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Arkansas robbery plan foiled by motorcycle buy from police officer
An Arkansas man suspected of robbing a bank and arranging ahead of time to purchase a used motorcycle for a getaway ended up behind bars after he was arrested by the person who managed the sale, a police officer in uniform, police said on Wednesday. Hunter Chafin, 19, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of stealing $3,350 in cash from a bank in Eureka Springs. After the robbery, he took a taxi about 40 miles (65 km) to Bentonville, where he had arranged before the robbery to buy the motorcycle from a young man, police said
Target, McDonald's react to U.S. creepy clown sightings
Two of America's biggest commercial brands - discount retailer Target and fast-food chain McDonald's - have taken steps to tamp down hysteria stemming from a recent spate of creepy clown sightings in the run-up to Halloween at the end of this month. Target decided last week to winnow down its assortment of clown masks and costumes available for sale in U.S. stores and online "given the current environment," company spokesman Joshua Thomas said on Monday.