iStock/Thinkstock(PEACEHAVEN, England) — Garbage bins in East Sussex, U.K., recently turned into Minions, and residents have been abuzz trying to figure who painted them, according to the local newspaper.

The cheeky, yellow cartoon characters appeared overnight this past Monday in the small southern U.K. towns of Peacehaven, Newhaven and Rottingdean, the Sussex Express reported. The bins were numbered one to 10, and it remains a mystery as to who painted them.

“We have no idea who is responsible or why they’ve done it, but it’s quite amusing,” resident Daniel Moon told the paper. “People have been going around trying to find all ten.”

The Peacehaven Town Council reportedly said it didn’t know who was responsible for the “binions,” as they’ve been called on social media, but said it “admired their creativity.”

A spokesperson for the Lewes District Council said it doesn’t have a clue as to who painted the mysterious Minions, but that council members are happy they are bringing positive comments and “smiles from people passing by.”

“Anything that encourages people to use the litter bins provided is a good thing as we want to keep the district clean and tidy for all to enjoy,” the spokesperson added.

The painted “minion” bins of Peacehaven, East Sussex. pic.twitter.com/IRwyY5Ic1m

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Daniel Munoz/Getty Images(SYDNEY) — Up to seven new hostages have been seen fleeing the Lindt chocolate shop, meaning that there are believed to be 12 people who have emerged from the cafe since a man took control of the shop on Monday morning local time.

Police were seen storming the cafe on local TV, with explosions heard.

The new wave of hostages emerging from the shop comes shortly after the suspect was identified as Man Monis, according to Australian news reports.

Monis is believed to be a self-proclaimed Islamic “sheikh” who is known to Australian police because he was allegedly involved in dozens of counts of sexual assault, according to Australia’s 9News.

He was born in Iran as Manteghi Bourjerdi and migrated to Australia in 1996, according to the station.

Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag with Arabic writing on it that has been used by extremists in the past — raising fears that a terror attack was unfolding in Australia’s largest city.

Video also emerged early in the standoff showing people being held inside the shop with their hands held in the air.

The first three people who fled sprinted out of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe about six hours into the standoff, while two women — wearing aprons — frantically ran from a side exit and into the arms of heavily-armed SWAT team police officers waiting outside.

At the same time, media personalities said they received calls from hostages during the standoff.

It is unclear exactly how many people remain inside the cafe.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, speaking at a news conference as the situation stretched into the night, said authorities remain committed on ensuring that the hostages are safely released.

“We have the very best negotiators in the world on the job,” Scipione said.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said people should proceed as usual on Tuesday morning, but should work from home if their offices are located within an exclusion zone near the standoff.

Police negotiators have been in contact with the armed hostage-taker, but the motive remains unclear, New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn said.

Burn said authorities are monitoring all forms of communication, including social media, for any information that might help resolve the standoff.

Earlier in the day, Scipione said there is at least one armed person holding the hostages in the cafe, who have been kept there against their will since 9:30 a.m. local time on Monday.

In a statement on Facebook, Lindt said, “We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and kind support over the current situation at the Lindt Chocolate Café at Martin Place. We are deeply concerned over this serious incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the staff and customers involved and all their friends and families. The matter is being dealt with by the authorities and we are waiting for any updates from them.”

Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Australia condemned the attack on Facebook, saying they “condemn this criminal act unequivocally and reiterate that such actions are denounced in part and in whole in Islam.”

“We don’t yet know the motivation of the perpetrator,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said at a news conference earlier in the day. “We don’t know that this is politically motivated although there is some indications that it could be. We have to appreciate that even in a society such as ours, there are people who would wish to do us harm.”

Several nearby offices were evacuated as a precaution, police said.

The State Department said the nearby U.S. consulate was evacuated.

People inside buildings in the neighboring streets were directed to remain indoors and stay away from open windows.

“There’s a real sense of alertness, awareness and a bit of shock to be honest,” said Lisa Martin, who works in an office nearby the cafe and was in lockdown. “To know that there are so many people just having coffee and a chocolate are now in a hostage situation is really sobering.”

Abbott, the prime minister, said the country’s National Security Committee of Cabinet has convened for briefings on the situation.

“This is obviously a deeply concerning incident but all Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner,” he said.

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iStockphoto(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their manager on Thursday.

The 49-year-old Banister has spent the past 29 seasons in the Pirates organization handling various roles. His first managerial experience was leading Welland in the New York-Penn League in 1994. Bannister left after the season to manage Class A Augusta. In five seasons as a minor league manager, he compiled a record of 299-300.

Banister was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 MLB draft. He appeared in one game during his big league career, recording a pinch-hit single in his only at-bat on July 23, 1991.

Banister replaces interim manager Tim Bogar, who led the Rangers to a 14-8 record following the resignation of manager Ron Washington on Sept. 5.

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Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still believes his team has what it takes to get back to serious football in January.

