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March 21, 2005 at 5:59 PM
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Easter bunny led from mall in handcuffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, March 21 (UPI) -- A tantrum thrown by a mall Easter bunny in Council Bluffs, Iowa, resulted in his being hauled out by police in handcuffs, KETV-TV, Omaha, said Monday.

Michael DiSantiago Sr. got mad when someone threw water on his costume, police said.

He then reportedly removed his bunny suit and attempted to leave the mall, but was blocked by an employee who told him his shift was not over. DiSantiago then allegedly threatened the employee and another man, saying he would kill them if they did not get out of his way.

DiSantiago was arrested on two charges of harassment.

Monkey armies proliferating in Puerto Rico

LAJAS, PR, March 21 (UPI) -- Hordes of patas and rhesus monkeys are pillaging villages across the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, frustrating farmers and terrorizing household pets.

The growing monkey population, descended from a group of specimens that escaped the confines of research labs years ago, is approaching the 2,000 mark and shows no signs of abatement, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reports.

"You should see when they cross the road: One of them will stand in the middle of the street and let all the others pass. I get calls all the time from homeowners wanting me to come over and get these things out of their yards," said Lajas Civil Defense Agency Director Freddie Cruz.

"We recognize there's a big problem," Department of Environmental & Natural Resources Director José Chabert said. "If we don't get a handle on this problem soon, we are going to see these populations of aggressive monkeys all over the island."

Misprint gives false wins to game players

NEW YORK, March 21 (UPI) -- Thousands of New York Daily News Scratch N' Match game players were misled by a printing error into believing they had hit the jackpot.

The error informed players they had won up to $100,000 in cash and prizes, but a correction printed in Monday's paper put a damper on celebrations, WINS-AM, New York, reported Monday.

The Daily News blamed D-L Blair, the agency that runs the contest, for the error. The paper instructed anyone who scratched off the misprinted numbers to submit a claim to the agency by July 8.

The newspaper also ordered an independent investigation of the incident.

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