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NEW YORK (AP) - A prankster has thrown yellow dye into the fountain at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Photos posted on social media Saturday show lemon-yellow water gushing from the fountain, which sits in front of the Metropolitan Opera and is a popular tourist attraction that has been featured in movies including "Moonstruck" and "Ghostbusters."
The Daily News reports the fountain was turned off after suddenly changing color Saturday afternoon.
A Lincoln Center spokeswoman says security notified the police, who are looking for the prankster. She says the fountain is being cleaned.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk.
Polk County Sheriff's officials said in a news release that someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road.
Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood-alcohol level of .161 - twice Florida's legal limit of .08.
Byrne is charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse.
Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.
 
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BERLIN (AP) - A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over - and found a particularly large zucchini.
Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man.
They said in a statement Friday that officers determined "the object, which really did look very like a bomb" was actually a 40-centimeter (nearly 16-inch) zucchini.
The offending vegetable, which was very dark in color, weighed about five kilograms (11 pounds). Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.
Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of residents while they are defused.

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ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to prescribe medical marijuana.
Dr. Liang Bartkowiak tells the Altoona Mirror she was mentioned in the media as being eligible to certify medical marijuana users, and then her office phone started ringing off the hook. It was primarily men on the line.
Bartkowiak tells the newspaper she was shocked, since she's an OB-GYN who treats women exclusively.
A 2016 state law gives people under a doctor's care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an illness on a list of 17 qualifying conditions.
The law permits pills, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana, but not marijuana in plant form.
Doctors must certify the illness and patients must obtain an identification card from the Health Department.

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WHITE CREEK, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake.
Troopers say the theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete (SKEET) monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on the Vermont border, 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Albany.
The nuns sell their cheesecakes and pastries on the honor system at the monastery's unstaffed gift shop. Police say surveillance cameras caught two women taking merchandise without leaving money in the drop box.
Troopers say surveillance photos released earlier this week and social media postings of the images led to the arrest of a woman from North Arlington, Vermont. The other woman was identified as her 21-year-old daughter, who wasn't charged.
The cheesecakes sell for $49 and up.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A New York seafood dealer has been sentenced to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that 42-year-old Tommy Zhou of Brooklyn was sentenced Friday in a federal Virginia court after he pleaded guilty in April.
Called elvers, baby eels are valuable because they are sold to Asian aquaculture companies so they can be raised to maturity and used as food. Fishermen sometimes sell them for more than $2,000 per pound at the dock. They can be legally harvested only in Maine and South Carolina, and the fishery is tightly regulated.
Prosecutors say Zhou obtained a Maine elver dealer license in 2013 and then used it to cover his illegal operation.
Zhou's attorneys declined to comment.

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A man convicted of robbing two Massachusetts banks with a water gun painted to look real has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 34-year-old Edgardo Rivera was also sentenced Thursday to five years of probation after being convicted of multiple counts of armed and masked robbery.
Prosecutors say the Springfield man robbed a bank in South Hadley on March 28, 2016, and a bank in Ware just a few days later. About $10,000 in total was stolen.
An employee at one of the banks said she thought she was going to die.
Rivera's lawyer asked for a shorter sentence, saying his client used a water gun to make sure no one got hurt.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A lizard that can grow to be 8 feet long has been found in Southern California, thousands of miles from its native land, and authorities think it's a pet gone astray.
The 4-foot-long crocodile monitor was spotted sunning itself on top of a hedge Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of a Riverside home.
The crocodile monitor is a relative of the famous Komodo dragon. It's native to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia - not California - but it is legal to own them in the state.
It's green and yellow with big claws, a long tail and a forked tongue.
The big lizard is now being held by Riverside County's animal services division. If the owner doesn't claim it, the monitor will be sent to a sanctuary for exotic animals.

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SHERIDAN, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a western New York town official has been cited for trying to bury his defunct auto repair garage in a hole.
WIVB-TV reports that Louis Delmonte's business in the Chautauqua (shuh-TAW'-kwuh) County town of Sheridan had been in rundown condition for years. So he borrowed a friend's excavator and dug a large hole next to the building.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says Delmonte tore down half of the building and dumped debris in the hole before the agency received a complaint about the work.
Delmonte was told he was illegally disposing of the building because the asbestos abatement required for all commercial demolitions wasn't completed.
Delmonte, who serves as the town supervisor, says he had received a permit to demolish and bury the building on site from a code enforcement officer.

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MORROW, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of stealing a Maserati and driving it to a movie theater in Georgia has been arrested.
The Clayton County Sheriff's Office told news outlets Friday that 41-year-old Keithrick Williams is accused of driving the vehicle to an AMC theater in Morrow and parking it while he watched a movie.
A Facebook post from the sheriff's office says a deputy spotted the vehicle and radioed in for more deputies to join him.
Authorities say Williams emerged from the theater and got into the car.
He was arrested Thursday. Jail records show he was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and possessing a weapon during a crime. It's unclear if Williams has a lawyer.
 

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