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POSTED December 6, 2013 10:41 p.m.

COUPLE ACCIDENTALLY GETS BAG OF CASH AT DRIVE-THRU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A suburban Nashville couNple got more than they expected in their to-go order in a McDonald's drive-thru: A bag of cold cash.

WTVF-TV reports (http://huff.to/18okWFS) thousands of dollars in cash packaged for a bank deposit had been placed in a paper to-go bag near the drive-thru orders on Tuesday morning. An employee mistakenly passed the bag to Greg and Stacye Terry who had just been looking for breakfast.

The employee realized the mistake almost immediately and followed the Terrys to their home a short distance away.

Meanwhile, the couple was ready for breakfast.

"My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside," Stacye Terry said. "He said, 'You are not going to believe this.' Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money.

"The second that he said it was their deposit, my first thing was let's get in the truck and take it back."

They said they had a good laugh and even took photos of the cash before returning it to the employee. They posted a picture to Facebook of the wads of bills in plastic bags with what look like yellow deposit slips.

FAMED DOOR TO DOOR SALESMAN BILL PORTER DIES AT 81

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bill Porter, the door-to-door salesman in Portland, Ore., who was portrayed by William H. Macy in an Emmy-winning TV movie, has died at 81.

Porter spent decades trudging through Portland neighborhoods selling J.R. Watkins products, determined to make his way through life independently despite physical challenges. The Oregonian newspaper originally wrote about him at age 63, bringing him celebrity.

Porter had cerebral palsy, and spoke and walked with great difficulty. When he was young, the state considered him unemployable and suggested disability payments. He refused.

For years, he was Watkins' top retail salesman in a four-state region.

His story made its way to Reader's Digest and ABC's "20/20."

In 2003, Macy portrayed Porter in the movie "Door to Door," which won four Emmys.

METH FOUND IN WASH. HOME AFTER RENTERS FELT DIZZY: BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A health official in northwest Washington state says three college students who began to feel dizzy and lethargic while living for several months in a rental house have been told to move after the home tested positive for methamphetamine.

Whatcom County Health Department supervisor Jeff Hegedus says the Western Washington University students contacted the department to ask that the Bellingham house be tested.

Hegedus said Friday that an initial health department test found meth contamination well above Whatcom County's legal limit. A second test done by a decontamination contractor came back with an even higher meth reading.

Hegedus says the house was marked "unfit for occupancy" and the owners were told to hire a licensed decontamination contractor, which they

DONOR OFFERS $5M TO HELP PROTECT DETROIT ART: DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit university professor is pledging $5 million, hoping it will spark a wildfire of private financial support to protect valuable art from being sold to pay creditors in the city's bankruptcy.

A. Paul Schaap said he wants to help the Detroit Institute of Arts as well as retirees whose pensions could be cut as part of the city's plan to eventually exit Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Art purchased over the years with city money could be pursued as assets that should be sold to pay off a portion of $18 billion in long-term debt.

Schaap and wife Carol want to prevent that from happening.

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr hasn't said whether he will sell art as part of any bankruptcy reorganization plan. New York auction house Christie's said art purchased with city money is worth $450 million to $870 million. It's 5 percent of all art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

NEW MEXICO OFFICER IN VAN SHOOTING IS FIRED: SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired, a spokesman with the law enforcement agency said Friday.

Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez, a State Police spokesman, said he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya was no longer employed by the department. Montoya's termination was effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

 

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