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LINCOLN TUNNEL RUN

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) -- It's not someplace many people see on foot. More than 4,000 runners and walkers dashed through the Lincoln Tunnel early yesterday. The tunnel links New York City and New Jersey. The 26th annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge raised nearly $200,000 for the Special Olympics of New Jersey. The runners made a 3.1-mile roundtrip under the Hudson River.

COWBOY CHEF

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) -- As an English lad, Nick Castelberg watched "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke." But he never thought he'd become a cowboy. Now, Castelberg is known as "Cookie." He's king of the chuck wagon at the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, Texas. He knows how to whip up pinto beans 150 different ways and serves up cowboy cooking to tourists. Like the cowboys of old, Castelberg toils over the campfire with a pair of .45s strapped to his belt. He tells the Houston Chronicle that in addition to making vittles, the cook also had to defend the camp.

ANTELOPE ESCAPE

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- That's no deer. Ollie Zess and his wife saw a creature bounding past and figured it might have been a deer or maybe an elk. But it was something you don't often in see Ohio -- an antelope. The Sandusky Register reports the antelope has curved horns and weighs more than a-half ton. It escaped from the Kalahari Resort safari park in northern Ohio. It hid in the woods, then headed toward a highway. Deputies corralled the antelope, before it was hit with a tranquilizer dart. No one was hurt and the animal is back at the park.

FLAGS THEFT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- Police in Oregon say Craig James Pitcher couldn't stay out of trouble -- not even for five minutes. Just minutes after being released from the Albany jail, authorities say Pitcher shimmied up their flagpole and swiped both a state flag and a U.S. flag. He was ID'ed on security video. Later, officers say he shoplifted wine and was busted. Pitcher is now charged with theft. But police say they did find their missing Oregon flag.

SHOE RECYCLING

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Those stinking old sneaks are good for something. Sixth-grader Bridger Gordon wanted to help the environment and learned about a Nike recycling program. So, the South Dakota kid and his 10-year-old sister collected old athletic shoes on Earth Day this year. The Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program grinds up the sneakers. The rubber is used to resurface athletic fields and playgrounds. The Rapid City Journal reports they collected about 500 pairs with the help of Bridger's 4-H Club.

ODD TRAVELER

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) -- Greg Pike is driving to Sturgis, South Dakota, in the slow lane. The Arizona man hopes to be there in time for the annual Motorcycle Rally in August. Pike is driving his 1939 Allis-Chalmers tractor, towing a small cabin on a flatbed and his fishing boat. His rig is licensed, but he's not. He tells the Sidney, Nebraska, Sun-Telegram that he doesn't have a driver's license. But Pike says you don't need a license to operate a tractor on the roadway.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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