WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some four-legged heroes will be honored in Washington this Veterans' Day. Dogs that worked in Iraq and on 9/11 will be visiting the House Veterans Affairs Committee today. They're the winners of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. The program airs on the Hallmark Channel Thursday. One of the hero pooches is Roselle, a seeing-eye dog. Roselle led Michael Hingson down 78 flights of stairs in the burning World Trade Center on September 11.
BOMBER ON PARADE
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- It's an awfully slow and low trip for one of the world's fastest bombers. A decommissioned B-1 bomber is passing through Oregon this week. But it's not flying, it's going by truck. The supersonic jet will be moving at about 45 miles per hour on I-5. It's a huge load, one of the largest ever to move through the state. The partially-dismantled plane is 135 feet long and 29 feet wide. The Statesman Journal reports the wings have been removed. The grounded bomber is headed for testing at a Boeing plant in Washington state.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Members of a northern Virginia church are looking for deliverance -- from golf balls. Officials at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church say more 2,600 errant drives have fallen on their property in a year. Members of the Fairfax church say they've been trying to work things out with their driving range neighbor. But they haven't come up with an answer. The Washington Post reports the church's youth director was even hit in the head with a golf ball. Church officials hope the county will press charges against the driving range for being a public nuisance. But TopGolf officials counter that their operation is the safest in the county.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It's a marriage made in -- protest. Two members of the Occupy Philadelphia movement decided to get hitched. Ally Nauss and Adam Hill met a month ago while working at the information tent. They tied the knot yesterday afternoon in the middle of the Occupy Philadelphia camp and surrounded by fellow protesters. The new bride says holding the wedding there "just made sense." She adds they met and fell in love there. The newlyweds plan to spend their honeymoon visiting other Occupy movements along the East Coast.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City officials are looking to "litter busters" for help. The volunteers are being asked to watch for people tossing trash from their cars in the borough of Staten Island. The litter busters will stay anonymous and send reports to the Sanitation Department. The Staten Island Advance reports the license plate numbers of the cars involved will also be noted. Officials say the litterbugs will get a letter from the sanitation commissioner asking them to keep it clean.
OLDER MOTORCYCLE RIDERS
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- These bikers are taking a ride -- on the mild side. Eighty-five-year-old Mac McCarthy and Jack McLaughlin, who's 82, are the oldest members of the American Legion Riders from Lynchburg, Virginia Post 16. McCarthy says he calls McLaughlin, "kid." McLaughlin says he still has his reflexes. But he tells a local paper (News & Advance) that when those go, he'll have to give up his motorcycle.
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