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DEBATE-LATE NIGHT COMICS

UNDATED (AP) -- The late night comics are letting President Barack Obama have it over his debate performance. Jay Leno notes that Wednesday night's debate happened to fall on President Obama's 20th wedding anniversary. Leno says the only way it could have been worse was if Obama had forgotten his anniversary. David Letterman did his Top 10 list on President Obama's debate excuses. Here are a couple: Mitt Romney's hair is mesmerizing. He didn't want to wake Jim Lehrer. And the number-one Obama debate excuse: It's Bush's fault.

CELEBRATING STOPLIGHTS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Guess what's turning 100? The traffic light! Utah is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the world's first traffic light, which debuted in Salt Lake City in 1912. The Utah Department of Transportation unveiled a new display yesterday. That first traffic signal looked a bit like a wooden birdhouse with two light bulbs on each side. One was dipped in green paint, the other in red. The new display includes a replica of the original traffic light. No word, though, on a repro of the first ticket for running a red light.

STARBUCKS-MOBILE TIPPING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Soon there will be no need to leave a couple of quarters for a tip at Starbucks. The Seattle-based coffee company is making an app for that. Starbucks says its adding a digital tip function to its mobile payment app. The updated smartphone application will be out next summer.

MCDONALD'S-COFFEE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mickey D's could be getting a little more serious about its joe. McDonald's has filed trademarks for ground and whole bean coffee. That suggests the world's biggest hamburger chain may start selling its brew in supermarkets. "McCafe" is the name McDonald's is trademarking. A company spokeswoman says the move is nothing new. But Mickey D's doesn't sell anything in supermarkets now except gift cards. The filing of McDonald's trademarks was first reported by the website Burger Business and The Wall Street Journal.

GORILLA-NAMING RIGHTS

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- What will be the new gorilla's name? The high bidder will decide. A Texas zoo is putting the naming rights for its nearly 9-month-old ape up for auction. Gorilla mama Martha gave birth to the little guy in January. Patrick Burchfield is the director of Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo. He tells a local paper (Brownsville Herald) money from the auction will go to a new education facility, the South Texas Discovery Center. Zoo officials hope to raise more than $250,000 with a weekend of fundraising events.

HEROIN IN SOCKS

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- Wearing socks to court is a good thing. Socks stuffed with dope -- not so good. Prosecutors charge a Massachusetts man showed up for a hearing on drug charges with 25 bags of heroin in his socks. The Lowell Sun reports 53-year-old Juan Antonetty was busted for selling drugs and released on bond. He had a hearing the next day. But officers say they found the dope in his socks during a routine search at the courthouse. He pleaded not guilty to charges yesterday related to both incidents. Antonetty was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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