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Fairbanks spent $7k defending mayor's $37.50 fine

Fairbanks spent $7k defending mayor's $37.50 fine - seattlepi.com

The city of Fairbanks, Alaska, has so far spent about $7,000 appealing a $37.50 election-law fine leveled on the mayor.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission ordered City Mayor John Eberhart to pay the $37.50 fine in May after concluding he broke a state law in the October 2013 election by sending an email on his city council email account, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

The city government is paying for Eberhart's appeal costs because it's obligated, in most cases, to defend public officials who are sued as part of their official duties under the city's indemnification law.

Bigfoot at Mississippi playground?

Miss. footprint attributed to legendary 'wood ape' - UPI.com

A pair of Mississippi men said they had close encounters with a Bigfoot-like creature on separate occasions near the same playground.

Vicksburg resident Peyton Lassiter told The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger he discovered a footprint and some mysterious gray hair near a local playground Aug. 12, and David Childers, a paranormal investigator who has been featured on cable network A&E, said he caught a glimpse of a 6-foot-tall "creature" with "grayish-brown" hair at the playground in November of last year.

Lassiter said the footprint is about 9 inches long and about 6 inches wide at the toes. He said the shape of the footprint raised his curiosity.

Lassiter said his research has uncovered human-like "wood ape" sightings in the region dating back to 1721.

792-Pound Alligator Breaks State Hunting Record in Mississippi

792-Pound Alligator Breaks State Hunting Record in Mississippi - NBC News.com

Four days into Mississippi's alligator-hunting season, the state's record for heaviest reptile caught has been broken twice — most recently with a 792-pounder. The creature, which measured 13 feet and 5 inches, was reeled in Sunday evening. "He was a giant!" said Brian Montgomery, one member of the three-person team that made the catch.

Montgomery,38, who was on his first hunt, said the alligator thrashed around and even bit a hole in the front of their 16-foot aluminum boat before they got a snare around him, shot him in the base of the neck and towed him to shore.

NYC Denny's features $300 breakfast

NYC Denny's features $300 breakfast - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Diner chain Denny's is opening it's first New York City location, complete with a big-city "deal". How does a $300 breakfast sound?

The Denny's is located at the corner of Nassau and Spruce in Lower Manhattan's Financial District.

Along with its normal food you can get at just about any location in the rest of the country, this location will offer a Grand Slam breakfast for two with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon champagne for $300.

The restaurant also features a full-service, craft cocktail bar.

Firefighters finish the job for man who had heart attack while mowing lawn

Firefighters finish the job for man who had heart attack while mowing lawn - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

When a Texas man couldn't finish mowing his lawn, the firefighters who tried saving his life finished it for him.

John McCormick, 65, suffered a heart attack while mowing the lawn at his home in Baytown, Texas. The veteran was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Determined to do something for his family, the first responders went back to the home, finished mowing the lawn, and left a note on the door for the family.

Their simple act of kindness is now going viral after the official city Facebook page posted a picture of it.

A neighbor apparently snapped photos of the good deed.

Mechanic takes the Oil Bucket Challenge

Mechanic takes the Oil Bucket Challenge | Orange UK

It was only a matter of time before people started taking the popular Ice Bucket challenge to extreme and in this case, dark places.

46-year-old mechanic Colin Meyrick, from Llanhilleth, Wales, agreed to have 30 litres of old engine oil poured over his head, with all the money raised would go to a cancer charity in memory of his late mother.

Within hours of thinking up the idea in the pub, Colin and his workmates had already raised more than £1,000.

Garage owner Lewis Phillips said: "We were in the pub talking about the craze and Colin made a throwaway comment that he'd do it with car oil."

The rest is history.

Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned

My Way News - Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned

A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles.

With the box was a card stating, "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince & Princess of Wales."

Auction house spokesman Sam Heller says the buyer is a private collector.

Although the cake came wrapped in its original wax paper, Heller says it wouldn't be a good idea to try to eat it.

He adds, however, that there is a small but dedicated group of royal cake collectors.

Some, Heller says, have purchased cakes dating to the days of Britain's Queen Victoria, who married in 1840.

Dog turns on stove, which then sets laptop ablaze

My Way News - Dog turns on stove, which then sets laptop ablaze

Police say a New Jersey family's dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof.

The fire was reported early Friday evening in Lacey Township while the owners were away.

Police tell the Asbury Park Press that investigators believe the dog accidentally turned on the stove, though they didn't specify how that occurred.

Police say heat from the stove eventually burned a laptop computer that had been left on top of the appliance. Smoke was pouring from the roof when firefighters arrived, but the blaze was quickly extinguished.

Firefighters rescued the dog, which emerged unscathed.

Motorcyclist brags to cops he hit 185 mph in chase

My Way News - Motorcyclist brags to cops he hit 185 mph in chase
New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase.

State police say 31-year-old David J. Fries, of Manchester, was spotted by a trooper on Interstate 93 in Bow.

The first trooper eventually ended the chase, but another trooper saw Fries crash into a guardrail after he exited Interstate 393.

Police say Fries then led officers on an hourlong foot chase in Concord. He was subdued with help from a police dog.

Fries was treated for injuries from the crash and from the dog.

He faces a variety of charges.

Beautiful women in southeast Brazil want more single men

Beautiful women in southeast Brazil want more single men - UPI.com

There's a town in southeastern Brazil, Noiva do Cordeiro, where 600 beautiful women rule, but they aren't too happy when it comes to the population of men.

According to the Mirror, the gorgeous gals make up the town's entire population. Here's why: Even though some men are married with families, they are sent away from the town to work, and are only allowed to return on weekends. Also, sons leave the town at the age of 18.

While girl power rules, it has left them with a bit of a problem: finding a suitable spouse.

Nelma Fernandes, 23, admits it's tough to find love.

"Here, the only men we single girls meet are either married or related to us, everyone is a cousin. I haven't kissed a man for a long time."

The women of the town are putting out a call to the area's men to go join them, but the catch is the men have to live by the rules the ladies put down.

(The article does not mention what the "rules" are)