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WORLD SERIES-COUPLE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Newlyweds Jack and Sharon McKenna are starting life together -- on opposite sides of the Series. He's a San Francisco Giants fan, while she's rooting for the Detroit Tigers. The Florida couple never imagined their San Francisco honeymoon would coincide with the start of the World Series. Now, they're trying to score some tickets. If they do get to a game, Sharon isn't sure how loudly she should root for her Tigers. She jokes that it might not be a good way to start a marriage.

THE BEARD-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Brian Wilson still has the beard -- but he won't be getting the saves. The Giants reliever will be sitting out this World Series because of surgery on his elbow in April. But now he's cheerleader-in-chief in San Francisco's dugout, as they take on the Detroit Tigers. Don't be surprised if the TV cameras are focusing on the scruffy Wilson dancing and cheering. He says if he can't go to the mound, at least he can support his teammates.

LAP DANCE-TAXES

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Lap dances are a business -- not an art. That's the gist of a ruling from New York's highest court. The court split 4-3 on whether lap dances are taxable, with the majority saying yes. The court ruled strip clubs are like many other entertainment venues and are subject to sales taxes. But the dissenting judges say state law doesn't make any distinction between ballet and pole dancing.

ANIMAL LAW DEGREE

UNDATED (AP) -- We have animal doctors, so why not animal lawyers? Mitzi Bolanos is a lawyer who has gone back to school to get a master's degree in animal law. She's in the first class of six students at the Lewis and Clark Law School's Center for Animal Law Studies. The program at the Portland, Oregon, school is the first of its kind in the world. Bolanos has an adopted pit bull. She says she hopes to use her degree to fight breed discrimination.

PRICEY PEDICABS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taking tourists for a ride soon may be tougher in the Big Apple. A Texas couple paid more than $440 for a pedicab ride over the summer. Outraged New York City Council members are considering a proposal that would set predetermined per-minute charges for the pedal cabs. Tourist Alan Albright, of Kansas City, Kansas, thinks it's a good idea. He negotiated a $100 fare for a ride around Central Park. But he admits he probably underpaid for a couple of overweight passengers.

HISTORIC WEATHER LOGS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What was the weather like in 1850? You can help. The Old Weather Arctic project is recruiting citizen scientists to transcribe weather data from historic ship logs. It's an effort being backed by the National Archives and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The ship logs date from the mid 1800s through World War II. Scientists could eventually use that weather data to study climate patterns.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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