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PRESIDENT OBAMA-LENO

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama was getting huge laughs on the "Tonight Show" last night. Jay Leno wanted to know what's up between real estate Donald Trump and the president? The audience exploded when President Obama replied it goes back to when he and Trump where were kids in Kenya. Obama says they had constant run-ins on the soccer fields. Obama added Trump "wasn't very good and resented it." Obama got another big laugh when he told Leno he's rescinding the first lady's healthy treats order for Halloween. Obama notes with the election just days away, everyone gets candy.

BALLOT TYPO

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) -- Feeling at loose ends? Perhaps it's because you live in the "Untied" States of America. The ballot mailed out to nearly 23,000 voters in Jefferson County, Washington, has a typo. It asks them to pick a president of the "Untied States." County Auditor Donna Eldridge tells the Peninsula Daily News the goof got past five proofreaders. But she doesn't think the error will affect the vote.

DETROIT ZOO-SMASHING PUMPKINS

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- Don't blame vandals for these smashed pumpkins. The animals did it -- and it was all part of the Halloween fun at the Detroit Zoo. The creatures got to eat, play with, tear apart and smash pumpkins yesterday. Snow monkeys, gorillas, rhinos and polar bears are just some of the animals to get their gourds. Even the zoo's vultures had treat-filled pumpkins.

THE HYPHEN

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- From "Broadway" Joe Namath to Mean Joe Greene, football players have had some colorful nicknames. But the Arizona Cardinals probably have the only Hyphen. He's running back LaRod Stephens-Howling and fans call him "The Hyphen." His full last name barely fits on his jersey. The Hyphen has something to prove, too. At just 5-foot-7, The Hyphen says he's always been told he's too small for football.

BIG TEX FIRE

DALLAS (AP) -- It's a short that got a really tall cowboy. Dallas fire officials say Big Tex was done in by an electrical short. The 52-foot-tall cowboy greeted visitors to the State Fair of Texas with a recorded "Howdy, folks." Big Tex stood over the fairgrounds for 60 years, until it was destroyed by a fire last Friday. The charred remains were hauled away on a flatbed truck in what looked a bit like a funeral procession. Officials vow a new Big Tex will be ready for next year's fair.

HAIR FOR CHARITY-SUSPENSION

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- A nine-inch 'do is a don't for an Ohio high school student. Seventeen-year-old Zachary Aufderheide is serving a two-day in-school suspension at Canton South High this week. He says he's being punished for his long hair. Zachary hopes to donate his hair to Locks of Love, which makes make hairpieces for kids who have lost theirs due to disease. He's just an inch away from the required 10 inches. But school officials say the long locks violate the dress code. School Board President John Martin tells WJW-TV rules are rules.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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