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OBAMA DISHES ON FRIENDSHIP WITH GEORGE CLOONEY

WASHINGTON (AP) -- They're just a couple of low-maintenance guys who like to hang out together. Of course, they would attract a crowd -- not to mention the Secret Service. President Barack Obama says George Clooney is a good friend and a good person. Obama tells Entertainment Tonight that Clooney is low-maintenance and doesn't take advantage of their friendship. First lady Michelle Obama adds Clooney is "cute, too."

BLUE MONDAYS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hate Mondays? You're not alone. Mondays really are the worst -- when it comes to the stock market. Monday is the only day the stock market is more likely to fall than to rise. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been down 10 of the past 11 Mondays. And the two worst days in market history are both known as Black Monday. But not everyone is convinced that Mondays have to be blue. Burton Malkiel is the author of the finance classic, "A Random Walk Down Wall Street." He says the evidence for down market Mondays is far from dependable.

39 BEFORE 40

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Shannon Barbato turned 39 earlier this month. But 40 days before her 39th, she decided to make a mini-bucket list. It had 40 things she wanted to do before her 39th birthday. She checked them off one-by-one, ranging from skydiving to buying a stranger a cup of coffee. So, what does she have planned for her 40th birthday? The Massachusetts fitness instructor says she's considering a couple of options. Barbato tells the Sun Chronicle one idea is to climb 40 peaks in 40 weeks.

PRISON CHIPS

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- There's not much in the way of perks for prison inmates. But one thing they do like is a brand of potato chips called Moon Lodge. The only way you can get them is to serve time. The chips are only supplied to prison commissaries around the country. Inmate Brenda Sigler works at a prison canteen in Lincoln, Nebraska. She tells a local paper the male inmates love the spicy chips. The Journal Star reports a couple of the favorite flavors are Stuffed Jalapeno and Hot Hot Hot!

MALL PING PONG

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The new attraction at a Columbia, South Carolina, mall isn't a department store or a restaurant. It's ping pong. You'll find Ping Pong Plaza at the Richland Mall between T.G.I. Friday's and Barnes and Noble. The mall had space available and a local table tennis club was looking for a home. Mall manager Joe Walker tells a local paper (State) it's an ideal activity for the shopping center.

OBSERVATION HIVE

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- Tarrin George and Levi Miller have something new at their Colorado fruit and vegetable stand. They have bees -- and plenty of them. About 12,000 Italian honeybees live in a clear plastic hive at The Red Barn Farms and Gardens stand. George and Miller are engaged and say they especially enjoy the reaction of kids. The children get to learn about the role bees play in agriculture. The couple tells the Daily Sentinel newspaper the kids relax once they learn they won't be stung.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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