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A 170-foot giant ketchup bottle, billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup,” and once served as a water tower is seen Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Collinsville, Ill. A “For Sale” has been placed in front of the landmark that replicates a bottle of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was produced in the buildings beneath the tower. The 100,000-gallon tower held water _ never ketchup _ and hasn't been used since Brooks moved out in the early 1960s. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)
A 170-foot giant ketchup bottle, billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup,” and once served as a water tower is seen Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Collinsville, Ill. A “For Sale” has been placed in front of the landmark that replicates a bottle of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was produced in the buildings beneath the tower. The 100,000-gallon tower held water _ never ketchup _ and hasn't been used since Brooks moved out in the early 1960s. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)
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Museum of History and Industry Executive Director Leonard Garfield, left, accepts the donation of the first legal recreational marijuana purchase in Seattle from Deb Green, who made the purchase July 8 at Cannabis City, in Seattle, Tuesday July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)
Museum of History and Industry Executive Director Leonard Garfield, left, accepts the donation of the first legal recreational marijuana purchase in Seattle from Deb Green, who made the purchase July 8 at Cannabis City, in Seattle, Tuesday July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)
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Ashik Gavai, 17, sits near 232 tooth-like structures removed from his jaw after undergoing surgery in Mumbai, India, Friday, July 25, 2014. Dental surgeons in India's largest city say they have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of the teenage boy with a rare medical condition called Complex Odontoma. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Ashik Gavai, 17, sits near 232 tooth-like structures removed from his jaw after undergoing surgery in Mumbai, India, Friday, July 25, 2014. Dental surgeons in India's largest city say they have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of the teenage boy with a rare medical condition called Complex Odontoma. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
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170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money.

A "For Sale" sign is in front of what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup," the landmark that once served as a water tower in the city of Collinsville, east of St. Louis, the Belleville News-Democrat reported Tuesday.

The asking price for the 65-year-old, 170-foot-tall landmark is $200,000, with the warehouse adjacent to it listed at $300,000.

The landmark replicates a bottle of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was produced in the buildings beneath the tower. The 100,000-gallon tower held water — never ketchup — and it hasn't been used since Brooks moved out in the early 1960s.

The plant later became a warehouse used for shipping and trucking operations of Bethel-Eckert, which for four decades serviced military commissaries before losing its contracts. Larry Eckert, the owner, initially considered selling the ketchup bottle and warehouse separately, then decided one can't go without the other.

"Whoever would be interested, you'd need the additional land anyway," he said.

Eckert said because the ketchup bottle is on the National Register of Historic Places, he expects the eventual buyer to preserve it.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Legal marijuana milestone heads for Seattle museum

SEATTLE (AP) — The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday.

Deb Greene, a 65-year-old retiree, waited all night to be first in line at the Cannabis City store when legal pot sales began in Washington on July 8. Cannabis City also donated items from its opening day, including the receipt of the first purchase.

Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by voting in November 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21 and to create state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing the pot. Sales began in Colorado on Jan. 1.

The Seattle museum's curator, Kristin Halunen, put on purple latex gloves to accept the donation of marijuana and other paraphernalia on Tuesday.

Greene had ordered 8 grams, which cost $160 including tax two weeks ago. She donated a 2-gram sealed package of marijuana, the T-shirt she wore as she waited hours to make the purchase and the book she read while in line.

Greene reached out to the museum to donate the items, and the owner of Cannabis City, James Lathrop, also contributed, museum spokeswoman Jackie Durbin said.

The museum has been collecting artifacts on Washington's pot initiative and plans to display the items this fall. It is also hosting a traveling exhibit in April 2015 to explore prohibition, and marijuana will be incorporated into that exhibit, Durbin said.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police, Pennsylvania farmer seeking missing bull



MERCER, Pa. (AP) — It's no bull.

State police and a western Pennsylvania cattle owner are looking for a 2-year-old bull that has been missing for more than a week.

Kevin Minor says the Watusi bull should be easy to spot: He's about 400 pounds, with a solid red hide, and 3-foot-long horns.

