NEW YORK (AP) -- Thinking about what to get mom for Mother's Day? Or maybe a gift for the mother of your children? Ashley Largent remembers the present she got from her now ex-husband. She was exhausted and home with a 7-month-old. Largent says it was vibrating sex toy. She adds it was the first and last gift from him. Becky Jackson was all set for disappointment when she got what she thought was a box of long-stem roses. The Montana rancher's wife isn't a flower person. But inside was .22 caliber rifle, which she says was perfect to take along on her four-wheeler.
OFF THE GRID
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Charles Baird is getting away from it all -- far away. Baird plans to spend a year alone, on an isolated island in Alaska's Prince William Sound. He'll start his adventure in solitude at the end of the month. First on his agenda will be to build a small shed to protect himself from the elements. Baird will be able to send short text messages via a satellite uplink, but he won't be receiving any. He won't even know who won the presidential election until six months later. Baird hopes to make a documentary about his year in the wild. He will have some company, though. He's taking his dog along.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- It's robocalls versus litter. A Florida mayor has come up with a way to combat the those nuisance signs at busy intersections. Hollywood officials recently bought a $300 software program that makes robocalls to the businesses that planted the signs. About 20 calls a day to around 90 businesses. Mayor Peter Bober came up with the idea, after seeing phone numbers plastered on the signs. The robocalls have been so successful, the city has seen a 90 percent reduction in some areas.
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) -- Kenneth G. Ott is mum about the wallaby. The western Pennsylvania man has pleaded no contest to charges concerning the wallaby, a kangaroo-like creature native to Australia. He refused to tell a judge where the wallaby is and was sentenced to a year's probation. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports a state game officer saw the wallaby at Ott's home. When the officer returned several days later, the animal was gone. While Ott won't reveal what happened to the creature, his lawyer says it's being cared for.
THRIFT STORE PICASSO
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It's a huge profit on a 14-buck investment. Zachary Bodish bought a poster at a thrift shop in Columbus, Ohio. Turns out it was a signed Picasso print. He's now sold it for $7,000. Bodish says he got a "pretty darn good return." He adds you can't get that a bank.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- You can't sell gas too cheap in Wisconsin. A state appeals court has ruled the law requiring a minimum gas markup law is constitutional. Gas station owner Raj Bhandari sued, after we was warned his discounts were illegal. He had been offering senior citzens 2 cents off per gallon. The appeals court ruled the price floor was needed to prevent gas wars that could drive smaller dealers out of business.
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