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Arrest after Facebook tip in California riot vandalism

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in a Southern California beach community say they tracked down a suspected vandal after he "liked" photos on the police department's Facebook page of patrol cars damaged in a riot that followed a popular surf contest.

Huntington Beach police say 18-year-old Luis Enrique Rodriguez of Anaheim was taken into custody Friday on vandalism charges for allegedly scrawling obscenities on the side of police cruisers.

The Orange County Register reported Sunday that investigators identified Rodriguez after the activity on the Huntington Beach Police Department's Facebook page produced a series of tips.

The damage took place during mob violence last month that followed a surfing tournament in the community.

An off-duty firefighter was among those arrested after a mob broke windows, looted and fought along the downtown streets.

Rodriguez was arrested by Anaheim police.

Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Connecticut police: Cable outage not 911-worthy 

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police department wants people to know that missing your favorite show isn't an emergency.

Fairfield police say they received numerous 911 calls about a cable outage that hit parts of southwestern Connecticut on Sunday night.

The message on the department's Facebook page says the outage is "neither an emergency or a police related concern."

The post warns that 911 should be used for life-threatening emergencies only and misuse of the 911 system may result in an arrest.

Cablevision said in a statement shortly after 11 p.m. that there was a commercial power outage in its Norwalk facility. It says "the power matter has been resolved and service has been restored to our customers."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Late North Carolina businessman's Ferrari auctioned for $27M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rare 1967 Ferrari owned by a North Carolina orphan-turned-millionaire sold at auction for $27.5 million.

The red Ferrari was one of only 10 ever built, and its single-family ownership increased interest in the sale, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The owner, the late Eddie Smith, was a former mayor of Lexington, N.C. He died in 2007 at age 88. Since then, the car has been stored in a specially built garage.

"This is a bittersweet moment for us," Eddie Smith Jr. told a packed crowd before bidding began Saturday. "Ferraris came and went, but this one never went, thank God. We enjoyed it as a family for 45 years."

The sale of the Ferrari 275 GTB/4(asterisk)S N.A.R.T. Spider was handled by RM Auctions in Monterey. N.A.R.T. stands for North American Racing Team, a Ferrari-backed venture created in the late 1950s to promote the brand in the U.S.

Smith Jr. advised the new owner to "drive it, love it, enjoy it, and more importantly share it with others so they can see it." The auction house has not disclosed the new owner.

In keeping with his father's philanthropy, the family was giving all proceeds to various charities, Smith Jr. said.

Smith Sr., who became wealthy from a mail-order company he started, was a beloved figure in Lexington. Mayor from 1970 to 1975, he also led hospital, college and chamber of commerce boards.

The avid car enthusiast owned several Ferraris, but the 275 N.A.R.T. Spider was his favorite because he loved the look, sound and feel of it, Smith Jr. told The Dispatch of Lexington.

"Dad wouldn't want the car to be shut away, he would want it to be enjoyed," he said. "Even when the value reached went over a million dollars, he would still drive it."

The 275 N.A.R.T. Spider was featured in the 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair," the Los Angeles Times reported.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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