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Unexpected shopper

Crocodile found outside calif. strip mall

This is one crocodile that didn't want to become a handbag. Police in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville captured a 4-foot-long crocodile Wednesday near a T.J. Maxx store in a strip mall. Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther says the animal apparently escaped from a box left in front of a reptile shop called the Serpentarium with a sign saying "Nile Crocodile. Contact Rescue." Authorities say the crocodile is feisty but had duct tape wrapped around its jaws. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt. Patrick Foy says the agency is "reasonably sure" the animal is indeed a Nile crocodile. It's looking for a zoo or other facility to take it.

Crime hits home

Woman robbed in TV interview

Brazilian TV is showing footage of a woman being robbed while being interviewed on television about crime near Rio de Janeiro's main train station. The images of the interview conducted Wednesday by TV Globo were posted on its G1 Internet news portal. The woman is complaining in the clip about the lack of police presence near the station when the would-be mugger approaches her from behind and rips off what appears to be a gold necklace. The clip shows the thief fleeing down a busy street, and the reporter is seen chasing him for a few seconds. The thief, however, was left empty handed. He dropped the necklace, which was returned to the woman.

Alerted by Apple

Police: Service call helps nab thief

Mike Witonis got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about his laptop computer. Problem is, someone had stolen it from him a year earlier. Police eventually arrested 24-year-old Casey Wentworth of Portsmouth, Mass., on Monday and charged him with burglary. He's accused of taking the laptop from Witonis' home in Dover in February 2013. When the break-in happened, police said they couldn't identify any suspects. Detectives contacted Apple and the laptop's serial number was flagged. When Witonis got the email, he contacted police.

Chair conundrum

Teacher's silence could get her fired

A Massachusetts high school teacher who had a chair thrown at her by a student could lose her job because school officials say she didn't report the attack. Administrators have sent a letter to New Bedford High School teacher Joanne Maura saying she faces disciplinary action, including possible termination, for failing to report the assault. The 18-year-old threw the chair last month when Maura confiscated the student's cellphone. The chair didn't strike the teacher. School administrators say they didn't find out about the attack until a week later, when a video shot by another student showed up on YouTube. A hearing is scheduled for next week.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Seth Meyers, host, Late Night With Seth Meyers

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