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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Here, you throw this away

Land mine left in Colorado Goodwill donation box

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — A land mine found in a suburban Denver Goodwill donation box forced the evacuation of a strip mall.
The rectangular, olive-green box with the words "Front Toward Enemy" raised the suspicions of Goodwill workers Tuesday.
Arvada police say the Claymore land mine didn't go off in the donation box and no one was hurt. A bomb squad disposed of the device.
Police Sgt. Jeff Monzingo says it's unclear whether the device was operational or where it came from. No suspects have been identified.
Claymore mines were widely used during the Vietnam war.

Dead shark left in Miami street after failed sale

MIAMI (AP) — The body of a shark was left lying in the middle of a downtown Miami street after two men tried to sell it to several fish markets.
The men apparently carried the five or six-foot-long fish around on the city's Metromover downtown train, prompting calls to police.
News footage Tuesday night showed the dead animal in the street with police officers and cruisers nearby. Two stations reported that a pair of men had tried to sell the animal to at least three fish markets for around $10.
Rob Orta, an employee at Casablanca Fish Market, told television station WSVN that the men offered his business the shark.
"But we don't buy sharks off the street," Orta told the station.
Wildlife officials later determined the animal was a nurse shark. The case could result in misdemeanor charges of improper killing and disposal of an animal and selling a shark without a license.
One resident of the area where the shark was dumped said he didn't know what was going on at first.
"It was a relief that it was a shark," said Keith Smith. "When I first saw it, I thought it was a body because of all the shootings that have been going on."
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