NEW YORK (AP) – A woman who said she fell off a slippery bar and injured herself while dancing in a “Shake-It-Like-Shakira” contest is suing the Manhattan saloon that sponsored the competition.

Megan Zacher, 22, of Delanco, N.J., fell at Calico Jack’s Cantina on July 8, her lawyer, Lawrence Simon, said Tuesday. He said the fall caused a torn knee ligament that required surgery. Simon said Zacher and two friends were celebrating a birthday.

She had been at the crowded establishment about an hour, was working on her second drink and was dancing on the bar, vying for the $250 prize, when she fell, he said.

Simon said there were about 10 other women on the bar. Her friends, schoolmates from Staten Island’s Wagner College, did not take part in the competition, which required a $35 entry fee, he said.

Man says Bibles blocked bullet

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A man says two small Bibles in his shirt pocket saved his life when they kept a bullet from hitting him.

The 54-year-old Orange Park man, whose name was withheld because his attackers were still at large, told police that two men ambushed him with a rifle as he carried bags of garbage to a trash bin.

The man said he was carrying two New Testament Bibles in his shirt pocket to give to friends and they stopped a bullet that otherwise would have torn into his body.

The men fled in opposite directions and have not been arrested, police said.

Other than a red mark and a pain in his chest, the man was not injured.

Church snakebite kills woman, 48

LONDON, Ky. (AP) – A woman who was bitten by a snake at a church that neighbors say practices serpent handling died of her wounds hours later, a newspaper reported.

Linda Long, 48, was bitten Sunday at East London Holiness Church, where neighbors said the reptiles are handled as part of religious services, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Tuesday.

Long died at University of Kentucky Medical Center about four hours after being bitten, authorities told the newspaper.

“She said she was bitten by a snake at her church,” said Lt. Ed Sizemore of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Handling reptiles as part of religious services is illegal in Kentucky. Snake handling is a misdemeanor and punishable by a $50 to $100 fine.

Police said they had not received any reports of snake handling at the church.

Snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible that says a sign of a true believer is the power to “take up serpents” without being harmed.

Church officials could not be reached for comment.

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