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April 21, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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Porn star's bottom half replica stolen

FULLERTON, Calif., April 21 (UPI) -- Police in California are on the lookout for a $250 replica of the bottom half of porn star Jenna Jameson's body that was stolen from an adult store.

Security video taken April 15 shows a man running off with the replica after breaking into the Erogenous Zone in Fullerton, Calif., The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported.

The man reportedly first tried to break the glass of the front door, but had no luck, so he opted to smash the front window instead.

The robber decided to take the half Jameson body replica, apparently after realizing he couldn't get the cash register open, the newspaper said.

Thief runs off with empty register

KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- A thief was caught on surveillance video breaking into a Florida restaurant to steal an empty cash register, police said.

Kissimmee police said security footage shows a robber smashing the restaurant's window and going into the building, WKMG-TV in Orlando reported.

Police said the robber was a 175-pound Hispanic male about 5 feet, 9 inches in height. They said he had on white shoes and was dressed in a short-sleeve shirt and shorts.

The video reportedly was taken April 5 at the Azteca restaurant in Kissimmee.

No more strain on grid from TV audience

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- Engineers with the British National Grid have found a symptom of the fragmented TV audience -- the end of huge surges of electrical use after popular shows.

The 1990 World Cup semifinal between England and Germany set an all-time record of 2,800 megawatts as more than 1 million people turned on their electric kettles at the same time after the game, The Scotsman reports. The final episode of "The Thornbirds," a mini-series starring Richard Chamberlain that aired in Britain in 1984, is a close second at 2,600 megawatts.

But the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who," the science fiction series that has been running for decades, created only a 400-megawatt surge, roughly the equivalent of 160,000 electric kettles.

While sports events, especially late World Cup games with England playing, can still cause a surge, the 2,290-megawatt surge that followed the 2002 "who shot Phil Mitchell" episode of the popular prime-time soap opera "East Enders" appears likely to be the last caused by a dramatic TV episode.

Cop rescues pet store owner from python

EUGENE, Ore., April 21 (UPI) -- An Oregon police officer and firefighters saved a pet store owner from a 12-foot Burmese python, using a screw driver to pry open the snake's jaws.

Sgt. Ryan Nelson told the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard his first thought when he reached the store Thursday was to cut off the python's head. But Teresa Rossiter, who owns Best Friends with her husband, begged him not to, even though the snake was biting her ring finger and coiled around her body.

While Rossiter lay on the floor, the snake slowly tightening its grip, Nelson put on gloves and tried getting the mouth open. A firefighter poured cold water on its head, which did not work either.

Finally, a firefighter used the screw driver while Nelson pulled Rossiter to safety. He then wrangled the angry snake into its cage.

Rossiter said she opened the cage to show off the python and forgot she had been handling mice.

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