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Man and woman charged with stealing dinosaur replica from North Carolina museum

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RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) – A man and woman caught on video swiping a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum have turned themselves in, and the roughly foot-long model valued at $10,000 was recovered, state officials said on Friday.

The pair has been charged with felony theft after being accused of stealing a duck-billed dinosaur model from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and other items from the state’s nearby Museum of History on Monday.

Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of Raleigh, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, who were shown in security camera footage released as part of the investigation, turned themselves in on Thursday, North Carolina State Capitol Police said.

They face charges of theft or destruction of property from museums, police said.

Public safety officials said an unidentified man dropped off a bag containing the stolen dinosaur replica at the science museum after it had closed on Wednesday.

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The scientifically accurate model of a baby Edmontosaurus was custom-made of museum quality polymer resin for an exhibit that depicts prehistoric life in North Carolina.

“I doubt these two individuals realized the seriousness of tampering with artifacts and exhibits in a public museum,” said the capitol’s Police Chief Glen Allen.

(Reporting by Marti Maguire; Writing by Colleen Jenkins and Susan Heavey)

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Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay

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Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.

In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.

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Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US

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Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.

The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.

The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."

Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.

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Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition

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A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.

The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.

This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."

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