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Horror Movie Scares People Before They See It

The new horror movie "Dawn of the Dead" is so scary, it's terrifying people who haven't even seen it.

Phone calls are pouring in to Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (search) that posters for the flick are just too frightening, says England's Lincolnshire Echo.

Complainers cite one billboard, showing the enormous face of a zombie child who has just risen from the dead, as especially nightmarish.

"It is absolutely horrendous and really disturbing," said Angela Kelly, of Cherry Willingham, Lincolnshire. "Children will be really scared by it. It is such a frightening image, the girl has piercing eyes. We try to avoid driving past it now."

In the movie's opening sequence, a little girl zombie breaks into a couple's house and attacks them, killing the husband and turning him into a zombie as well.

"We are looking into the complaints and will be assessing the poster," said Donna Mitchell of the Advertising Standards Authority. "A decision will be taken by the ASA council on any action."

"Dawn of the Dead," a remake of George Romero's 1978 film, topped the U.S. box office this past weekend, racking up $27 million in its first weekend of release. It opens in Britain on March 26.

Absent-Minded Robber Cracks Own Case

COMFORT, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of robbing a convenience store left a big clue behind for investigators — his wallet.

Terry Lee Romine of Hansford was charged with robbing the V-Mart in Comfort on Friday morning.

Romine, 36, allegedly ordered a slice of pizza and then demanded cash from the clerk, saying he had a gun. He is accused of grabbing the cash register after the clerk had difficulty opening it, the Boone County Sheriff's Department said.

The suspect crashed into the wrong door before finding his way to the exit. As he fled, the clerk looked down and saw the man's wallet on the counter.

Romine was arrested a short time later. He was freed on $50,000 bond.

— Thanks to Out There reader Greg M.

Man Sues Google After Finding Himself

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An accountant who said an Internet search engine returned "alarming" information about him and his firm sued Google, AOL, Time Warner and Yahoo! Friday for libel.

Mark Maughan claims he was told by friends and family that typing his name into a Google search engine delivered "alarming, false, misleading and injurious results" about him and his firm.

"Specifically, the search results falsely represent that plaintiffs Maughan and/or Brown & Maughan have been disciplined for gross negligence, for failing to timely submit a client's claim for refund of overpayment of taxes, and for practicing as a CPA without a permit," according to the proposed class action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

A representative for Mountain View-based Google Technology did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

Yahoo! dropped Google as its default search engine last month. AOL has its own search engine, but says it is enhanced by Google. Since AOL-Time Warner are one company, both are named as defendants, said plaintiffs attorney John A. Girardi.

According to the suit, Maughan contacted Google and the California State Board of Accountancy (search) to complain about the search results. Google maintained it was not responsible and said the state board was responsible, even though the offending information did not appear on the state board site, the suit states.

Maughan seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Murder Jurors Become Victims of Another Crime

BALTIMORE (AP) — After listening to testimony in a murder case, jurors returned to their jury room to find that they had become victims of a crime — a thief had stolen their money, cell phones and car keys.

"They were angry, hot, livid," lawyer Warren A. Brown, who was in the courtroom on another matter. "Here they are, jurors in a murder case, and we can't even trust the court to protect their belongings from thieves. It's mind-boggling."

Police think it was an inside job.

"We believe it was an employee of the courthouse," said Detective Donny Moses, a Baltimore police spokesman.

The crime occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday when a thief used a set of keys to slip into Circuit Court Judge John N. Prevas' locked jury room, said Maj. Henry Martin, a spokesman for the Baltimore Sheriff's Department.

Defense lawyer Maureen O'Leary made a motion to have the case declared a mistrial, but the motion was denied.

"If the crime that occurred to the jurors was the same as the crime they were deliberating on that would be one thing," the judge said. "But this incident is too remote."

Don't Ever Give a Salesman a Blank Check

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two magazine salesmen have been sentenced to jail for defrauding a nearly-blind 85-year-old Camarillo woman who bought 210 years worth of subscriptions.

Jonathan Carey of Tacoma, Wash., and Jeremy Marquez, of Sacramento, Calif., were each sentenced yesterday to 150 days in Ventura County Jail. They also were placed on three years' probation.

Prosecutors say the men went to the woman's home last December telling her they represented United Family Circulation (search) and wanted donations for college.

The woman signed two blank checks with the promise that each check be made out for $130.

Instead, prosecutors say the men wrote out each check for $3,300.

The men pleaded guilty last month to felony theft of an elder. Prosecutors say United Family Circulation refunded the woman's money.

Severed Head Delays Man From Boarding Plane

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Airport security agents at Boston's Logan International Airport (search) stopped a biologist after discovering the severed head of a harbor seal in his luggage.

The man, whose name was not released, told investigators he is a biology professor and that he found a dead seal on Revere Beach and cut off its head so he could use it for educational purposes. He was catching a flight to Denver from Boston on Friday, Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Phil Orlandella told The Boston Globe.

Federal wildlife laws make it illegal to disrupt or remove body parts from a dead mammal, or to transport any illegal fish or wildlife product.

"He indicated that he was aware that he needed a permit and that he didn't have a permit," said Andy Cohen, a deputy special agent in charge for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement (search).

Authorities allowed the man to board his plane, but they kept the seal's head.

The man could face charges that carry criminal fines of up to $20,000 and imprisonment of up to a year, said Mark Oswell, spokesman for NOAA's Office for Law Enforcement.

Compiled by Foxnews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

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