80 ounces of peanut butter from Oct. 23 to 27.
All peanut butter donations will be sent to the Aggie Cupboard.
The offer is limited to the first 100 customers.
Officials say appealing the citation forfeits the right to pay with peanut butter.

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Grapevine, TX - A birthday wish that was icing on the cake for one north Texas couple.
Heather Gauthier gave birth to the couple's newborn son Oliver on Wednesday, September 27th.
But what makes the birth even more special, is it was also both mom and dad Diego Arrecis' birthday.
Baby Oliver was due on the 23rd, but came a little late.
Now the couple says no one has an excuse to forget their birthdays.
Statisticians say the odds of mom, dad, and baby sharing the same birthday are about one in 133-thousand.

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