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Big cheetah-like feline captured in Pennsylvania
READING, Pa. — Police captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of a Pennsylvania city.
Reports about the spotted feline started coming in on Nov. 3 in Reading, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia. When officers tracked it down, they initially thought they'd found a cheetah.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County says they got a call from the city's police department about the big cat on Saturday.
When staff responded, they found a cat called an African serval. The cats are illegal to own in Pennsylvania without a license, and the state's game commission says no one in Berks County has such a license.
The 1- to 2-year-old female was declawed and very friendly, leading animal workers to presume it had been a pet, raised in a home since it was a kitten.
The animal could be worth $20,000 to $30,000 on the black market, said Tom Hubric, the animal rescue league's interim executive director.
He speculated the owner may have wanted to breed the serval with a domesticated cat to create what's called a Savannah cat. Those are legal to own, he says.
The cat was transported Thursday to a big cat rescue facility that can give it the special diet and extensive exercise it needs.
"She's just a magnificent animal and she's captivated everyone who has seen her," Hubric said.
Sweet home Nebraska: Roofer removes buzz from couple's attic
OMAHA, Neb. — Home sweet home is more than just a warm and fuzzy saying for one Omaha couple.
Becky Reilly told Omaha television station KETV that thousands of honeybees had invaded her and her husband's home attic and produced so much honey that it dripped down the side of the house.
They called in roofers to clean up the mess, repair the damage and install a new roof.
Takoda Green Roofing owner Jason Starkey estimated Thursday that he recovered 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of honey Oct. 26 as he removed the bees and their hive before making repairs.
A beekeeper acquaintance of the Reillys, John Gebuhr, has the bees in his garage but is pessimistic about their survival over the winter. He hopes some can be returned to pollinate the Reillys' garden.
Drivers get turkeys instead of traffic tickets in Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. — Some Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers.
The Billings Gazette reports that officers with the Billings Police Department checked for outstanding warrants Wednesday after pulling over drivers for traffic violations.
If they found none, they issued a written warning and a frozen turkey.
Businessman Steve Gountanis bought the 20 turkeys and asked the department to distribute them in time for the holiday.
Driver Larry Riddle appreciated the surprise after he was pulled over for not signaling a turn.
Riddle's wife died of cancer and he lives alone on a limited budget. Each year, he tries to make a holiday meal for his daughter and himself.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com
Unjust desserts: Suspect hands out doughnuts during robbery
HOUSTON — A suspect robbing a Houston doughnut shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cellphones he stole.
The Star-Telegram reports that the robbery happened at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 at a Shipley's Do-Nuts. Police released surveillance video this week that shows three men wearing hoodies and bandannas robbing the store.
While two of the men were behind the counter demanding the cash from the registers, the third took the cellphones of the two customers in the store. He then jumped over the counter, exchanged words with the customers and picked out two crullers, which he handed to them in wax paper.
The suspects then left the store. Police are searching for them.
City clerk searching for owner of dentures left at polls
PORTLAND, Maine — A city clerk in Maine is looking for the owner of a set of dentures left behind in a polling booth.
The Portland Press Herald reports the false teeth were discovered during Tuesday's election. An election clerk found the teeth in an auditorium that serves as a polling place in Portland.
The dentures are now in a plastic bag in the city clerk's office in Portland City Hall, just a few steps away from the polling place.
Residents voted on City Council races, a school rebuilding project, a state Medicaid expansion drive and other issues on Tuesday.
Man drops cocaine in his hat while in court on a drug charge
EAGLE, Colo. — Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge.
The Vail Daily reported Wednesday that 43-year-old Juan Jose Vidrio Bibriesca was standing next to two other defendants at an Eagle County District Court podium when he took his hat off and a square of folded paper fell out. A police officer watched the paper filled with cocaine fall to the floor, and after reviewing surveillance footage, authorities determined it fell from Bibriesca's hat.
Bibriesca was then walked to the county jail. He was charged with narcotics possession and another bond violation.
Booking documents don't indicate if he has hired an attorney.
Information from: Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com/
Weather observer braves frigid 100 mph wind for 'fun'
MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. — Weather observers stationed atop the highest peak in the Northeast are having some fun with a blast of cold wind.
Winds gusted to over 100 mph (160 kph), temperatures got down to below zero and the wind chill hit minus-40 on Friday at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, site of some of the world's worst recorded weather.
The frigid conditions didn't stop the observatory's Tom Padham from battling the whipping winds. In a video post on the observatory's Facebook page, Padham is seen strapping on a pair of goggles and heading outside for "a bit of fun" — struggling to stand against the wind.
It feels like January across the upper Midwest and Northeast. The National Weather Service says high temperatures are 15 to 25 degrees below average and numerous freeze warnings are in effect.
