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Police charge West Pennsylvania couple with DUI in same car

FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania couple was driving drunk — in the same car, on the same night, after they switched seats shortly before they were pulled over.

Online court records don't list attorneys for 33-year-old Jason Misencik and 24-year-old Crystal Seachrist, who live together in New Sewickley Township.

They both face a preliminary hearing Aug. 30 on drunken driving and other charges filed recently in connection with a July 4 traffic stop.

The Beaver County Times reports that's when police saw Misencik swerving before he pulled into a parking lot and could be seen switching seats with Seachrist, who was driving when police pulled over the car moments later.

Police say both smelled of alcohol and were incapable of safe driving, and that Misencik's blood-alcohol content exceeded the state limit though Seachrist's was slightly below.

Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police: Pennsylvania woman changed market's price stickers

NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania woman was caught black-handed stealing from a supermarket.

The Beaver County Times reports 55-year-old Kimberly Ann Bryan's hands had black marks on them from the felt pen she allegedly used to write lower prices on stickers she was putting on items at the New Brighton Foodland.

Police estimate Bryan marked down the items in her cart by nearly $69. They say she was caught while checking out at the store on July 25. She faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 29.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Bryan, who allegedly asked police to have some sympathy for her and claimed she's on medication and sometimes blacks out and doesn't realize what she's doing.

New Brighton is about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Plane hits cow, skids off runway in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Lion Air jet carrying 117 people hit a cow while landing and skidded off a runway in eastern Indonesia, an official said Wednesday. No injuries were reported, but the incident forced the cancellation of flights, stranding hundreds of passengers traveling for the Eid holiday.

The incident occurred Tuesday night as the Boeing 737-800 plane was landing at Jalaluddin airport in Gorontalo on Sulawesi island with 110 passengers and seven crew, Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said. He said three cows were on the runway, and the plane hit at least one of them and careened off the runway before coming to a stop.

The incident is under investigation.

An airport official said several flights were cancelled and planes resumed landing on Wednesday.

In April, a Lion Air plane belly-flopped into the ocean just short of the runway off the resort island of Bali. All 108 people aboard survived.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Dead shark is found in NYC subway car, disposed of

NEW YORK (AP) — Did a fan of "Shark Week" get carried away?

New York City's transit authority says a conductor found a small dead shark aboard a subway train in Queens on Wednesday.

The conductor asked passengers to leave the car and closed it off. The train continued to the end of the line, and then a supervisor placed the shark in a garbage bag and put it in the trash.

Photos on the blog Gothamist depict the shark on the subway. It appears to be about 4 feet long, has a cigarette in its mouth with a fare card and Red Bull can nearby.

Transit officials say they were aware of the photos but are making no effort to find the person who posted them. The transit authority says it has "better things to do."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Boat overturns at Austrian opera fest, singers wet

VIENNA (AP) — A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.

The Bregenz Festival features an open-air stage in Lake Constance and this year's production of "The Magic Flute" has the Queen of the Night and two other characters approaching it by boat. But on Tuesday, the vessel flipped, dumping the three in shallow water.

Nobody was hurt and the opera continued after a short pause. Festival speaker Alex Renner said Wednesday that waves had bent a rail guiding the boat.

Queen of the Night Kathryn Lewek made light of things, tweeting: "My Bregenz contract stated I must not be afraid of heights & be physically fit — but nothing about swimming."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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