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NUDE SLEEPER-SPIDER

ALBION, Ill. (AP) -- A 20-year-old Illinois man had a pretty good excuse for being bloody and naked. The young man told authorities he was sleeping in the buff and was startled when he found a spider in his bed. He crashed through a glass storm door while running away. Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe says authorities responded to a number of reports of a bloody streaker in the area. The Evansville Courier and Press reports by the time the law showed up, the guy had returned home and put on some shorts. He was treated at a hospital for the cuts. The sheriff doesn't suspect drugs or alcohol were involved in the spider scare.

BODY OF GERMS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Think you're pretty clean? Well, you're crawling with germs. But don't panic just yet. Researchers report the healthy person is home to more 10,000 species of microbes. From your gut to your armpits, all those little guys weigh a few pounds. The Human Microbiome Project reports the germs help to keep us healthy by handling everything from food digestion to fighting inflammation. Next, the researchers want to determine why bad bugs harm some people but not others.

TOWN FOR SALE

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) -- How would you like to own the town of Pray, Montana? You'll get your chance. Owner Barbara Walker is putting her town up for auction. The five-acre site includes a closed historic store and a post office. Walker had been asking $1.4 million for her town, but she couldn't find a buyer. So, she's putting Pray on the auction block June 27. She says she'll accept a bid considerably under her original asking price. In April, the town of Buford, Wyoming, sold for 900-grand.

MISTAKEN OBJECT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- It's no bomb -- just the prize in a GPS treasure hunt. The state police bomb squad was sent to a New Hampshire clinic after a man walking on a path spotted a camo-covered cylinder. Troopers used a robot to take a closer look. Turns out the mysterious object was a container for geocaching. It's a high-tech, hide-and-seek game. People stash trinkets in public, than post the GPS coordinates online.

HOT DOG BATTLE

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Anna Ford is the "wiener" in a hot dog beef. She's back selling her franks in the parking lot of a Dearborn, Michigan, mall. Westborn Mall owner Tom Petzold booted the hot dog stand in April after a complaint from a new restaurant. But Petzold was frankly stunned by the degree of public support for the banished hot dog seller. Petzold says Ford will pay a percentage of her sales as rent. Petzold promises to donate the money to a local animal shelter and museum. Ford has been selling hot dogs in the area for 28 years.

BEAR-SWEDEN

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- It's a long trip for a 2-year-old -- but he can bear it. A young Kodiak brown bear is on his way from Alaska to Sweden. Tom Yeager of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center says Taquoka is traveling in a specially made crate. His new home will be a wildlife park. The young bear was rescued when his mother was killed in 2010. He has lived at the wildlife center since then. Intern Erin Leighton says seeing Taquoka leave is like saying goodbye to a member of the family.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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