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Philly reporter hit with wall of snow from plow

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia television news reporter covering the aftermath of a snowstorm in New Jersey has gotten pelted by snow from a passing plow.

WTXF-TV's Steve Keeley was blasted with a wall of snow from the plow Monday morning while reporting live from the side of a road in Woodstown.

The station posted a video showing Keeley never lost his footing. It says it's the 15th storm Keeley has reported on this winter and he's clearly a pro because he "didn't even miss a beat."

Keeley says he was 20 feet from the road, which shows how far plows can throw snow at high speeds. He jokes a reporter from another TV station must've been driving the plow.

Information from: WTXF-TV, http://www.foxphiladelphia.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


Storm sinks tour boat in Southern California lake

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Only one boat on Big Bear Lake has a liquor license, and it's underwater. The pirate ship tour boat sank under the weekend's barrage of rain, snow and high wind in Southern California.

The 27-ton boat has been docked at Holloway Marina, where it was found in the drink Saturday. Owner and boat operator Loren Hafen says booty didn't take it down; weather did.

The 43-foot boat is used for summer tours and can be rented for birthdays, weddings and other parties.

Hafen says the ship was winterized but he's going down Monday to see what damage was done. He hopes to refurbish it for the marina's 100th anniversary.

The one-third scale 16th century Spanish galleon replica was a prop in the movie "Time Bandits."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


German court: implants no impediment to police job

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a prospective Berlin police recruit's breast implants cannot legally be used as grounds to keep her off the force.

The woman applied in 2012 to join the Berlin police force, but was rejected after authorities said her breast implants would prevent her from wearing a protective vest or riot gear. They argued the implants would mean the protective gear put so much pressure on her chest that there was a risk of fibrosis or other health problems.

But a Berlin administrative court on Tuesday upheld her challenge of the decision, saying a doctor testified that protective gear should cause no greater health problems for a woman with implants than without.

The woman's name was not released due to German privacy rules.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


City to strike ban on being willfully annoying

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — It's soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."

City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is "unconstitutional in terms of being vague" and "simply unenforceable." A final decision is expected March 11.

Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books.

Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules.

Last year, rules that got a look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failing to return a library book.

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


Portland theft suspect wearing armored underwear

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of using a cutting torch on a Portland ATM was wearing armored underwear when he was arrested.

KPTV reports an officer responded to the ATM early Sunday and confronted him in a parking lot.

Police say he sprayed pepper spray and ran before he was chased down.

The 32-year-old man was wearing two ballistic vests and had ballistic panels sewn into undergarments covering his arms, legs, back and crotch.

He was armed with a knife and had a stun gun and acetylene torch in a backpack. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges including being a felon in possession of body armor.

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

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



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