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POLICE SHOOT, KILL GATOR AFTER IT EATS HUSKY: JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A public safety officer in eastern North Carolina shot and killed an alligator after it ate an 80-pound Husky that was walking with its owner.

Officials in Jacksonville, N.C., said a woman was walking the dog at dusk Tuesday when it ran to the edge of the water near a local shopping center. Alligators usually feed around dusk.

Jacksonville public safety and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officers searched for the alligator Wednesday morning. Public Safety spokeswoman Beth Purcell said officials discussed capturing and relocating the alligator, but decided that in the interest of public safety, the alligator had to be killed. A public safety officer shot the alligator, which disappeared below the surface of the water.

POLICE SAY TEEN ORGANIZED HOLLYWOOD 'BASH MOB' : LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 16-year-old has been arrested for allegedly using social media to organize a mob of teens to attack and rob pedestrians on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, police said Wednesday.

The teen is believed to have incited a chaotic crime spree, dubbed a "bash mob," at the busy Los Angeles intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Officer Bruce Borihanh said. The teen's name was withheld because he is a juvenile.

Bash mobs are like a flash mob but instead of dancing in a choreographed number in public places, a bash mob converges to steal and vandalize. Police have been trying to stay one step ahead of such mobs, and have recently issued warnings ahead of possible bash mobs.

Police say the incident came in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, when resources were deployed to protests around the city.

DEPUTY RESCUES MAN FROM FIERY TAXI WRECK: YORBA LINDA  (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in Southern California is being praised for pulling an incoherent man from a burning taxi cab in a rescue that was captured by a patrol car dashboard camera.

Shayne Stiefel and another Orange County sheriff's deputy came upon a minivan taxi in flames while out patrolling.

The cab had struck a curb and was wedged against a road sign.

The disoriented driver was pressing the accelerator so hard the tires were stripped bare.

Stiefel says friction from the spinning wheels caused fluid leaking from the car to catch fire.

Stiefel reached through the open window, used a knife to cut away the driver's seatbelt and dragged him out.

4 KILLED WHEN SEMI HITS COW ON I-40: LEXINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a semitrailer hit a cow, skidded across the median and crashed into another truck and an SUV on a rural West Tennessee highway, killing four people.

Highway patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls says the driver of the semi was heading eastbound on Interstate 40 Tuesday night. The truck hit the cow and slid into the westbound lanes.

A police report says the driver and passenger in the semi that struck the cow were killed.

Two people in the 2006 Chevy Trailblazer also died and a third person was injured. The driver of the second tractor-trailer was not injured.

The highway patrol says the crash was 2 miles east of Wildersville, about 100 miles east-northeast of Memphis.

WOMAN WHO SUED FOR RETURN OF $1M HASN'T BEEN PAID: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An attorney for a California woman who successfully sued to get back more than $1 million seized during a traffic stop in Nebraska said Wednesday that she has not yet been repaid.

Tara Mishra, 35, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is due to give birth within a month and "could really use that money," said her attorney, Roger Diamond of Santa Monica, Calif.

A Nebraska state trooper seized the money after a March 3 traffic stop on Interstate 80 near North Platte. Police arrested a husband and wife in the car, who told officers that Mishra had given them the money to invest in a New Jersey nightclub.

The two people were released without charges, but state officials kept the money, saying a drug-sniffing dog had indicated drug residue on the cash and that the large amount indicated it was obtained in the illegal drug trade.

Mishra filed a claim to get the money back, saying it was her life savings earned over years as an exotic dancer. But the government argued she had no standing to object to the seizure, saying that because she had given the money to the couple driving the car, they were the only ones who had standing to make a claim for it.

Diamond took issue with the government's arguments, saying the seizure "amounted to highway robbery."

"The law in California is, if you entrust money to somebody to deliver it, you're not giving it to them," he said. "Otherwise, FedEx would be ... taking all of its customers' money."

INGLEWOOD TRAFFIC STOP TURNS UP GRENADE, AMMO: INGLEWOOD AP) — Inglewood police say a routine traffic stop for an expired registration turned up a grenade, armor-piercing ammunition and other military items.

City News Service reports the driver, 27-year-old Oscar Briseno of Lawndale, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive device and theft of a military destructive device.

Officers searched the car after smelling marijuana smoke coming from inside the 2007 Acura on Monday night.

Police allegedly found a marijuana pipe, a 40 mm grenade, an AR-15 magazine loaded with ammo, two .50-caliber armor-piercing rounds and a U.S. military ballistic vest.

Officials say Briseno was recently discharged from the Marine Corps.

BROWN APPROVAL DIPS SLIGHTLY BUT STILL HIGH: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A new Field Poll finds that 51 percent of California voters say they approve of the job Gov. Jerry Brown is doing and that most are inclined to re-elect him next year.

The survey released Wednesday shows the Democratic governor's popularity dipped from his 57 percent approval rating last February.

About 43 percent said they are inclined to support Brown if he seeks re-election next year, as expected.

The poll found that men are more likely to support Brown, while women are divided.