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Last Update on Friday, July 25, 2014 3:05 AM EDT

Legendary Guitar
An acoustic guitar Elvis Presley smashed during his final tour has sparked a custody fight between a South Dakota museum and a collector who insists he's the rightful owner. Now a federal judge must sort out whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson even technically owned the broken instrument last year when he donated it to the National Music Museum along with one of Bob Dylan's harmonicas and a guitar made for Johnny Cash. The National Music Museum insists in a lawsuit that it is the legal owner of the guitar the rock-and-roll king played during his 1977 tour. He gave it to a fan in St. Petersburg, Florida, after he broke it when a strap and string snapped. Collector Larry Moss says Johnson sold him the guitar earlier.


Dunkin-Upselling
If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis says the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush. In the afternoon, customers who do come in are mostly just searching for a drink. Upselling of this kind — often called "suggestive selling" in the fast-food world — is common. Who hasn't been asked "Would you like fries with that?" But it's not a strategy Dunkin' has aggressively pushed in the past, because most the chain's business is in the morning when speed is the top priority.

Alligator Escape-Michigan
An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. TV stations WWTV-WWUP and WPBN-WTOM and MLive.com report the alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway. He was spotted by people nearby, who called police, but he wasn't caught. Gary Moore, who runs the zoo in Mackinac County with his wife, says he suspects the alligator slipped under a fence. Moore says a large tortoise that walks in the area, wearing away dirt, likely was an inadvertent accomplice in Carlos' getaway. GarLyn Zoo is home to about 100 animals, including two adult alligators. Anyone who spots Carlos is asked to contact police or the zoo.

Pregnant Student-Title Ix Complaint
A Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest. According to the complaint filed Thursday, 18-year-old Mikelia Seals was a junior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School when her doctor ordered bed rest seven months into her pregnancy. The complaint says a guidance counselor told Seals the school did not have a program letting her take classes from home. Wilkes County Schools Superintendent Rosemary Caddell says she has not seen the complaint yet. The complaint says Seals later was told that the school had a homebound program for students with medical conditions but pregnancy was not eligible. An attorney for Seals says that violates state rules and federal law, including Title IX.

Germany-Fridge Alarm
Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food. Police in the central city of Braunschweig said Thursday that the fire service evacuated an apartment block in the city Wednesday night after being alerted to the smell of gas by a resident. They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge in the apartment of the 35-year-old woman who had alerted authorities. It wasn't plugged in and was full of rotting food. Residents were allowed back into their apartments after half an hour.








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