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Frustrated man leaves flock of chickens inside lobby of Oregon tax department

EUGENE, Ore. Police say an Oregon man angry with his tax situation left a flock of seven chickens inside the state revenue office.

Police in Eugene said in a news release they responded to a report Wednesday afternoon of chickens left in the lobby of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Giant Arctic drilling rig expected to leave US harbour for Europe

PORT ANGELES, Wash. An Arctic drilling rig that has made its home in the U.S. harbour of Port Angeles in Washington state is expected to depart for Europe.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://is.gd/RmJvif ) the giant oil drilling platform, the Polar Pioneer, has been welded to a ship owned by a Netherlands company.

New Jersey girl calls 911 in panic after touching the Elf on the Shelf, fearing magic was gone

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. A New Jersey girl called 911 after she touched her Elf on the Shelf.

Police say 7-year-old Isabelle LaPeruta of Old Bridge was worried because, according to the popular children’s book, the magic of Christmas goes away if the elf is touched.

Celtics top T’wolves

BOSTON—The fans showered former Celtic Kevin Garnett with chants while Boston rained key three-pointers on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points and Jae Crowder had 18 as the Celtics beat Minnesota 113-99 last night while the crowd begged to see Garnett.

“Three-point shooting is probably the next most contagious thing to the ’flu,” Olynyk joked.

SpaceX able to land booster rocket

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit last night with 11 small satellites—its first mission since an accident last summer.

Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-storey leftover booster back on Earth safely.

It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Fla. and represented a tremendous success for SpaceX.

Late Saints’ rally comes up short

NEW ORLEANS—For all the arm talent Matthew Stafford has displayed in his seven NFL seasons, it was his efficiency and decision-making that sparked the Detroit Lions to a big lead and helped prevent them from squandering it.

Stafford completed 22-of-25 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions held off a late surge by New Orleans to defeat the Saints 35-27 last night.

Host goofs crown

LAS VEGAS—The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year’s winner but for one brief moment yesterday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia.

Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo already was wearing the crown as this year’s Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize.

’Hawks edge Sharks

CHICAGO—A wild start was followed by a quiet lull and then a big finish from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Toews scored at 2:21 of overtime, and Kane had a goal and an assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3 last night to put a splashy bow on a successful weekend.

Toews skated in with Kane for a 2-on-1 and tipped home a nice pass for his 11th goal.