Champion ham fetches record $2.8 million at Kentucky auction

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Someone at an auction at the Kentucky State Fair has plopped down a record $2.8 million for a ham. That's enough to buy some solid gold eggs.

Two equal bids of $1.4 million combined for a record total for the 18.8-pound (8.5-kilogram) champion ham, produced by Broadbent B & B Foods of Kuttawa, Kentucky. The proceeds go to charity.

The winning bids at Thursday's annual ham breakfast of the Kentucky Farm Bureau came from Luther Deaton Jr. of Central Bank and Mark and Cindy Lynn. Deaton plans to donate to the University of Kentucky and the Keeneland horse track. The Lynns say they are still determining which charities to support.


Python discovered under hood of Wisconsin motorist's SUV

OMRO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin motorist was in for a slithery surprise after his mom's sport utility vehicle began acting strangely.

Chris Nguyen pulled over Wednesday night in the town of Omro and popped the SUV's hood to find a 4-foot-long python inside. Fittingly, the snake damaged the engine's serpentine belt.

Omro police responded and tried to wriggle the snake from the engine. They called "The Snake Man" Steve Keller — a Menasha man who rescues snakes — for help.

Authorities say the snake was identified as a ball python. Its owner said it's been missing for more than a month.

It's illegal to have these snakes in Omro, so the snake's owner was fined. WBAY-TV reports that police said they'd dismiss the ticket if the owner pays for damages to Liz Nguyen's vehicle.

Keller says he'll adopt the python.


Goldilocks bank robber who succeeded on 3rd try arrested

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities say they've arrested a man suspected of failing to rob two banks before walking off with cash on his third attempt.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 34-year-old Levy G. Monroe was charged Wednesday with attempted robbery. Richmond police say they believe Monroe tried to rob a SunTrust bank branch Wednesday but fled emptyhanded after demanding cash.

The situation repeated itself at another SunTrust bank hours later. Police say he then demanded money at a Wells Fargo bank and left with cash in hand.

Police say the robbery charge stems from the second attempt. Monroe also is charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, though police say no weapons were displayed and no one was injured.

It's unclear if Monroe has a lawyer.


Agency: Tunnel under old fast-food restaurant used to smuggle drugs

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities have discovered a sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnel that went from a home in Mexico to an abandoned fast-food restaurant in Arizona.

A division of the Department of Homeland Security said it got word in April that there was a tunnel leading to an old Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant that's not in operation in San Luis, Arizona, about 200 yards north of the border. Agents arrested a man who owns the abandoned building and is accused of using it to traffic drugs.

Suspect Ivan Lopez is being held in federal detention without bond because he is considered a flight risk.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Fed up with dog poop being left around, board members at a Maryland condominium complex are now relying on DNA samples to police unscooped feces.

Jeanne Fisher, the general manager for The Residence at Park Place Condominium, tells The Capital newspaper that she came across "doggie DNA" as an option when residents began complaining about unscooped poop. The Annapolis complex had tried emails, dog meetings, fines and a security camera in the dog park.

The condo association spent about $2,500 on pet DNA kits and about 20 owners began providing samples. Fisher says a sample is taken if someone hasn't cleaned up after their pet. If matched, a fine will be levied along with about $90 in costs if the association decides to send a specimen to a lab for testing.