Nation in brief

Woman climbs into

wrong house, bed

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a woman who decided to walk rather than drive after a night drinking ended up at the wrong house and in the wrong bed.

Lower Burrell Police Chief Tim Weitzel tells The Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh the woman had been at a bar Friday night and decided to walk to a relative’s house.

She ended up at a stranger’s house, where she tried — and failed — to enter through a window. She then successfully climbed through the window of a nearby home.

Weitzel says the home’s owner noticed the window open, became alarmed and called police. Officers found the woman sleeping in a bed.

She’s charged with burglary for breaking into a house when someone was home and trespassing charges.

Daring deer licks

barrel of shotgun

DANVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Some daring deer approached a group of hunters in central Indiana and one was so unafraid that it licked the barrel of a shotgun and allowed one of the men to stroke its neck.

Perhaps they knew the men were hoping to bag a turkey.

Leon Champine says the young animals didn’t have their mother with them “to teach them what is dangerous.”

Champine, of Indianapolis, told WXIN-TV that he and his friends encountered the inquisitive animals over the weekend in Hendricks County.

One of the men, Corey Cook, recorded video showing the deer wandering toward the camouflaged men who are hidden in the undergrowth. The video shows one nuzzling the barrel of a gun in the waning afternoon sunlight.

Champine calls it a “once in a lifetime encounter.”

Missing python

slithers back home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 17-foot python that had caused concern in a community north of Anchorage, Alaska, since it went missing two weeks ago has returned home.

Matsunika-Sustina Borough Animal Care reports that Sam slithered back into view Monday in the living room of its owners’ home in the town of Meadow Lakes.

Sam had attracted international media attention after it went missing 14 days ago.

One of its owners tells the borough’s Animal Care department that Sam was fed a 25-pound rabbit before it disappeared.

“He doesn’t know where it was hiding,” Animal Care Officer Darla Erskine wrote in her report. “The owner walked into the living room, and Sam was slithering across the floor.”

There are no wild snakes in most of Alaska.

Trump’s ex-casino

fetches bargain price

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal, the opulent Atlantic City casino built by Donald Trump for $1.2 billion, went for 4 cents on the dollar when it was sold in March.

Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by billionaire Carl Icahn reveal the price he got from Hard Rock International for the Taj Mahal: $50 million. The sale was publicized at the time, though the purchase price wasn’t revealed.

Trump, now the nation’s 45th president, dubbed the Taj Mahal “the eighth wonder of the world” when it opened in 1990. He cut most of his ties with Atlantic City in 2009, though he retained a small stake in Trump Entertainment Resorts in return for the right to use his name.

Hard Rock is owned by Florida’s Seminole Indian tribe. It plans to reopen the casino.

Wife, children plead in Ohio man’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) — The wife and three children of a bedridden man who authorities say died from gross neglect have pleaded guilty to charges in a Cleveland courtroom.

Debora Brichacek, 60, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Monday in the December 2015 death of Richard Brichacek, who suffered from a neurological disorder.

Wendi Brichacek, Debbi Brichacek and Brian Brichacek pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault on Monday. All four were originally charged with murder.

Prosecutors say 63-year-old Richard Brichacek had maggot-infested bedsores that exposed a bone in his leg. He weighed just 93 pounds when he died and was severely malnourished. The family’s home in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid was declared unfit for habitation.

Sex-abuse claims end mayor’s bid

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday dropped his re-election bid for a second term after four men claimed he sexually abused them when they were teenagers — claims vehemently denied by Murray as an anti-gay political conspiracy aimed at derailing his campaign.

Murray said for weeks after the allegations emerged that he would press on in his campaign for a second term but told reporters that he decided it was best for Seattle to end his campaign and not seek another term. He said he will serve out his term through the end of this year.

“It tears me to pieces to step away but I believe it’s in the best interest of this city that I love,” Murray said.

The 62-year-old Murray was elected in 2013 and successfully pushed to raise Seattle’s hourly minimum wage to $15.

Before winning the city’s top job he served for 18 years as a state lawmaker. He was the prime sponsor of Washington’s gay marriage law, spearheaded an effort to protect LGBTQ youth in public schools and led the state’s push to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

By Chad Fleck

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