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KEYS-UNDERWATER PUMPKINS

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- Both President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are all wet. Or at least their pumpkins are. Scuba divers held an underwater pumpkin carving contest yesterday in the Florida Keys. More than 40 divers got into the Halloween spirit at the National Marine Sanctuary. Cat Rambo of Miami Beach did a Romney pumpkin, while Miami's Manuel Garcia carved one of President Obama. Jana Vandelaar and her daughter Jacqueline had a non-partisan political message. They did a Snoopy pumpkin, with the word "Vote" on it.

TEXAS SPEED LIMIT

LOCKHART, Texas (AP) -- Texans will soon feel the need for speed. A 40-mile stretch of a highway is set to open Wednesday with the highest speed limit in the nation. Drivers will be able to do 85 without risking a ticket on Texas Highway 130. Officials tell a Forth Worth paper (Star-Telegram) some driver education will be needed to promote safe high-speed travel. Signs will remind drivers the left lane is for passing only. But one civil engineer doesn't feel drivers will hold it at 85. He expects to passed by some people doing 100.

BIG TEX FIRE

DALLAS (AP) -- The Texas State Fair comes to a close, with Big Tex just a charred memory. The 50-foot tall cowboy statue was gutted by fire Friday. All that's left of Big Tex are his hands, part of his shirt and a metal skeleton. Big Tex lovers are mourning the loss of their oversized buddy. They've left flowers, candles and corny dogs in Big Tex's memory. But fair organizers vow Big Tex will be back next year.

LOTTERY-40TH ANNIVERSARY

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Forty G's for 40 years. A Rhode Island couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a winning Powerball ticket worth $40,000. State lottery officials say the wife turned in their winning ticket Friday. She tells officials she and her husband plan to spend the money on a vacation and to help their children pay off college loans. The names of the winners aren't being released. The couple plays the same numbers using family birthdays.

CHARGERS-STICKY SUBSTANCE

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers could find themselves in a sticky situation. The NFL is investigating whether the Chargers used banned sticky stuff in their loss last Monday to the Denver Broncos. Fox Sports first reported the investigation yesterday. In 1981, the NFL banned Stickum and other sticky goo. Old school fans will remember that Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes practically covered himself in the stuff. If league officials determine San Diego violated the ban, the Chargers could be fined or lose a draft pick.

BARBIE COLLECTION E1598

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Paula Bowie has 300 roommates in her two bedroom apartment. But they don't talk much, and her roomies aren't going spoil their figures by overeating. Bowie shares her apartment with hundreds of Barbies, including the first one she got in 1967. Bowie tells the News-Post of Frederick, Maryland, that most of her Barbies are black, just like she is. Bowie says that's what makes her doll collection so special.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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