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Blue Red King Crab

Crab fisherman Frank McFarland, left, holds up a rare blue-colored red king crab he caught in his commercial crabbing pots as Frank Kavairlook Jr., right, looks on in Nome, Alaska. 

Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

NOME, Alaska — A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman’s catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

KNOM reports Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it mounted.

The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the center to have their photos taken with it.

Scott Kent, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Nome, says he has no idea why the red king crab is blue, but suspects it’s just a mutation.

Kent says a blue crab “turns up once in a blue moon.”

Man accused of using company check to pay hooker

SLIDELL, La. — Police in a New Orleans suburb say a health-food store worker is accused of using a $200 company check to pay a prostitute after a back-room encounter.

Surveillance cameras showed it all. That’s what Slidell Police spokesman Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said in a news release. It all came to light when the store’s manager reviewed surveillance footage after finding that a company check was missing.

Seuzeneau said 24-year-old Charles West remained jailed Thursday after being booked Wednesday on charges of theft, forgery and soliciting prostitution. Seuzeneau said he did not know whether West has an attorney.

Police say they plan to arrest the woman for prostitution once they identify her.

Mosquito trap causes bomb scare at power plant

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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.

Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant around midnight Wednesday. The device had wires connected to a small battery.

A bomb squad was called out to the coal-fired power plant. Sweetwater County sheriff’s officials say bomb experts looked over the device and even X-rayed it.

It was a mosquito trap.

Weed and pest officers routinely put out the traps to check for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.

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