Last Update on July 31, 2014 07:09 GMT
HALFWAY, Md. (AP) -- It's a heavy crime. Someone has swiped a 400-pound statue of Buddha from a Maryland man's back yard. Jim Elliot says the statue was taken overnight Monday. It's made of solid granite and was a gift from a military buddy of Elliot's when they served in South Korea. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Buddha theft. Elloit tells the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown he's also doing some searching on his own. He's been looking online to see if anyone's trying to sell his Buddha on eBay or craigslist.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The University of Iowa is putting a promotion on hold that offered free tuition to students. The plan was to give the tuition freebie to five randomly selected students who bought football season tickets. But legal concerns have forced university officials to temporarily shelve the idea. Athletic director Gary Barta says questions have been raised about whether the giveaway complies with state raffle laws. Tickets sales for Hawkeyes games have dropped in recent years.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Prisoners out of the joint find plenty of pot. Inmates on a work crew have discovered more than 600 pounds of packaged weed in northwest Missouri. The prisoners were doing roadside cleanup and were guarded by a Buchanan County sheriff's deputy. The St. Joseph News-Press reports the marijuana was in 678 1-pound packages, as well as three large sacks of loose weed. Investigators believe the pot was locally grown.
NEW YORK (AP) -- First came the new house. Now, the new furniture for his honor, the mayor of New York. The Big Apple's first family moved into Gracie Mansion this week. It's the official residence of the mayor. Officials of Bill de Blasio's administration say the mansion has gotten a donation of modern furniture from the West Elm chain. De Blasio had lived in Brooklyn, where the chain is based. The $65,000 worth of furniture was a donation to city, which means it stays when the current mayor moves out.