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Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, of Coachella, Calif., faces several felony counts after authorities said she was seen on security video tossing a bag containing seven 3-day-old, palm-size puppies into a trash can where they were found by a man rummaging for recyclables.

Reynard Green, 34, of Baton Rouge was arrested on burglary, criminal trespass and other counts after he broke into the Louisiana Governor's Mansion and damaged some furniture before falling asleep on a couch, police said.

Tom Wolf, the governor of Pennsylvania, signed into law legislation designating the Eastern Hellbender, a slimy salamander that can grow up to 2 feet long and whose nicknames include snot otter, lasagna lizard and mud devil, as the state's official amphibian.

Ernest Owens, 25, faces aggravated-kidnapping and child-abuse charges after Memphis police said he used a steak knife to stab a woman in the thigh at her house on Easter and then held her children hostage, asking for $10 so he could buy drugs.

Jamie Smith, the owner of a barbecue food truck in Williamstown, Ky., said he got some threatening calls after word got out on social media that he was selling T-shirts emblazoned with the message: "I support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ," but that he meant no offense and is restocking after selling out.

James Donato, a federal judge in San Francisco, has ordered more sleep and fewer nighttime interruptions at a county jail after some inmates sued, saying nightly wake-ups at 2:30 a.m. and from overnight maintenance work amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

Gabe Fabrizio, a sheriff's captain in Coos County, Ore., said Odin, a German shepherd K-9, didn't slow down as he pursued a suspect despite stumbling onto a porcupine and getting more than 200 quills on his face and around his mouth.

Tomiko Miller, the mother of a high school student in Houston, said the Texas school is practicing discrimination by adopting a dress code that bars parents from the school if they are wearing such items as pajamas, hair rollers, leggings and rain bonnets.

Manuel Franco, 24, of West Allis, Wis., said he was sorting through $10 worth of quick-pick tickets after the March 27 Powerball drawing when he found a ticket, stuck to another, that let him claim a $768 million prize, the nation's third-largest lottery jackpot.

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