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  • Trevor Runyon (Mount Washington police department)Trevor Runyon spent the night alone inside a Kentucky grocery store and will likely be spending several more nights in jail.

    That’s because Runyon allegedly went on a feeding frenzy, eating six steaks, drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and finishing the night off with some shrimp and a birthday cake.

    Video surveillance shows the 30-year-old Runyon sneaking into the ValuMarket outlet just before closing time, then hiding out until the doors were closed and the employees had gone home for the night.

    Officer Michael Huffman told WAVE3 that after Runyon was done eating and drinking, he then changed into some new clothes and climbed into the store’s rafters to sleep.

    When the store’s manager showed up on Monday morning he says he found 57 cans of Redi-Whip whipped cream cans in the garbage.

    After Runyon was spotted, local firefighters were called in to remove him from the rafters, after which police took him into custody.

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  • File photo of plunger (Thinkstock)File photo of plunger (Thinkstock)

    A Massachusetts woman upset by a foul odor emanating from her neighbor's house is in hot water after allegedly threatening to hit the neighbor with a plunger.

    The Lowell Sun reports Irene Cohen, 44, was released on personal recognizance after she pleaded not guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

    The alleged incident took place on Sunday, the Lowell Sun reports. The neighbor told police that Cohen was angry over some plumbing work that had caused a bad smell to waft from the property.

    From the Lowell Sun:

    During a confrontation with the victim, Cohen allegedly began to yell at her and spit in her face, then picked up the plunger, raised it above her head, and threatened to hit her with it.

    The victim described Cohen as "wildly out of control." The victim ran back inside her house for fear of being hit.

    According to police reports cited by the Lowell Sun, Cohen did admit to arguing with the neighbor over the smell, but denied using a plunger in a threatening manner. Cohen also said

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  • A company refused to use the name Ruth Levy has been sending greeting cards to her 90-year-old friend Dick for decades. The tech-savvy Levy, 77 years old and a fan of e-cards, was shocked to be told that a personalized card she made for Dick was considered profane.

    "When it came up with, 'Your message cannot contain profanity,' I didn’t get it. I’m obviously too innocent,” Levy told the Daily Mail about trying to create the card on the Marks & Spencer website. “I thought it must be the word ‘significant’ that it thought was dodgy, but it still would not accept it. I tried various ways, taking out bits of text, but it still said no.”

    Levy wrote to the store to find out what was wrong. "I could not believe it when they sent me a prissy letter [back] saying it was because my friend is called Dick,” she told the paper. “It is political correctness gone absolutely mad.”

    The company suggested that Levy call her friend instead. Levy handwrote a card and sent it through the mail.

    “I don’t mind them weeding out profanities—I’m

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  • Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces
    Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces

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    Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city

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  • Flight Attendant's Hilarious Safety Instruction Video Goes Viral
    Flight Attendant's Hilarious Safety Instruction Video Goes Viral

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  • Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover
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  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil
    Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin still enjoying high popularity ratings, the economic damage is not yet likely to soften his politics in the region, analysts say.

  • Google misses revenue target, ad prices slide

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