Minor took the bull to a friend's farm near Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, hoping it would mate with a buffalo there.

The man who owns that farm, Joe Gaburri, says the animal was running with three buffalo for about two weeks before it turned up missing July 14. Gaburri says the bull is docile and wouldn't have jumped a fence, so he mowed his fields thinking he might find the bull's body, but didn't.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Woman: Backyard near turnpike is not a rest stop

STAHLSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.

The woman, Crystal King, tells WTAE-TV that her backyard in Stahlstown, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is separated from the Pennsylvania Turnpike by only a short fence.

King's 11-year-old son and other children in her yard can see people who pull over to relieve themselves instead of using rest areas.

King says one woman got angry when King yelled at her to stop and wound up throwing the human waste at her.

Turnpike officials say they've spoken to King and have asked police for more patrols.

Information from: WTAE-TV, http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Naked thieves take burgers from Southwest Florida eatery

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into an eatery "dumb, dumber and dumbest."

Waitress Nancy Sansevieri was still laughing after police released surveillance video Wednesday showing the college-aged men — two naked and one clad in underwear — stealing 60 hamburgers from Doc's Beach House in Bonita Beach.

Police say the men broke in early Sunday and left a trail of red peppers on the beach.

Doc's general manager Lou Bangert told the News-Press of Fort Myers that he's never witnessed such a crime in the restaurant's 27-year history. Thieves have broken in and taken money from the cash register, but he says no one has ever slammed through a door completely naked looking for beef.

Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man run over by own truck during road rage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.

It happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gainesville Sun reports 48-year-old Joseph Carl had been drinking and drove into a vehicle stopped at a red light. He got out of his truck without putting it in park and began banging on the window of a woman's car. When the frightened woman drove away, there was nothing holding his truck in place.

The truck rolled into Carl. A police report says he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for fractures in his hand and foot.

He's charged with DUI and DUI property damage. It isn't known whether he's obtained a lawyer.

Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Tortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape?

NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.

TV stations WWTV-WWUP and WPBN-WTOM and MLive.com report the alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway. He was spotted by people nearby, who called police, but he wasn't caught.

Gary Moore, who runs the zoo in Mackinac County with his wife, says he suspects the alligator slipped under a fence. Moore says a large tortoise that walks in the area, wearing away dirt, likely was an inadvertent accomplice in Carlos' getaway.

GarLyn Zoo is home to about 100 animals, including two adult alligators. Anyone who spots Carlos is asked to contact police or the zoo.

Online: http://www.garlynzoo.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare

BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food.

Police in the central city of Braunschweig said Thursday that the fire service evacuated an apartment block in the city Wednesday night after being alerted to the smell of gas by a resident.

They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge in the apartment of the 35-year-old woman who had alerted authorities. It wasn't plugged in and was full of rotting food.

Residents were allowed back into their apartments after half an hour.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Surgeons in India remove 232 teeth from teen

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Dental surgeons in India's largest city say they have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare medical condition.

They said the 17-year-old from a small village in western India had been suffering from jaw pain and swelling for more than 18 months.

Surgeon Dr. Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles.

"We are very happy, while operating, we were removing one after another denticles and passing on to the medical staff to keep, but when surgery was over and when we spread the denticles and started counting ... while doing the surgery we were unaware that (there were) so many, so many, so many denticles."

He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles in the operation earlier this week. They were surprised at how many they totaled when counted up and believe it may be the most ever in a case of odontoma.

The teen is recovering.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.

Authorities say the 3-year-old boy wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage.

KPTV reports an officer found the boy on a couch watching TV as if nothing had happened.

He said his parents weren't home and another relative was sleeping. Police cited 22-year-old Brennan Pennington for failing to supervise a child.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle 

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say an out-of-town Amazon employee was the operator behind a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week.

Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room in a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man who admitted operating the drone equipped with a camera Tuesday. He told authorities he wanted to try out the recently purchased craft.

Police had received reports the drone had crashed into the landmark of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair but they saw no evidence of that.

The man agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.

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



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