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TAIWAN-APPLE MAP

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan is asking Apple to follow Google's example and blur a map image of its new early warning radar station that can detect aircraft and missiles coming from as far away as western China. A Defense Ministry spokesman says that Apple should do what Google does; use only low-resolution satellite pictures to show sensitive facilities. He also acknowledges the military should also try to camouflage them. The 10-story, $1.4 billion high radar installation built in northern Taiwan using U.S. technology is expected to go online later this year. The satellite picture that can be viewed with iPhones is believed to have been taken a year ago. Local media say the radar installation can monitor targets, determine their speeds and fire missiles to intercept them.

BREES' RECORD COMPLETION

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Brees to the Hall of Fame: complete. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to break Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees broke the record Sunday night with a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson during a 31-24 victory over San Diego, continuing Brees' consecutive games with a scoring pass dating back to Oct. 18, 2009 victory over the New York Giants. Hall of Fame President Steve Perry says the hall appreciates the chance to preserve Brees' accomplishment. New England's Tom Brady currently has the third-longest streak, which reached 37 last Sunday.

SLIPPERY PIG

MIDLAND, Pa. (AP) -- A pot-bellied pig that someone likely abandoned as a pet has been running wild in western Pennsylvania neighborhood, and no official agency seems willing to help. The pig has been rooting around in yards and scaring kids in Midland Heights, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. One local resident tells KDKA-TV she contacted the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which referred her to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Those folks told her to contact the local animal shelter or humane society. All she knows is this cute little pig "belongs on a farm ... not in the Heights!"

LEGAL VIEW OF HALLOWEEN

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Tricks are tricks, and vandalism is still vandalism. It's one of the conclusions a Texas Tech law school professor offers in her new book that looks into whether there's a legal excuse for Halloween-related cases. Victoria Sutton says her research found a great number of cases revolving around Halloween. In the criminal law section of her book, "Halloween Law: A Spirited Look at the Law School Curriculum," Sutton says the short answer to whether Halloween excuses vandalism to some degree is: "No!"

No-Swearing Town

BOSTON (AP) -- The town of Middleborough, Mass., doesn't like people cursing in public. It's even had a bylaw on the books prohibiting public profanity since 1968. Over the summer the town approved a proposal that allows police to enforce the ban with a $20 fine, but it's not sitting well with the state's top law enforcement official. Citing free speech guarantees, Attorney General Martha Coakley recommends that the town either change or repeal the measure.

High-Price Christmas Book

DALLAS (AP) -- Neiman Marcus is offering something for everyone in its 86th annual holiday catalog. The priciest gift in this year's Christmas Book is a pair of "his and hers" timepieces for just over $1 million from Van Cleef and Arpels. The watches come complete with a trip to Paris and Geneva. Other big-ticket items include a red special edition McLaren 12C Spider for $354,000, a hen house inspired by France's Versailles (vehr-SY') palace for $100,000 and a walk-on role in Broadway's "Annie: The Musical" for $30,000. There's also something for holiday shoppers operating on a smaller budget. Nearly 40 percent of the listed items cost less than $250. The cheapest item is a $10 monogrammed mug.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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