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POSTED March 7, 2013 9:11 p.m.

RETRIAL IN PHILLY AFTER MISTRIAL OVER LOST EYEBALL: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A retrial has begun in Philadelphia after a mistrial was declared when a man's prosthetic eye popped out while he was testifying.

John Huttick was weeping on the witness stand in Common Pleas Court last month as he testified about the impact of losing his eye in the August 2011 fight in the parking lot of a bar. The prosthetic eye popped out and Huttick caught it, prompting the judge to grant a mistrial.

The aggravated assault retrial began Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege 23-year-old Matthew Brunelli, a onetime bouncer, punched Huttick in the left eye with an object that may have been a key. Huttick's eye ultimately had to be removed.

Brunelli's attorney, Eileen Hurley, says her client used his fist to defend himself.

SC MAN ACCUSED OF TAKING GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been charged with taking about $19,000 in Girl Scout cookies from a Spartanburg warehouse.

Thirty-seven--year-old Christopher Maurice Morton is charged with breach of trust more than $10,000.

The owner of Carey Moving and Storage reported more than 450 cases of Girl Scout cookies were taken from its facilities Feb. 26.

Brian Carey says cookies began arriving at the warehouse Feb. 15, and employees doing an inventory last week realized that cases of Thin Mints and Shortbreads were missing.

Master Deputy Kevin Bobo says Morton was a truck driver for the business. He's been fired. Bobo says Greenville County sheriff's deputies found 352 cases of Girl Scout cookies behind an abandoned business.

COOPERSTOWN, NY, SCHOOL RETIRES REDSKINS NICKNAME: COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Athletes in James Fenimore Cooper's hometown will no longer take the field as the Redskins.

The school board in the upstate New York village of Cooperstown voted 6-to-1 Wednesday night to retire the nickname, which goes back to the 1920s. The vote was prompted by Cooperstown Central School students who found it offensive to American Indians.

Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. But it was also the hometown of Cooper, who wrote "The Last of the Mohicans" and whose father settled the town.

The school has yet to choose a new nickname. Possible replacements include Deerslayers, Hawkeyes and Pathfinders — each a nod to Cooper's works.

SUBARU RECALLS CARS THAT CAN START ON THEIR OWN: DETROIT (AP) — Subaru of America is recalling more than 47,000 cars and SUVs with remote starters because the engines can start on their own.

The recall affects some Legacy and Outback cars from the 2010 to 2013 model years. Also covered are the Impreza from 2012 and 2013 and the XV Crosstrek from 2013.

Subaru says that if the key fob is dropped, it can malfunction and start the engine. The motor will run for up to 15 minutes, but could continue to start and stop until the car runs out of gas or the fob battery dies. If the cars are parked in a garage, there's a risk of carbon monoxide buildup.

The cars all have automatic or continuously variable transmissions. Subaru dealers will replace the fobs free of charge.

The company said Thursday that there have been no issues with carbon monoxide.

NY TOWN OKS BAN ON BOOING AT BOARD MEETINGS: RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Cheers? Yes. Jeers? Not so much.

Officials in the New York town of Riverhead, in eastern Long Island, have adopted a code of public behavior for town hall meetings that bans booing.

The Riverhead Town Board voted 4-1 to approve the proposal earlier this week. Councilman James Wooten was the lone dissenter.

The town council deleted a measure that also would have banned applause.

There are no penalties for violators.

Supervisor Sean Walter says the town copied guidelines in other towns. He says the rules are designed to let meetings run more smoothly.

GEORGE HW BUSH RELEASES 1ST POST-HOSPITAL PHOTO: COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush appears to be back to his normal duties as a former president since his lengthy stay in a Texas hospital.

Bush had lunch Thursday with his longtime friend, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, at his presidential library at Texas A&M University. Bush's office announced the meeting and released the first photo of a Bush since he left a Houston hospital in January.

Bush was hospitalized for two months as he underwent treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues. At age 88, he's the oldest living former president.

The photo shows a healthy-looking Bush seated in a chair with his wife, Barbara, and Mulroney, along with a mutual friend and prominent Republican supporter, Jose "Pepe" Fanjul. The Cuban-born sugar executive lives in Florida.

BIEBER RECOVERING AFTER FAINTING AT LONDON CONCERT : Justin Bieber is recovering after fainting backstage at a concert in London.

A spokeswoman for Bieber said late Thursday that the 19-year-old pop star was given oxygen and took a 20-minute reprieve after fainting backstage at London's O2 Arena.

"Getting better," Bieber posted on Twitter. "Thanks for everyone pulling me thru tonight. Best fans in the world. Figuring out what happened. Thanks for the love."

In a video of the concert posted online, Bieber's manager appeared on stage Thursday night and told the crowd that the singer was feeling "very low of breath" but would return to finish the show, which he did.

 

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