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German police warn of exploding ticket machines

BERLIN (AP) — German police are warning rail travelers to be wary when using Deutsche Bahn's automatic ticket machines because criminals attempting to break into them may have left them filled with explosive gas.

Hesse state police spokesman Udo Buehler says since April criminals have successfully blown open 10 ticket machines by taping closed all holes, filling them with gas and igniting it. They then steal the money and blank train tickets.

But in six cases the attempts have failed, leaving the explosive gas inside, most recently Tuesday in a train station in the town of Karben, near Frankfurt.

Buehler warns the gas could potentially ignite when an unsuspecting customer uses the machine though so far it has not.

He says incidents have also been reported in neighboring states Thuringia and Lower Saxony.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Austrian drives flaming car to fire station

VIENNA (AP) — Some Austrian firefighters didn't have to leave their station to deal with a recent alarm. The blaze came to them instead.

Fireman Roland Brandl says that colleagues were doing chores at the station in the town of Pregarten Wednesday when a car sped in with flames shooting from beneath it.

One man grabbed an extinguisher and doused the fire. No one was hurt.

The blaze was apparently caused by a cleaning cloth which was left under the hood.

State broadcaster ORF says the unidentified driver drove about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) to the station after a passer-by alerted him to the fire.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ohio police say streaker hid in dryer

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati man has been given a jail outfit to wear after being arrested on a charge that he ran naked into his street while drunk, then took refuge in a dryer.

Police say 39-year-old Shaun Welsh caused alarm early Wednesday when he ran without any clothes on in his neighborhood. They said he was found hiding in a neighbor's dryer.

Welsh pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct while intoxicated. He was ordered to remain in jail for five days.

A message was left Thursday for his attorney.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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US Marshals auction scammer's diamond, other loot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Want to own a 5-carat diamond from a Texas scammer?

The jumbo jewel and other treasures confiscated by the U.S. Marshals Service are up for auction in Las Vegas this weekend.

Buyers can preview the gold and silver bullion, coins, jewelry and watches from federal crime cases between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The auction itself starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be simulcast on the Internet.

Among the other items are 6.6 pounds of gold pellets from a Southern California resident caught up in a $100 million Medicare fraud scheme. The starting bid for that collection is $120,000.

The Marshals Service auctions items from cases a few times a year. Proceeds benefit victims of crimes and supplement law enforcement programs.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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