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School wonders what time capsule holds

San Francisco -- A San Francisco school says it has just learned it contains a time capsule deposited 100 years ago and then forgotten.

Mayor P.H. "Pinhead" McCarthy put a copper box in the wall of Cleveland Elementary School when he dedicated it in 1910 and covered it with the cornerstone.

The only evidence of its existence was one sentence in a Sept. 19, 1910, newspaper article that former Cleveland student John Weidinger, 69, found while doing research for the school's centennial at the San Francisco Public Library.

No one knows what's in the box. Cleveland principal Kristin Tavernetti hopes to find 100-year-old "kid stuff," while some of the children speculate it may hold gold coins.

Deadly deer duel ends on fisherman's wall

Benton Harbor, Mich. -- Two Michigan men out fishing wound up with a unique trophy of two deer heads after witnessing two bucks fight it out to their mutual deaths.

The deer drowned in the St. Joseph River after their antlers became locked together while sparring on the river bank as Bryan Ammeson and Scott Stoney looked on from their boat, The (Southwest Michigan) Herald-Palladium said Sunday.

The anglers claimed the carcasses for a venison windfall and are having the heads, which are still locked together, turned into a wall mount.

"One ended up being a 17-point with two drop tines, and another one is a perfect 10-point rack that's just absolutely massive," Ammeson told the newspaper.

Stolen truck crashes into bar

Longwood, Fla. -- Police in Florida said they arrested a woman who fled after backing a stolen truck into a bar, embedding the vehicle in the wall.

Seminole County investigators said Gina Sweat, 30, tried to steal the truck Wednesday while drunk and backed the vehicle into the outside wall of the All In The Family Pub near Longwood, WFTV, Orlando, reported Friday.

Investigators said there were no injuries but the bar will require major repairs.

Sweat fled the scene on foot but was arrested a few hours later, police said.

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Snake loose in Toronto apartment building

Toronto -- Residents of a Toronto apartment building said they are on the lookout for a 3-foot snake loose in the building.

Notices have been posted on walls and the 20-story building's tenants' association Web site urged residents to be on the lookout for the albino California king snake, which experts said is not poisonous and does not pose a threat to animals larger than rodents, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

The snake, which escaped from its owner's apartment, can go up to a week without eating, experts said.