BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A one-armed Maine man accused of startling neighbors by going for a stroll wearing a clown mask and brandishing a machete says it was supposed to be a prank. Thirty-one-year-old Hollis resident Corey Berry pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal threatening and weapons charges. Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative when they arrested him last month. They say he had a machete taped to the stump of his amputated arm and was wearing a mask to copy previous clown sightings.
OUT OF THE FIRE, INTO THE FRYING PAN
PEWSEY, England (AP) — A farmer whose piglets were saved from a barn blaze has served them up as sausages to the firefighters who rescued them. The baby pigs and two sows were freed by firefighters from Pewsey, England, when a barn caught fire in February and 60 tons of hay went up in smoke. Farmer Rachel Rivers promised she would present the firefighters with sausages when the animals were slaughtered for their meat. The firefighters put it on their Facebook page, but that didn’t set well with some, so they took it down. They later apologized. They put out a message saying: “In regard to a recent post on this page. We recognise that this has caused offence to some, we apologise for this and as such have removed the post.”
ROBBER IN DISGUISE
PITTSBURGH (AP) —Pittsburgh police and FBI agents are trying to find a bank robber who wore an unkempt woman’s wig to disguise himself. Despite the suspect’s goofy appearance, authorities are concerned because the man also had a knife when he approached a teller at the Dollar Bank in the city’s South Side on Monday morning. He also wore sunglasses. He is described as a white man about 5ft 10in to 6ft tall and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. Authorities say the man was carrying a blue bag and ran away with an unspecified amount of money.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is reclaiming its status as home to the world’s strongest magnet. Lab officials say they tested a 41.4-tesla magnet. That beats the old mark for resistive magnets which was held by a 38.5 tesla magnet in China. A tesla is a measure of magnetic field strength. The push at the Florida State University facility to create a record magnet was called “Project 11.” That’s a reference to the comedy film “This is Spinal Tap” where a guitarist has an amp that goes to 11 instead of 10. Resistive magnets are a type of electromagnet used for research. Pulsed magnets can reach a higher field but can sustain that power for only a fraction of a second. Resistive magnets can run continuously.