MILITARY BAND-VIRAL VIDEO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A military band's video has gone viral. Sidewinder's acoustic cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is a hit on YouTube. All the band members serve in the Air National Guard as part of the 571st Air Force Band, based in St. Louis. Lead singer Staff Sergeant Angie Johnson belts out soulful performance, dressed in a T-shirt and camo pants. She's been invited to audition for "The Voice" by host Carson Daly via Twitter. Sidewinder has been entertaining troops in Mideast.
PILLOWS FOR MARINES
DAPHNE, Ala. (AP) -- Some Marines serving in Afghanistan are resting a little easier. And it's thanks to a Marine mom from Alabama. Kenya Thomas made 150 pillows for the Marines serving with her son. The pillows are monogrammed in red with the slogans "Oo-rah" and "Semper Fi." She tells a local paper (Press-Register) she's gotten appreciative emails from her son's fellow Marines. Now, Thomas has a new project -- making pillows for service members recovering from war wounds.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Thomas Gilligan figured his friends were messing around. But it wasn't his buddies who were creating the commotion. A black bear was trying to drag the 18-year-old camper from his tent in the Angel Rocks area near Fairbanks, Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Gilligan survived his bruin encounter with scratches on his back, but no serious injuries. His friends scared away the bear.
SUSPECT IN TREE
CHICAGO (AP) -- A bank robbery suspect didn't get far. Authorities in a Chicago suburb report busting Bryant C. Paschal on the roof of the bank he's accused of robbing. Witnesses told police they saw a man climbing a tree to the roof of the TCF Bank branch in Oak Lawn. Police say the suspect complied with their order to give up. Investigators add they found a pistol-like pellet gun and a bag of cash on top of the building. Paschal is to appear in federal today on a bank robbery charge.
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Officers are in the pink in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Some officers are wearing pink polo shirts while on patrol. It's the idea of Police Chief Craig Pearrell. The pink shirts are to help in the fight against cancer. Pearrell tells a local paper (The Journal) the pink police shirts are available to the public. He says proceeds will go to help cancer patients and their families in the area.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Imagine bulletproof skin. It's not merely science fiction. Utah State researcher Randy Lewis and a Dutch artist have created a form of bulletproof skin. Lewis used genetic engineering and placed spider silk over a lattice of human skin cells. Spider silk is stronger than steel, gram-per-gram. The combination was able to stand up to a .22 bullet, fired at reduced power. Lewis hopes the research will lead better and stronger skin grafts for surgery patients.
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