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NO ELECTION

FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) -- Election Day in one small Colorado town may be canceled. The four candidates for office in Fort Morgan don't have anyone running against them. Officials say if no one else decides to run by today, they just might call the whole thing off. The Fort Morgan Times reports Mayor Terry McAlister has no opposition for another term. The three city council seats also have one candidate each.

ALLIGATOR FUEL

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- Forget the tiger in your tank. How about an alligator? Researchers are studying the use of alligator fat to create biodiesel fuel. A study from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette notes about 15 million pounds of alligator fat a year ends up in landfills. A local paper (Times-Picayune) reports the gator oil is one biodiesel alternative being considered. Other potential fuel sources range from sweet potato fat to sewage sludge.

PHYSICS OF RIDES

UNDATED (AP) -- It's physics -- with a scream. High school physics teacher Clarence Bakken sees a roller coaster and thinks gravity. He has often taken classes to amusement parks during his 35 years as a teacher. Bakken has also written a book on amusement park physics. Bakken tells The Daily Herald of Everett, Washington, that rides are a powerful but safe way to experience the laws of physics.

PARTY CYCLE

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It's a party on wheels -- with the passengers supplying the horsepower. Cycle Tavern is a mobile bar, with 16 sets of bicycle pedals and bike-seat barstools. Dayna and Dusty Wymer operate one in Columbus, Ohio. The mobile bars are manufactured in Germany and are seen in cities across Europe. But there's a catch in Columbus. A local paper (Columbus Dispatch) reports patrons of the Cycle Tavern can't actually drink because of open container laws.

EXERCISE BREAKS

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Coffee break? Lunch break? How about an exercise break, too? Some state agencies in Kentucky are allowing their workers to have paid exercise on the job. Officials say getting to work out while on the clock improves morale and helps to cut health care costs. Lisa Clark tells a local paper (Lexington Herald-Leader) the exercise policy motivates her to get to the gym.

UNDERWEAR PIONEER

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Angela Newnam's panties are a Knock Out. That's what she calls her underwear line. She's creating unmentionables using high-tech fabrics. As Newnam puts it, the underwear has a patented liner that makes moisture and odor disappear. But a cutting edge panty doesn't come cheap. The Washington Post reports Newnam's panties sell for about $30 a pair.

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