PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A pair of plastic pink flamingos are reporting for duty -- in camo. Army 1st Lieutenant William Charles Salisbury is serving in Afghanistan. The plastic flamingos were a gift to the Florida G-I from his grandfather. But grandpa painted them in camouflage colors before sending them to Afghanistan. Salisbury tells the Pensacola News Journal his camo flamingos are on display at his base camp. Salisbury adds that sometimes he straps one to his gear when he goes on missions.
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's lieutenant governor is hitting the campaign trail -- on a bike. Republican Phil Scott is taking his message to voters on two wheels. He's riding 500-miles, across 14 counties. Scott tells the Bennington Banner the go slow approach gives him a chance to meet voters and plenty of time to think about the issues.
SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) -- Blame the Internet -- for alligators on Long Island. You can throw in stupid pet owners, too. Five abandoned gators have been found in Long Island, New York, communities over 10 days. The latest was early yesterday, when a 3-foot-long American alligator was left outside of an Applebee's. Roy Gross is the chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He says it's too easy to buy the reptiles online. As the gators get bigger, Gross say the owners realize they're too large to handle. The SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the latest gator case.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kristi Pointer gave quite a gift to her husband Nick on their seventh anniversary -- one of her kidneys. Nick Pointer went into acute renal failure last December. He needed a new kidney but his relatives weren't possible donors. His wife Kristi was tested and turned out to be good match. The 31-year-old bond trader received his new kidney on their anniversary, September 25th. Kristi tells The Journal Record of Oklahoma City she wants a long life with husband Nick.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Something new will be coming from New York farms -- booze. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law that allows farm distilleries to sell liquor at fairs and markets, and at the annual New York State Fair. But these won't be Empire State moonshiners. Farmer-distillers must have permits from the State Liquor Authority.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barks were mixed with prayers yesterday -- as churches around Washington welcomed the four-legged set. Sunday marked the celebration of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is the patron saint of the environment and animals, so area churches hosted all sorts of critters, from dog and cats -- to goldfish. The Washington National Cathedral held a "Blessing of the Animals" service on the cathedral's west steps. St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown blessed both real and stuffed animals and gave out treats for pets and their human buddies.
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