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LAS VEGAS — A tourist is suing a Las Vegas Strip hotel, claiming a life-sized mannequin in his darkened room caused him to flee and suffer injuries. Kent Jacobs Boutwell, of Southern California, filed the lawsuit Monday against the Planet Hollywood casino-hotel in Clark County District Court, seeking at least $10,000 in damages. “I’ve got some experience handling hotel casino cases,” said Boutwell’s lawyer, Richard Johnson. “This was certainly a new set of facts.” Caesars Entertainment declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing pending litigation. On the use of mannequins in their nearly 2,500 hotel rooms, a spokeswoman said Planet Hollywood has traditionally been decorated with memorabilia, which is now being removed as part of a renovation that will wrap up this year. Boutwell said he was shocked and surprised by a human figure when he entered his darkened hotel room in the heart of the Strip in May 2015. As he tried to escape …

LONDON — Social media users in London are buzzing about an apparent swarm of flying insects that has descended on one part of the city. Videos posted to Twitter Tuesday show people ducking as the insects descend on Greenwich in southeast London. It’s not clear what the bugs were or why they appeared in unusual numbers. Some say they’re bees, but others describe them as wasps. Transport for London, which oversees public transport in the capital, posted a picture from a traffic camera showing large numbers of the insects collecting on a traffic light, and warned drivers that a pedestrian crossing was “partially obstructed by bees.” It warned: “Please approach with caution.” Officials announced about three hours later that the insects had been safely relocated. “The pedestrian crossing is now OPEN on Greenwich one way system,” transport officials said on Twitter. “The Bees have been safely relocated.” London police didn’t immediately return a request for …

MURFREESBORO, Ark. — An Oklahoma woman made a sparkly discovery when she visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas last weekend, CBS affiliate WHNT in Huntsville, Arkansas, reports. Victoria Brodski, 25, of Tulsa, was searching for diamonds with her family for 10 minutes when she found a shiny rock that she originally thought was a piece of glass. She put the rock in her pocket and went to the Diamond Discovery Center a few hours later where officials said she had discovered a 2.65-carat diamond. The Feed Calif. girl finds diamond in back yard A Torrance, Calif. girl found a one carat diamond while playing in her back yard. KCBS-TV’s Rita Garcia reports. Officials said the diamond is now the second largest found in the park this year. In March, a teenager discovered a 7.44-carat diamond of his own. Brodski named the brown diamond Michelangelo, after the character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. …

CHICAGO — It seems correctional officers at the Chicago jail feel strongly about spending time with their moms. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department says more than 200 officers at the county jail called in sick or invoked the Family Medical Leave Act — the federal law that requires employers provide leave for some medical reasons — to explain their absence on Sunday, Mother’s Day. 5 inmates hospitalized after brawl at Cook County Chicago jail The department says another 154 informed the jail they won’t be coming to work for the shift that starts later in the day. “The extraordinary number of call offs puts additional pressure on the men and women of the Sheriff’s office who come to work as scheduled,” the department said in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times. Jail officials speculated that the nice weather and the fact that it’s Mother’s Day might explain the light attendance. Last year on Mother’s Day, …

BANGOR, Maine — In a misstep that would seem to run counter to her business model, a woman who offers a semi-nude cleaning service was arrested for stealing underwear. Police in Bangor, Maine, say the woman is the owner-operator of a business called Topless Cleaning. She was caught shoplifting undergarments from a local business.  Bangor Police Sgt. Tim Cotton left a lengthy, humorous post about the arrest on the police department’s Facebook page. He says the woman “had stolen garments that would fully cover, support, and contain much of what her business title promised her customers.”  Cotton says the woman was arrested by Officer Dick Polk, noting that “yup, that’s really his name.”  Cotton also says potential patrons should “keep their hands to themselves, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.”  Police didn’t identify the woman arrested. She’s charged with shoplifting and violating conditions of release.

