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Mr. Rajanna said he threw the personal documents into recycling bins at Brookridge Elementary School on Friday.

“I was under the impression that these would not be seen by anyone,” Mr. Rajanna said. “I thought that these would be recycled away just like any other papers.”

The daughter of the woman who found the records contacted the Kansas City Star after Overland Park police initially declined to respond to her call - a decision Capt. Erik Hulse later conceded was a mistake. The women did not want their names released.

CALIFORNIA

Coastal cleanup effort nets 9 million pounds of garbage

SAN FRANCISCO — Volunteers around the world collected nearly 9 million pounds of cigarettes, bottles and other trash during a coastal cleanup campaign last year, according to a report released Tuesday.

The garbage was picked up by nearly 600,000 volunteers who scoured more than 20,000 miles of coastline on Sept. 17 for the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup, according to the Ocean Conservancy, which organized the 26th annual event.

The top five types of trash found were cigarettes, beverage lids, plastic bottles, plastic bags and food containers. Volunteers found 94,000 balloons, 267,000 items of clothing and 940,000 pieces of food packaging, the report said.

“Our volunteers picked up enough food packaging for a person to get takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the next 858 years,” Ocean Conservancy CEO Vikki Spruill said in a statement. “Ocean trash is human-generated, preventable and one of the biggest threats to our ocean and waterways.”

Ms. Spruill said people should take responsibility for their trash by discarding it properly and using reusable bags and containers.

Thousands of marine mammals, sea turtles and birds are injured or killed by ocean debris every year, conservationists say.

Over the past 26 years, the annual cleanup effort has led to the removal of 153 million pounds of garbage from beaches, coastlines and waterways around the world, according to the Ocean Conservancy.

GEORGIA

‘Chicken Man’ facing eviction blows up home

ATLANTA — An attorney for the local activist known as the “Chicken Man” said Tuesday that he filed an emergency motion to fight the man’s eviction minutes before he killed himself by blowing up his house.

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