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GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Spotting a 400-pound tuna in the Massachusetts seaport of Gloucester, known as America's oldest seaport, is not unusual. But finding a headless tuna in the woods is a bit odd.
State Environmental Police and federal fisheries regulators are trying to figure out who dumped the headless fish, which had to be hauled out of the trees by a tow truck.
Authorities won't say exactly when the tuna was found or who tipped them off.
But Ally Rogers, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement, tells the Gloucester Daily Times that the fish was illegally harvested.
The tuna season runs from early June to November.
Maj. Patrick Moran of the Environmental Police says he's never before had to investigate a tuna in the woods.

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BERLIN (AP) - It's legal to drink beer in German movie theaters - but it's probably not a good idea to try to open your beer bottle with a pepper spray canister.
However, that's exactly what a thirsty moviegoer tried doing at a cinema Monday night in the northwestern German town of Osnabrueck.
Instead of opening his beer, the 29-year-old man broke his pepper spray container and some 200 people had to quickly leave the theater in tears.
The cinema's manager told the German news agency dpa on Wednesday that it was "chaos." Still, he kept his head, calling police, offering beverages to moviegoers and opening the windows. He says the movie was restarted after 30 minutes.
Police say so far no moviegoers have complained about eye or breathing problems.
 
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WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) - A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween - a baby Frankenstein.
Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labor on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein tell news outlets that Baby Frankenstein weighed in at 6 pounds (3 kilograms), 9 ounces (255 grams) and is 20 inches (50 centimeters) long.
The baby's grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein tells WKMG the family is "super excited." She said Oskar is her first grandchild and the Frankenstein family's first baby born on Halloween, although she does have a 13-year-old daughter who shares the same birthday as "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley
Winter Park is near Orlando in central Florida.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico brewery that uses the Route 66 in its name faces a lawsuit from a European company that says it owns the beer sales and marketing trademark for the famed American highway.
Henry Lackey, the owner of the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery in the town of Grants, New Mexico, said this week that he is fighting the federal lawsuit filed earlier this year by Lodestar Anstalt. That company is incorporated in the tiny European nation of Liechtenstein, with headquarters on the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus.
Lackey's brewery is on Route 66 and he said in an interview with The Associated Press he does not believe a European company should have a say in how the historic U.S. highway's name is used.
According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Lodestar owns the U.S. trademark for Route 66 beers in the country and the trademark for the highway's logo-type "shield" that go on labels for beer.
Lodestar's attorney, Warren Bleeker, said the company filed the proper trademark requirements with U.S. officials, must enforce its rights and wants Lackey to change the bar's name.
Lackey said he was in discussions with Bleeker after receiving a cease and desist letter but cut off talks after the company sued him.
"You're not going to punch me in the mouth and expect me to back down," said Lackey. "Once you punch me in the mouth the fight's on."
In his response to the lawsuit, Lackey said Lodestar "should not be allowed to use an iconic name, 'Route 66' as a trademark because it contributed nothing to what makes 'Route 66' great to all Americans."
Lackey said his brewery doesn't make a beer named after Route 66 but has the name on its brewery. Its beers are named after car parts.
Other New Mexico brewers have named beers named after Route 66, and those brewers have not faced legal action, Lackey said.
"It's just friendly competition and all in good fun," said Lackey, who grew up around the famed highway.
Bleeker said Lodestar's Route 66 beer is brewed in Wisconsin. It's an IPA lager blend and sold in parts of the U.S, he said.
The beer's website shows the Route 66 beer available in Spain, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Croatia. In addition, the beer has appeared at various brewery events around the U.S.
Lodestar's lawsuit also asks for damages and the profits from the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery. A trial has been scheduled for next year.
Decommissioned as a U.S. highway in 1985, Route 66 went through eight states, connecting tourists with friendly diners in welcoming small towns.
It was once an economic driver for small towns from Illinois to California. Nat King Cole famously sang "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" in a 1946 hit that has been remade by countless other groups.
But the use of Route 66 dropped significantly after highways were built as part of the interstate system, forcing businesses to close and leaving others in disrepair.
Towns such as Grants are trying to remodel old restaurants and motels linked to Route 66 to revitalize local economies.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say a 48-year-old woman has admitted to passing herself off as a lawyer while bilking hundreds of New York prison inmates out of more than $20,000.
The state Attorney General's Office says Antonia Barrone pleaded guilty to a scheme to defraud and will serve 16 months to 3 years in state prison. She has also been ordered to pay nearly $270,000 in restitution and fines.
Officials say Barrone created a fake persona as a parole attorney named Mario Vredenburg and swindled $23,000 from 400 state inmates and their families through a business called the NYS Prisoner Assistance Center, which purported to specialize in parole cases.
Authorities say Barrone tricked customers into believing the office was staffed with attorneys.
Last year, Barrone crashed her car at 90 mph while trying to elude police on an Albany highway.

