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LOS ANGELES — A suspected car thief  has died after leading police on a chase that ended with a standoff when the man climbed a crane at the Port of Los Angeles,  CBS Los Angeles reports. The man spent about three hours on the crane and eventually took off all his clothes, at around 8.p.m. During the standoff, the man was seen walking around, waving, twitching and even doing calisthenics on the narrow ledge of the crane. A SWAT team eventually approached the man and tried to coax him down to safety. At about 9:30 p.m., the man either fell or jumped to his death, landing on a ship, police said. The vehicle was stolen from a dealership in San Bernardino and the driver was was able to get onto the port property by blowing past a security checkpoint staffed by private security, police said. The man drove recklessly around the port before scaling the …

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police and animal control officers are trying to pen up pigs that got loose when a tractor-trailer overturned on an interstate highway in Kentucky. Media report the crash happened Wednesday morning in Louisville and shut down the Interstate 65 North ramp to Interstate 64 East. Photos show police and firetrucks blocking the roadway and pigs standing near a concrete barrier. The ramp was closed down for more than seven hours, CBS affiliate WLKY reports. Police say the 150 pigs were headed to the Swift plant in a section of Louisville known as Butchertown. The truck was hauling pigs, some of which were killed in the crash, while others ran loose on the interstate, according to WLKY. He said the driver was hospitalized with minor injuries. Smith said Swift plant officials plan to euthanize the injured pigs and the rest will be taken to the plant.

Though gone now, the White House has an unusual onlooker Wednesday — a large, inflatable chicken with golden orange hair. The inflatable chicken, situated on the Ellipse facing 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is a visual that organizers of the Tax Day March have used in the past to coax President Trump to release his tax returns. Tax Day March events in cities from D.C. to Chicago to San Francisco this year have featured the large poultry prop as they protest Mr. Trump’s decision to break with the tradition of recent presidents to release their tax information. People look at the “Trump Chicken” in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 2017 ahead of the “Tax March”. The “chicken” is touring the area to promote the march which aims to pressure US President Donald Trump into releasing his tax records. Mr. Trump has released some scattered information about his tax history, but nothing close to full returns. The president, …

NORTH KEY LARGO, Fla. — A couple of divers hunting lobsters in Florida made a gruesome discovery when they found human bones over the weekend, CBS Miami reports. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that a man and woman were diving for lobster under the Card Sound Bridge that connects mainland Florida with the Florida Keys when they spotted a skull and several other bones. The divers flagged down a Fish and Wildlife officer who was patrolling the area, and the officer called homicide detectives at the sheriff’s office. CBS Evening News Archaeologists find human remains in Jamestown, Va. Bones of four of the original English settlers in Jamestown, Va., have been excavated, giving a glimpse into America’s beginnings. Chip Reid digs… The couple told Deputy David Minor they traveled to the Florida Keys from Naples for the day, CBS Miami reports. The sheriff’s office said detectives so far don’t know who the bones …

FERRISBURGH, Vt. — A 10-year-old who reeled in a giant carp says he knew it was a record contender before he ever got it ashore. Chase Stokes’ fish did indeed set a state record in Vermont. It weighed in at 33.25 pounds. The Rutland Herald reports the carp was weighed at a bait and tackle shop in New York in April. The Vermont Fish Wildlife Department made the record official last month. The fish was a quarter-pound bigger than the previous record holder. Stokes, now 11, said he likes fish for carp because they’re “hard to find.” “We were fishing for anything that might bite that day,” Stokes told the local newspaper. With a night crawler for bait, Chase said that “after a few big bites, this huge fish almost took my pole right off the stick.” Shawn Good from the Vermont Fish Wildlife Department called the boy a “fishing maniac.” He said Stokes has …

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey family said a stranger broke into their home Wednesday morning and tried to get in the shower with one of them, CBS New York reports. Two sisters and a baby were alone in their home Wednesday when they said a man broke in around 9 a.m. Mikah Diaz, 16, told CBS New York that she was watching her baby nephew while her 21-year-old sister was showering. Her sister then ran frantically from the bathroom saying there was a man in the home. She told Diaz the home invader took all of his clothes off while she hid behind the shower curtain screaming at him to get out. Mikah Diaz, 16 Diaz said they hid in the bedroom terrified with the baby, waiting for police to arrive. When officers arrived, they found the man washing dishes in the kitchen, claiming to be a caretaker. Cellphone video showed the man being led …

NEW YORK — A commuter is thanking two kind utility workers for finding her wedding ring after it plunged into a New York City sewer Monday, reports CBS New York. Westchester County, N.Y. resident Sarah Sommer told the station she “was really hot and sweaty coming out of Grand Central (Terminal). I was uncomfortable. I’m eight months pregnant. So I went to take my rings off because they were way too tight.” Sommer says before she knew it, the ring had slipped out of her grasp, bounced along the sidewalk and dropped through a grate into the sewer. “I thought, ‘I’m going to wake up — this is a nightmare. This doesn’t happen in real life. I can’t believe I lost my wedding ring,”‘ she said. The distraught woman called 911 before flagging down a nearby Con Edison truck. Con Ed workers Jason Wertheimer and Kenyatta Charles opened the grate, drained the sewer and found …

NEW YORK — A commuter is thanking two kind utility workers for finding her wedding ring after it plunged into a New York City sewer Monday, reports CBS New York. Westchester County, N.Y. resident Sarah Sommer told the station she “was really hot and sweaty coming out of Grand Central (Terminal). I was uncomfortable. I’m eight months pregnant. So I went to take my rings off because they were way too tight.” Sommer says before she knew it, the ring had slipped out of her grasp, bounced along the sidewalk and dropped through a grate into the sewer. “I thought, ‘I’m going to wake up — this is a nightmare. This doesn’t happen in real life. I can’t believe I lost my wedding ring,”‘ she said. The distraught woman called 911 before flagging down a nearby Con Edison truck. Con Ed workers Jason Wertheimer and Kenyatta Charles opened the grate, drained the sewer and found …

MILWAUKEE — Another ballpark brouhaha for Chris Christie. Carrying a basket of nachos, the New Jersey governor was caught on video confronting a Chicago Cubs fan during Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The video circulating on Twitter showed Christie leaning over to nearly get in the man’s face at Miller Park, holding the order of nachos in his left hand. “You’re a big shot,” Christie says before walking down the stairs. It was not known what caused the tiff. Christie was loudly booed on July 18 at Citi Field in New York after snagging a foul ball during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Mets. Last month, Christie also feuded with a constituent who called into the sports radio show that the governor was guest-hosting. Christie was in Milwaukee this weekend to watch the Brewers and Cubs, and was at Friday night’s series opener. His son, Andrew, works in the Brewers’ baseball …

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard Law School has apologized for erroneously listing ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci as dead in a new alumni directory. Scaramucci is a 1989 graduate of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school. A directory mailed to alumni this week included an asterisk by his name indicating he had died. Anthony Scaramucci rips Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon in interview CBS Evening News Trump fires White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci Gen. John Kelly reported for duty Monday as the new White House chief of staff — and left no doubt that he is in command. His first order of bus… A statement from the law school apologizes for the error and says it will be corrected in future editions. It doesn’t provide an explanation for the error. The directory is published every five years and is available only to alumni of the Ivy League law school. Scaramucci left his post in President Trump’s …

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