LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Uncle Sam is turning out the lights on Santa. At least some Chinese-made light-up Santa Clauses. Customs agents report seizing more than 150 life-size Santas at Los Angeles area ports. Officials say Ol' Saint Nick poses a shock hazard because of phony UL certifications. The light-up Christmas novelties don't meet U.S. electrical safety standards. Authorities also nabbed a snowman and a polar bear. The total haul is worth about $110,000.
CHRISTMAS CASH RETURNED
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The holidays are looking a little brighter for Carrie McNeese. The real estate broker lost an envelope filled with Christmas cash at a Montana mall. She figured her 300 bucks were gone for good. But a JC Penny employee found the envelope and turned it over to security. Reggie Anderson, loss prevention supervisor, was able to track her down using security video and a logo printed on a note in the envelope. McNeese tells The Billings Gazette it's "like a Christmas story."
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- It's probably not the first place you go for holiday shopping. But if your special someone needs an outdated computer or an office chair -- Kansas has a deal for you. Unneeded state equipment is sold at Kansas State Surplus Property offices. And there is more than just office equipment. You can get 2006 Ford Mustang for $7,500 and pickup trucks range from 500 to 6,000 bucks. Ron Hubbard of Topeka is a regular. He tells the Capital-Journal he bought a $30 couch for his niece. He adds it's hardly been used.
PATROL CAR JOYRIDE
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The guy who stole a police car was wearing P-J's and an Elmer Fudd-type hat with fur. That's what witnesses tell investigators in Missoula, Montana. An officer stopped at a downtown bar to interview a witness to a fight. When the officer came out, his patrol car was gone. The missing police car was found undamaged, near the Elks Lodge about four blocks away. The Missoulian reports investigators are looking at surveillance video that might help in I-D'ing the P-J wearing thief.
CARO, Mich. (AP) -- Sex on the hood -- in exchange for an escape. Now, a former sheriff's deputy in Michigan has been sentenced to six months in jail. Authorities say ex-deputy Dale Tompkins was transporting a female prisoner, who was under arrest for a probation violation. Prosecutors say the woman offered sex on the hood of his car, if Tompkins let her get away. Prosecutors add the deputy's behavior was "outrageous."
TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Gone fishin'. Some Georgia middle school students are getting an education about trout. The kids are raising trout from tiny eggs in a 70-gallon tank at two Athens-area schools. More than 500 trout eggs came from the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Ken Calkin of the group says the fish will be released into area streams. He tells the Athens Banner-Herald that someday they maybe catching those school-raised trout.
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