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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Twin water spouts put on a spectacular show over Lake Michigan, near the Wisconsin shore.

The water spouts were sighted a couple of miles off shore about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after a funnel cloud was sighted in the Wisconsin town of Kenosha.

Sgt. Bill Beth of the Kenosha County sheriff's office says the two water spouts merged into one large one, then split.

Beth says it was a "beautiful day" when the water spouts "just popped out of nowhere."

National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Townsend says water spouts generally occur between August and October.

Warning sirens were activated around 1:15 p.m. No damage or injuries were reported.

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The reward for information on who burned a dog that was found last month is higher.

Zeus was a pit bull. He was found with third-degree burns on over three-quarters of his body. Veterinarians determined his injuries were so severe that they were forced to euthanize him. The Humane Society has increased the reward from $2,500 to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Zeus' owner reported the dog missing from his Jennings home. Authorities found the dog badly burned in a neighbor's back yard.

Earlier this summer, a St. Louis woman was charged with felony animal abuse for setting a dog on fire and bragging about it on Facebook. That dog also died. 

 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a man convicted twice of sexually assaulting young boys in Missouri has pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography.

Forty-year-old Sean Lawrence of Kansas City, Mo. entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in of Delaware.

According to court documents, Lawrence came to the attention of a Wilmington-based Homeland Security Investigations special agent in February. Officials say Lawrence provided the undercover agent with access to his non-public, peer-to-peer network. The agent was able to download child pornography.

Authorities say federal agents in Kansas City arrested Lawrence as he was downloading a video of child pornography in a community college library.

Lawrence was convicted in 1995 and 2005 of sodomizing two young boys. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 6.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis judge says she expects to soon rule on a 69-year-old inmate's request to overturn his convictions for the 1982 killing of a young mother and brutal assaults on her two daughters.

Rodney Lee Lincoln returned to court Thursday, three decades after he was convicted of manslaughter and first-degree assault in the death of JoAnn Tate and attacks on her daughters, who were then 7 and 4 years old.

Lincoln's case was one of six chosen by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce in 2003 for further scrutiny and DNA testing. His lawyers say the subsequent tests show that a crime scene hair doesn't belong to Lincoln and proves his innocence.  Prosecutors say the DNA results don't change the guilt of Lincoln, who is serving a life sentence.

 

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