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January 2, 2019

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

Hundreds take relatively mild Coney Island Polar Bear plunge

NEW YORK (AP) — By the standards of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, it was practically a day at the beach for participants in the annual New Year’s Day dip in the ocean off New York City.

Hundreds of people took the plunge Tuesday afternoon, when the unseasonably warm temperature was in the high 50s

It was quite a departure from last year, when the temperature was just 17 degrees. Some participants Tuesday dressed as Santa, sharks or in other costumes as they took to the Atlantic. They say it’s a way to start the new year fresh by washing off 2018.

The New York event goes back to 1903 and raises money for various charities.

DONUT TRUCK FIRE

Kentucky police ‘mourn’ loss of doughnut truck in fire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky are finding some humor after an empty doughnut truck caught fire.

WKYT-TV reports no one was injured when the Krispy Kreme driver stopped Monday after noticing smoke in the cab of his truck following a delivery in Morehead. The fire was extinguished quickly and the cause remains undetermined.

Lexington police posted photos on social media of the blackened side of the truck and officers jokingly mourning the truck’s loss. The post was accompanied by the comment, “No words.”

Police departments from across the country chimed in to offer their condolences. The New York City Police Department tweeted , “Hang tight, we are sending backup forthwith ... We hope you like sprinkles.”

GERMANY-CASH STRIKE

Cash-loving Germans face strike by security van drivers

BERLIN (AP) — Germans hoping to do some New Year’s shopping may find themselves without the cash to do so amid a strike by security van drivers.

The ver.di union said Tuesday it’s urging 12,000 employees of firms that distribute cash to banks and stores to walk out on Jan. 2, the first regular day of business in Germany in 2019.

Cash remains the preferred method to buy many items in Germany and cards are often rejected in smaller stores and restaurants.

The union wants hourly pay to rise 1.50 euros ($1.72) or 250 euros ($289) a month, and the pay gap between workers in eastern Germany and western Germany closed by 2021.

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