This story has been corrected to show the wind chill, not the temperature, was minus-40.
Mountain lion in San Francisco neighborhood is tranquilized
SAN FRANCISCO — A mountain lion cornered by a game warden near a San Francisco playground and shot with a tranquilizer gun on Friday has been fitted with a GPS collar and is ready to go back into the wild.
The animal was spotted earlier in the day amid trees, brush and ivy behind a housing complex in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood. Authorities decided to tranquilize the cat and relocate it because it was near a playground and in a heavily populated area.
"When I arrived the mountain lion was hunkered down," Lt. James Ober, a Fish and Wildlife game warden, told the San Francisco Chronicle . "It appeared to be under a lot of stress."
Ober shot the 82-pound male a second time, after he saw the animal still moving after 10 minutes. By 2 p.m., the mountain lion had been loaded onto a truck, its paws secured with straps and a black mask over its eyes.
The animal was turned over to the Santa Cruz Puma Project out of the University of California at Santa Cruz.
California Fish and Wildlife officials initially thought that the puma was a female, but Chris Wilmers, a wildlife ecologist at the university and the head of the Puma Project, said it is "a typical young dispersal age male who takes a wrong turn."
It's unclear if the cat was the same animal recorded Wednesday slinking past the home of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who lives in the Sea Cliff neighborhood.
Trend? College football players pop the question on-field
Carlos Correa seems to have started something.
The Houston shortstop melted hearts when he proposed to girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez on the field after the Astros won the World Series. On Saturday, a few college football players followed his lead.
In the midst of the on-field celebration following Georgia Tech's 28-22 upset win over No. 17 Virginia Tech, Yellow Jackets linebacker Tre' Jackson proposed to girlfriend Desi Nathe. His teammates chanted "Yes! Yes! Yes!" as he slipped the ring on her finger.
Jackson asked coach Paul Johnson a couple of weeks ago if he could propose on the field — assuming the Yellow Jackets pulled out the victory.
"I missed it," Johnson said, chuckling. "He had asked me and told me he was going to do that. In all honesty, I forgot about it."
In Boulder, Colorado's Trent Headley didn't wait until after the Buffaloes' game against USC to ask cheerleader Lizzie Trujillo to marry him. She said yes to the linebacker after he veered away from Senior Day player introductions and dropped to one knee.
"I had no idea. I'm still in shock," Trujillo said. "I took my ring off and gave it to my coach, just to be safe and keep it protected."
Like Jackson, Trent cleared the idea with coach Mike MacIntyre — all the way back in the summer.
"I said, 'You better make sure she's going to say yes out there in front of all those people,'" MacIntyre said. "That was a great moment for Trent and everybody there. That's something they'll always remember. Every time I think of Trent, I'll remember of a lot of things. I'll remember that for sure. That was a great moment for him."
South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard also celebrated Senior Day by proposing to girlfriend Kayla Michelle Sanderson after the Bulldogs' 33-15 win over Hampton.
Her "yes" capped a big day for Leonard , an NFL hopeful who had eight tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks in the game.
Over at Penn State, former offensive lineman Chance Sorrell proposed to his girlfriend Kayla Lonergan following the Nittany Lions' 35-6 victory over Rutgers. Even the public address system was involved, playing "My Girl" for the big moment. Sorrell is currently part of Penn State's staff.
Of course, on-field player proposals aren't new. Boise State running back Ian Johnson famously surprised Broncos cheerleader Chrissy Popadics with an on-camera proposal following Boise State's stunning 43-42 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2007.
But popping the question on the field may have been given a boost by Correa.
AP Sports Writer Paul Newberry in Georgia and Pat Graham in Colorado contributed to this report.
Police search for woman seen mailing stolen art to museum
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department says it wants to question a woman caught on video mailing stolen art back to the Museum of Modern Art.
Police said the woman was seen on surveillance video at a shipping store Thursday as she mailed two stolen photographs valued at $105,000. They were packaged in a large box she carried into the store.
Police say the two print photographs were found to be missing from the midtown Manhattan museum around midday Monday. There were no signs of forced entry into the building.
The pictures arrived by mail back at the museum Friday.
Police say the woman who mailed the pictures is in her 20s. She wore a dark cap, glasses and a black overcoat at the store.
Police search for wedding ring lost in Halloween candy bag
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont trick-or-treater may have picked up more than candy on Halloween this year.
Police say a woman who lives in South Burlington called them after she says she accidentally dropped her yellow gold and diamond eternity wedding band into a trick-or-treater's bag.
She said others have reported that someone posted on social media about finding the ring but she couldn't find the post.
The woman lives in the Butler Farm neighborhood and police are asking parents to check their children's candy bags if they visited the woman's neighborhood.
Officials say to contact South Burlington police if parents find anything.