NEW YORK (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Rick Perry is laughing about his debate gaffe earlier this week. Perry was on David Letterman's show last night to do a list of "Top 10 Rick Perry Excuses." During the debate, Perry couldn't remember the three federal agencies he would eliminate. One of those excuses: `Hey, listen. You try concentrating with Mitt Romney smiling at you. That is one handsome dude." And the number-one excuse, "I just learned Justin Bieber is my father."
UNDATED (AP) -- Gamblers are "a superstitious bunch." So says Jack Parkinson, the general manager of the Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. He's expecting plenty of business today -- on 11-11-11. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, some restaurants are advertising $11.11 meals. The Trump Taj Mahal is planning drawings every 11 minutes for up to $1,111. In Las Vegas, Clark County Clerk Diana Alba is ready for a crush of couples who want to get hitched on a lucky day.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- On this 11-11-11 some folks in Oklahoma City maybe watching the thermometer. The last 11-11-11 Oklahoma City managed a rare weather record: a date's all-time high and all-time low in the same 24-hour period. That was on November 11th, 1911. The temp hit 83 before plunging to 17. But it isn't likely be so extreme today. Forecasters say highs should be near 70 with lows in the low 40s.
SHERIFF FLIPPED OFF
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A woman in Milwaukee flipped off the wrong person -- the sheriff. Department spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin says she and Sheriff David Clarke were in an unmarked SUV with tinted windows yesterday morning. The other driver was in a left turn lane, but wanted to go straight. McLaughlin says the woman speed around them and shot them the bird. Sheriff Clarke pulled her over and McLaughlin says the woman apologized. But she was busted on a warrant for operating with a suspended license.
PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) -- It wasn't a very well planned getaway. Los Angeles County deputies say a man walking his dog in Palmdale saw a U-Haul truck stuck in the dirt. Two guys with the truck asked the dog-walker for a push. That's when the man noticed a hole cut in his fence. He told deputies the truck had some of his tools, sports memorabilia and other stuff. The man called the law for help. The two suspects, Joseph Rakisits and William Gallardo, claim they had bought the items at an estate sale.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- This Bud's for you -- if you want a sweeter brew, with more of a buzz, too. Anheuser-Busch is coming out with a new version of Bud Light. It's sweeter and contains more alcohol than regular Bud Light. The new beer will be called Bud Light Platinum and hits store shelves in late January. Anheuser-Busch will be pitching Bud Light Platinum as an upscale option.
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