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GRANDIN, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo man ended up inadvertently "plowing" a short section of Interstate 29 in Cass County when the chisel plow he was pulling with a tractor struck an overpass.
The Highway Patrol says the man was traveling from a field near Grandin to a Horace-area farm midday Tuesday when the 16-foot-tall plow hit the bottom of an overpass. The bridge wasn't damaged, but the impact pushed the plow spades into the roadway and resulted in some deep gouges to the surface.
The driver wasn't injured, but he was cited for violating height restrictions.

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SAUKVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin woman is facing charges after her 9-year-old son was tied to the roof of their minivan to help hold down a plastic pool.
Prosecutors allege 28-year-old Amber Schmunk had her son hold down the molded pool they'd just purchased because it wouldn't fit inside the van. WISN-TV reports a witness called police after seeing the incident on Sept. 9 in Saukville, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Milwaukee.
Police documents allege Schmunk told an officer she thought it was OK because her father allowed her to do similar things when she was young.
Schmunk is charged with recklessly endangering safety, which is a felony. She's due in Ozaukee County Circuit Court on Nov. 11.
Court records don't list an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A judge on the Hawaiian island of Maui has handed down an unorthodox sentence to a man who pleaded no contest to violating a protection order preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend.
Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Daren Young on Friday to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to the 144 "nasty" text messages and calls that he is accused of sending her.
"For every nasty thing you said about her, you're going to say a nice thing," Loo told Young. "No repeating words."
Young, 30, received time served for spending 157 days in jail before being sentenced, the Maui News reported . Besides being told to pay the compliments, he also received two years of probation, $2,400 in fines and 200 hours of community service.
"It's so childish to think a grown man can be so thumb-happy," Loo said.
Young told Loo he will not reach out to the ex-girlfriend again and is moving forward with his life.
She sought the protection order, which was issued Feb. 22. He was ordered not to contact her, including by phone.
But two months later, Young called and texted her 144 times within a three-hour period, police said.
"I don't know whether I should cut off your fingers or take away your phone to get you to stop texting," Loo told Young. "You probably shouldn't get a phone, period. I hope she changed her number."

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A 10-year-old Ohio boy didn't spend his Thursday morning in school, or at home playing video games. Instead, he led highway patrol officers on a high-speed car chase reaching speeds of almost 100 miles per hour.
The joyride -- which lasted less than an hour -- was the boy's second in two weeks, according to Cleveland police.
A man dialed 911 after he saw a 2004 Toyota Avalon swerving across Interstate 90 west. Westlake police officers spotted a speeding car being chased by another vehicle, possible driven by the boy's mother.
Three Westlake officers followed the boy for more than 15 miles -- with speeds reaching 100 mph -- before he drove through a toll booth and entered the Ohio Turnpike.
That's when at least four Ohio Highway Patrol troopers joined in on the chase and attempted a rolling roadblock as the boy drove erratically along the turnpike, with the troopers close behind for close to 20 miles.
The boy eventually slowed down and drove onto a berm to avoid driving over stop sticks. One trooper then nudged the boy's car at a slow speed into a mile post sign, and another state vehicle blocked the boy's car, preventing him from re-entering the road.
"It was very lucky no one was hurt," Highway Patrol Sergeant Tim Hoffman told The Associated Press.
When the child was taken into custody, he attempted to spit in the troopers' faces and even kicked one of them in the chin, WEWS reported.
The boy was taken to a hospital by a legal guardian, and will be placed in the custody of Erie County Children's Services before being evaluated. Ohio Highway Patrol said it will confer with the Erie County Prosecutor's Office about criminal charges.
The boy said he decided to take the family car out because he was bored, according to WEWS.

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SAN ANTONIO - Officials at a San Antonio school district have voted to rename a high school because of its ties to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, - some say it doesn't change much.
North East Independent School District trustees voted Monday that Lee High School will be renamed Legacy of Educational Excellence High School.
So, the acronym is LEE High School.
Board President Shannon Grona says the name is a compromise that retains the school's history and lessens the expensive process of renaming and rebranding the school with a completely different name.
Trustee Edd White said the acronym defeats the renaming purpose and amounts to "trying to put lipstick on a pig."
The recent debate over the school's name was sparked by the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. 
 

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