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Maine girl's cellphone catches fire in her pocket

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The "stop, drop and roll" mantra came in handy for a Maine eighth-grader when her cellphone caught fire in her pocket at school.

Kennebunk middle school Principal Jeff Rodman tells The Portland Press Herald that the girl heard a popping sound Friday morning and smoke started billowing around her.

Boys were herded from the room so the 14-year-old girl could shed her flaming pants. She also did the "stop, drop and roll" move to help put out the fire. She was treated at a hospital.

Her mother had given her the Apple iPhone 5C two months earlier.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Woman gives 3 Illinois waitresses $5,000 each

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman over the weekend handed them each a $5,000 check.

The owner of the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Matt Nebiu, said business was slow Saturday when the customer handed checks to 25-year-old Amy Sabani, 23-year-old Sarah Seckinger and 28-year-old Amber Kariolich.

Sabani told the Rockford Register Star she first thought her check was for $500. But on closer inspection she saw its actual value and refused to take it.

Sabani said the woman told the waitresses to use the money for school and "everything else in life."

Seckinger says a last semester to earn her associate degree in criminal justice was too expensive, but she will now return to school.

Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Seahawks win brings out 1976 T-shirt

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — On a whim in 1976, Hugh Moore bought a T-shirt for the new NFL franchise Seattle Seahawks and told his wife he wasn't going to wear it until the team won the Super Bowl.

The 78-year-old Wenatchee man finally pulled out the shirt Sunday and was the talk of a Starbucks coffee shop Monday in Wenatchee where he showed it off.

Moore told The Wenatchee World he's putting the T-shirt back in the closet this week, and he'll take it out next year if Seattle wins the championship again.

Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Maine police investigating screams find happy pig

CHINA, Maine (AP) — Police responding to reports of screaming coming from a home in Maine didn't find a victim of domestic violence as they feared. Instead, they found an amorous pig.

State police say a woman called last week after hearing what she believed to be a fight coming from a neighbor's home in the town of China. The caller said she heard screaming and thought there was a domestic assault.

The Morning Sentinel reports that four state troopers responded and talked to the neighbor.

The neighbor explained that she raises pigs and the screaming was coming from an overjoyed male pig that had been placed in a pen with five sows in heat.

Police say there was no assault and no disturbance "other than the screaming male pig."

Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Lull in 911 calls during Super Bowl

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The number of 911 calls dropped 31 percent during the Super Bowl, compared to a typical Sunday at the SNOCOM emergency dispatch center for southwest Snohomish County.

Executive Director Debbie Grady told The Daily Herald the number of calls spiked up 75 percent immediately after the Seahawks won.

The SNOPAC dispatcher center reported a similar pattern and said most of the calls after the game were noise complaints about fireworks.

Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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