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STOLEN POT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- It's a crime that really sucks. Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, are looking for a robber who stole two vacuum cleaners and a bunch of pot. Officers tell the Lincoln Journal Star the bandit rang a doorbell. When the victim answered, police say the robber forced his way into the house. According to authorities, nearly $600 worth of pot and drug paraphernalia, plus the vacuum cleaners, were taken. The victim's roommate called police. The robbery victim was cited for paraphernalia possession.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN ARRESTED

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Frosty's feeling the chill of legal trouble again. Police in Chestertown, Maryland, report busting Kevin Walsh on disorderly conduct and other charges. Last November, Walsh was dressed as Frosty the Snowman during the town's holiday parade. He was arrested then for a scuffle with an officer and kicking a police dog. Those charges were placed on the inactive docket. Frosty's latest bust comes as police say he was yelling profanities on the sidewalk and cursed at an officer. A local paper (Star Democrat of Easton) reports Walsh was released without bond.

ZOO-CAMEL BIRTH

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Meet baby Bogart. Cincinnati zoo officials report their newborn camel has a name, Bogart. Nearly 5,000 people voted in an online poll to give the little guy a name. The camel calf's birth late last month is the first for the zoo in nearly 30 years. Bogart seems a fitting name, since the camel's daddy is Humphrey.

CEZANNE WATERCOLOR STUDY-AUCTION

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's one lucky card player. A lost watercolor study by Paul Cezanne has sold for more than $19 million. The painting, called "A Card Player," had dropped out of sight for nearly 60 years. It was rediscovered this year in the collection of a late art collector from Dallas. The only known image of the painting was an old black-and-white photo. Christie's auction house in New York says the successful bidder doesn't want to be named.

BEE SWARM-PITTSBURGH

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Downtown Pittsburgh was buzzing. The evening rush hour Monday night was slowed by a swarm of bees. WPXI-TV reports a beekeeper was called into remove a hive from a light pole on Wood Street, a busy side street. The beekeeper used honey and wax to lure thousands of Italian honeybees into a sack. Once their queen was inside, the rest followed. Witness Robert Berry says there were so many bees flying around, you could hardly see across the street. He adds it looked like something out of the movie "Swarm."

POLKA DOT HOUSE

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Jim Deitz says pizza drivers won't have any trouble finding his apartment building. It's painted with polka dots. But city officials in Grand Forks, North Dakota, think it's an eyesore. Officials say the dots are a ploy get the city to buy his property for an expansion of a low-income housing facility. The retired house painter denies the paint job is a negotiating tactic. He says he's created a landmark.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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