REDNECK CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
RAVALLI, Mont. (AP) -- What do you get when you string shotgun shells on Christmas lights? "Redneck Xmas Lights." Montana wildlife artist Tim Joyner came up with the idea, as a fund-raiser for his daughter Avery's class trip. The eighth-grader will be going to Washington, thanks in part to the Redneck Lights. The strings sell for $10 or $20 depending on the length. Joyner tells a local paper (Ravalli Republic) the lights have been selling so fast, they've had to recruit grandpa to help string them. Joyner says the response has "just been crazy."
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida med school is looking for some professional patients. Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale wants to hire real people for the medical students to practice their clinical skills. The pro patients are paid up to 25 bucks an hour, to be poked and prodded by the docs-to-be. Dean Dr. Martha Echols tells the South Florida Sun Sentinel there are limits to what can be tought using plastic models.
POLAR BEAR LOVE
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo hope Kobe (KOH'-bee) the polar bear won't be giving Koda the cold shoulder. Kobe is Koda's new gal pal. She was brought to the zoo from Arizona to make some polar bear whoopie with Koda. Zoo keepers say the 7-year-olds are in their prime mating years. The polar bears are being given a chance to get to know each other. The animals are being kept in side-by-side rooms for now. But zoo officials tell KDKA-TV the bears will eventually be allowed to get together.
CHILDREN VS SEALS
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It kids versus seals -- and the baby seals win. Authorities plan to rope off all but three feet of access to a kids' beach in the San Diego area. City News Service reports it's the seal pupping season. The area has been in dispute for years. Some want the Children's Pool set aside for human kids. But harbor seals have taken over and their advocates say the seals should be protected. The California Coastal Commission is considering a request to rope off the beach permanently.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Court of Appeals isn't buying the holy smoke argument. Cary William White claims pot is a religious sacrament. But the appeals court disagrees. The court ruled that White's pot smoking was motivated by something other than seeking a higher power. White was busted in 2007, after officers found weed and a pipe in his car during a traffic stop. White says he'll take his holy high case to the state Supreme Court.
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Pot tourism isn't going up in smoke in the Netherlands -- at least not yet. The conservative Dutch government is delaying plans to ban tourists from buying weed until at least May 2012. Cannabis is technically illegal in the Netherlands. But it's sold openly in designated cafes. Officials in Amsterdam oppose the ban. They say a-quarter of the foreign tourists come there just to smoke weed.
Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.