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Alligator lost at school after show and tell

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. —Officials say a Florida Panhandle Fish and Wildlife officer lost a 5-foot alligator after bringing it to his daughter's school for show and tell.

Searchers scoured a wooded area surrounding the school Friday afternoon. The alligator jumped out of the man's vehicle Friday morning. The animal's mouth was taped.

Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Stan Kirkland says alligators have amazing jumping ability and that allowed it to escape.

Woman to return half of $29,000 tip

SOUTH BEND, Ind. —A woman mistakenly tipped $29,000 by the University of Notre Dame in her catering paycheck will return more than half of the money in $50 monthly payments over the next 28 years.

Notre Dame sued Sara Gaspar of Granger, Ind., to return the money because she should have been paid only $29.87 but a clerical error resulted in a check for $29,387 in April.

Under a settlement filed in St. Joseph Circuit Court, Gaspar agrees to pay back nearly $17,000 in the monthly increments. She put up as collateral a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta she bought with the money. Gaspar also agreed to pay Notre Dame's attorney fees.

Two believed dead after plane hits house

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. —Authorities in Georgia say two people are believed dead after a small plane hit an Atlanta-area house and burst into flames.

Capt. Tommy Rutledge of Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Service says preliminary reports indicate the male pilot was alone on the plane and likely died. Rutledge says a woman was thought to be in the house when the plane hit and is also thought to be dead.

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