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Girl Scout cookies bought with phony dough

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Southern California say someone has been buying Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit cash.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has released photos of a woman entering and leaving a grocery store who they say is a person of interest in the case of the phony dough. The photos show a young woman with long black hair, jeans, sneakers and a black hooded sweatshirt. No names or other identifying details have been released.

Police in Lake Elsinore learned last week that someone had bought Girl Scout cookies outside a grocery store with counterfeit currency, and were looking for a suspect who had not been seen since.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man apologizes for Tacoma back-seat robbery

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 31-year-old man accused of hiding in the back seat of a woman's car in Tacoma and taking her purse told police he needed money to get married.

Christopher Michael Brown pleaded not guilty Tuesday to robbery and theft charges.

The News Tribune reports court papers say he told police he needed money to get married and wanted to write a letter of apology and return the woman's belongings.

The woman discovered a man the back seat of her car Feb. 13 after she left a grocery store. She fled screaming and he took her purse.

Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Hundreds to don shades in record-setting attempt

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — If it's March, it must be time to try to set another arcane world record in Grand Rapids.

Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.

The fourth annual festival of laughter kicks off Thursday with an effort to set a new world record for the most people wearing sunglasses at night. Participants are to be given official bright yellow LaughFest sunglasses.

Guinness World Records says the current mark was set in July 2012 by 1,642 people at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Gilda's LaughFest will run through March 16. It honors the memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

Online: http://www.laughfestgr.org 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Student uses graduation cap to bring in $5,400

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan-Flint senior has taken a chunk out of his tuition debt by selling ad space on his graduation cap.

The Flint Journal reports Alex Benda has raised $5,400 as of Thursday.

The 22-year-old is looking to rent out as much of the 100 square inches of space on his graduation cap as he can before walking across the stage to receive his degree at Perani Arena on May 4.

The idea is to cut down on his $30,000 student loan debt. The pledges so far have come from 45 backers on Benda's GoGetFunding project web page.

The yield already has exceeded Benda's expectations. He figured he would raise a few hundred dollars, primarily from family.

Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Wolf encounter leaves cows with post-trauma stress

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Cows that survive a wolf encounter reportedly suffer symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.

A study by Oregon State University found the stress decreases pregnancy rates and increases the number of lighter calves and the likelihood of getting sick. Weight loss translates into a financial loss for ranchers.

KPTV reports researchers induced wolf stress by putting cows in a pen scented with wolf urine while playing recorded wolf howls on a stereo.

The study was conducted by Oregon State University animal scientists Reinaldo Cooke and David Bohnert. The study was funded by the Oregon Beef Council and published in the Journal of Animal Science.

Information from: KPTV-TV, http://www.kptv.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Airline: Iraq stops landing over official's son

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraqi authorities on Thursday denied permission to a plane belonging to Lebanon's national carrier to land in Baghdad after a son of an Iraqi minister missed the flight, Middle East Airline said in a statement.

In Baghdad, Ali Musawi, the adviser to Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said the premier ordered those behind the decision to force the MEA plane to turn back to Beirut fired. He also formed a committee to investigate and ordered the passengers involved to be flown to Iraq aboard an Iraqi Airways flight for free.

An MEA plane scheduled to leave Beirut on Thursday at 12:46 p.m. (1046 GMT, 5:46 a.m. EST) was delayed for six minutes because of a missing passenger. The Beirut-based airline identified the missing passenger as a son of Iraq's Transport Minister Hadi Ameri.

Twenty minutes after the plane's departure, the head of MEA in Baghdad contacted the pilot, saying that Iraqi authorities would not allow the plane to land at Baghdad International Airport without Ameri's son on board. The plane, carrying 71 passengers, returned to Beirut.

Ameri's adviser said the MEA plane turned back because of maintenance work on the runway.

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

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