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BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — Drivers: Better watch out for caterpillars in one Maine town.
The Maine Department of Transportation posted an alert for two days that the insects were making things slippery along Route 15, or Mines Road, in Blue Hill. As of Thursday, the department said the incident “has been cleared.”
WMTW-TV reports the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said the caterpillars are wandering as they eat oak tree leaves. Officials said the main culprit is the forest tent caterpillar. They should finish feeding toward the end of June.
Until then, people should expect to see them wandering.
The department says other caterpillar culprits are the Browntail moth and gypsy moth.

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TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota sheriff waited a whole minute after polls closed to fire a deputy who undid his re-election bid this week.
Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired deputy sheriff Mark Maggs after Maggs defeated him by a vote of 878-331 in Tuesday's Republican primary election. Maggs posted his time-stamped termination notice signed by Gramkow on Facebook after polls closed.
"As of this moment you are no longer an employee of Bon Homme County," Gramkow wrote. He didn't give a reason for the firing. South Dakota is an employment-at-will state where employees can be fired without cause, with exceptions. The state's sheriffs also have the authority to hire and fire personnel.
Gramkow declined to comment about the firing.
No other candidates filed for the race, meaning that Maggs will assume office in January. But for now, the father of four is out of work. He planned to meet with the county commission on Thursday.
Some residents started an online petition to have Maggs reinstated as deputy sheriff, but he said that it's unnecessary.
"I trust our county commissioners heard your voices (Tuesday) night through the election results, and I also trust that they will stand with my family and I (in) the way you all have and ensure that my family will not be left hanging without an income or insurance," Maggs said.
 
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PARIS (AP) — A man who regularly plays the lottery with the same numbers at the same place in eastern France has beaten huge odds, winning the My Million lottery twice in 18 months.
Le Parisien newspaper says mathematicians it queried calculated the double win at 1 chance in 16 trillion.
Radio France Bleu on Thursday quoted state lottery La Francaise des Jeux as saying the winner, who wants to remain anonymous, won 1 million euros ($1.18 million) on May 18 after winning 1 million euros in November 2016.
An employee at the cafe La Havane in Evian-les-Bains told the radio that the winner "hasn't changed at all."
My Million is part of EuroMillions.
Lady luck was also in Australia last month. A Sydney man won twice in a week national, according to NSW Lotteries.

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Boston Red Sox fans caused an unusual delay Wednesday night in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers.
Fans using their cellphone lights during the Tigers' at bats were apparently distracting the batters during the inning. Tigers' player Nick Castellanos alerted umpire Mike DiMuro about the lights, which prompted Ron Gardenhire to come out to try and get it to stop.
"You ever tried to hit with a light like that in your face? It's not supposed to happen," Gardenhire said after the 7-1 loss. "The umpires should have, in my opinion, stopped it right away. They see it happen — it's right in dead center field."
Red Sox security asked fans in the centerfield bleachers to stop using their phones as flash lights, and play continued. Castellanos singled to center later in the at bat.
"The fans are just having fun. I get it. But when it's in dead center field, my hitters are looking right into it. It's dangerous," Gardenhire said. "It's very dangerous, if you've ever been trying to hit with a light in your face. So, we just couldn't let that happen."
Red Sox manager Alex Cora joked after the game that the phones were "a good weapon."

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Hold the bacon jokes, please.
Authorities in Southern California rescued a disgruntled pig from a hot car Wednesday afternoon. 
The hog was spotted in an uncorporated part of Tustin, Orange County, sitting in the back of a locked BMW, the Orange County Register reported. 
"We see a lot of things in this line of work and just when we think we've seen it all," Orange County Sheriff's Department's North Patrol posted on Facebook, along with a photo of the pig, named Ramone. 
Police said they managed to track down the owner of the vehicle and safely removed the pig. 
It is not known if the owner was charged.
The police advised in the post, "as we approach summer, remember to not leave your animals inside the vehicle." 

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June 7 (UPI) -- A fashion show at a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia skipped the human models and featured drones carrying pieces of clothing down the runway.
Mohamad Aljefri, a leader at Red Sea RC team, the company which flew the drones, shared photos and videos of drones carrying dresses at the event Sunday.
The annual fashion show takes place at the Hilton in the city of Jeddah during Ramadan and a spokesman for the Hilton's events told CNN they decided to "bring a change" by using drones instead of mannequins this year.
Videos of the unique fashion show appeared on social media, noting the floating dresses made it appear as if ghosts were modeling the clothes.
Alia Khan, chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion & Design Council in the United Arab Emirates, said hanging from the drones caused the dresses to lose their shape.
"It's great to think out of the box. They were trying to do something different and fashion is such a creative space. However, this was not really something I would encourage or would like to see again," Khan said. "You lose the shape; the dress is just hanging on the drone."

