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Wing-eating champ El Wingador faces New Jersey prison term

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A five-time Buffalo wing-eating champion known as El Wingador has pleaded guilty to a cocaine distribution charge in New Jersey.

Gloucester County prosecutors say William Simmons pleaded guilty Monday to possession with intent to distribute. The 51-year-old Woodbury Heights resident faces a seven-year prison when he's sentenced in September. Prosecutors say they won't object if he applies for an intensive supervision program that could shorten his sentence.

Several drug charges were filed against Simmons following a June 2012 traffic stop. Simmons admitted he was using "a little bit" of cocaine at the time.

El Wingador last won Philadelphia's Wing Bowl in 2005, when he gnawed through 162 chicken wings. The Wing Bowl was started as a way for Philadelphia sports fans to blow off steam before the Super Bowl.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Vote's in: Penguin chick 'Hubig' after pie company

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fans of the Audubon Aquarium have passed up penguin-related monikers to name the aquarium's youngest African blackfooted penguin chick "Hubig," after a New Orleans snack pie company that burned down a year ago.

Aquarium spokeswoman Katie Smith said Monday that "Hubig" got 42 percent of 3,068 votes cast last week. "Pippa" — for English Princess Kate Middleton's sister and the baby penguin's efforts to "pip" out of her shell — got 28 percent.

Twenty percent chose "Gwynne" and 11 percent "Namibia."

Gwynne is the name of a penguin in the animated movie "The Pebble and the Penguin."

Namibia is the West African nation where the African penguin nests.

The Simon Hubig Pie Co. plans to rebuild in the same general area where its original factory stood.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Scientists find mystery coffin at Richard III site

LONDON (AP) — A team of archaeologists said Monday it has unearthed an unusual coffin-within-a-coffin in the central England parking lot where it found the skeleton of King Richard III, and that they hope to identify the remains within.

University of Leicester scientists have been digging at the Grey Friars site in Leicester after finding the body of Richard there in September. He died nearby in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

The team said it had discovered a fully intact medieval stone coffin during a dig in September but wasn't able to investigate it further at the time. When it was opened this week, the team said, it found a lead coffin within it, one likely to contain a "high status" individual.

Scientists think the lead coffin — which has a hole through which the deceased's feet can be seen — could contain one of the friary's founders, a medieval monk, or the remains of a 14th-century medieval knight, Sir William Moton.

The archaeologists say that tests must be carried out to determine how to open the lead coffin without damaging the remains.

The University of Leicester's Matthew Morris said no one on the team had ever seen a lead coffin within a stone coffin before.

"It was as exciting as finding Richard III," he said in a statement. "We still don't know who is inside — so there is still a question mark over it."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Internet Cat Video Festival planned for ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of the annual international ArtPrize competition in Michigan say an Internet Cat Video Festival will be part of this year's event.

The free Sept. 27 showing at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids is being put on by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The art center last year held its inaugural Internet Cat Video Festival, and the museum has a partnership with ArtPrize.

Organizers are taking submissions and there will be a People's Choice award. Plans for the celebration of cat videos were reported Monday by WOOD-TV.

The fifth edition of ArtPrize takes place Sept. 18 to Oct. 6. The competition has $560,000 at stake, including a $200,000 first prize.

The public picks some winners and there also are juried awards.

Online: ArtPrize

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Texan gets another wrong water bill topping $66K

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man says he's shocked to have been swamped with a nearly $67,000 erroneous water bill a few months after a similar computer error.

Tom Hoffman says he's looking forward to getting a new bill after the latest mistake that Dallas officials blame on a bad water meter.

WFAA-TV reported Monday that Hoffman canceled his auto-payment system earlier this year after getting a water bill for more than $66,000. Hoffman's financial accounts were frozen before the error was fixed.

Now it's happened again.

City of Dallas spokesman Frank Librio says the stuck meter has been replaced and accurate billing will follow.

Librio also apologized for the error and the inconvenience to Hoffman.

Information from: WFAA-TV, http://www.wfaa.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Cat found on freighter from Philippines to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 4-year-old cat that stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles is gaining weight and getting stronger after the trip without food or water left it near death.

Los Angeles County animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the orange and white female cat was weak and frail after the 7,300-mile trip. But after two weeks of treatments, the feline is in fair condition.

Hospital staff named the cat Pinay (pin-AYE'), a common name for a female Filipino.

The cat has cleared quarantine but needs to be adopted into a calm home because she is still skittish. Potential adopters can email daccevents@animalcare.lacounty.gov.

A year ago, a kitten named Ni Hao (NEE' how) survived a freighter trip from China and was placed in a home.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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