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SEATTLE (AP) \u2014 A cardboard cutout of a head in a passenger seat definitely caught the attention of a Washington State Patrol trooper Tuesday morning.

That's because it wasn't just any old cardboard head, but that of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

A trooper stopped the motorist who was driving with the cardboard likeness in a carpool lane south of Seattle on Highway 167. The stunt netted the driver a $136 ticket.

Another trooper Tweeted a photo of the cardboard Trump head affixed to the passenger seat headrest.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Rick Johnson says every now and then they get somebody trying to be funny and says they've seen everything from teddy bears to mannequins all sitting beside drivers.

But Trump's head? That was, to borrow a catchphrase -- huge.

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SEATTLE (AP) \u2014 A cardboard cutout of a head in a passenger seat definitely caught the attention of a Washington State Patrol trooper Tuesday morning.

That's because it wasn't just any old cardboard head, but that of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

A trooper stopped the motorist who was driving with the cardboard likeness in a carpool lane south of Seattle on Highway 167. The stunt netted the driver a $136 ticket.

Another trooper Tweeted a photo of the cardboard Trump head affixed to the passenger seat headrest.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Rick Johnson says every now and then they get somebody trying to be funny and says they've seen everything from teddy bears to mannequins all sitting beside drivers.

But Trump's head? That was, to borrow a catchphrase -- huge.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) \u2014 Taking a toy from a bear can be dangerous, especially when the toy is a mortar grenade.

Malgorzata Chodyla, spokeswoman for a zoo in Poznan, in western Poland, told The Associated Press Tuesday that a visiting Border Guard officer noticed that a female bear named Ewka was playing with something odd.

On closer look, it proved to be a rusty mortar grenade from World War II.

The bear was swiftly locked up following the discovery on Saturday, the public was barred from the area and army sappers took the explosive to a test range to detonate it safely.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) \u2014 A Florida woman faces armed robbery charges after police say she robbed an Arby's restaurant in Gainesville and then hailed a cab to get away.

A Gainesville police report says 20-year-old Keshunte L. Taylor pointed a gun at a clerk on Sunday morning and demanded money.

Authorities say Taylor took more than $200 from three registers at the fast-food restaurant.

The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/2dgzj5f ) reports Taylor hopped in a cab, which police stopped a couple of blocks away.

Police say they recovered a gun and $219.

Taylor remains in the Alachua County Jail. Records don't indicate whether she's hired a lawyer.

___

Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) \u2014 A Pyrenees mix named Apollo is back home in Florida after a journey that took him to the Boston area.

Cynthia Abercrombie tells the Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/2cyq5Ay ) there were times over the past six weeks that she thought she'd never see Apollo again. But nearly two dozen volunteers helped return Apollo to Abercrombie, who lives on a fixed income and couldn't afford a 1,100-mile trip to Massachusetts to pick him up.

No one knows how Apollo, who escaped from his enclosure Aug. 11, got to Boston. Swansea animal control officer Lisa White found Apollo Aug. 8. A microchip helped officials locate Abercrombie and White started looking for ways to get him home.

Mary Ellen House of East Coast Paws arranged for a relay of drivers to take Apollo home.

___

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) \u2014 The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face.

The group was performing at the High Life Music Festival in Victorville on Sunday when a drone buzzed up and smacked rapper Stanley \"Flesh-N-Bone\" Howse in the face. He winced and grabbed his head, but he and the rest of the group didn't stop the show or even the song.

It's not clear whether a fan, the band or someone connected to the festival had launched the drone, which was about 2 feet wide.

Messages left with police and representatives for the group weren't immediately returned.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, whose other members are Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone and Krayzie Bone, began in Cleveland in 1993 and is known for mixing singing with rap.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) \u2014 An intimate letter gangster Al Capone wrote while imprisoned at Alcatraz has sold at auction in Massachusetts for $62,500.

Boston-based RR Auction says the winning bid came Monday at an auction in Cambridge. The buyer is a collector from the Chicago area who wishes to remain anonymous.

Auctioneers had expected the letter to fetch around $50,000.

The three-page letter was addressed to Capone's son, Albert \"Sonny\" Capone. The mobster signed it, \"Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85,\" which was his number at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

Experts say it shows the notorious mobster who ruled gangland Chicago during Prohibition had a soft side.

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VIENNA (AP) \u2014 Austrian customs officials are used to finding unusual items in travelers' luggage. But human intestines were not on their list \u2014 until now.

The Austrian Press Agency reports that the organ parts were found packed tightly in plastic containers and formaldehyde in a Moroccan woman's baggage during a recent check at the airport of the southern city of Graz.

