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GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina mayor quoted rapper Jay-Z on Twitter after he was found not guilty of driving under the influence.
"In the words of Jay Z, 'not guilty, y'all got to feel me,'" Greenwood Mayor Wellborn Adams tweeted Thursday after the jury found him not guilty after deliberating for five minutes.
Adams was arrested at a checkpoint just yards from his home in September 2015 after his wife's 40th birthday.
State trooper Derek Johnson tried to present as evidence a breath test that showed Adams' blood-alcohol level was 0.09 percent - over the legal limit of 0.08 percent where juries may presume a driver is legally drunk, The Index-Journal of Greenwood reported.
But a judge agreed with an argument from Adams' lawyer Billy Nicholson III that the trooper did not give Adams enough time to fully read the form consenting to the test.
Nicholson told the jury Adams failed sobriety tests such as standing on one leg because he tore his Achilles tendon three years ago.
The defense lawyer called Adams' wife to the stand, who said he trips regularly while jogging.
"I don't want to make fun of him," Ericka Adams said, laughing. "He's a genius, but he is clumsy."
Johnson told jurors in his closing remarks that he had no idea who Adams was and was applying the law fairly.
But Nicholson said Johnson's suspicions weren't enough evidence to find Adams was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
"What he has in the way of evidence is just to create some kind of suspicion," Nicholson said. "I don't fault this trooper for anything he did that night."

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Heads up, armchair travelers.
NASA is seeking a nickname for a tiny, icy world on the edge of the solar system that's the next destination for New Horizons, the spacecraft that surveyed Pluto.
New Horizons whipped past Pluto two years ago. Now it's headed for 2014 MU69 - gobbledygook to even the most die-hard scientists.
To lighten the mood as New Horizons aims for a 2019 flyby, the research team is holding a naming contest . The deadline is Dec. 1.
MU69 is 4 billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away and may actually be two objects, either stuck together or orbiting one another. If so, two nicknames would be needed. The nicknames will be temporary. NASA said Monday that a formal name will come after the flyby.
 
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NISKU, Alberta (AP) - Police in Western Canada say they're searching for the naked truth after a bizarre collision on a rural road.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Laurel Scott says officers responded to the report of a car colliding with a truck in Nisku, south of Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday.
When they arrived, they found that five people in the car were naked.
Scott said Tuesday the five were arrested. She said she's not sure of the charges, though police consider it a "purposeful collision."
She called the incident "very bizarre" and said, "We are trying to sort through all the different information we have so we can figure out from start to finish what this incident is all about."
Police said earlier they believe drugs or alcohol may have been a factor.

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DENVER, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Pennsylvania Dunkin' Donuts worker sold methamphetamine and heroin on the job, in some cases while wearing his drive-thru window headset.
Pennlive.com reports that 35-year-old Nathan Pizzardi of Denver, Lancaster County, faces felony drug counts.
Police say Pizzardi would leave the store and make sales in the parking lot or at a nearby convenience store. They say he sold the drugs while wearing his Dunkin' Donuts uniform and headset.
Pizzardi is jailed on $80,000 bail. Court documents don't list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Authorities say a heated argument over a turned-up thermostat in a mobile home took a violent turn when a Minot man punched his fiancée's brother in the face and threatened him with a knife.
Police say the man tried to defend himself by hitting 33-year-old Cornelius Young with a children's toy in the attack Friday.
Police say Young eventually left the home after his fiancée jumped on his back and bit his ear to distract him. Two children were present during the fight, but neither was injured.
The Minot Daily News reports that Young is charged with felony terrorizing. Court documents don't list an attorney who can speak on his behalf, and a home telephone listing couldn't be found.
He could enter a plea during a Dec. 7 hearing.

