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Police use carrots to corral horse loose on city streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A horse that got loose and blocked traffic at a Philadelphia intersection has been corralled by police using carrots.

Police believe the horse got loose from the city’s Fairmount Park stables. Officials there haven’t commented.

The horse was seen galloping through the streets of the city’s Fishtown neighborhood before being captured by police Friday morning.

Officers used carrots to attract and calm down the horse so they could put it in a trailer.

Professor sues Walmart over ‘clean toilets’ description

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – A Montana State University professor is suing Walmart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a “toilet cleaner.”

Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, filed the suit this past week in Gallatin County District Court.

Kalonde is seeking unspecified damages.

Walmart spokesman Ragan Dickens told The Associated Press: “To our knowledge an administrative process to resolve this with Dr. Kalonde is ongoing. We’ve not been served with the lawsuit, but we take the claims seriously and will respond appropriately with the court.”

According to the complaint, Kalonde bought a state fishing license in April 2015, showing the Walmart employee identification of his employment at MSU. But the Walmart employee entered “clean toilets” into the state database as Kalonde’s occupation.

The suit contends Walmart exposed Kalonde to “hatred, contempt, ridicule” through the incident.

California Chick-fil-A store seeks stolen cow costumes

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) – A California Chick-fil-A franchise is waiting for its cows to come home after thieves absconded with three mascot costumes from a storage shed earlier this week.

The shop posted news Tuesday on Facebook of the Sunday night theft from a store in the city of Folsom. The post pleaded with customers to help find the kidnapped cows.

James Daack, the store’s hospitality director, said Thursday they just want the cows back with no questions asked.

“We’re hoping that through us reaching out in numerous ways, that the people who took the cows will come to their senses and bring the cows back to us,” he said. “We’re hoping it’s a prank.”

The Chick-fil-A fast food chain based in Georgia specializes in chicken sandwiches. Its ads feature crafty yet spelling-challenged cows that urge customers to “Eat Mor Chikin.”

Some commenters on Facebook called the theft “beefnapping” and said that stealing cows is called “rustling.”

Folsom police are investigating. Police Sgt. Andrew Bates said he expects the cow costumes to turn up given the media attention.

“It’s not like somebody can dress up for Halloween in that,” he said, “and it’s not money that someone can spend.”

Austria: 12 hidden gold bars stolen from parked car

BERLIN (AP) – Police say a dozen gold bars worth some $124,000 were stolen from a woman’s car while she left the vehicle briefly unattended in a small Austrian town.

The 12 bars were hidden in an insulated bag behind the driver’s seat of the vehicle, which was parked Wednesday afternoon in the main square of Bad Radkersburg, on the border with Slovenia.

The Austria Press Agency quoted police saying Thursday that the owner intended to use the bars in a real estate deal. They weighed about 6.6 pounds in total.

The 52-year-old woman discovered the theft only 10 minutes after she had left the car. The thief or thieves didn’t take the insulated bag.

Man gets 2-cent check from government and doesn’t know why

LYNN, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man has a ready answer when asked for his two cents’ worth: He presents a check he got from the government.

Bruce Rideout, of Lynn, tells The Daily Item he got the 2-cent check from the U.S. Treasury Department a couple of days ago and has been carrying it around and showing his friends ever since.

He’s not sure why he got the check and doesn’t plan on asking.

The 79-year-old Air Force veteran and Lynn Water and Sewer Commission retiree had already received his income tax refund and his monthly pension.

He’s not going to cash the check. He has already visited a store to have a custom frame made. The cost?

More than $82.