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  • A pair of Long Island, N.Y., residents woke to a noise that sounded like something crashing through their house early Sunday.

    "We both woke up to a very loud bang. I looked around—no breeze, no rain, nothing," homeowner Lois Farella told CBS Local New York as she pointed to a basketball-sized hole in her roof.

    Next door, Ann Grace's roof on Home Street was also ripped apart.

    "It's a very huge hole. It did a lot of damage through heavy wood. I can't imagine if it hit a person," Grace told the TV station.

    Upon inspection Grace's roofer found a brown, wet stain in her attic where something had ripped through an inch and a half of shingles and wood.

    "It's hard to understand what could have done this. It had to have come from a plane," roofer Bryan Lanzello told CBS Local New York. "A bird couldn't have done it."

    So the FAA investigated the incident as possibly involving blue ice.

    "Blue ice" is a euphemism for the mixture of frozen human waste and industrial-strength chemical that

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  • Musician Dave Gunning, in a photo from his website (Chris Smith)It's going to take more than a pretty penny for one musician to pay off the Royal Canadian Mint, which has levied a hefty tax against the artist for appropriating an image of the nation's outgoing coinage on his latest album.

    Dave Gunning says he wanted to pay tribute to the Canadian penny, which will cease production at the end of 2012, on his upcoming album, "No More Pennies."

    However, CBC News reports that once the Royal Canadian Mint heard about the album cover concept, it told Dave Gunning that for every 2,000 albums sold, he must fill out an application asking for permission to continue using the image, then pay $1,200 in fees.

    Gunning's album cover shows a person at a lunch counter attempting to come up with enough change to pay for a cup of coffee.

    In response to the Mint's fees, Gunning has asked fans to bring pennies to shows on his upcoming fall tour so he can afford to continue selling the album, which debuts Sept. 18. The Mint has waived the fees on the first 2,000 copies but said Gunning must pay for all future sales.

    "The Mint has an Intellectual Property Policy in place to protect its IP assets, which includes coin images, and ensure their appropriate use," a Mint spokeswoman told the CBC. "In instances where an approved use is being made for commercial gain (as would be the case with an ad campaign or selling music CDs), royalty fees are applied."

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  • A Rock Hill, S.C., woman knew something was in her attic when she heard a thump and then saw some nails start popping out from her bedroom ceiling one night.

    Tracy, a mother of five, thought it might be an animal. She sent her older sons and nephew to check it out, she told WCNC-TV in Charlotte.

    She told the Charlotte Observer she thought "there was some poltergeist stuff going on."

    And what they found was surprising. It wasn't an animal. It was the woman's ex-boyfriend.

    He came down from the attic without any explanation and left with a smile before police could arrive, the Observer reports.

    The man had been living in the attic for about two weeks, WCNC reports, noting that the ex-boyfriend was recently released from jail.

    "He had packed all the old coats and jackets into the heating unit and was sleeping in the heating unit," said Tracy, who did not reveal her last name.

    There were also large plastic cups containing human waste, which explain how he relieved himself in his rooftop

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  • Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties
    Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not — and could not — fully understand his nation's vital security concerns.

  • Former PGA pro retracts Woods ban claims
    Former PGA pro retracts Woods ban claims

    Former US PGA Tour player Dan Olsen on Monday retracted a claim that Tiger Woods has been suspended for a month after Woods' agent and tour officials strongly denied the statement. I want to apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and (tour commissioner) Tim Finchem," Olsen said in a statement released by WFVN radio station based in Lansing, Michigan website. Olsen, a teaching pro who last played a US PGA event at the 2011 PGA Championship, compared Woods to noted US disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour de France titles and admitted he took banned performance-enhancing substances.

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