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Canadian brewery and a Vermont brewpub are locking horns in a trademark dispute over their moose-themed names and logos.
The Rutland Herald reports that Saint John, New Brunswick-based Moosehead Breweries has filed an infringement lawsuit against Hop'n Moose Brewing Co.
Hop'n Moose opened in 2014 in Rutland and recently began canning its beer, which is sold in about 15 nearby stores. Moosehead was founded in 1867 and adopted its current name in 1947. It sells beer in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.
Moosehead argues that similarity in names and logos could create confusion.
Hop'n Moose owner Dale Patterson says he hasn't seen the lawsuit, but doesn't want to change his logo.

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Vermont students who do good work in Brattleboro now have extra incentives to do so, in the form of free burgers.
Burgers for Excellence, a new initiative started by Brattleburger owner Matthew Blau will award free cheeseburgers to students who receive free cheeseburger cards for keeping up their grades. Blau tells the Brattleboro Reformer the cards can be given out for academic excellence or civic and community involvement.
About 500 free cheeseburger cards have been given to principals in Windham Southeast Supervisory Union schools to award as they see fit.
Blau says he believes that the program can show how businesses can positively impact their surrounding communities and promote positive social change.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina have captured an escaped inmate after they found him drinking a Gatorade while sitting outside a doctor's office.
Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan told a news conference that 42-year-old Michael Lee Calloway was captured Thursday morning after being spotted in Biltmore Park in Asheville.
Authorities say Calloway escaped custody on Wednesday while he was at a doctor's office for a medical appointment for what Duncan called "some sort of procedure." Officers had removed his shackles and restraints at the doctor's office.
Investigators say Calloway grabbed an officer's head and tried to hit her head on the ground before fleeing.
The sheriff says as many as 100 law enforcement officers were involved in the search. Calloway was originally in custody on various charges, including breaking and entering.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In the first Minnesota case to address a new and growing form of cybercrime, federal prosecutors have charged a man with paying computer hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employer.
The FBI says the case represents a growing form of cybercrime in which professional hackers are paid to inflict damage on individuals, businesses and others who rely on digital devices connected to the web.
Prosecutors say 46-year-old John Kelsey Gammell hired hackers to bring down Washburn Computer Group in in Monticello, but also made monthly payments between July 2015 and September 2016 to damage web networks connected to the Minnesota Judicial Branch, Hennepin County and several banks.
The Star Tribune reports Gammell's attorney, Rachel Paulose, has argued her client didn't personally attack Washburn. Paulose has asked a federal magistrate to throw out evidence the FBI obtained from an unnamed researcher because that data could have been obtained by hacking.
"The government has failed to charge a single one of those 'cyber hit men' services, named and evidently well known to the government," Paulose said. "Instead the government's neglect has allowed the professional cyber hit men for hire to skip off merrily into the night."
The Washburn attacks were "essentially a prank on a dormant site not doing business," Paulose said.
"As a society that is increasingly reliant on network-connected devices, these types of cyberattacks pose a serious threat to individuals, businesses, and even our nation's critical infrastructure," said acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker in Minneapolis.
State networks get an average of more than 3 million attempted cyberattacks daily, according to Minnesota IT Services, which administers the state's computer systems.
"A lot of people think it's just a nuisance," said Chris Buse, Minnesota's chief information security officer. "But it's not. If you look at what government does - basic critical services - if those services don't continue, people can literally die."

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(Huffington Post) Oh, Lord.
A church in Edgewater, Florida, is begging for forgiveness after posting a message that some ? well, most ? people interpreted as being sexual in nature.
Last week, the Bella Vista Baptist Church posted a message on an outdoor sign that read, "Forgiveness is swallowing when you want to spit."
An Instagram user who goes by the name Catherine306098 posted a photo of the sign with the comment, "I think someone is a little mad at their wife."
Although the message could be considered an oral sex innuendo, church officials insist they meant nothing vulgar.
Representatives of the church told Orlando TV station WKMG the sign was "completely innocent" and was "intended as encouragement to forgive." 
The church removed the message and told the station, "We apologize if anyone was offended."
 

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