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OAKLAND, Calif. — Three people are claiming ownership of the small brown chicken that fouled up rush-hour traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this week.

The Oakland Animal Shelter has the chicken that strutted between cars at the Bay Bridge toll plaza early Wednesday. She was eventually captured by the California Highway Patrol.

Animal Services Director Rebecca Katz says people claiming ownership of the chicken, named Chip in a nod to the CHP, need to come to the facility with proof, such as previous photos of the famous foul.

Two rescue groups are also interested in Chip.

On Thursday, Chip laid an egg. But the shelter will likely swap in a substitute egg for her to sit on, because it doesn’t want any more chickens.

MISSING COMMA MEANS CERTAIN RECORDS OFF-LIMITS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In the end, the Tennessee Attorney General says the argument all comes down to the lack of a comma.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued an Aug. 25 opinion that says a city council cannot request the results of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report because of a law that says such records should be released “only in compliance with a subpoena or an order of a court of record.”

Slatery said the lack of a comma after the word “subpoena,” means that either a subpoena or an order must come from a court. If there were a comma present, the opinion said, then “of a court of record” would only apply to “order.”

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, said he asked the attorney general to weigh in because of ongoing discussions about how to balance transparency and investigative needs, especially in high-profile cases involving police officers that have occurred in Memphis and other cities around the nation.

“Especially in cases of officer shootings, people have the right to know what happened,” Parkinson said. “I do also understand the need to make sure the investigations are not tainted, and that the information is not put out there too early.”

Josh DeVine, spokesman for TBI, said according to the staff in the bureau’s legal department, the agency has never received a subpoena from a city council. Nashville Metro Council Jon Cooper said that action has been threatened by council members but never used.

MAINE SHOP: FREE COFFEE FOR ‘DEFLATEGATE’ JUDGE

LEWISTON, Maine — A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Maine is offering free coffee for life to the federal judge who lifted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension.

the shop in Lewiston put the offer on a sign outside the store after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman erased Brady’s four-game suspension over “Deflategate.”

The offer quickly spread over social media.

Berman ruled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in punishing the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. He says the suspension was “premised upon several significant legal deficiencies.”

If the judge ever leaves the bench, fans at Thursday night’s preseason game between the Patriots and New York Giants had another job in mind: Signs at Gillette Stadium urged Berman to run for president.

— From wire service reports

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