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CHICAGO MAN WHO SAVED MAN ON TRAIN TRACKS GETS FREE CAR

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago man who jumped onto train tracks to rescue someone who had fallen onto an electrified rail during a fight at an L station earned more than praise for his heroic act. Twenty-year-old Anthony Perry was surprised Wednesday with a 2009 Audi A8 from the founder of a local anti-violence group. Perry said the car will make his life “way easier.” The South Side resident has been taking two buses and a train to get to his job with Amazon Fresh in suburban Oak Lawn. On Monday, he got off at a stop on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line when he noticed a nearly unconscious man on the electrified third rail of the tracks. He jumped down on the tracks and pulled the man to safety.

SRIRACHA HOT SAUCE MAKER WARNS OF SHORTAGE

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) – Bottles of the popular Sriracha hot sauce could be hard to find on store shelves this summer. Southern California-based Huy Fong Inc., told customers in an email earlier this year that it would suspend sales of its famous spicy sauce over the summer due to a shortage of chili peppers. The company said in its April 19 email that all orders submitted after that date would be fulfilled after Labor Day. The company sources its peppers from various farms in California, New Mexico and Mexico. It said that weather conditions are affecting the quality of the peppers and deepening the chili pepper shortage. It didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.

GEICO FACING PAYOUT TO WOMAN WHO GOT HPV AFTER SEX IN CAR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Geico may have to pay $5.2 million to a woman who says she contracted a disease during sex in a car with a man insured by the company. A Missouri Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday upheld the award to a woman identified in court records as M.O. She alleged a man she was in a relationship with did not tell her before they had sex in his car that he had HPV, the human papillomavirus. The Maryland-based insurance company argued in its appeal that it had not been given due process and the arbitration agreement was unenforceable. Geico has filed a separate federal lawsuit contending the man’s insurance policy doesn’t cover the claim.

THAILAND MAKES MARIJUANA LEGAL, BUT SMOKING DISCOURAGED

BANGKOK (AP) – It’s now legal to cultivate and possess marijuana in Thailand, but the country still discourages smoking pot and getting high. Processed products containing more than a tiny amount of THC, the chemical that makes people high, are still illegal. The government also is warning those eager to light up for fun that smoking in public could be considered a nuisance subject to jail time and fines. Thailand mainly wants to make a splash in the market for medical marijuana. It already has a well-developed medical tourism industry and its tropical climate is ideal for growing marijuana. The country’s public health minister plans today to begin distributing 1 million marijuana seedlings for cultivation.

NASA LAUNCHES STUDY OF UFOS DESPITE ‘REPUTATIONAL RISK’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA is launching a study of UFOs as part of a new push toward high-risk, high-impact science. The space agency announced Thursday that it’s setting up an independent team to see how much information is publicly available on UFOs and how much more is needed. The experts will also consider how best to use all this information in the future. NASA considers this a first step in trying to explain mysterious sightings in the sky known as UAPs, or unidentified aerial phenomena. The study will last nine months. It will be entirely open, with no classified military data used.

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