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SOFTBALL PHENOM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- She's just a seventh-grader, but college recruiters are already interested in Trenity Edwards. The 13-year-old Oklahoma kid is a softball phenom. She played baseball with her older brother, starting at just three. At 11, she switched to softball. Last year, as a 12-year-old playing against 18 year olds, she hit a homerun in her first at bat during the Elite 24 World Series in Disney World. But she can't sign any of those letters of intent. A local paper (Norman Transcript) reports Trenity won't be eligible until she graduates from high school in 2017.

TARDINESS POLICY-PROTEST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City students have to pay for being late. They're fined five bucks for showing up for class after the bell. But some students object to the fine. About 100 East High students walked out of class Friday in protest. The demonstrators tell the Desert News the policy is unfair. The students contend they don't have enough time to get from one class to another. The protesters add that low-income families can't afford to pay the fine. But East High administrators defend the policy. They note the fine is waived if tardy students go to after-school detention.

DEGREE GUARANTEE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Graduate in four years -- guaranteed. That's the offer from the University at Buffalo. The western New York school promises students a four-year roadmap, in exchange for a commitment they'll stay on track. UB says if a student doesn't get the sheepskin in four years, tuition for the remaining work is on the house. The Finish in Four program starts with the students who'll be enrolling this coming fall.

SNAKES ON A TRAIN

BOSTON (AP) -- Forget snakes a plane -- this would be snakes on a train! PETA wants to put rubber snakes on the Boston T. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is seeking permission to put the fake snakes on commuter trains to raise awareness about the exotic animal skin trade. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk tells the Boston Herald the T is the place to do it. She notes that Penelope the boa constrictor slithered away from its owner on a Red Line train last year and wasn't found for a month.

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG-BLACKSMITH

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- It's high-tech, 1776-style. Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating the opening of its newest exhibit, the James Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury. The display features four blacksmith forges and a reconstructed kitchen. The industrial site supported Virginia's war effort during the American Revolution. The complex was owned and operated by James Anderson. He was appointed public armourer in 1776 by the General Assembly of Virginia.

SPILLED MILK

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- This spilled milk probably is worth crying over. Washington state troopers report a milk tanker lost control and rolled on a freeway ramp in Bellevue. As much as 1,000 gallons of milk covered the highway. Troopers say the driver wasn't hurt, but the crash left the milk truck on its side. All that milk -- and not cookie in sight.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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