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BURRITO DRUG SMUGGLING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- That's one spicy burrito. Prosecutors report a Los Angeles County deputy has copped a plea in a drug smuggling case. Henry Marin has pleaded no contest to charges he brought drugs into a courthouse jail -- by hiding them in a burrito. Marin has been relieved of duty and is to be sentenced next month.

ANNIVERSARY GIFT-KIDNEY

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- It's an anniversary gift of a lifetime. Dale Casto is getting a kidney from his wife on their 35th wedding anniversary. The procedure is planned for May 14th, their anniversary date. Casto is a disabled police officer. He learned he had kidney disease in 2008. Kathy, his wife, found out she was an organ match for her husband in February. Casto tells a Michigan paper (Traverse City Record-Eagle) he's not expecting any more presents from his wife. He adds she doesn't have give him anything for his birthday or Christmas.

GIANT HEAD

COVINA, Calif. (AP) -- The giant head could be getting a new home. The seven-ton stone head now is lying in a heap of sand at a city maintenance yard in Southern California. The head was a gift to the city of Covina, from its former sister city in Mexico. After arriving in 1989, the head was placed in front of the Police Department. But the head was moved last year, to make room for a memorial to fallen officers. The Covina City Council is due to bring the issue to a head at its meeting today. Suggestions for a new home for the head include a park and the city library.

MISSING PYTHON

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) -- Some folks might be going bananas -- over Banana. Banana is a missing 16-foot-long, 140-pound albino Burmese python. The giant snake was stolen from Gator Country, a Beaumont, Texas, wildlife park. While Banana might look scary, park co-owner Gary Saurage says she's "docile as a puppy dog." The snake is worth about $5,000. Authorities are investigating the reptile rip-off.

CASINO CLOSING-VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The owners of O'Shea's Casino had a message for their customers over the weekend -- "drink us dry." The 23-year-old Irish-themed casino on the Las Vegas Strip is now dark. It's being replaced by the $500 million Linq Project, which will include a giant observation wheel. Caesars Entertainment executives say O'Shea's will be reborn as part of Linq. O'Shea's was known for its casual atmosphere, live music and beer pong.

CHEF'S STOLEN LAMBORGHINI

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Authorities have good news for TV chef Guy Fieri -- they've found his Lamborghini. The bright yellow Spyder convertible was reported stolen a little over a year ago in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the sports car was recovered from a teenager's storage container in Northern California. Fieri thanks officers for cracking the case and getting his car back.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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