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An elementary school teacher in Texas gave her 3- and 4-year-old students an unexpected lesson when she gave birth in her classroom. Rhonda Schafer was able to get the early-development class out of the Bear Creek Elementary School classroom last week and then called for the school nurse.

The nurse arrived just in time to help Schafer as she gave birth behind her desk at about 2:30 p.m., about five minutes after the first sign of labor. They wrapped the baby girl in a co-worker's sweater, school librarian Cynda Mast said.

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A little too much security

A French woman accused of undressing during an airport security screening in Evansville, Ind., pleaded guilty and paid a $2 fine.

Eliane Yvonne Marcele Aguillaume, 56, of Paris, was ordered Friday to pay $1 for a count of public indecency and $1 for resisting law enforcement. She will be required to pay court costs of about $130.

Aguillaume allegedly stripped to her waist last Monday at Evansville Regional Airport in an angry response to a security screener's attempt to search her with a metal-detecting wand.

During a routine security screening, Aguillaume kept reaching inside her sweater, forcing guards to search her again.

Aguillaume then became upset and removed her sweater, shirt and bra before trying to pull away as an officer tried to handcuff her, police said. She later dropped to the ground and refused to get up.

Her attorney, Glenn Grampp, said after Friday's hearing that his client was embarrassed by the event, which he attributed to a misunderstanding that developed from a language barrier.

Kids pitch in to help library

When it was time to move the books in Burwell, Neb., to a new library, local students pitched in to help.

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Elementary and high school students formed a four-block line Thursday to move all of the books from the old Carnegie Library to a new library in the town's former Berea Church.

And while a few books, and students, hit the ice along the way, the move to the long-awaited library was considered a successful one overall.

"This is the end of an era," Burble Elementary librarian Susan Gouty said as students stomped through the snow and back to their classes. "Its kind of exciting. Not every kid is going to be able to say they did this."

For early holiday shoppers, a hint at the top-selling toys

Shopping for Christmas presents hasn't officially begun, but when it does a Barbie dolled up as the fairy-tale heroine Rapunzel may be the most in-demand toy this year – at least for young girls – according to results of a survey of retailers by New York-based marketing-services firm PlayDate. Toys based on popular movies or TV series dominate the rest of the list. The anticipated top 10 Christmas-toy picks (listed alphabetically), their makers, and the price of each as advertised by Amazon.com:

Barbie as Rapunzel (Mattel) $19.99
Bratz Funk 'n' Glow (MGA Entertainment) 29.99
Disney Toddler Princesses (Playmates) 19.99
Dora the Explorer dolls (Fisher- Price) 9.99 and up
Harry Potter: Basilisk Playset (Mattel) 27.99
LeapPad Learning System (Leap Frog) 29.99
Rescue Heroes (Fisher-Price) 8.99 and up
Spider-Man: Dual Action Web Blaster (Toy Biz) 14.99
Star Wars Lightsabers (Hasbro) 7.99
Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Cards (Upper Deck) 11.99
– Business Wire


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