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JILTED JOHN

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Calling an escort, then calling the cops. Not a great move for a 26-year-old man in Wichita, Kansas. Police say they busted the jilted john after he called to complain that he didn't get what had he paid for. The Wichita Eagle reports the man asked for a specific woman from an escort service. But two other women came to his hotel room. According to authorities, the man gave the women 160 bucks in cash. But then he changed his mind and asked for his money back. Police say he called 911 when the women told him no refunds. Police busted the unhappy customer for patronizing a prostitute.

GIANT PUMPKIN

PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A pumpkin called Patrick is punctured. That's bad news for the plumber who grew Patrick. Dale Marshall entered his giant gourd into competition at the Alaska State Fair. At 1,723 pounds, the pumpkin was the largest at the fair and approached record territory. But the giant orange orb was disqualified because of small hole in it. KTUU-TV reports the next largest pumpkin was declared the winner, weighing about 100 pounds less.

IRENE-FREE SHOWERS

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Free showers and a movie. That's the offer to people on Long Island who are still without power because of Tropical Storm Irene. Nassau County, New York, officials are making the showers available at county pools and an athletic complex. Later, the vampire romance "The Twilight Saga-Eclipse" will be screened at a theater in a county park. While the shower and movie are free, residents are urged to bring their own soap and towels.

NO WATERMELON CELEBRATION

GAYLORD, Kan. (AP) -- It's the pits -- but the watermelon celebration is canceled. The 87-year Labor Day tradition is off in Gaylord, Kansas. Delpha Godsey had to write the letter announcing the end of the big party. An area paper (The Hays Daily News) reports the town's population is declining and those who are left are aging. Godsey says there isn't enough interest to continue the end-of-summer tradition.

STUDENT KISS-IN

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- It's a pucker-up protest. More than 100 Chilean students held a kiss-in to demand education reforms. Pairs of college and high school students laid it on the lips in the capital city, Santiago. Protesters promise more demonstrations next week. While the kiss-in was peaceful, some previous protests have turned violent.

MARIJUANA SPILL

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Take the pot and run. That's what a lot of folks did in San Jose, California, earlier this week. Police are looking for those who grabbed bags of marijuana that spilled from a crashed truck. Police say people on the street swooped in and took the pot. Officers are also looking for the driver, who ran after the accident. Police tell the San Jose Mercury News they haven't yet identified the driver or the people who took off with the spilled weed.

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