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Man in Colorado accused of drunken horseback ride

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado police have arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through the city of Boulder.

Police spokesman Ryan Huff tells The Daily Camera that witnesses saw the man hit his horse and then occasionally wander into traffic near the school Monday afternoon. Patrick Neal Schumacher of Colorado Springs faces several charges, including animal cruelty and riding under the influence of alcohol.

Police say he had a small pug named Bufford in his backpack, as well as beer cans and a black-powder pistol in his saddlebag. Officers say he told them he was traveling from Larkspur, Colo., to his brother's wedding in Bryce, Utah, and that he had to make the 600-mile journey by horse because he lost his driver's license.

Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Girl finds stolen cremation ashes in Pennsylvania park 

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — A girl has found cremation ashes that had been stolen from a van belonging to the dead man's son.

Robert Smith says he thinks someone in the crime-ridden Pittsburgh suburb of Clairton mistook his father's ashes for a powdery drug like heroin or cocaine. He says, "You know this is a high drug area. ... It's sad."

Smith says his father died in June at age 75. Since then, Smith has kept his ashes in a memorial box in the center console of his van.

He discovered the ashes missing shortly before 3 p.m. Monday. They were recovered in a park about seven hours later after a girl found them.

Police are investigating the theft.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Wisconsin golf club offers, retracts 9-11 special

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin golf course is apologizing following a backlash over its advertising of nine holes of golf for $9.11 on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tumbledown Trails Golf Course near Madison advertised the special in the Wisconsin State Journal on Monday saying it was meant to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

News of the special spread on social media and the golf course's Facebook page was overrun with negative comments.

Club owner and general manager Marc Watts said Tuesday that no disrespect was intended. He says people are calling the club with death threats and now a sheriff's deputy is stationed there.

Watts says the club may close Wednesday out of safety concerns.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Washington firefighters rescue man stuck in chimney

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters had to chisel a hole in a chimney at a Washington apartment building to rescue a man who'd gotten stuck inside.

Authorities in Tacoma say the man is fine, but they're not sure what he was doing in the 20-inch space.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Dyre Fudge says firefighters were called about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday to help the young adult who was trapped at the second-floor level of the three-story building.

A technical rescue team was called in to use power equipment to cut through a wall and the chimney. The man stepped out in about half an hour.

Fudge says the man was uninjured and wasn't suspected of a crime.

It remains unclear why he apparently climbed into the unused chimney. Fudge says authorities heard several possibilities, including "ceiling repair" and "hide and seek" or something like a "stupid pet trick."



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