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Clown for Congress aims to unseat GOP Rep in S. Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A clown is running for Congress. That’s not a joke. Steve Lough is wearing his red nose with pride, appearing in clown makeup on his campaign website as he runs against four others in South Carolina’s Democratic primary for the seat held by GOP Rep. Ralph Norman. Lough was a professional clown with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Now The State newspaper reports that he’s for reforming gun laws and providing universal access to health care. Lough is a native of Camden, South Carolina, who earned degrees from Dartmouth as well as the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and volunteered for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. His website is, and his campaign slogan is “Aim high! Vote Lough!”

Police find burglar sleeping inside Connecticut home

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say they caught a suspected burglar snoozing inside a Connecticut home. Officers responded to the break-in around 7 a.m. Sunday in New Haven. The homeowner wasn’t inside at the time, but she watched the suspect through a surveillance system. Police say they found the 27-year-old suspect sleeping on the living room sofa. He has been charged with third-degree burglary and firstdegree criminal trespass.

‘Obit Bandit’ indicted by Massachusetts grand jury

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Massachusetts man who police say broke into homes while the residents attended wakes or funerals. The Cape Cod Times reports 35-year-old Randy Brunelle was indicted on seven counts Friday, including three counts of felony breaking and entering, three counts of larceny from a building and one count of attempt to commit a crime. Police, who nicknamed Brunelle the “obit bandit,” believe he is responsible for at least three break-ins on Cape Cod. Plymouth police say he’s a suspect in five similar break-ins in their town. Brunelle was arrested Feb. 9, after he allegedly broke into a Barnstable home while the resident attended her mother’s wake. He has pleaded not guilty. Brunelle’s attorney previously said his client had an addiction to heroin.

Sean Penn makes smoky appearance on ‘Late Show’

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Penn made a smoky appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to promote his book. The actor told the host Monday he had taken a sedative “to get to sleep after a red-eye flight” and Penn lit a cigarette. The two-time Academy Award winner described his novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” as “the conversation once a year with the drunken uncle.” Penn lit a second cigarette and Colbert asked him to consider quitting. Penn said it was “job security for oncologists.” Meanwhile, Penn told comedian Marc Maron in a podcast that that he and his ex-wife Robin Wright “don’t have a lot of conversation.” Penn said he and his ex “have very separate relationships” with their children, 26-year-old Dylan and 24-yearold Hopper. The couple divorced in 2010.

Naked Donald Trump statue going up for auction

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A statue of a naked Donald Trump is going on the auction block. Julien’s Auction says the sculpture is the last statue remaining that was not vandalized or destroyed when it was displayed along with others in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland in the weeks before the Republican was elected president. The auction house estimates the statue, which was created by the West Coast anarchist collective INDECLINE, will sell for $20,000 to $30,000. The auction will take place on May 2 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Mississippi’s Father Jesus arrested for disturbing the peace

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who calls himself Father Jesus has been arrested for disturbing the peace after allegedly pointing a weapon at a Gulfport woman. Gulfport Police say Jesus was arrested Sunday after the woman told police that the 42-year-old pointed a weapon at her. Authorities say officers made contact with Jesus at a Gulfport house and he was wearing a white robe, gold-colored crown and a plainly visible shoulder holster. A 12-gauge flare gun was recovered along with several flares. In addition to the misdemeanor disturbance of the peace count, Jesus was charged with one count of failure to comply with commands of a law enforcement officer — also a misdemeanor. No injuries were reported. Sgt. Clayton Fulks says Jesus was released later Sunday after posting $1,354 in bonds. He did not know if Jesus has an attorney.



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