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Police: Landscaper behind Pennsylvania sucker bite attack

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — State police are looking for a landscaper who gave a western Pennsylvania man a sucker bite on his neck after luring the victim into his truck with the promise of a $20 grass-cutting job.

Troopers from Ebensburg don't know the suspect's name, but say the incident happened about 4 p.m. Sunday.

That's when the 21-year-old victim told police he was approached by the older, bald, tattooed man riding in landscaping truck.

Police say the victim got into the man's truck when he offered him the grass-cutting job a few blocks away, only to have the landscaper attack him. Police say the landscaper also hit the victim with a ratchet three or four times after the sucker bite.

The victim broke free by kicking the landscaper in the ribs and called police.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Taco Bell customers get cash instead of food

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — That was no burrito.

Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan got something more valuable: $3,600 in cash.

A Taco Bell employee mistakenly passed the cash to the trio instead of their food Saturday. The money was returned a short time later.

Kennidi Rue told WZZM-TV that she and two friends thought about keeping the money but decided they'd feel guilty if they didn't return it. Grand Rapids police Capt. Jeff Hertel confirms the incident, telling MLive.com that an officer was called to assist.

The money was in a store bag for deposit at a bank. A message seeking comment was left with Taco Bell.

Rue, boyfriend Grant Kruse and another friend, Luke Postma, got their meal when they returned the money.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Hemp flag to fly over US Capitol on July 4 

DENVER (AP) — An American flag made of industrial hemp will fly over the U.S. Capitol on Independence Day.

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado announced Wednesday that his request for the hemp-made flag was granted.

Polis has long pushed for the plant to be legal for farmers to grow. Industrial hemp looks much like marijuana but does not have its psychoactive properties. Federal law prohibits growing hemp, but not importing it.

Historians say the first American flags were made of hemp, which was raised by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Polis successfully amended the federal farm bill last month to allow farmers to raise industrial hemp. However, the farm bill ultimately failed.

Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon also sponsored the hemp farm bill amendment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Teacher's retirement ends picture-day streak 

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas teacher's streak of wearing the same outfit for his school photograph is coming to an end after 40 years with his retirement.

It all started as an accident. Dale Irby told the Dallas Morning News that when he received his photo in his second year he was embarrassed to discover he'd worn the same polyester shirt and brown sweater vest as the first year.

His wife dared him to wear it again the third year. Then Irby thought five would be funny. He says, "After five pictures it was like, 'Why stop?'"

Morning News columnist Steve Blow's account Sunday of Irby's photo streak garnered attention online.

The 63-year-old Garland resident retired this year as an elementary school physical education teacher in the Richardson district, north of Dallas.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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