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January 19, 2018

BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT

UNDATED (AP) — Do you like keeping up with the British royal family? Well, here’s a job for you. Royal fans made a LinkedIn job ad for a press officer working for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry the most viewed vacancy on the site last year. The ad was viewed more than 100,000 times. With the wedding of Harry and Meghan Markle set for May 19 and William and Kate’s third child due in April, the successful applicant will have his or her work cut out.

OH BABY

NEW YORK (AP) —Two New York Police Department traffic officers helped deliver a baby after being flagged down by the child’s father. Authorities said officers Tiffany Phillips and Carlos Guadalupe were directing traffic in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood when they were flagged down by a desperate motorist. The man told the officers that his wife was going into labor. Phillips says they ran to the car to find the woman ready to give birth, and coached her through delivery as Guadalupe ran to a nearby hotel to get towels. She said it was a “great sound” when the newborn baby first started to cry.

ELVIS-PAPER CUP AUCTION

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Oklahoma is up for auction, and bids have already surpassed $1,200. North Carolina resident Wade Jones is a collector of all things Elvis. He tells the Tulsa World that the crumpled blue-and-white Dixie cup was snagged by a fan in April 1956, after Elvis performed at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion. Jones says a fan named June allegedly retrieved the cup the day after the performance, right before Elvis left town for a show in Oklahoma City. A letter accompanying the collector’s item says June had asked to keep the cup “as a little memento.” The auction closes Sunday evening.

GYM-WOMEN’S-VIDEO

FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a gym in North Carolina says he’s surprised people have reacted angrily to a video he posted of women working out that focuses on their butts and includes comments such as “Hump Day.” Blue Ridge CrossFit owner Tom Tomlo Jr. tells the Asheville Citizen-Times he made the video and added the comments and emoticons over the shots of the women and posted it Friday to the gym’s Instagram account. The video shows women exercising and wearing tight workout pants. Tomlo says the video was shot in a sense of fun and that the women consented to it. Amanda Turlington of Arden says she didn’t agree to be in the video. She says Tomlo took advantage of the women while they were in a vulnerable position.

NOT SO LUCKY LOTTO BANDITS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say they have captured the alleged ringleader of a gang of smash-and-grab thieves dubbed the Lucky Lotto Bandit burglars because of their penchant for stealing lottery tickets. The Mercury News of San Jose reports that 21-year-old Jared McEssy has already pleaded guilty to 32 break-ins of mostly smaller grocery stores throughout Northern California last year. Three others have been arrested and police are looking for two additional suspects. Several of the suspects broke through the front gate of Travis Air Force Base while fleeing police last month prompting a brief lockdown. The six men are suspected of using rocks to smash convenience store windows in the wee hours of the morning and stealing scratch off lottery tickets, cash and cigarettes from San Jose to the Sierra Nevada.

HAMBURGER PATTY-WORMS CLAIM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The restaurant chain Steak ’n Shake alleges in a federal lawsuit that a former suburban St. Louis employee falsely claimed on Facebook that she found worms in a hamburger patty. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Melissa White claimed she found “worms” in a patty she planned to cook for herself Jan. 5 at the restaurant. The suit says managers as well as a health inspector checked and found no worms. White left the store but told a table of patrons, then later posted a picture of the patty on Facebook, claiming she had been fired and no one checked the meat. The post was shared thousands of times. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages and removal of the Facebook post.