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Police: 80-year-old Oregon man points shotgun at bar

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Police say an 80-year-old Oregon City man walked with his cane and a shotgun to a nearby bar to complain about loud music.

Witnesses say the man pointed the gun at a patron of the Ice House Bar Saturday evening before walking away.

Responding officers found him at his home about two blocks away and jailed him on charges of menacing and disorderly conduct.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police: Pennsylvania robber left pink shoes, fled on bike

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Police in central Pennsylvania are hoping to find the person who fits a pair of pink shoes he left behind after police say he accosted a woman, took $200 from her, then fled on a neon green bike.

Altoona police Lt. Jeffrey Pratt tells the Altoona Mirror, "We have his shoes" — a pair of pink Adidas. Police say the robber swiped a bank envelope containing the cash out of the woman's hands after she left the Investment Savings Bank about noon Thursday.

They say the suspect ran out of his shoes before hopping on a black-and-neon-green-colored BMX-style bike and peddling away.

Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Washington wildlife officer to enforce orca laws 

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is getting a new officer — one who will protect and serve killer whales.

Federal funds will allow the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to hire an officer to enforce laws protecting Puget Sound orcas.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says the department will use the $925,000 grant to hire the enforcement officer for three years.

The killer whale cop is expected to spend 500 hours a summer doing marine patrols, investigating violations, and working with other federal or Canadian agencies and community groups. The officer will make sure whale watchers are at a proper distance.

The money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also will help educate people about the Puget Sound killer whale population.

About 85 of the big black-and-white marine mammals are considered residents. They feed on Chinook salmon, and have been listed as endangered since 2005. Boaters must stay at least 100 yards away.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


UK lawmakers told not to rub statues' toes

LONDON (AP) — Parliamentary officials in Britain want lawmakers to keep their hands off Margaret Thatcher's toes.

Authorities are considering roping off statues of former prime ministers, including Thatcher and Winston Churchill, because they are suffering wear and tear from legislators rubbing their toes for luck.

Members of Parliament traditionally touch the statues in the House of Commons lobby before entering the chamber.

Deputy House of Commons curator Melanie Unwin told Parliament's Works of Art Committee that statues of Thatcher, Churchill, Clement Attlee and David Lloyd George "are seriously under threat due to the tradition of touching the toes of the statues for good luck."

The committee agreed that "Do not touch" signs should be put up, and is considering installing barriers around the statues.

Details of the June meeting emerged Friday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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