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The third-grader’s mother, Sharon Jackson, says she heard a series of pops at about 3 p.m. and yelled at her children to get down. Police found a bullet in the boy’s bedroom and casings in the street but are still looking for the shooter.

Preston Stevens says he felt some sort of force push him before the bullet went through his Rajon Rondo jersey Tuesday afternoon, barely missing his torso. He says “it was like God” pushed him. He saw and smelled smoke.

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — When is a penny worth $1.15 million? When it is a rare experimental penny minted in 1792.

penny heavier, said Todd Imhof, executive vice president of Heritage Auctions. On one side of the coin, a depiction of Miss Liberty is ringed by the phrase “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.” The back of the coin reads “United States of America One Cent.”

The unusual coin was auctioned off Thursday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in suburban Chicago.

“After 200 years, we can only account for 14 of these,” said Imhof, who added that the penny was never actually put into circulation.

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The same coin was last sold at a public auction in 1974, when it went for $105,000.

The coin is made from copper and incases a small plug of silver.

“It’s a real classic, one that’s rarely seen in such good condition,” Imhof said.

The silver was added to make the

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The $412 check that DC Comics wrote to acquire Superman and other creative works by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster has sold for $160,000 in an online auction. Stephen Fishler, chief executive of and Metropolis Collectibles in New York, said Tuesday that the 1938 check was auctioned online to an unnamed buyer.


together while teenagers in Cleveland, Ohio, in the early 1930s. His first appearance was in “Action Comics” No. 1 in April 1938. And even though the check changed hands, a legal dispute over creator’s rights to Superman has raged since then and is far from settled.

“It’s one of the most important pieces of pop culture history,” said Vincent Zurzolo, who co-owns ComicConnect with Fishler.

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The canceled check was saved by a DC Comics staffer in the 1970s and sat undisturbed in a desk drawer for 38 years.


“Two people were battling it out over the check,” he said of the furious last minute bidding that lifted the price from its start of $1 last month to the final bid Monday night.

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FOREST SERVICE IN QUANDARY ABOUT COLO. FROZEN COWS DO YOU EVER WISH STEVEN K. PAULSON,Associated Press DENVER (AP) — It may take explosives to dislodge a group of cows that wandered into an old ranger cabin high in the Rocky Mountains, then died and froze solid when they couldn’t get out.

turn up any sign of the animals.

The carcasses were discovered by two Air Force Academy cadets when they snow-shoed up to the cabin in late March. Rangers believe the animals sought shelter during a snowstorm and got stuck and weren’t smart enough to find their way out.

“There is a lot of snow, and it’s hard to determine how many cows are there,” Porter said.

The cabin is located near the Conundrum Hot Springs, a nine-mile hike from the Aspen area in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area. Michael Carroll, a spokesman for the Wilderness Society in Colorado, said cattle are often allowed to wander on federal wilderness lands as long as ranchers get a permit from the Forest Service, and sometimes the animals get separated from the herd. The Forest Service said Tuesday the animals came from a herd of 29 cows that went missing last fall from the nearby Gunnison National Forest where the rancher had a permit. An aerial search failed to

Forest Service spokesman Brian Porter said rangers saw about six cows inside the cabin, and several dead cows lying around the building.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin said Tuesday they need to decide quickly how to get rid of the carcasses.

manent improvements and tries to preserve the natural habitat.

Carroll praised the Forest Service for trying to remove the animals while doing the least damage. He said burning down the cabin or packing out the carcasses are probably the best solutions. “They need to use the minimal tool to get the job done. They don’t want to leave the land scarred,” he said.

“Obviously, time is of the essence because we don’t want them defrosting,” Segin said.

Segin said the Forest Service occasionally uses explosives to destroy carcasses of animals that can’t be retrieved.

Segin said officials are concerned about water contamination in the nearby hot springs if the cows start decomposing during the thaw.

“We’ve used them as a means of disposal to remove dead horses, elk and other animals in areas where it’s impossible to get them out,” he said.

The options: use explosives to break up the cows, burn down the cabin, or using a helicopters or trucks to haul out the carcasses.


But Segin said using helicopters is too expensive and rangers are worried about using trucks in a wilderness area, where the government bars per-

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Meow can’t help but waddle. He’s one super-sized cat.

It’s not clear how the feline was able to gain so much weight in just two years. Adult cats typically weigh between seven and 12 pounds.

The 2-year-old orange and white tabby tips the scale at nearly 40 pounds, and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is on a mission to get the feline back into shape. Meow’s 87-year-old owner could no longer take care of him, so the pet was turned over to a shelter in southeastern New Mexico that called the Santa Fe shelter for help. “The thing with this cat is when you look at it, certainly it’s obese. You see that. But it’s a sweet looking cat. His face is very sweet. It’s just incredibly fat,” shelter spokesman Ben Swan said Friday. Meow has been placed with a foster family. He’ll be on a special diet so he can start shedding some pounds. The goal is for him to lose at least 10 pounds so he can be put up for adoption. The shelter plans to post updates on Meow’s weight

“If you go online, you’ll see a lot of fat cats and these are people who have fed them just one thing, like meat or something that’s not nutritionally balanced,” Swan said. “Then the cat refuses to eat anything else and then they just get fatter and fatter and fatter.” Meow has one thing going for him. He’s not the fattest cat out there.

for Meow to gradually lose weight by eating a special diet. He has already lost a couple of pounds since being turned in. Steketee said the dangers of feline obesity are not much different than they are for humans — extra pressure on the heart and joints. Swan said all the extra weight makes it tough for Meow to play. He had little interest in the supersized toy mouse the shelter gave him when he first arrived and he couldn’t squeeze much more than his head into the carpeted ring attached to the shelter’s scratching post.

That record belongs to Himmy, a tabby from Australia that weighed almost 47 pounds. The shelter said Guinness World Records has since stopped accepting applications for the record over concerns it would encourage people to overfeed their animals.

“He’s very sweet. He’s doing everything a normal cat would do except he loses his breath and tires easily,” Swan said. “We’re seeing what we can to do help him.”

In Meow’s case, the shelter is awaiting blood test results to make sure he doesn’t have any additional health problems.

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