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BACKYARD BOAT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California judge is torpedoing a backyard ship. A 72-foot antique ketch has been sitting in Dennis Holland's Newport Beach yard since 2006. He's been restoring it, but doesn't have a completion date. Holland had a permit for his DIY project, but it expired last year. Now, a judge is ordering Holland to move the old ship. Holland tells the Los Angeles Times it can't be moved. But if Holland doesn't hoist anchor, he faces a $1,000 a day fine.

OLD-SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- No megapixels or memory cards for the students at one Tennessee high school. The kids in Kay Grogg's photography class take their pictures on film and develop them in the darkroom. David Crockett High senior Megan Cottage says it's like "magic" when the developing pictures start to appear. But Grogg has nothing against digital technology. She gives her students tips on taking better pictures with their cellphone cams.

ROBOT BASKETBALL

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- March madness is more like machine madness for some Kentucky high school students. They're preparing robots for a basketball competition. Robots and their builders are scored on how many shots they can sink in two-and-a-half minutes. Senior Danielle Scott is on the team for Dunbar High in Lexington. But there's more to the competition than hardware and computer programming. Danielle tells a local paper (Herald-Leader) the experience has taught her about leadership and time management.

BIG BURRITO CHALLENGE

Thibodaux, La. (AP) -- The whole enchilada may not be such a big deal at La Palma Mexican Restaurant. But the whole burrito is another story. Owner Raudel Torres serves a monster, 5-pound burrito at his place in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Torres says 350 people have tried to conquer the Burrito La Palma in the two years since he created it. But only 13 have done it. A local paper (Daily Comet) reports Jerry Shepherd not only ate one but did it record time, just 18 minutes. The burrito masters get a trophy and 100 bucks in cash.

GET BAKED

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) -- Baker Emily Woodward honed her craft at the bottom of the world. She worked three winters as a baker's assistant at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Now, her customers don't spend months at what she calls the "coldest, darkest" place on Earth. She's opened Get Baked, a bakery in her hometown of Windsor, Connecticut. A spur of the moment inspiration has become her best-seller. Woodward tells the Journal Inquirer of Manchester she thought that strawberry and lime might work well together. Now, she's baking strawberry-lime muffins every day.

PINK HANDCUFFS

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Deputy Heather Morrison has a trademark -- her pink handcuffs. The Franklin County, Kentucky, deputy says when she hauls the big guys off to jail, they always ask if she's going to slap the pink cuffs on them. Morrison says the suspects are more upset about a dash of pink than breaking the law. She tells a local paper (State Journal) the pink handcuffs are her way to "feminize the uniform."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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