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Texas firefighter uses beer to put out tire blaze

HOUSTON (AP) — Whatever works when it comes to fighting fires.

An off-duty Houston firefighter has used beer to extinguish a tire fire on a truck hauling a load of the brew.

Capt. Craig Moreau and his wife on Monday night were driving home after a trip to Austin when they came upon an 18-wheeler on fire. Moreau and the trucker, whose rig had brake problems that started the tire on fire, tried using a small extinguisher.

Moreau says he thought the fire was out, but then crawled under the rig and the blaze had flared up.

The firefighter then asked the driver what he was hauling — and the answer was beer.

Both men began shaking and spraying cans of beer on the blaze and put out the fire.

Nobody was hurt.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Man crashes into Connecticut gas station, steals banana

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Call it the case of the banana-eating bandit.

Police in Connecticut say they're looking for a man who smashed his vehicle into a gas station in Newington, swiped a banana from a shelf and ate it before leaving early Wednesday morning. Nothing else was taken.

The store's surveillance video shows a Ford Freestyle with Connecticut license plates backing repeatedly into the store and breaking the glass doors, which set off the burglar alarm at about 2 a.m.

The man was gone before police arrived.

Authorities describe him as a black man who was wearing a brown hat, dark jacket and dark pants. Police say the station wagon has damage to the driver's side taillight and rear bumper.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Pair accused of smuggling rare Brazilian snake

By Brady McCombs, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A brother and sister from Utah were indicted this week by federal prosecutors on charges of illegally importing a rare boa constrictor from Brazil.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah accuses Jeremy Stone, 39, and his sister, Keri Stone, 34, of bringing the snake into the country in a shipment that went through Miami.

Authorities say the Stones paid thousands of dollars to administrators at a Brazilian zoo to get the white leucistic boa, and falsely reported the snake had been caught in the wild in Guyana.

Jeremy Stone bred the boa constrictor with other snakes at his reptile business in Lindon, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, prosecutors say. He then sold the offspring for tens of thousands of dollars.

Los Angeles attorney Larry Bakman, who is represents Jeremey Stone, said his client denies the allegation. Bakman said he looks forward to contesting the charges in court, though he declined to provide specifics.

"Until I see what they have, it's hard for me to comment on the allegations," said Bakman, who has handled several other federal wildlife smuggling cases.

It wasn't immediately clear if Keri Stone had an attorney.

Leucism is a condition in birds, snakes and other animals in which pigmentation cells fail to develop properly. It can cause white patches on skin, hair or feathers, or make creatures completely white.

The indictment says Jeremy Stone learned in 2006 that the rare snake had been caught in the wild and given to the Niteroi Zoo near Rio de Janeiro. Prosecutors say he gave zoo administrators money from 2007 to 2009, and exchanged emails with them about how to get the snake out of the country without having to get the proper permits.

Stone sold the snakes he bred using the Brazilian boa out of his Utah business, Jeremy Stone Reptiles, to buyers in the United States, Canada and Italy, the indictment says.

Jeremy and Keri Stone are set to make their initial court appearances Feb. 11 in federal court in Salt Lake City.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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