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FRIDGE-RAIDING COP

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) -- The long arm of the law -- was caught inside the fridge. Police in suburban Houston set up a sting after food and drinks kept disappearing from a refrigerator in the police station. According to authorities, surveillance video shows Deer Park police Officer Kevin Yang pinching the food. He's now charged with misdemeanor theft and suspended for 30 days without pay. Yang tells KTRK he was just trying to keep the shared fridge clean.

PANERA-PAY WHAT YOU WANT

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- How much would you pay for a sandwich? The Panera Bread chain plans to add at least two more pay-what-you-want cafes later this year. It's part of an effort to help feed the hungry by St. Louis-based Panera. The company now has three pay-what-you-want locations, including one in the St. Louis area. Suggested prices are posted. But customers can pay as much, or as little, as they feel like. Panera officials say 15 to 20 percent of customers pay more -- allowing the cafes to break even.

DOGS RESTAURANTS

HONOLULU (AP) -- Someday you might be able to take your dachshund to dinner -- at least in Hawaii. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow pooches in restaurants. But state health officials are raising objections, so the legislation has been put aside for the moment. Even dog lovers have questions, including whether Rover might make too much of a racket in a restaurant. The measure would give restaurant owners the option of having four-legged customers, as long as proper sanitation in the kitchen is assured.

RACCOON ARREST

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) -- So long, Sonny. An Arizona man has been busted -- for keeping a pet raccoon. State wildlife officials say Stan Morris had been spotted in Bullhead City with Sonny the raccoon perched on his shoulder. Officials note raccoons are wild animals and could pose a danger to people, especially children. The Mohave Daily News reports Sonny will likely go to the Phoenix Zoo once the legal process is finished.

COURTHOUSE GUN ARREST

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're going to court -- you might want to leave your gun at home. Police in New York City charge a Delaware hotel owner had a .45 caliber handgun when he went through a courthouse metal detector. John Scott DeKuyper was headed to a hearing stemming from his arrest during an Occupy Wall Street protest. Authorities say the gun was unloaded in a bag, along with a box of ammo. His lawyers say if DeKuyper did have a gun, he probably had forgotten it was in the bag. He's being held on $300,000 bond.

DIRTY LAUNDRY-ARREST

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Talk about airing your dirty laundry. South Texas police say they found a suspect hiding under a pile of dirty duds. Police report tracking the suspect (Guadalupe Olguin) to his home in Edinburg. Officers entered the house, but didn't find anyone at first. Then they checked a pile of clothes. The man now faces a number of charges, including burglary, auto theft and arson. He's being held on $50,000 bond.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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