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Ax-wielding woman chases thief from home

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — Police say a Southern California woman can throw a mean ax — and she used one to chase a burglar from her house.

Hemet police say the woman called 911 on Saturday morning and said she'd been awakened by a man trying to remove her watch from her wrist.

The woman told police she's a tomahawk-throwing champion, and she quickly grabbed a throwing ax and chased the man out of the apartment.

Police searched the area and found a man hiding behind some nearby bushes, along with property belonging to the woman.

Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Ulloa was arrested on suspicion of burglary. He remains jailed Monday, and police say they don't know whether he has an attorney.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UK commissioner creates 'pensions' for police dogs

LONDON (AP) — They work hard, sniffing out crime with only the occasional pat on the nose in gratitude.

But police dogs deserve better, according to the police and crime commissioner in the English county of Nottinghamshire, who wants to reward them with "pensions" on retirement.

Paddy Tipping says the idea for a canine pension fund came about because officers were picking up the costs for retired police dogs. Handlers normally take dogs home upon retirement. Tipping, however, says he doesn't "think it's fair that they have to pay all the bills."

The plans announced Monday will be rolled out next month. Up to 500 pounds ($800) annually will be given to handlers for three years to cover veterinary bills for work-related injuries or illness.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Oregon school coach fired for Hooters party plan

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Ore.-area middle school football coach who said he was willing to lose his job rather than back down from plans for a team party at Hooters has lost his job.

The athletic director for the Corbett School District, Jean-Paul Soulagnet, sent a letter to parents Monday night telling them the end-of-season awards party at Hooters was no longer a Corbett Middle School event.

KGW reports the athletic director also fired coach Randy Burbach for refusing to choose a more appropriate location.

Burbach said he would not bow to pressure to move the party, because he always told his boys to stand up for what they believe in.

He believes Hooters is appropriate for families. The restaurant bills itself as "delightfully tacky," and its waitresses wear skimpy outfits

Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Banana plant breaks Northampton greenhouse roof 

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A banana plant at Smith College was apparently so determined to keep growing that it broke through a pane of glass on a greenhouse roof.

Rob Nicholson says he's seen plants do lots of amazing things in his 21 years as manager of the Northampton college's Botanic Garden, so he wasn't entirely surprised. But he did say it was annoying that the pane on the 30-foot high roof needs to be replaced.

Nicholson tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette he learned about the situation Monday when he arrived at the plant house. A staff member who worked on the weekend left a note on his door alerting him to the problem.

Nicholson says he has seen photographs dating to 1904 that show same banana plant in nearly the same location.

Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Hypodermic needles close San Francisco Bay Area road 

EL SOBRANTE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine the source of dozens of used hypodermic needles that were found on a San Francisco Bay Area roadway.

The California Highway Patrol says it received a call about the needles around 5 a.m. Tuesday. They were on a road in the city of El Sobrante.

The CHP estimated the number of needles at about 1,000, but Contra Costa County hazardous materials officials told the Contra Costa Times it was a little over 50.

The road was closed in both directions, as hazardous materials crews cleaned up the needles.

Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Thieves steal 160 sheep near UK town of Wool

LONDON (AP) — Wool's wool is missing.

Police in southwest England appealed for help Tuesday in tracking down thieves who made off with 160 sheep from a field near the village of Wool.

Police say the sheep were stolen between Saturday and Monday, and that the thieves would have needed a large vehicle to move the woolly haul.

Constable Adam Taylor says all of the sheep were electronically tagged.

He is urging anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity — or been offered sheep "in unusual circumstances or for very low prices" — to come forward.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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