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DEAD RACCOON GETS PAINT JOB

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The "squirrelly" configuration of a western Pennsylvania road helped cause a state road crew to paint a double-yellow line over a dead raccoon.

Motorcyclist Sean McAfee snapped a photo of the mistake before it could be cleaned up and submitted it to the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown.

He says he almost crashed, he was laughing so hard.

PennDOT spokesman John Ambrosini says paint crews usually have a foreman on the job who clears away any dead animals before the paint-spraying truck equipment passes by. This crew didn't have a foreman and the equipment was too big to turn around in traffic, remove the animal and repair the paint. He says the "the squirrelly geometry" of the narrow road didn't help.

But the crew did try to stop the paint gun.

REALITY TV

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Musician Seth Horvitz is used to tickling the ivories, not squeezing a trigger.

So when a UPS delivery worker dropped off a military-grade semiautomatic rifle instead of the flat-screen TV he had ordered from an Amazon.com third-party seller, he didn't dare touch it at first.

Horvitz says he was "shocked and confused," adding that he didn't imagine this kind of mix-up could happen.

The 38-year-old says he called the police, who confiscated the gun and told him it was illegal in the District of Columbia to handle such a weapon.

He also contacted Amazon, UPS, the seller and his credit card company. At first, he said, "No one claimed any responsibility."

The seller of the television has refunded Horvitz and is now involved in filing a claim with UPS and reporting the package as lost.

Horvitz says he believes the mix-up to be a shipping error, especially since there were multiple UPS labels on the box and an invoice inside indicating that the company, GunBuyer.com, intended for it to be delivered to a gun store in Duncansville, Pa.

ROLLING TO THE NEXT LIFE

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. (AP) -- A Pittsburgh-area man who is dying of cancer will take his love of bowling with him. He got a Utah company to fashion a bowling ball urn for his ashes.

Forty-eight-year-old Tony Guarino tells KDKA-TV that his wife Stacy called Storm Products Inc. of Brigham City, Utah, when he began wondering if the bowling ball company could make such a container.

Company official Mike Stewart says Storm was "honored" by the request and has since delivered the ball.

Guarino is an avid bowler whose only perfect, 300 game was bowled using a Storm ball. But he can no longer bowl because his terminal prostate cancer has spread to his lower back and pelvis.

Stacy Guarino says the ball urn won't be used for bowling -- it will go into his bowling bag along with a ball his father used.

BADGER WON'T BUDGE

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- A badger that wandered into a retail store in northern Nevada dodged a tranquilizer dart and held authorities at bay for about an hour before the teeth-baring critter was lured into a cage with cat food.

No one was hurt in the standoff at the bottled water/convenience store in a residential neighborhood in Sparks, and Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the badger ultimately was returned to the wild north of Reno.

Healy says "Apparently the door was open a bit and this badger just walked in."

NDOW photos show the badger baring its teeth through the store's glass door and later at an animal control officer trying to nab it with a noose on a stick inside the store. The baited cage was brought in after the tranquilizer dart missed.

Healy says "Some species we can't relocate, we have to euthanize them. But this one was determined to be OK," Healy said.

MOOSE FREED FROM SWING SET

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A brave Utah deputy found himself face to face with the moose whose antlers were wrapped up in a backyard swing set over the weekend.

Weber County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Lane Findlay responded to a residential community outside Ogden on Sunday and saw the moose that he says appeared to be in distress, and was bleeding.

A video shows the moose twisting in an attempt to free its antlers from the metal chains of the swing.

Findlay says he initially called wildlife officials but was told it might take an hour for them to respond.

The deputy says he just made the decision to go in there with a pair of cutters and see what he could do.

Findlay says once free, the moose trotted to a nearby bucket of water and began drinking, "then he collapsed right there on the ground."

He says he spent about an hour spraying down the animal with a hose while waiting for wildlife officials to arrive and asses the moose's health.

He says "This is certainly a first for me, and hopefully a last."

SAND MADE NJ TIGHTROPE WALK TRICKY

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Professional daredevil Nik Wallenda says the sand on the tightrope made his high wire walk over an Atlantic City beach more challenging.

Wallenda successfully walked 1,300 feet along the wire while about 100 feet above the ground on Thursday.

He was unharnessed as a crowd estimated by local officials at 150,000 watched.

Wallenda said after he had completed the feat that he considered doing it barefoot when he discovered that the sand made his wire so slick, but ultimately kept his suede and buckskin shoes on.

In June, Wallenda wowed the masses when he did a similar stunt 200 feet above Niagara Falls.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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