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Alaska cop uses Taser on black bear (AP)

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Fri Jul 23, 3:12 pm ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Alaska police officer used his Taser to discourage a small black bear that had gotten into someone’s fish fryer. Lt. Dave Parker delivered a 30-second burst of 100,000 volts to scare away the bear from a house.

Parker told the Anchorage Daily News the bear flipped on its back, flailing its feet in the air, growling and crying until it rolled off the porch. Parker says it shook its head and then quickly bolted away.

Parker hopes the stun gun tactic will keep the bear out of further mischief.

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Man decked out in Darth Vader mask robs NY bank (AP)

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SETAUKET, N.Y. – A man donning a Darth Vader mask at a New York bank has entered the dark side.

Police say the man entered a Chase bank branch on Long Island on Thursday, displayed a gun and demanded money. A surveillance camera caught the “Star Wars” character wearing a blue cape and camouflage pants.

The bandit escaped from the Setauket bank with an undetermined amount of cash.

The robbery comes about a week after another bank robber, dubbed the “bouquet bandit,” held up a Manhattan bank.

Authorities say Edward Pemberton used a flower bouquet to conceal a note demanding cash during a $440 bank heist July 15. They say he used a potted plant as a similar prop in a holdup at another bank earlier this month.

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Big caiman spooks shoppers at Puerto Rico mall (AP)

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Wed Jul 21, 7:47 pm ET

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Ricans at a shopping mall were spooked by an unlikely intruder — a more than 5-foot-long (1.5-meter) caiman. Ana Maria Ramos, spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources, said the big reptile was found Wednesday under a shopper’s car at an outlet mall in the town of Canovanas. It was captured and taken to a shelter.

No one was injured by the caiman, which is native to Central and South America.

Nonnative creatures have become a problem for Puerto Rico because of the U.S. island’s lush tropical climate and lack of predators. Several species of snakes, iguanas and caimans — imported for sale as pets, then released into the wild — flourish on the island.

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