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Tall man - about 6-foot-6 - in drag robs Pennsylvania bank

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania bank robber was long and tall, but probably not named Sally — despite outward appearances.

Instead police in Richland Township, near Johnstown, believe the robber was a 6-foot, 6-inch man who was wearing a wig and women's clothes when he handed a teller a note demanding money at the First National Bank branch about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the suspect was wearing a straight-haired red wig, black dress and shoes, and was carrying a handbag.

Police Chief Michael Burgan says the bank still has to run an audit to determine how much money is missing.

Police wouldn't say if the man had a weapon, but say nobody was hurt as the teller complied with the robber's demand.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Nearly 14-pound baby born at western Pennsylvania hospital

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — A woman has given birth to a nearly 14-pound baby at a western Pennsylvania hospital.

Doctors at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital near Kittanning say they don't keep official records of the largest baby ever birthed at the facility, but say Mark and Michelle Cessna's daughter born Thursday is the largest they can recall.

"Little" Addyson Gale Cessna is anything but, weighing in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 25 inches long.

The couple is from Rural Valley, not far from the hospital which is about 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The Cessnas told KDKA-TV that doctors believed the baby would be above average, but even so, they were told to expect a child about 11 pounds.

Addyson Gale was delivered by C-section and joins two brothers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


New UFO website allows users to post 'sightings'

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A new website supported by a Roswell museum gives people a chance to prove that we are not alone in the universe.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that the recently launched roswellsightings.com allows anyone on Earth to upload photos or videos of sightings or encounters with what they believe are UFOs.

The website is based in New York and is from a partnership with the Roswell-based International UFO Museum And Research Center.

The user-friendly website allows people to share recordings on social network sites or watch the latest scientific news or other videos.

Program designers say they hope to complete a smartphone app to upload videos and photos to the site.

So far, witnesses have posted sightings from Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa.

Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Utah woman's flushed wedding ring rescued from sewer 

LEHI, Utah (AP) — A Lehi woman's wedding ring has been rescued from sewer lines after her young son flushed it down the toilet.

City officials say after the distressed mother reported the incident, a water department crew responded and ran a snake down two of the sewer's main lines.

The crew located the ring, then washed it down to a nearby manhole, where an employee retrieved the ring.

City water department employee Weston Winters says the crew has had the opportunity to retrieve valuables for residents over the years, and it's always rewarding when it can retrieve such a sentimental object for someone who thought they lost it forever.

Public Works Director Todd Munger praised the crew, saying it preserved "a very special memory that will undoubtedly be the topic of many family reunions."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Flap leaves 11-seat Detroit board with 12 members

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's 11-seat school board currently has 12 members after an appointment to fill a vacant seat by the district's state-appointed emergency manager was challenged.

The Detroit News reports Roy Roberts appointed Jonathan Kinloch, president of the Detroit Library Commission, to fill the vacant seat. On Thursday, however, the school board voted to nominate Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, a former candidate for state representative, to fill the vacancy.

The flap is among the issues Wayne County Circuit Court judge could rule on during a court hearing scheduled for July 19.

Detroit Public Schools board President LaMar Lemmons says Roberts is overstepping his authority by appointing board members.

Roberts' spokesman Steven Wasko says state law allows the appointment.

Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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