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VETS SAVE NYC DOG WHO SWALLOWED 111 PENNIES: NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City dog has undergone emergency surgery to remove more than 100 pennies from his stomach.

The New York Daily News reports that a Jack Russell terrier named Jack swallowed 111 pennies last week and quickly became ill.

The 13-year-old pooch's owner rushed him to a Manhattan veterinarian for emergency surgery.

That's when dog doctors put Jack under anesthesia and methodically removed all 111 coins. The zinc from the coins could be lethal.

The dog's owner told the newspaper his best friend is back to his normal self, driving him crazy.

POLICE: COUPLE BRINGS KIDS ALONG FOR UT BANK HEIST: TOOELE, Utah (AP) — Police in Utah say they've arrested a husband and wife bank robbery team that took their two children along for the illegal excursion.

An arrest report from Tooele (too-WIHL'-uh) police says the man and woman, both 27, were caught Monday soon after a Wells Fargo branch was robbed. A 5-year-old and a 2-year-old were in the back seat.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune ( ), the couple told police they robbed the bank because they faced eviction and growing medical bills.

Employees told police the woman entered the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money.

The woman reportedly ran from the bank to the car, which was driven by the man.

Police say they searched the vehicle and found the demand note, along with hundreds of dollars in cash.

POLICE: WE'RE KEEPING EYE ON GUNMAN'S BUILDING: HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — New York state police say they'll keep monitoring all night an abandoned building where a man suspected of killing four people and wounding two others is holed up.

Trooper Jack Keller says they are working off the assumption 64-year-old Kurt Myers is still alive.

Police have cordoned off a block in the upstate village of Herkimer since midday Wednesday.

Police believe Myers set fire to his apartment in neighboring Mohawk and then killed two men and wounded two others at a barbershop. They say he then went to a car care shop in Herkimer and killed two more men.

A brief gunfight between Myers and police Wednesday afternoon marked the last spasm of violence and led to the standoff.

MICH. GRANDMA WHO KILLED GRANDSON: I FEARED HIM: PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 75-year-old woman charged with first-degree murder sobbed on the witness stand Wednesday as she told jurors how she repeatedly shot her teenage grandson after he kicked her in the abdomen and demanded money and a car to leave Michigan.

Sandra Layne described herself as an overwhelmed grandmother who took Jonathan Hoffman into her Detroit-area home after his parents divorced and moved to Arizona. She said she "adored" the 17-year-old, but their relationship changed when the teen got involved with drugs.

"Did you want to kill this young man?" defense attorney Jerome Sabbota asked.

"Of course not. I still love him," Layne replied, crying and nervously rocking in the witness chair.

Authorities said Layne fired 10 shots, striking Hoffman six times, even while he was on the phone with 911 begging for help from their West Bloomfield Township home. His death in May 2012 occurred as Michigan officials were cracking down on the sale of so-called synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice, because of its adverse effects on young people. An autopsy revealed traces of it in his body.

5-ORGAN TRANSPLANT PATIENT GIVES BIRTH: BABY GIRL: MIAMI (AP) — A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.

Fatema Al Ansari, 26, said Wednesday she was overjoyed after giving birth by cesarean section Feb. 26. She held the sleeping child at a gathering with reporters Wednesday at the same hospital, Jackson Memorial, where she had transplant surgery in 2007.

"It's a hard feeling to express," the smiling mother said, gently cradling her daughter Alkadi Alhayal, who had weighed 4 pounds 7 ounces upon arrival. "It's the best feeling in the world," she said in Arabic, her words translated by an interpreter.

CALIF DENTAL ASSISTANT ARRESTED IN MOLEST CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 36-year-old dental assistant has been arrested by Los Angeles County authorities for investigation of molesting a 15-year-old girl during dental visits over six months.

Sheriff's investigators say Saul Robles was arrested March 5 and held on $320,000 bail. He's scheduled to appear in court April 5. It's not known if he has an attorney.

Authorities say Robles worked at SmileCare Dental over the past four years and has been a dental hygienist in the Los Angeles area for the past six years.

The girl told her parents about the alleged abuse and authorities were notified.

Investigators say they are looking for any other possible victims.

SmileCare says in a statement that it didn't know of the allegations prior to being notified by law enforcement, and is cooperating.

ACQUITTAL IN PHILLY FIGHT THAT COST MAN HIS EYE: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia jury has acquitted a man of assault in a bar parking lot fight that cost another man his left eye.

The Philadelphia Inquirer   says the Common Pleas panel on Wednesday acquitted Matthew Brunelli of aggravated assault.

Prosecutors alleged Brunelli punched John Huttick in the eye with an object that may have been a key in the August 2011 fight in the parking lot of the New Princeton Tavern.

Defense attorney Eileen Hurley says her client used only his fist to punch Huttick, who was trying to intervene in a fight between Brunelli and another bar patron.

Earlier proceedings ended in a mistrial after Huttick's $3,000 prosthetic blue eye popped out as he was testifying, startling jurors. The judge called that an "unfortunate" incident and granted the defense's mistrial motion.