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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve a trifecta in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods: world records for heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, heaviest squash.
After previously breaking two records, Joe Jutras got his third during the weekend when he smashed the giant squash record with one that weighed more than a ton. His green squash tipped the scales at 2,118 pounds (960 kilograms) during a weigh-in at Frerichs Farm in Warren on Saturday.
His other titles came in 2006, when he broke the record for longest gourd, with a 126.5-inch (3.21-meter) gourd, and in 2007, when he broke the record for largest pumpkin, with a fruit that weighed in at 1,689 pounds (766 kilograms). Both previous records have since been surpassed, but Jutras is the only grower so far to break world records in the three most competitive categories.
"It feels great," Jutras said Monday. "It's really been a goal of mine to try to achieve this."
Jutras has been working on the trifecta for a decade, since his pumpkin win. He was close to the goal a few years ago, but then a squash on track to break the record split. Now 62, Jutras recently retired from his work as a high-end cabinet maker to devote more time to his hobby.
Jutras noted that others had won multiple world records for fruits and vegetables before, but in categories such as carrots that are not as competitive.
He credits a new soil cultivation technique and a seed from last year's world record breaker for this year's win.
Ron Wallace, a multi-time pumpkin record breaker, called Jutras' feat "unbelievable." He said Jutras' accomplishment showed the best of the hobby. "It's about people competing and pushing the boundaries," he said.
Jutras said his fruit is headed to New York City, where it will be on display this month at the New York Botanical Garden.
In February, he'll receive a coveted "green jacket" honor for his squash record at the annual convention in Oregon of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, considered the NFL of giant fruit and vegetable growing.
Asked what he plans to do next after achieving the trifecta, he said he's been thinking about the bushel gourd.
"I think the record now is about 279 pounds," Jutras said. "That might be something I might want to get into a bit."

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man has been arrested after police say he called in a false bomb threat to try and get out of paying his restaurant bill.
WPXI-TV reports 40-year-old Barry Clapperton faces charges that include threats to use weapons of mass destruction, public drunkenness and false identification to police.
A witness says Clapperton tried to leave multiple times without paying for his meal at Primanti Brothers. Police were called to the scene, and another person paid for Clapperton's bill.
Police say they were about to let the man leave when bomb threat was called in to a nearby restaurant. Authorities say they used a stun gun to subdue Clapperton after he ran from the restaurant.
Police say Clapperton acknowledged he called in the false threat to create a distraction.
 
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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man tried to jump his car over a canal in a Florida neighborhood, but didn't make it.
WFTX reports that the car had be towed from the Lehigh Acres canal on Tuesday after it failed to clear the 20 feet (6 meters) between both sides.
Before attempting the jump, witnesses were quoted as telling the television station, the man drove to the edge of the canal and got out of the car to observe the distance.
Lee County deputies say the man wasn't injured, but the Toyota Corolla was totaled.
Investigators say they weren't sure why the man attempted the jump, noting he could have driven a few blocks to get to the other side.
No charges were reported, and the man wasn't identified.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama fire department is fighting a different kind of battle after two firefighters were bitten by poisonous spiders.
Capt. Frank McKenzie of Huntsville Fire and Rescue tells WHNT-TV that two firefighters working at the department's Station 17 have been bitten by brown recluse spiders.
He says the agency has moved fire crews, their equipment and personal items to another station, and the station was sprayed for pests.
McKenzie says firefighters plan to resume working at Station 17 on Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says brown recluse spiders typically stay hidden in sheltered areas. The venom from their bites kills tissue, causing large lesions that often require medical treatment.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - A woman accused of pulling a gun on a Cleveland barber because he was taking too long to cut her 7-year-old son's hair has been sentenced to six months behind bars.
Thirty-one-year-old Andrea Smith was sentenced Tuesday. She previously pleaded guilty to menacing, child endangering and carrying a concealed weapon.
Smith apologized at sentencing and acknowledged she briefly pulled a handgun from her purse at a barber school in April and that she had no license to carry the weapon. But she denied waving it or threatening the barber as police alleged.
No one was hurt. Police say Smith put away the gun after another employee helped to calm her. The barber finished the haircut, and then Smith left with her children.

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SPARTA, N.J. (AP) - Police say a handyman stole over $200,000 worth of comic books and artwork from a New Jersey homeowner before fleeing to Italy.
Sparta police Lt. John Lamon said Monday the theft happened earlier this year when a 64-year-old handyman from Brooklyn, New York, was hired to repair a New Jersey home that had sustained water damage. Sparta police say Francesco Bove made off with $239,000 in comic memorabilia from the unoccupied home.
Authorities say the homeowner reported the theft after a friend told him his pieces were on the market. Investigators say Bove sold multiple pieces from the collection before travelling to Italy.
Authorities say the homeowner has since located most of his stolen art.
Police say Bove is believed to be in the New York area. A phone number to contact him couldn't be immediately located.