Despite dropping back-to-back games against the Cowboys and Rams, Sherman said the team’s spirit is high headed into their game against the Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) on Sunday.

“The team’s still confident in what we can do,” Sherman said on Wednesday. “I think our team is fine and understands what we need to do to turn it around.”

Sherman continued that he understands it’s a long season, but “the intensity’s fine.” He added, “In games like we’ve had these last couple weeks, it’s just a few plays here and there. I think all games are won or lost off a few plays, I think anyone who knows football would tell you the same.”

Seattle’s defense ranks 19th giving up 23.5 points per game. They will have the task of stopping quarterback Cam Newton, who has his team in first place in the NFC South.

“They’re a lot of challenges to playing Cam,” Sherman said. “Obviously he’s a threat running the football, he’s a big body, he’s tough to sack. It’s going to be a challenge for our defensive line and our linebackers.”

Seattle finished 13-3 on their quest to the Super Bowl title last season.

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — Todd Gurley who?

For the second-straight week freshman running back Nick Chubb filled in admirably for the suspended Gurley, this time rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 10 Georgia topple Arkansas 45-32 Saturday.

“I felt more comfortable back there in the backfield,” Chubb said. “Todd has big shoes to fill, but I’m coming in here and playing hard”

The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) took it to the Razorbacks early and often. After Arkansas scored the first touchdown of the game, Georgia scored the next 38 points to head into halftime with a 38-6 lead.

Arkansas (3-4, 0-4 SEC) actually outscored Georgia 28-6 in the second half thanks to three touchdown passes from Brandon Allen, but it wasn’t enough to for the Razorbacks to avoid their 16th straight SEC loss.

“That first half, we weren’t ourselves,” Bielema said. “And the only person responsible for that is me. I guarantee 100 percent; I told them that’s on me. I don’t know what we did a little bit different.”

Georgia has now won five straight.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — In the midst of a tough season, the Florida Gators decided to make a change: Florida head coach Will Muschamp named true freshman Treon Harris the team’s starting quarterback.

Harris takes over for fourth year junior Jeff Driskel.

Harris was suspended earlier this season while police investigated an accusation of sexual battery from another student. Five days after the suspension was announced, Harris was reinstated because the accuser withdrew her complaint.

Last week, Harris came into the game against Missouri in the fourth quarter, completing 8-of-12 passes for 98 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a three yard touchdown.

“You saw what he did late in the game,” Muschamp said Wednesday. “He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We’ve struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that’s been an issue for us along with others. Been a huge issue for us.”

Despite Harris being named starter, Muschamp says Driskel still has a role with the Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC).

Florida is on a bye this week. Their next game is Nov. 1 in Jacksonville versus Georgia.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) and Houston Texans (3-3) will close out Week 7 of NFL Action on Monday Night in the Steel City.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offensive will matchup against a Texans defense led by defensive end J.J. Watt. Last week in a 33-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Watt scored on a 45-yard fumble recovery. He is the fourth player in league history to record a touchdown reception, interception return for touchdown and fumble recovery for touchdown in the same season.

Inside the red-zone, the Steelers offense has converted on seven of 19 possessions into touchdowns. On the season, Roethlisberger has passed for 1,593 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. eastern.

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Firefighters from the Washington Township, Vanlue and Bascom departments battle a smoky blaze Tuesday afternoon that gutted a garage, a stone building and a shed at 7138 Biglick Township 258, west of West Independence. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Tuesday night. The property, owned by Jody Ewing, is insured, according to the Washington Township Fire Department. (Photo by Kylie Lloyd)

Firefighters from the Washington Township, Vanlue and Bascom departments battle a smoky blaze Tuesday afternoon that gutted a garage, a stone building and a shed at 7138 Biglick Township 258, west of West Independence. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Tuesday night. The property, owned by Jody Ewing, is insured, according to the Washington Township Fire Department. (Photo by Kylie Lloyd)

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Authorities pull a car out of a pond in Allen Township Wednesday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office dive team was alerted at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday about a sunken Dodge Neon near the intersection of Hancock County 220 and Allen Township 108, said Deputy Tamara House. Nearby residents said they heard a crash between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. They called the sheriff's office later in the morning, House said. The four-door vehicle was removed from the pond in less than an hour, House said. The car was reported stolen to Findlay police on Wednesday. Deputies continue to search for the unidentified driver, she said. “There's a lot of questions to be answered right now,” House said. (Photo by Shannon Hackworth)

Authorities pull a car out of a pond in Allen Township Wednesday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office dive team was alerted at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday about a sunken Dodge Neon near the intersection of Hancock County 220 and Allen Township 108, said Deputy Tamara House. Nearby residents said they heard a crash between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. They called the sheriff’s office later in the morning, House said. The four-door vehicle was removed from the pond in less than an hour, House said. The car was reported stolen to Findlay police on Wednesday. Deputies continue to search for the unidentified driver, she said. “There’s a lot of questions to be answered right now,” House said. (Photo by Shannon Hackworth)

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