Former lottery worker sentenced for stealing instant tickets

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners.

Stolen tortoise returned home safely in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pet tortoise stolen during a home invasion got to ride shotgun when Albuquerque police returned the reptile to its owner.

U.S. woman charged after social media backlash over dog's taped muzzle

By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A woman who sparked an international furor online after posting a photo on Facebook last week of her dog with its mouth duct-taped shut has been charged with animal cruelty in North Carolina, police said. “Taping the dog’s muzzle shut was a terrible decision on Ms. Lemansky’s part,” Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne said in a statement on Monday.

Thief steals $1 million in jewelry during New Mexico Christmas tree lighting

By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A modern-day Grinch made off with more than $1 million in jewels from a store in a chic Santa Fe marketplace during the city's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, police said on Tuesday. Santa Fe Police detective Abe Maes said the suspect was caught on surveillance video looking into the front windows of the Divas Diamonds and Jewels store last Friday during the tree lighting, which draws hundreds of visitors each year to the Santa Fe Plaza.

Corgi ends up in Honolulu instead of Mississippi

HONOLULU (AP) — A dog bound for its new owner in Mississippi ended up in Honolulu instead.

Canadian smuggler with turtles in pants pleads guilty in US

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan.

Singer Morrissey's debut novel wins 'Bad Sex' prize

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - British pop singer Morrissey's debut novel, "List of the Lost", won the award for the worst sex scene of the year on Tuesday for a passage in which two characters roll together into "one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation".

Tallest American chestnut tree found in southwestern Maine

LOVELL, Maine (AP) — The American Chestnut Foundation says the tallest known American chestnut tree in North America has been found in a forest in southwestern Maine.

Modesto man wins $10M lottery minutes after winning $1K

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Modesto man's lucky hunch paid off when he won a $1,000 lottery prize and immediately bought more tickets — winning $10 million with one of them.

Man rescued after jumping into polar bear pit in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man jumped inside a polar bear pit Wednesday at the Copenhagen Zoo, forcing zookeepers to fire rubber bullets at the 621-kilogram (1,369-pound) bear so they could rescue him.

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