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(Huffington Post) Is there anything she can't do? Angelina Jolie was reportedly tapped to aid in the capture of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, according to leaked International Criminal Court documents. 
A new report from The Sunday Times, based on 40,000 documents obtained by the French investigative website Mediapart, reveals the Oscar winner agreed to lure Kony out of hiding with the help of then-husband Brad Pitt by traveling to the Central African Republic with a team of U.S. special forces. 
Jolie was in correspondence with the ICC chief prosecutor at the time, Luis Moreno Ocampo, who reportedly developed a fascination with the actress over a period of time from 2003 and 2012.
One email sent by Ocampo suggests that Jolie offered herself as bait as part of a plan to "invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him."
"Forget other celebrities, she is the one," Ocampo wrote in the email, according to The Sunday Times. "She loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad will go also."
"Apparently you can be embedded with the special forces that are chasing Kony," he wrote in a different message to Jolie "Can Brad go with you?" 
"Brad is being supportive. Let's discuss logistics," Jolie replied. "Much love Xxx."
Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, was indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2005. The LRA, which formerly operated out of Uganda, is responsible for abducting countless men, women and children and forcing them to join the militant group. Despite increased media attention from a viral documentary about Kony in 2012, he continues to evade capture. 
As a bonafide human rights advocate, Jolie herself has mentioned Kony in public before, explaining on "Nightline" in 2010 that she would be tempted to "take down" people like him if given the opportunity. 
"I don't think I know anybody who doesn't hate Jospeh Kony," Jolie told The Telegraph in 2012. "He's an extraordinarily horrible human being."
While Jolie and Ocampo continued to communicate via email up until 2012, their plan apparently never came to fruition, according to the Times, as many of his messages went unanswered. He also repeatedly praised Jolie over her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," in addition to asking for her assistance on a charity education project. 
In the wake of the leak, Ocampo claims that he is the victim of a "targeted cyber attack," as he's currently being questioned over his alleged ties to Libyan businessman Hassan Tatanaki, who worked alongside former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
"Someone is attempting to blackmail me using illegally obtained information," Ocampo said in a statement to The Financial Times.
Jolie's representatives did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

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BUFORD, Ga. - (WXIA/NBC) - A baby decided to arrive on Monday while his mother was shopping at a Target in north Georgia.
Thankfully a labor and delivery nurse, Caris Lockwood, was shopping at the store when the woman when into labor.
Lockwood spotted a very pregnant Tanya St. Preux Picault and could tell the woman needed help.
Picault had a painful contraction and then her water broke, but the nurse was there to assist.
In fact, two other nurses also helped.  A short time later Maleek was born at 11 pounds, 6 ounces.
That's something few others can say they got at Target.
"(Caris') mom walked up and she politely said, 'Hey, you don't look so good. Can I get my daughter? She's a labor and delivery nurse.' And I said, 'Sure," said Picoult.
"I didn't know she was going to deliver that fast at first, but then she had a really painful contraction and her water broke. As a labor and delivery nurse, I kind of knew what was about to happen," said Lockwood.
"She didn't look like someone who was outside of Target. She really looked like someone who was at the hospital in her normal working environment," said Picoult. "I see a lot of people saying that she was God-sent, and that's what really goes through my mind. Just God's provision."
"I think the right people were in the right place, and it was just one of those surreal things," said Lockwood.

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) - Hundreds of undead people have gathered at the New Jersey shore to take part in an annual zombie walk.
The event was staged Saturday in Asbury Park and featured a variety of mutated characters, including four undead Disney princesses and gory nurses. A zombie Donald Trump pushed a tombstone with his name on it and threw paper towels into the crowd while asking, "Does anyone need saving?"
Walk organizers tout the event as one of the biggest gatherings of the undead on the planet. Most participants apply their own ghoulish makeup before arriving, but others get their look done on scene from professional makeup artists.
Security was beefed up for the event following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and organizers banned the use of prop weapons.

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(Huffington Post) A wanted man wanted something in return for turning himself in: 1,000 Facebook shares.
The Detroit-area man, who calls himself "Champagne Torino" on Facebook made the challenge on Friday to the Redford Township Police Dept.
It came after Torino left a message that some (well, most) people might construe as negative on a post regarding a home invasion.
The person manning the department's Facebook page threatened to ban Torino from the page.
Since Torino already has several arrest warrants against him, it's a wonder he was on the page at all. It's unclear what his arrest warrants are for. 
Still, the threat of a ban sparked his competitive nature. He promised to turn himself in if the department's next post got 1,000 shares. He also sweetened the deal by promising to come with a dozen doughnuts and to pick up every piece of litter around local schools.
The department happily accepted the challenge, joking that the doughnuts were the key element:
"Donuts!!!! He promised us donuts! You know how much we love Donuts! Help us win this challenge and clean up blght in Redford at the same time! It's as easy as a SHARE of this post."
Within an hour the post had more than the 1,000 shares, Torino demanded. Since Friday, it's been shared more than 4,200 times.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Torino had yet to show up at the police department with doughnuts in hand, a department official told HuffPost.
Officers tried to be philosophical about it on a post, explaining that "everyone gets caught at some point."
HuffPost reached out to Torino on Facebook, but he did not immediately respond. His Facebook page lists him as living in Auburn Hills and describes him as "head savage" for a local manufacturing company.
 

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