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Man rescued after getting stuck in storm drain along busy highway

An alert driver helped save a man stuck in a storm drain along a busy Denver highway Friday.

After hearing cries for help and seeing a hand sticking out of a grate, a driver called 911, Denver 7 reported. Emergency responders blocked off three lanes of I-25 during holiday rush hour traffic to conduct the rescue operation.

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Firefighters removed the grate and lowered a ladder down to the man, who was conscious and able to communicate with the first responders. After freeing the man, paramedics took him to the hospital.

Officials told Denver 7 that the man didn't appear to be injured. Firefighters think he entered the storm drain near the South Platte River, but don’t know why he was in the storm drain or how long he was down there.

University students claim they've built world's largest fidget spinner

Everything is bigger in Texas, including fidget spinners.

Students at the University of Texas at Dallas have created what they claim is the largest fidget spinner in the world.

The impressive creation weighs 150 pounds, and has a 45-inch diameter while spinning, WFAA reported. 

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A school official told WFAA that it took the students 20 labor hours to put the fidget spinner together. 

The massive fidget spinner has been submitted for consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Elephant escapes from circus museum, roams city streets

An elephant escaped from a circus museum Friday morning and was caught roaming the streets of Baraboo, Wisconsin, according to multiple reports.

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The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office was called around 5 a.m. after the elephant was spotted wandering the neighborhood, WKOW reported.

The elephant had gotten loose from Circus World, WMTV reported, a museum dedicated to circus-related history. The complex hosts live circus performances over the summer and is home to Ringlingville, the original wintering grounds of the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Authorities called circus trainers on Friday morning, and the elephant was returned to Circus World around 5:45 a.m., WMTV reported.

Pigs on the loose after semi crash on Texas interstate

Several pigs escaped after a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 45 south of Dallas Thursday morning.

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The accident was reported around 6:30 a.m. CDT, after the semi crashed into a center median in Wilmer, Texas on Interstate 45, KTVT reported. The crash sent the semi on its side along the barrier and caught the vehicle on fire. 

The semi was hauling pigs, many of which escaped the trailer and were running on the highway, the station reported. Emergency crews are working to round up the escaped hogs, according to KTVT-TV.

All lanes of Interstate 45 have been shut down because of the crash.

WATCH: Pregnant woman in SUV allegedly runs over suspected thief in Walmart parking lot

A pregnant woman driving an SUV reportedly chased down a suspected purse thief and struck him with her vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in Asheville, North Carolina – and it was all caught on video.

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According to WLOS-TV, Christine Braswell, 26, confronted the man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly grabbed her purse and other items from her SUV. 

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"He was with my purse and he took off and I took off after him," Braswell told WLOS. "Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over. I was not going to let him get away with it. It's not right; it's not fair."

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Police said the suspect, Robert Raines, was treated for minor injuries and faces felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny and property damage. Braswell also faces a misdemeanor charge of assault with a deadly weapon, WLOS reported.

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Tarantulas, scorpions discovered in abandoned apartment

A renter in Texas who moved out of his apartment recently left behind some strange friends.

The apartment complex staff was surprised this week to find tarantulas and scorpions in containers all over the apartment, KPRC reported.

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The Houston chapter of the the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called in to manage the unusual case. In total, over a dozen tarantulas and almost 60 scorpions were found in the apartment. Ten of the tarantulas were alive, and of the 59 scorpions, 54 were babies, the SPCA said. Almost all of them were venomous, though not enough to kill a person, SPCA officials said.

It's unclear how long the creepy guests had been abandoned in the unit. They can live weeks without resources, according to the SPCA.

No charges have been filed yet in the case, and a custody hearing is scheduled in July, the SPCA said.

As for the apartment, it will be exterminated, though officials said they can't be sure all of the arachnids have been found, KPRC reported.

WATCH: Irish reporter posts video of 'bizarre moment' with Trump in Oval Office

Irish reporter Caitriona Perry shared video Tuesday of what she called “the bizarre moment” when President Donald Trump waved her over to his desk in the Oval Office during a call with Ireland’s new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.

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 As Trump chatted with Varadkar, he made Perry a topic of small talk by asking her a few questions about her Irish roots and and finished the encounter by complimenting her smile as she walked away.

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Trump may have spotted Perry as he waited for Varadkar to pick up the phone; a CBS reporter in attendance said it took at least 90 seconds for him to answer. 

Woman attacked with hot sauce bottle in karaoke fight, police say

A woman has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after attacking another woman with a hot sauce bottle following a karaoke performance in Austin, Texas, according to a report by KEYE.

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The news station, citing an affidavit, reports that Austin police responded to a call Thursday at La Catedral del Marisco on Oltorf Street, concerning an altercation between two women who sing karaoke at the restaurant every week. According to the report, 52-year-old Elsa Martin Garcia began to yell at a second woman, who had just finished singing, about the woman’s performance. 

Then the situation, which the station reports was caught on cellphone video, escalated and Garcia hit the woman on the head with a “glass bottle of hot sauce.” According to the station, police found a broken hot sauce bottle on a table and said the victim had lacerations on her face.

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Official NFL Shop mistakes Washington state for Redskins' home

The official shop of the National Football League was trying to celebrate state and hometown pride for several of its teams, but it appears to have made a big mistake.

NFLShop.com posted several novelty license plates with team logos over their respective states. As first noted Monday morning by the Washington Post, the shop was selling a Washington Redskins license plate with the logo over the state of Washington.

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The Redskins represent Washington, D.C., and play games in Maryland.

Not that it would be easy to figure out what state to put behind the Redskins, as Washington Post columnist Dan Steinberg pointed out.

“The WASHINGTON Redskins actually play their games in … well, they actually play their games in Maryland. But as everyone knows, the WASHINGTON Redskins actually hold their practices in … well, they actually hold their practices in Virginia. But as everyone knows, at least the WASHINGTON Redskins actually stage their training camp in … well, that’s in Virginia too,” Stienberg wrote. “So okay, it’s a little confusing. Still. Whatever the team’s proper geographic orientation, it has nothing to do with Washington state.”

The listing for the license plate was removed from NFLShop.com on Monday.

TSA pulls giant lobster from suitcase at Boston airport

Among the list of things the Transportation Security Administration doesn’t often find in checked bags is surely giant lobsters – even at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

But according to the TSA, that’s exactly what an agent found while screening checked luggage over the weekend.

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In a tweet, TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy said the lobster topped 20 pounds.

According to the TSA, live lobsters are allowed on planes – at least in checked baggage.

Travelers can take lobsters with them if they’re in clear, plastic, spill-proof containers.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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