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Quint's Stradivarius spends day in cab

NEW YORK, April 25 (UPI) -- Renowned violinist Philippe Quint said he has recovered a borrowed $4 million Stradivarius violin that spent a day in the back of a New York cab.

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Quint said he inadvertently left the instrument in the back of Mohamed Khalil's minivan cab after the taxi picked him up from Newark Airport shortly after midnight Monday morning, the New York Post reported.

The musician said he spent most of the day Monday on the phone trying to locate the cab that he hoped still contained the precious violin. He said Khalil attempted to refuse a cash reward for returning the item, but Quint insisted that the cabbie saved his life.

"I was thinking which way I was going to commit suicide if I didn't find it," Quint said he told Khalil.

He said the Stradivarius is now "glued to my body."


Zebra found in college building

OXFORD, Ga., April 25 (UPI) -- Campus police at Georgia's Emory University at Oxford said they were investigating the case of a kidnapped zebra that turned up in a college building.

Curtis Jackson, who owns Barcode the zebra, said he did not realize the 800-pound mammal was missing until Wednesday morning when animal control officials returned it to his 53-acre home, which is located about one mile from the college, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.

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"He's back in his pen, and he seems a little rowdy right now, but otherwise I think he's OK," Jackson said.

Campus police said Barcode was discovered on the third floor of Seney Hall when public safety workers opened the building Wednesday morning. Animal control officials said it did not take long to identify the zebra.

"How many people own zebras around here?" said Newton County Animal Control Director Teri Key-Hooson. "We figured it was Mr. Jackson's because we made a call out there for his zebra a couple of years ago."

Dean Stephen Bowen said the unknown zebra-nappers took measures to ensure the animal wasn't harmed.

"They lined up a row of chairs so the animal couldn't get close to the windows and injure itself," he said.


$28,000 in sunglasses stolen

SANTA FE, N.M., April 25 (UPI) -- The owner of a Santa Fe, N.M., high-end sunglasses store said a security camera recorded shady crooks stealing $28,000 worth of merchandise.

Brian Body, owner of Acoma Optical, said the thieves spent only 39 seconds in the store while stealing more than 80 pairs of expensive Versace, Gucci and Christian Dior shades, KRQE-TV, Albuquerque reported.

Body, who opened the store in February, said his insurance will cover the stolen sunglasses and broken window that the burglars used for their entrance.

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"You build up something. You work very hard and somebody comes in and takes it in the middle of the night and takes advantage of that," he said. "I'm just thankful that everybody's OK."

Police said they were investigating whether the burglary is connected to two similar incidents at an Albuquerque motocross store and three burglaries in Albuquerque suburb Rio Rancho.


Lightning strikes twice at Pa. home

BALDWIN, Pa., April 25 (UPI) -- A Baldwin, Pa., man says his house caught fire after it was struck by lightning for the second time in its history.

The home, which was built by the man's father, was previously struck by lightning when he lived there as a child, WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh reported.

The homeowner said a neighbor helped him escape the house after the most recent lightning strike Wednesday night. Firefighters put out the blaze.

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