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DEBATE-ARRESTS

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- No debate for you. The Green Party candidates for president and vice president were busted at last night's presidential debate. Jill Stein is the Green party's presidential nominee, while Cheri Honkala is number-two on the ticket. Police in Nassau County, New York, report arresting the pair as they tried to get into the debate site at Hofstra University. The debate only included the two major party candidates. The Greens were charged with disorderly conduct. Stein calls the debate a "mockery of democracy."

GIANTS-CAR THEFTS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- It wasn't a very happy homecoming from some members of the New York Giants. They gave a 26-3 whipping to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. But when the Giants returned home, they found some of their cars had been hit by crooks. New Jersey State Police tell WNBC-TV someone broke a lock on the gate to the players' parking lot. Some cars had been broken into and a 1996 Chevy Caprice was stolen. Offensive tackle James Brewer tweets: "Only in Jersey can someone be heartless enough to break into my car while we are in Cali making fans proud." Troopers are looking for suspects.

NFL-LONDON

CHICAGO (AP) -- To most of the world, football is something played with a round ball. Americans call it soccer. But the NFL will be giving London a double-dose of football that Mean Joe Greene would recognize. Two regular season games will be played at London's Wembley Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in London on September 29th, 2013. About a month later the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley. It's the first time the NFL will play two regular-season games in London in the same season.

SQUIRREL BOOM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Something squirrely is happening on farms. And the farmers don't like it a bit. There's been a squirrel population explosion in some parts of the country. Last year's mild winter and a bumper crop of nuts are a couple of reasons why. Now, those bushy-tailed critters are gobbling up fruit on farms. Vermont apple grower Clarence Boston says he hasn't seen anything like it. He says the squirrels can eat a-half tree's worth of fruit in just a few hours. Researchers at South Carolina's Clemson University are trying to help. They're even experimenting with a birth control pill for squirrels -- in the form of bait the creatures would eat.

WURST WAR

PRESCOTT, Wis. (AP) -- Two western Wisconsin communities want the brat record in the "wurst" way. Prescott's claiming a world-record-setting bratwurst, at 52 feet, 2 inches. But on the same day, October 6th, organizers of an Oktoberfest in the town of Dallas say they grilled a brat that was 135 feet long. The Prescott folks counter they followed the rules of the World Record Academy in Florida that require a bun. No bun in Dallas. But Oktoberfest sponsors in Dallas say they've been grilling brats longer than the record one since 2009.

CONFISCATING SKATEBOARDS

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- No helmet -- no skateboard. The City Council in Laguna Beach, California, has voted in favor of an ordinance that would allow police to confiscate the boards of people who aren't wearing helmets. The Orange County Register reports first-time offenders could lose their skateboards for a week. Repeat offenders could lose their boards for up to a month. The ordinance would also require the parents of the non-helmet wearing kids to pick up the confiscated skateboards. State law requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a skateboard, but the local ordinance would apply to all.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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