It said Monday that the woman told police that she had brought the intestines of her dead husband to Austria to have them examined because she thought he had been poisoned.

The tissue is being subjected to a pathological analysis. Pathologist Gerald Hoefler told state broadcaster authorities in Morocco where the man died gave the cause of death as intestinal obstruction, a diagnosis he says is plausible.

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TOKYO (AP) \u2014 A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen \"bullet\" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop.

No one was injured in the incident.

The train's operator, JR Tokai, or Central Japan Railway Co., said the passenger sitting in the reserved seat was unaware that the snake was wrapped around his armrest for about 50 minutes until the person behind him saw it and notified a conductor.

Experts suspected the snake may have been brought on to the train accidentally in someone's luggage or with maintenance equipment. The 30-centimeter (foot-long) snake, initially thought to be a small type of python, was later identified as a rat snake after police consulted with a local zoo, according to Japanese media.

Railway spokesman Atsuo Utano said the train crew made an announcement asking if anyone had lost a pet snake and informing passengers of an unscheduled stop, but nobody came forward.

The super-express train made a stop at Hamamatsu station about 25 minutes later, and railway police removed the snake and the train departed in about one minute, Utano said.

He said the train arrived in Hiroshima, its destination, on time.

Monday's snake incident was not the first on the high-speed \"bullet\" train line. Five years ago, a train crew spotted a snake on an unoccupied seat, according to the railway.

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) \u2014 Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. Tables overflow with antique radio equipment, some of it a century old. Visitors can buy a telescope that's the size of a cannon. One man has hauled in a NASA space capsule he owns.

It's known as Swapfest, a place where tinkerers from across New England go to buy and sell the gadgets they can't find in stores. Some arrive searching for parts to build robots. Others are amateur radio enthusiasts adding to their collections. For some, it's simply an outdoor museum of the strange and surprising.

\"You can pretty much find all things nerdly,\" said Steve Finberg, an MIT alumnus and longtime organizer, who arrives every month wearing a cowboy hat and a bushy beard. \"The flea is where you go to buy the stuff you didn't know you needed.\"

The event started 30 years ago as a campus fundraiser for student radio clubs at MIT. It still supports those groups, but it's grown far bigger. Sellers now drive from hours away to hawk their goods, some arriving the night before to claim marquee spots for their tables. Hundreds of shoppers come to browse every month.

New England hosts other flea markets with a high-tech spin, but this one has a reputation for drawing the rare and obscure. Some credit it to the market's location, surrounded by MIT and technology companies around Boston, whose retired equipment sometimes filters down to the sale tables.

\"It's the high-tech community in Boston that makes it unique,\" said Finberg, who's also an engineer at an MIT-affiliated research lab. \"People will bring surplus runs from production at some facility which dumped a project, and you'll find resistors that cost big bucks being sold for a dime apiece.\"

Some of the vendors are professionals, there to buy and sell electronics for a living. Others are amateurs, mostly there to clear out their garages. They all get the same warning: It's considered taboo to sell furniture, clothes or other typical yard-sale fare. The Swapfest has a charter explicitly barring it from becoming a general flea market.

Since the beginning, the event been held the third Sunday of the month, from April through October. Its tables fill a surface lot next to an MIT power plant, with dozens more in a nearby parking garage.

Among the crowd last Sunday were Neel Shah and Sasha Berisheva, two juniors at Northeastern University who are building a car that runs on chemical reactions. It's part of an annual competition at their university, and they came to rummage through boxes of electronic baubles, hoping to find capacitors for their project.

David Purrington brought his 10-year-old son, Alec, to check out radio gear, a shared hobby between the father and son from Needham, Massachusetts.

\"My dad has gotten me into ham radio,\" Alec said, adding that he was in good company at the sale. \"I would definitely call this a geekfest.\"

Among the items for sale at the latest gathering: an ultrasound machine, like those used to capture images of unborn infants, and a dish antenna, said to be plucked from a 1960s fighter jet.

One man, Tom Perera, routinely brings his collection of Engima machines, the ciphering devices that Germans used to pass coded messages in World War II.

Chuck Ochs has been a regular seller since 1991, stacking his table high with vintage radios and electronic testing equipment. His rarest item up for sale last week was a Crosley Model 51 radio from 1921, going for $100.

Over the years, Ochs has taken his collection to dozens of other sales, but he says none quite compare to MIT's flea.

\"A lot of this stuff was thousands and thousands of dollars when it came out,\" said Ochs, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. \"If it exists in the city, this is where you'll see it.\"

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