MINERAL WELLS, Texas — For $125,000, you can be the proud owner of a three bedroom, two bathroom home that sits in the heart of Mineral Wells, Texas. But there’s a catch — you need to be comfortable with the idea of sharing the property with paranormal spirits. The current owner, Phil Kirchhoff, says as many as nine inhabitants call the place home.  “When we bought the house, we had no idea that it was haunted,” Kirchhoff told CBS DFW. “I wasn’t involved in the paranormal [activity] at that point. The neighbors all started talking about it. They started telling us stories.”  The 2,800-square-foot home sits in the shadow of the historic Baker Hotel. It’s about a block and a half away.  Becky Foley, with Source 1 Real Estate, says this is her most unique listing to date. She herself doesn’t delve into the paranormal activity, but confesses to witnessing some odd occurrences.  “A client got …

HUNTERDON, N.J. — A self-proclaimed Nazi officially became Isidore Heath Hitler with a name change that took effect this week. According to MyCentralJersey.com, Hitler’s name changed from Isidore Heath Campbell on Monday, the anniversary of World War II’s end in Europe after Germany’s surrender. He had requested to legally change his name in February. “It’s great. My driver’s license is changed over, my insurance, my registration, all that I needed is changed over,” he said. “I’m the new Hitler.” He said his initials, I.H.H., stand for “I Hail Hitler,” and that he gave a prayer for the Nazis on the day his name officially changed. Hitler first gained national attention in 2008, when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for his son, named Adolf Hitler Campbell after the Nazi leader. This Tue., Dec. 16, 2008 file photo, shows Isidore Heath Campbell, left, his wife, Deborah, and son Adolf Hitler Campbell, 3, in Easton, Pa. …

The reason why this driver veered off a roadway and into a ditch left some police officers scratching their heads. But to arachnophobes, it makes total sense. The 26-year-old man from Grawn, Michigan, told emergency personnel who responded to the single vehicle accident Sunday morning that an inspect caused the crash — a spider, to be precise. “The driver stated he was northbound on South Good Harbor Trail when he was distracted by a spider on the visor above his head,” the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The vehicle veered off the east side of the roadway, traveling down into the ditch through heavy brush before coming to rest against some trees.” His excuse was so bizarre, the sheriff’s department posted about it on Facebook, along with a photo of the sideways 2005 GMC Envoy, sparking a huge debate between internet users. Was it a valid excuse? Some sympathized with the driver, …

PHOENIX — An oldies country music radio station serving a rural Arizona area that aired a public service announcement for two years telling people how to hide potential evidence in child pornography cases has stopped doing so after advertisers received threats, the station’s owner said Wednesday. Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said he formally opened an investigation Tuesday that includes seeking legal advice from the county attorney on whether charges can be filed in connection with the public service announcement, CBS affiliate KPHO reports. Utah declares pornography a public health crisis Virginia lawmaker wants porn declared a public health hazard KAVV-FM owner Paul Lotsof said in an interview that he does not like child pornography but created the announcement because he thinks Arizona’s 10-year minimum sentence for each image of child porn is too harsh and costly for taxpayers. “Nobody put me up to it, and nobody paid,” he said. “My feeling is that these …

DANA POINT, Calif. — Outside of Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, a city south of Los Angeles, locals were surprised to hear about a Cinco de Mayo promotion-turned-controversy. On Friday, the bar put up an inflatable climbing wall, and those who scaled it received a “green card” for a free drink,  CBS Los Angeles reports. Face The Nation Trump: “Mexico is going to pay” for the border wall President Trump spoke with CBS News’ John Dickerson behind the scenes of his rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On social media, the backlash was scathing. Comments blasted the promotion as insensitive, racist and catering to stereotypes. Comments also demanded that patrons boycott the bar. The tavern’s owner, Paul Hennessey, responded on Facebook, saying it was a misunderstanding. “Our intentions were to create a dialogue and show how ridiculous that it is to spend tens of millions of dollars to build a wall and even infer that Mexico foot …

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