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Mom in NY finds snake in crib, coiled around baby’s leg
    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — A woman who awoke to her baby’s cries was shocked to peer into the crib and find a foot-long snake wrapped around her 7-month-old daughter’s leg.
    Cari Abatemarco said she was visiting family in the Long Island town of Brentwood last week when she made the startling discovery.
    ‘‘Once I lifted her up and the snake fell off of her, she stopped crying. But then I was the one crying all night,’’ Abatemarco told Newsday. She was in town from Troy, in upstate New York.
    A relative removed the hissing snake from the crib with a back scratcher, and placed it in a bucket until animal control officers arrived. The child was unharmed.
    The reptile, identified as a non-venomous California king snake, didn’t belong to Abatemarco’s family members. Officials say they don’t know where the snake came from.
    The animal is being cared for at a Long Island animal shelter.

Rude traveling salespeople evicted from Minn. hotel
    MOORHEAD, Minn. — About 40 traveling salespeople were thrown out of a hotel for ‘‘very, very rude behavior,’’ a motel manager said.
    The salespeople, mostly in their mid-20s, were peddling cleaning supplies, but they sure left behind a mess, said Derek Crockett, front desk manager at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites.
    Crockett’s staff began getting complaints about the guests less than two hours after they checked in Monday night. The guests were drinking, partying and smoking in nonsmoking rooms, he said.
    When the staff told them to leave, they ‘‘just started getting a little irate’’ and made threatening comments to housekeepers and security staff, Crockett said.
    Police who were called to the hotel to keep the peace made no arrests, Deputy Chief Bob Larson said.
    Crockett said the guests also punched holes in the walls, ripped a toilet paper holder off the wall and pulled out a couple of window screens. The rooms were still closed off Tuesday so the staff could assess the damage, he said.
    The guests will be charged for the rooms and the damage. ‘‘It’s going to be over $1,000,’’ Crockett said.
 
W.Va. mayor still opposes his own pay raise
    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia city council has pared a planned pay raise for its mayor, but the mayor still says no.
    The Huntington council first discussed increasing Mayor David Felinton’s pay from about $62,000 a year to $90,000. On Monday, the council dropped it to $80,000 and is expected to vote in two weeks.
    Council members say it’s needed to attract top candidates to run West Virginia’s second-largest city.
    But Felinton still says he’ll veto any raise because the city has other priorities. Other city workers will get no raises next year and are making concessions in health insurance coverage. He says he’ll support a raise in better economic conditions.

Conn. police find pipe bomb stuffed inside chicken
    SIMSBURY, Conn. — Authorities in Connecticut are wondering who stuffed a raw roasting chicken with a pipe bomb and left it on a roadside.
    Simsbury police Capt. Matthew Catania says a motorist noticed the chicken Friday morning. He says the bomb was large enough to harm a person if it went off.
    The road was closed while the Hartford Police Department’s bomb squad came and blew up the chicken.
    Nobody was injured. No arrests had been made Monday night.

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