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Teenager finds 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- A teenager has found a 7.44 carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas. Officials at Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro say the rock found Saturday by 14-year-old Kalel Langford is the seventh largest found since the park was established in 1972. The park hasn't provided an estimate of the diamond's value.

Troopers charge 2 women in fight over shoveled parking spot

ASHLAND, Pa. (AP) -- State troopers have charged two Pennsylvania women with disorderly conduct for a hair-pulling fight that erupted over a newly shoveled parking spot on a snowy street. Troopers in Schuylkill (SKOOL'-kil) County say a 23-year-old woman claimed she shoveled the spot only to have her 43-year-old neighbor's husband park his pickup in it. It happened in Ashland borough on Tuesday night. The region took the brunt of that day's winter storm.

New York court to determine if chimp is legally a person

NEW YORK (AP) -- Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights? That's what attorney Steven Wise tried to convince a state appeals court in Manhattan of on Thursday. Wise, who represents the Florida-based Nonhuman Rights Project animal advocacy group, argued that two chimps named Tommy and Kiko should be freed from cages to live in an outdoor sanctuary.

UK authorities seek owner of gold trove stashed inside piano

LONDON (AP) -- British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a "life-changing" amount of money found stashed inside a piano. A coroner investigating the find on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward. When the piano's owners took it to be tuned last year in Shropshire, central England, it was found to contain a hoard of gold sovereigns minted between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.

Police search for unhappy customer who threw food at workers

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- Police in Georgia are searching for an unhappy customer who threw her takeout order at restaurant workers. Clayton County Police Det. Sefan Schindler told WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2n15MVn ) Wednesday the woman was upset because she said there wasn't enough seasoning salt on her French fries at a Zaxby's restaurant in suburban Atlanta. The woman took two takeout containers filled with food and tossed them over the counter.

German dog-walker has close call with coconut cannon

BERLIN (AP) -- A dog walker in the German capital can be thankful he turned out to be a fruitless target after his close call with a coconut cannon. The man was walking in an industrial area on March 1 when he heard a bang and a ball-shaped projectile flew past him, hitting a nearby lamppost.

Trooper takes abandoned puppies into custody and adopts them

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia State Patrol trooper took three canine vagrants into custody -- and then he and a few of his colleagues adopted the abandoned puppies as their own. The Georgia Department of Public Safety posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that trooper Jordan Ennis found three puppies while patrolling a southwest Atlanta subdivision on Monday.

Lawsuit alleging NJ worker was fired for passing gas tossed

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit that said one of New Jersey's top pork roll makers fired a worker for passing too much gas. Louann Clem said her husband struggled with extreme gas and uncomfortable diarrhea due to gastric bypass surgery. Her suit claimed Case Pork Roll President Thomas Dolan complained about the side effects and told her husband to work from home due to the smell.

Woman reunited with pet dog who disappeared 6 months ago

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her beloved pet dog that skipped out of her apartment six months ago. Tanya Flowers told The Jersey Journal (http://bit.ly/2nCfnyW ) that she spent days handing out hundreds of fliers and contacting animal shelters after her year-old Maltese named Paris vanished last September. The Jersey City woman feared she wouldn't see the dog again.

A pair of coin-operated binoculars stolen in Massachusetts

FLORIDA, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts State Police are investigating the theft of a pair of 305-pound, coin-operated, binocular-like devices that gave tourists spectacular views along the state's famous Mohawk Trail. The scenic viewers are mounted on metal posts that are often found at inspiring vistas.

Free steaks for 15K students if N. Kentucky tops Kentucky

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A Cincinnati-area restaurateur says he'll buy steak dinners for Northern Kentucky University's 15,000 students if the men's basketball team wins its first-ever NCAA Tournament game by beating No. 6-ranked Kentucky. Jeff Ruby says the promise could cost him and his steakhouse big if the underdog Norse topple the Wildcats, who are seeded second in the South Regional, on Friday in Indianapolis.

Stolen 70-pound popcorn ball, valued at $700, returned

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio (AP) -- Police say a 70-pound popcorn ball worth hundreds of dollars that was swiped from a suburban Cleveland shop where it was being auctioned has been returned. The oversized snack dyed red, white and blue was taken from outside the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop over the weekend. But it was found intact in front of the shop Wednesday. Police had earlier asked residents to keep an eye out for it.

Alaska residents warned to give grumpy moose their space

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska wildlife officials warned people to keep their distance from grumpy moose after two close calls this past weekend. One of the animals walked up behind a woman tending chickens in the city of Homer on Sunday and started eating chicken food from a bucket she carried. When she turned, the startled moose kicked her.

Dallas woman goes out on limb to prevent tree-trimming

DALLAS (AP) -- A 67-year-old Dallas woman climbed a pecan tree on her property to protest a utility company's plan to trim the branches. Jeri Huber climbed the tree Monday to stop an Oncor crew from trimming it. It was the second time in six years that Huber has climbed the tree to prevent any limbs from being removed.

Alaska residents warned to give grumpy moose their space

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska wildlife officials warned people Tuesday to keep their distance from grumpy moose after two close calls this past weekend. One of the animals walked up behind a woman tending chickens in the city of Homer on Sunday and started eating chicken food from a bucket she carried. When she turned, the startled moose kicked her.

Naked man rescued from California sandwich shop after fall

NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- Rescue workers had to remove part of a wall to pull a naked man out of a sandwich shop where he spent the night trapped inside a narrow passage. San Francisco television station KRON-TV reported (https://tinyurl.com/hcght2z ) that a construction crew arriving at a Napa job site Tuesday heard faint calls for help coming from the closed shop.