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Associated Press, Published December 08 2009

Man arrested for throwing tomato at Sarah Palin book signing

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Hundreds of Sarah Palin fans rose before dawn Monday for the chance to meet the conservative star, who brought her book tour to Minnesota's Mall of America.

Still, not everyone at the mall was a fan. Bloomington police said a local man threw a tomato at Palin from the second level of the rotunda at 2 p.m.. Police say the tomato missed Palin by about 10 feet, but hit two officers after striking the stage. The man was arrested on a gross misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault on a police officer and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

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