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Purge coming to Texas? Social media says so

Texas is the among the latest targets of social media threats of "The Purge."

The phrase refers to a 2013 movie, "The Purge," and its sequel "The Purge: Anarchy," released in July.

In the movies, the government declares a 12-hour period in which people can commit any crime they want, including murder.

Talk of a purge occurring in a particular city or state began last week in Louisville, Kentucky, where some residents were reportedly frightened enough to stay home, causing harm to businesses.

From there it has spread to Chicago, California, Ohio, Delaware and Texas.

In all cases, the allusions were a hoax. No purge event has occured.

An Instagram account called texaspurge2014 was set up Aug. 16. The tone is serious and urges followers to invite their friends.




ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man in Albuquerque, New Mexico drove straight into trouble while trying to show off his hot new ride. KOAT-TV reports ( 18-year-old Michael Johnson rode a stolen electric shopping cart this week to meet with his probation officer. When the probation officer asked Johnson where he got his new set of wheels, court documents say he admitted to taking it from a Walmart. Johnson was arrested and charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. He also violated his probation when he was arrested and was ordered held on a $500 bond. Albuquerque police say the cart is worth more than $1,800.


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A group of women want the right to bare... their breasts. The Asheville Citizen-Times ( reports a topless rally is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Park in the downtown retail and dining area. Rally spokeswoman LaDonna Allison says the event is designed to promote women's equality. Her group believes laws and social stigmas against women who are topless in public are unfair. Allison says, "what reason do they have for saying it's OK for a man but not for a woman? I just want to be treated equally." The first rally in 2011 drew an estimated 2,000 people, and has declined in recent years to several hundred people- including about a dozen women baring their chest.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Where's the beef? Police say a man stole meat worth $2,700 from three Safeway stores in Portland, Oregon. They say 53-year-old Barry Sanders was caught on video hiding meat in a shopping cart at least 13 times in July and August, before leaving the grocery stores without paying. KOIN reports ( Sanders was arraigned Tuesday on theft charges in Multnomah County Circuit Court. He had not entered a plea yet on Wednesday.


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Most bikers love the feel of the wind blowing through their hair. But one man took it a step futher: riding in the buff. Arlington County police say a drunk, naked man crashed into two cars while riding a motorcycle before fleeing into some woods. Authorities say 42-year-old Roland Hitchens wasn't wearing any clothes when police found him close to the scene in Arlington Friday night. He was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt. Police announced Tuesday that Hitchens has been charged with felony hit-and-run, indecent exposure, driving under the influence and other offenses. He was ordered held without bond.


EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Relaxing vacations, fancy cars and the latest gadgets are common contest prizes. But a Lansing-area church had a free giveaway for circus animal manure. The Lansing State Journal ( ) reports a 4-foot high by 10-foot wide pile of elephant, tiger, llama and camel dung was up for scoops at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. A traveling circus with more than 30 animals left the manure when it finished performing in the area on Aug. 17. The animal waste, advertised as exotic fertilizer, was available to local residents who were willing to pick it up. The pile was all gone within a day and half by Tuesday. The church secretary said St. Peter offered up the poop to the public because renting a trash bin would have been too expensive.


SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Were a couple of thieves practicing for their mugshot? Authorities are looking for two people whose selfies appeared in the online storage account of a burglary victim. Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Dubin says investigators don't know if the people in the photos are the burglars, but they're definitely "persons of interest." Dubin says a Santa Clarita woman returned home July 30 to discover burglars had ransacked her place, with cash and electronics missing. A few days later, the woman logged into her cloud computer account and saw photos of a man and woman she didn't know. Investigators want to find them and figure out if they bought stolen property - or swiped it themselves.


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