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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011, 5:12 a.m.

ROSWELL GATORS

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) -- There have been some strange creatures with green, scaly skin turning up in Roswell, N.M., recently.

But it's not what you think. These are alligators.

The local animal shelter has now received its third alligator since March. The 2-year-old American alligator was turned in voluntarily.

According to the Roswell Daily Record, it will probably follow the two other gators that were turned in earlier this year, and end up first at a zoo in Albuquerque, where it will be put in quarantine for up to two months.

Then, it will go to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in Florida, where a gator from Roswell might not seem so... alien.

TAUNT-FUGITIVE ARRESTED

NEW YORK (AP) -- A fugitive from upstate New York was taunting police on his Facebook page, saying "catch me if you can. I'm in Brooklyn."

And now, they've caught him -- in Brooklyn -- sitting at his computer with his Facebook page open.

The Daily News says U.S. marshals and New York police detectives arrested Victor Burgos on multiple arrest warrants for charges including domestic violence.

He allegedly issued the Facebook challenge after his mug shot appeared on the Utica Police Department's 10 most wanted list.

A police sergeant tells the paper, "He told us via Facebook to come and get him and we did."

TEXAS-PRISON AUCTION

LITTLEFIELD, Texas (AP) -- It's not exactly a place where you want to spend any time, even though it's got lots of bars. But someone has paid $6 million for it.

It's a prison that was put up for auction by the town of Littlefield, Texas.

The 30-acre prison complex was build in the hopes that it would give the town a financial boost. Instead, the facility went broke, and became a financial burden.

There's no word yet on the identity of the winning bidder, who outbid two others.

DONUT BURGER

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Fairgoers in Syracuse, N.Y., will be able to buy themselves a burger and a doughnut.

Together.

A food booth at the New York State Fair next month will unveil what's called the "Big Kahuna Donut Burger."

It's a quarter pound burger in between slices of a grilled, glazed doughnut. Add some cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion, and you've got yourself a 1,500-calorie meal.

State fairs seem to be trying to out-do each other these days with offbeat food combinations. Wisconsin has chocolate covered bacon on a stick. You can get fried beer in Texas, while Massachusetts provides fried jelly beans.

And North Carolina has the "Koolickle.

It's a pickle, soaked in Kool-Aid.

JAIL PHONE GLITCH

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) -- A jail inmate in Florida figured out how to make the most of a glitch in the jail's phone system.

The system charges inmates' accounts when they make phone calls, but it refunds the money if the call doesn't go through.

Officials in Lake County say inmate Larry Stone discovered that the system was mistakenly refunding the money twice for an incompleted call.

So, he started making lots and lots of calls, and hanging up. He kept getting the double refund, until he had more than $1,250 in his inmate account.

And that was enough to post bond and get out of jail.

But he was only free for a few hours before he was re-arrested. It seems that other inmates found out about the glitch, and started copying the trick -- until jail officials finally made the connection.

NEW ZEALAND-EMPEROR PENGUIN

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- "Happy Feet" will be going home.

That's the name people in New Zealand gave to the penguin that was found on a beach more than 2,000 miles from his Antarctic home five weeks ago. Somehow, he'd become very, very lost.

What's worse, he was probably mistaking the sand on the beach for snow, and had eaten it. That made him sick.

But after some treatment and a proper penguin diet at the Wellington Zoo, he's gained nine pounds and he's passed a blood test. And it seems he's well enough to return to the wild.

Sometime in the next few weeks, he's supposed to be released offshore from the south end of New Zealand to begin his long trip back home.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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