Originally created 11/05/01

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Two teen-agers talked their way into handcuffs by way of an accidental 911 call from a cell phone.

Dispatchers listened to a 20-minute discussion between the 19- and 18-year-old men, including an alleged boast of a planned armed robbery.

The pair allegedly were in their apartment Monday when someone sat on or hit a cell phone, said Hutchinson Police Detective Sgt. Clay Rothe. That triggered a call to Reno County dispatchers.

"Someday you're going to come home and wonder all your life where this bag of money came from," one of the teens said on tape, Rothe said.

"I'll never tell," he went on. "I will have robbed the Taco Bell and gotten away with it."

That got dispatchers' attention.

The two then decided to head to a music store. By listening to the conversation, dispatchers were able to track them down. The officers found marijuana on the teens, along with the cell phone, still connected to 911, Rothe said.

The pair faces possible misdemeanor marijuana charges.

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DENVER -- The owner of a costume and vintage clothing shop is offering $500 for serial killer Ted Bundy's old jail bed.

Sue Gustafson hopes to use the bunk either to re-create Bundy's jail cell in the front window of the shop, Flossy McGrew's, or as part of a haunted house.

"A friend of mine brought me the newspaper clipping and said, 'This is right up your alley, Sue,"' Gustafson said.

Attorney Don Kaufman is auctioning off Bundy's bed to raise money for a group that gives free legal help to battered women. Gustafson said Kaufman had not yet accepted her bid.

Bundy spent nearly eight months in the Garfield County Jail in Glenwood Springs, awaiting trial in the death of Caryn Campbell. He escaped twice. The second time he fled to Florida, where he killed three women.

Bundy was captured, convicted and sentenced to die for the Florida deaths. Before his execution in 1989, he admitted to 30 murders.

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LAS VEGAS -- At least one Las Vegas oddsmaker thinks a third attempt to hold the annual Emmy Awards on Sunday is a sure bet.

And he has set odds, for entertainment purposes only, on who will take home the most statuettes during the 53rd television awards show at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles.

The celebration of television's best work was delayed twice since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Johnny Avello, race and sports book director at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas hotel-casinos, likes NBC's White House drama "The West Wing" for outstanding drama series followed by HBO's mob family "The Sopranos" as 2-1 favorites. "Law and Order" is the longshot at 10-1.

Nevada law prohibits wagering on events in which the outcome is already known, but Las Vegas oddsmakers are renown for handicapping events such as the Academy Awards or "Survivor," even when it's illegal to bet on them.

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WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- It was the largest baby the South Shore Hospital's maternity ward had seen in its 80-year history.

Tuesday, a Marshfield woman gave birth to a boy weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces. The boy, named Jacob, was 24 inches long.

The parents' names were not released, the Patriot Ledger of Quincy reported Thursday. Hospital spokesman Scott Pickard said Jacob was delivered by Caesarean section.

The average American baby weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces at birth, according to the American Medical Association.