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Feral peacocks in a Canadian city near Vancouver aren't known to harm humans but video shows them threatening parked luxury vehicles.
The peafowl have been troubling Surrey, British Columbia, for some time — the issue of the noisy birds was raised at a local advisory board meeting in January — but the controversy heightened last month when one resident was fined after cutting down a popular perching tree, according to news reports.
In one video, a peacock meanders around a black car parked on the street, appearing to eye its reflection.
"With the dark-coloured cars, they can see their reflection fairly clearly, so they mistake that as another peacock and have at it," Sullivan Heights resident Ryan Cragg told CTV Vancouver. "They'll get the front panel, the side panel, the rear panel and then work around to the other side."
A former resident farmed the colorful relatives of the pheasant for fun and left some of them there when he moved away, The Canadian Press reported last month.
A decade later, the birds are annoying their human neighbors. Besides scratching up expensive cars, they are reported to block doorways, leave a mess where they roost on rooftops and keep people up at night.
"You couldn't sleep. When my kids were babies and toddlers, they woke them up all the time," a resident named Julie told the Press.
CTV reported the City of Surrey issues fines to people who feed the animals, but officials aren't legally obligated to remove them.
Residents say the birds will keep plaguing the neighborhood until authorities take responsibility for the problem.
Roaming peacocks and peahens have been known to bother other residential neighborhoods. In 2014, someone or a group of people killed nearly 50 of the birds with BB guns, arrows and poison in the Los Angeles-area city of Rolling Hills Estates, where about 1,000 peacocks lived.
Those birds were also known to peck at vehicles, an animal protection investigator said at the time.

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June 7 (UPI) -- A Virginia woman received a scary surprise when a snake slithered out of her SUV's air vent while she was driving.
Lora Goff said she was on Main Street in Warrenton during her lunch break on Monday when she heard a sound and looked down to see the snake emerging from the vent.
Goff pulled over and called 911, which dispatched an animal control officer to the scene.
She said the animal control officer, who confessed to her that he was also afraid of snakes, attempted to grab the serpent with a pole, but the slithering intruder managed to vanish under a seat.
Goff said she was left with no choice but to drive back to work, where she borrowed a friend's car to drive to a hardware store for some sticky traps intended for rodents.
She said it wasn't until the next morning that her husband found the snake still alive and stuck to one of the pads.
Goff said she didn't ask what her husband did with the serpent.
"I don't want to see that thing anymore," she told The Washington Post.

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Workers at a Massachusetts supermarket have found a rare orange lobster.
Roche Bros. Supermarkets said in a Facebook post on May 29 workers at their Westborough store found the lobster in a shipment of crustaceans from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
It has since donated the lobster to the New England Aquarium in Boston.
The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine says the likelihood of a lobster being orange is about 1 in 30 million.
The New England Aquarium says the lobster is about 7 to 9 years old. It says the crustacean is lucky to be alive because its color was "flashing a neon sign" to predators.
The lobster will either stay in Boston or go to another aquarium in Japan.

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June 6 (UPI) -- A New Jersey state trooper was unexpectedly reunited with a retired police officer who helped his mother deliver him 27 years ago.
Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation on Friday when the two men struck up a conversation, New Jersey State Police wrote on Facebook.
Bailly revealed he used to work as a police officer in Patterson's hometown of Piscataway and told the story of an instance in which he helped deliver a baby outside a home there as a rookie officer.
He went on to describe the color and style of house in detail and said the baby's name was Michael.
A stunned Patterson extended his hand and told Bailly he was the baby the retired officer delivered on Oct. 5, 1991.
"My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me," he said.
Bailly responded to a call that Patterson's mother, Karen Patterson, barely made it home after going into labor while out shopping.
Patterson's father, Bobby Patterson, called a doctor who walked Bailly through the procedure and the future trooper was safely delivered.
After the chance encounter, Patterson and his mother visited Bailly and his wife at his home and the two posed for pictures nearly three decades after the emergency delivery.
"Needless to say, Trooper Patterson, Matthew Bailly, and both of their families were ecstatic about the reunion," the state police said.

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