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Dog, family reunited 14 months after crash

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A Maltese dog that disappeared more than a year ago after a fatal car crash in New Mexico has been returned to surviving family members in Michigan.

The crash in June last year killed Gary Benson and his daughter, Emily. Afterward, his wife and four surviving children searched unsuccessfully for Caesar, the family pet.

Monica Benson told New Mexico's Quay County Sun she posted pictures of Caesar and her son, Benjamin, in Benjamin's hospital room while the then-18-month-old recovered and he kept asking where the dog was.

A volunteer at a shelter in Tucumcari, N.M., contacted Benson after scanning a microchip in Caesar earlier this month.

He was returned to his family Saturday. Benson told the Detroit News the dog remembered her family and "it was an amazing evening."

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74 arrested in sting targeting prostitution

WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C. police say 74 people were arrested in a 12-hour operation that targeted prostitution downtown.

Operation Off the Streets, which targeted men and women engaged in prostitution on the streets, in hotels and on the Internet, wrapped up at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Police say they had help from people who provided information that led to many of the arrests and hotel chains that provided tools and settings to carry out the operation.

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Work by Rembrandt stolen from hotel

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) -- A lithograph by Rembrandt, valued at $250,000, has been stolen from a hotel in Southern California in what sheriff's investigators say was a well-planned heist.

Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the piece, called "The Judgment," was stolen Saturday while a curator was distracted by a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey. When the curator turned back to the display, the Dutch master's lithograph was gone.

The lithograph was part of an exhibit at the hotel sponsored by San Francisco's Linearis Institute.

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Tropical Storm Gert heads for Bermuda

MIAMI (AP) -- U.S. forecasters say Tropical Storm Gert has strengthened in the Atlantic Ocean and could approach Bermuda by this afternoon..

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that a tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda, though Gert's center was still over 200 miles from the islands.

Gert, the seventh tropical storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, was moving north-northwest at 8 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It could get stronger as it makes its way toward Bermuda.