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Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump

ISTANBUL (AP) -- One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump -- made of cake icing. It took Turkish chef Tuba Geckil two days to make the imposing bust of Trump, clad from mid-torso in an edible jacket and striped tie. Geckil said Saturday she crafts her concoctions after following media coverage and Trump, of course, has been in the news a lot.

Police: Florida man cited for eating pancakes in the street

LAKEWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say they've charged a Florida man recorded on video sitting in the street eating pancakes. A Lakeland police news release says Kiaron Thomas was charged Thursday with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic. He was not arrested but issued an April 25 court date. Police first received a call Tuesday morning about a man sitting in the crosswalk of a busy intersection.

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) -- Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword. Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman's nemesis. He was wearing a cape and carrying a sword.

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper. Grabher said Friday that he put his last name on the license plate decades ago as a gift for his late father's birthday, and says the province's refusal to renew the plate late last year is unfair.

California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) -- The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard. Faced with more than 40 feet (12 meters) of snow, the Mono County community declared a state of emergency and a request for snow removal assistance was sent to the state Office of Emergency Services, which called in the Guard earlier this month.

Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armory

STOW, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory. The State Highway Patrol says someone cut through a fence at the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow southeast of Cleveland and made off with the sand-colored Humvee. A guard spokeswoman says they think the Humvee was stolen either late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling. She was born at the zoo in January and weighed just 29 pounds, far below the typical weight.

Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets. Officials say residents called Animal Control to report the cat Thursday morning. Animal Control says officers arrived and were forced to tranquilize the animal because it was out of control. The cat was later identified as a Savannah cat.

Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) -- The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance. Sussex County prosecutors say 49-year-old Tina Diakos and 40-year-old Ozkan Cengiz pleaded guilty to arson on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the pair said business at the Jerzeez Diner in Vernon was not doing well so they drove from their home in Butler and set it on fire in March 2016. No one was injured.

'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M

REDUCTION, Pa. (AP) -- "The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale. A family that has owned the Village of Reduction in Pennsylvania for nearly 70 years has decided to divest itself of the 75-acre property. The $1.5 million asking price includes farmland, 19 single-family homes and a 1914 one-room schoolhouse. The village was once home to about 400 employees of the American Reduction Company.

Suspect in Massachusetts liquor store robbery found sleeping

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Police in Massachusetts didn't have to look far for a suspect in the knifepoint robbery of a Pittsfield liquor store. Authorities say Melissa Holden was found asleep in the hallway of a nearby building a short time later -- with a knife and bottles of vodka and Gatorade -- the very items reported stolen. She was also wearing clothing similar to the suspect seen in store surveillance video.

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2M in federal benefits

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A former U.S. Postal Service worker in western New York has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 59-year-old Richard Klaffka, of Holland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud. Prosecutors say his 62-year-old wife, Cathleen, admitted to playing a role in the scheme.

After fight, Indiana man receives 'ATHE1ST' license plate

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) -- A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles denied Chris Bontrager's first request in February without citing a specific reason. The bureau's denial letter to Bontrager noted the agency could refuse a personalized plate if it had a connotation offensive to good taste or decency, was misleading or deemed improper.

Cat stuck in peanut butter jar gives birth to kittens, dies

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A stray cat found earlier this week with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar has been euthanized, but not before giving birth to a litter of kittens. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/2nRx9Pv ) that the cat, named Skippy by San Jacinto shelter workers, gave birth Tuesday to four kittens: Peanut, Butter, Jelly and Honey. Skippy was later euthanized.

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming. Viewers tuning into Touba TV on Monday afternoon got a shock when hardcore pornography was aired from 1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired over PBS budget cuts

A viral online video imagines lovable "Sesame Street" character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS. The video shows an unseen man delivering the news to Elmo in a nondescript room. Elmo doesn't take the news well, complaining that he's worked at "Sesame Street" for 32 years. He also wonders what's going to happen to his medical insurance, given that he has a pre-existing condition.

Police: Man checks out of hospital, steals ambulance

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance. Police say Donald Winkler, of Merrick, was upset with the quality of care he was receiving and checked himself out of Nassau University Medical Center around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators say Winkler then stole an ambulance from the hospital parking lot that had the keys in the ignition.