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LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. (AP) — One glaring clue has led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania. Forty-eight-year-old Leahman Glenn Robert Potter was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. What gave him away? Red sauce smeared on his face and clothing. He was charged with stealing a pot of meatballs from a man’s garage. Police say the victim reported his meatballs were missing, adding that he saw Potter standing in front of his house with red sauce on his face and clothes. The pot was found on the street.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s best-known legal brothel owner is accusing officials of suspending his license to operate as retaliation. Dennis Hof said the closure of his Love Ranch Vegas last Sunday stems from his bid for the Republican nomination to unseat incumbent GOP state Assemblyman James Oscarson. A spokeswoman for Oscarson denied that. A spokesman for Nye County says the license was suspended after a hearing last week about renovations without permits to trailer homes in which prostitutes work. Hof has three brothel licenses in the county. His northern Nevada property, the Moonlite BunnyRanch, was the subject of a cable TV series called “CatHouse.”


DENALI, Ak. (AP) —The National Park Service is considering new rules for the disposal of human waste on North America’s tallest mountain, Denali. Climbers there already have to follow certain rules because all water comes from melted snow, and contamination can lead to diarrhea and life-threatening dehydration. Right now, climbers above a base camp at 7,200 feet are allowed to deposit human waste into deep crevasses. But a researcher has determined that bacteria in much of the waste are not killed because they are not exposed to extreme temperatures or ultraviolet light. So new rules would require climbers to deposit human waste in one of two places: a crevasse high on the mountain, where it is likely to be rendered inert, or at a ranger station where climbers land after flying off the mountain.


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — After years of resisting the efforts of neighbors who deemed a bridge’s love locks eyesores, a Virginia city has sliced through those no longer enduring gestures of romance. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk public works crews removed more than 100 love locks from the Hague Bridge with power tools and bolt cutters on Wednesday, a day after city officials announced they would remove them to end a grand jury process for a public nuisance lawsuit. But a city spokeswoman says the public works department won’t specifically monitor for a rekindling of the tokens. She says people can pick up removed locks. Love locks have been placed on bridges worldwide, and are no strangers to controversy. In 2015, Paris officials removed 700,000 locks from the Pont des Arts over damage concerns.


UNDATED (AP) — For the first time, astronomers have glimpsed the dawn of the universe 13.6 billion years ago when the earliest stars were just beginning to glow. And if that’s not enough, they may have detected mysterious dark matter at work, too. The glimpse consisted of a faint signal picked up by a specialized radio antenna in Australia. If verified, that would be the first confirmation of its kind of dark matter, which is a substantial part of the universe that scientists have been searching for over decades. The study’s lead author is Judd Bowman of Arizona State University. He says the early universe was dark and cold, filled with just hydrogen and helium. Once stars formed, they emitted ultraviolet light into the dark areas between them. That ultraviolet light changes the energy signature of hydrogen.

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