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MONDAY NIGHT BLACK CAT STILL ON THE LOOSE AT METLIFE STADIUM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The elusive black cat from “Monday Night Football” is still on the run.

MetLife Stadium officials said Thursday the search for the fleet feline that briefly delayed the nationally televised game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys on Monday night has been unsuccessful.

The search started on Tuesday morning with multiple humane traps being stationed in the stadium. After that came up empty, stadium officials asked PuppykittyNYCity — a trap, neuter, release and no-kill shelter — for help.

PuppykittyNYCity said in a statement Thursday that if the cat is caught, it will be assessed for a home or relocation.

The cat scampered on the field during a Giants drive in the second quarter and forced referee Clay Martin to delay the game for roughly five minutes Monday night. Workers at MetLife Stadium and some New Jersey state troopers herded the feline toward the end zone away from the players.

LOBSTERMAN RESCUES DEER TRAPPED IN WATER OFF MAINE COAST

HARRINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobsterman hauled in an unusual catch 5 miles off the coast — a live deer.

Ren Dorr says he was setting traps when he saw a young deer Monday morning. He says the deer had given up swimming and was being carried farther offshore.

He and his crew hauled the 100-pound buck aboard.

Having a wild animal in a confined space could be trouble. But Dorr told the Bangor Daily News that the deer was so tuckered out that he “laid right down like a dog.”

He says it took a half-hour to return to Harrington, where the deer was set free.

Dorr says that he has seen deer swimming before but that this was different.

He says that if he and his crew hadn’t intervened, the deer would have been “a goner.”

ERIC TRUMP REPORTS FOR JURY DUTY IN MANHATTAN

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric reported for jury duty in New York.

The Daily News reports that at least three Secret Service agents joined Eric Trump on Thursday at the Lower Manhattan building that houses New York state civil and criminal courts.

Trump’s name was called for the jury pool for a weapon possession case but it’s unclear whether he will be selected for the jury. The newspaper says several potential jurors sat with mouths agape when Trump’s name was called.

Eric’s brother, Donald Trump Jr., reported for jury duty in in New York last year. Their father, Republican President Donald Trump, took a break from the campaign trail in to report for jury duty in 2015. Neither Donald Trump Jr. nor the president was selected for a jury.

VIRGINIA WOMAN GETS JAIL TIME FOR SLAMMING COURTROOM DOOR

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The slam of a courtroom door has led to time in the slammer for a Virginia woman.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Sonnia Gaston went to a Virginia Beach courtroom on Wednesday to support her boyfriend in a probation violation case. When 20-year-old Tyrese Lavell McEachern was sentenced to 90 days in jail, the 18-year-old Gaston slammed one of the double wooden doors as she left the courtroom.

Gaston returned to the courtroom to pick up a binder that had been left behind, and that’s when Circuit Judge Stephen Mahan called her to the defense table to explain her behavior. She responded that she was angry.

For her outburst, Gaston was found in contempt of court and sentenced to 10 days in jail.

S. CAROLINA MAN: MCDONALD’S SWEET TEA CAME WITH WEED INSIDE

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who went to McDonald’s for a sweet tea says he received a little extra herbal substance on the side.

The Island Packet reports Parrish Brown went to a McDonald’s on Hilton Head Island and asked for a sweet tea with light ice and extra lemon.

Brown now believes “extra lemon” was code for marijuana, since he found three bags of weed in his cup. He says he only realized it once he was “high as a kite.”

Brown says he’d never had marijuana, so he didn’t recognize the taste. He says he paid regular price for the items.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Bob Bromage says an investigation is ongoing. He didn’t specify which McDonald’s Brown had gone to.

McDonald’s didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

BLANK BALLOT LEADS TO WIN FOR INCUMBENT WHO MISSED DEADLINE

REEVESVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The ballot for the mayoral race in a small South Carolina town was blank Tuesday, leaving voters to write in whoever they wanted.

The Post and Courier reports Paul Wimberly didn’t know he’d been reelected as the Reevesville mayor until he spoke with a reporter the next morning. Wimberly has been Reevesville’s mayor for 34 years, but missed the election registration deadline this year when Dorchester County was put in charge of the race.

The hopeful contenders on the Town Council also missed the deadline, meaning the race had no official candidates. Wimberly said he wasn’t too worried, as the 1.6-square-mile town of about 196 people knows his face and name. So he’s now back in the $300-per-year leadership role for the town, which relies mostly on volunteer positions.

CRASH LEAVES THOUSANDS OF TORTILLAS ON A PENNSYLVANIA ROAD

MINERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say 40,000 pounds of tortillas littered a Pennsylvania road when a tractor trailer hit another truck and then a car before toppling over.

The crash occurred Wednesday near Minersville when one truck hauling the tortillas took a curve too fast and slid into another truck.

It then hit a car that was behind the truck it first hit. That’s when the tortilla truck fell over.

Authorities say that stretch of road is dangerous for trucks and there’s a sign warning drivers about it.

The driver of the car, the driver of the second truck and a passenger were treated for minor injuries.

ORANGUTAN GRANTED HUMAN STATUS SETTLES INTO NEW FLORIDA HOME

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A 33-year-old orangutan granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina is settling into her new surroundings at the Center for Great Apes in central Florida.

Patti Ragan, director of the center in Wauchula, Florida, says Sandra is “very sweet and inquisitive” and adjusting to her new home. She was born in Germany and spent 25 years at the Buenos Aires Zoo before arriving in Florida on Nov. 5.

In 2015, a Judge ruled that Sandra is legally not an animal, but a non-human person with rights. She remained at the zoo, which closed in 2016, until leaving for the U.S.

At the Florida center, Sandra joins 21 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees rescued or retired from circuses, stage shows and the exotic pet trade.

MILLIONS AT STAKE IN DINOSAUR ISSUE: ARE FOSSILS MINERALS?

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a central Montana ranching couple rich beyond their wildest dreams. Or, they may have to share the wealth.

It all comes down to how the state Supreme Court answers a seemingly simple question: Are fossils minerals?

The outcome is key to a federal case over ownership of the “dueling dinosaurs,” worth more than $5 million, and distribution of millions of dollars in proceeds from the sale of other fossils unearthed on the property.

A federal appeals court asked the justices whether fossil finds in Montana are part of the surface estate or the mineral rights. The ranch has split ownership.

The state justices heard arguments Thursday but did not make a ruling.

Associated Press

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