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>Jackson's glitter glove sells for $190,000

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Bidders from around the world bought Michael Jackson memorabilia worth nearly $1 million at an auction on the anniversary of his death, including $190,000 for the Swarovski-crystal-studded glove he wore on his 1984 Victory Tour.

The bidding that began Friday on more than 200 items was "unlike anything we've ever experienced," said Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions, which ran the auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Some items, like the glove, brought 10 times more than their estimated value, he said.

He predicted the sales would easily top $1 million by the time the auction wrapped up today.

The glove had been expected to sell for between $20,000 and $30,000. The $190,000 sale price included the buyer's premium of $30,000, a standard industry fee that goes to the auction house, Julien said.

The winning bidder was Wanda Kelley of Los Angeles, who also bought a number of Jackson's albums at the auction, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

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>Accused child-seller beaten in county jail

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) -- Jail officials said a father being held on charges of trying to sell his baby for $25 outside a Walmart is recovering after other inmates beat him.

Patrick Fousek, 38, and Samantha Tomasini, 20, of Salinas, pleaded not guilty Friday to child endangerment and drug charges. Fousek appeared in court with a bruised eye and stitches.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Richards said the man was attacked Thursday at the Monterey County Jail. He also suffered two cracked ribs and is now being held away from the general population.

Fousek is accused of approaching two women Wednesday and asking if they would like to purchase his 6-month-old.

He and Tomasini were arrested a few hours later at their home, and Child Protective Services took the baby.

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>'Acrobatic' raccoon knocks out city power

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A raccoon described as acrobatic and mean-spirited knocked out power to a section of downtown Memphis that included two hospitals and the newspaper for more than five hours.

The raccoon climbed more than 30 feet, over barriers intended to keep animals out, and short-circuited a switch on a substation, according to Jerry Collins, president of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.

Overall, about 8,000 customers were without city power late Thursday and early Friday.

Emergency generators restored power to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital within seconds, but the outage delayed production of Friday's newspaper at the Commercial Appeal and disrupted other businesses.