OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) -- Good thing for President Barack Obama that 5-year-olds can't vote. The president had to disappoint a youngster during a campaign stop at a restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Obama is often asked for autographs. But Obama had to say no to a boy who wanted the president to sign a dollar bill. Obama told the boy he couldn't sign the buck because that's considered defacing it. In this case the buck really did stop here. But the president promised the kid he would find something else to sign.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oliver Stone is high on America -- American pot. The filmmaker says he's smoked some great weed -- from Vietnam to Jamaica. But he feels the best pot is grown right here in the USA. He first toked up while in the Army in Vietnam during the 1960s. So he knows good herb. Stone says pot should be legalized and would be a huge source of new tax revenue. As Stone puts it: "There's good weed everywhere in the world, but my God, these Americans are brilliant." Stone's drug-war thriller "Savages" opens today.
BLUE WHALE SIGHTINGS
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Whale lovers are anything but blue. Lots of giant blue whales are being spotted off the Northern California coast. Whale watching tour operators report seeing dozens in the Monterey Bay area. Droves of humpbacks, too. Blue whales are the world's largest animal, but they eat some of smallest. The whales are festing on shrimp-like creatures known as krill. The whales' favorite food is right off the coast this year. Marine biologist Nancy Black tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for whale watchers.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- Think your job is tough? Try rounding up wayward crocodiles. Officials in the Florida Keys say they've gotten plenty of response to job postings for part-time croc wranglers. Two jobs are open for crocodile response agents. The Key West Citizen reports more than 150 people have expressed interest in the jobs. The duties include photographing and relocating the reptiles. There's a croc population explosion in the Keys, leading to more complaints about the creatures. Not much experience handling crocodiles? Officials say new agents will be getting on-the-job training.
SUPREME COURT SPAT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It's a Supreme Court fight -- that's going to court. There's legal battle brewing over who'll be the new chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Justice Bernette Johnson contends she's the next in line. Johnson has filed a federal lawsuit to block her state Supreme Court colleagues from voting on a new chief justice. Justice Jeffrey Victory is also staking out a claim. The top court spot goes to the longest-serving justice. At issue is whether Johnson's first two years on the bench count, because she was assigned to the court instead of being elected.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Naked came the -- carjacker. A judge has set bail at $100,000 for a man charged with carjacking in the buff in the Phoenix area. Scottsdale police say John Hugh Brigham stole a car and crashed it. According to police, he then stripped off his clothes and carjacked again. Authorities say he was high on PCP. The crashes left seven people hurt.
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