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POSTED August 13, 2012 8:50 p.m.

RABID BEAVER ATTACKS NY MAN SWIMMING IN PA. RIVER: PINE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A Boy Scout leader from New York who was attacked by a rabid beaver while swimming in the Delaware River is recovering.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that 51-year-old Normand Brousseau, of Pine Plains, was swimming in eastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 2 when a beaver swam through his legs and bit him in the chest.

The animal then bit him in the leg, buttocks, arm, hand and torso before he managed to grab it and hold its jaw closed.

One Boy Scout pulled Brousseau to shore, where he tossed the beaver away from him. The Scouts then used rocks to kill the animal.

A doctor confirmed the beaver had rabies a day after the attack.

110-YEAR-OLD PA. WIDOW GETS WWI BENEFITS BOOST: EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 110-year-old Pennsylvania widow is getting a benefits boost because of her husband's World War I service.

Family members say Alda Collins is now getting about $1,000 a month to assist with her stay at a nursing home near Ebensburg. She had been getting $36 a month.

Collins lived by herself in a trailer until she was 106. She can use a walker, feeds herself and knows the Pirates are in second place.

For years, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse.

Her husband, William, served in the Army in World War I. He died in 1976 at age 81.

1 NJ TOWN FINALLY ACCEPTS 'JERSEY SHORE' SPINOFF: MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Snooki and JWoww have finally found a New Jersey town that will let them tape the second season of their reality show.

The mayor of Manchester Township in Ocean County said  that the "Jersey Shore" spinoff "Snooki & JWoww" will start shooting there in the next few days.

He says there's nothing in local law to keep Jennifer "JWoww" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi from filming there.

In recent weeks, Point Pleasant Beach nixed taping there, and 495 Productions, which produces the show, decided against accepting conditions from local officials in Morristown.

"Snooki & JWoww" taped its first season in Jersey City.

HEARSE DRIVER DIES WHILE TAKING BODY TO FUNERAL: BEVERLY HILLS  (AP) — Beverly Hills police say a hearse driver who was found dead with a body in the vehicle died while taking the casket to a funeral.

Lt. Lincoln Hoshino says authorities were alerted that a body was slumped over in the driver's seat of a hearse parked near the Beverly Hills Hotel at about 3 p.m. Monday.

Hoshino says the investigation is in its early stages but the woman appears to have died of natural causes, with no weapons or evidence of violence discovered. Coroner's investigators will make a final determination of the cause of death.

 

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