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Body found during search for missing Ark. woman

ARKANSAS

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Searchers looking for a missing police dispatcher found a body yesterday in the wilderness several miles from her home, and while police would not confirm it was the missing woman’s body, they told her family of the find. Debbie Shingler, whose 46-year-old sister Dawna Natzke was last seen leaving a Dec. 21 Christmas party with her boyfriend, said that police notified her family that searchers found a body in a wilderness area about 5 miles from her home in Hot Springs Village and about 5 miles from where her burned-out car was found. Police have not named any suspects in Natzke’s disappearance. They have said the boyfriend told investigators he and Natzke returned to her home after the party and that she was gone when he awoke the next morning.(AP)

TEXAS

Man with explosives stopped in airport

MIDLAND- A man was detained yesterday after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said. The man was stopped when Transportation Security Administration officers detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening, the TSA said. FBI spokesman Mike Martinez confirmed a man was detained at the airport and the agency is investigating. (AP)

OHIO

Small earthquake rattles region

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McDONALD- Authorities say a minor earthquake hit northeast Ohio yesterday afternoon. The US Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude quake struck in McDonald, outside of Youngstown. There were no immediate reports of damage. One witness about 20 miles from the epicenter says she saw the ornaments shake on her Christmas tree. (AP)

NORTH CAROLINA

Man charged in use of fake $1m note

LEXINGTON - Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at Walmart. Police told the Winston-Salem Journal that Michael Fuller tried to buy a vacuum cleaner and microwave oven. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legitimate, and Fuller was arrested. (AP)

CALIFORNIA

Monkey is stolen from zoo exhibit

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Zoo officials increased security after a male squirrel monkey was stolen from an exhibit. Two security guards were patrolling the 100-acre zoo Thursday night when the monkey named Banana Sam was apparently taken. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that security has been doubled this holiday weekend in case the thieves return. (AP)

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