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BRITAIN-RUDE PARROT

LONDON (AP) — An agency in Britain is trying to find a new home for a parrot that curses. And the bird bites, as well. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says anyone who takes Beaky in will have to put up with some rude language. The agency also says he tends to bite people until he bonds with them. A supervisor says the bird is a chattering lory who will only be given to new owners with experience handling exotic birds. She says Beaky needs interaction with people or other birds to have a fulfilling life.

BURGLAR EATS TAKEOUT

TITUSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania are looking for a person they suspect of kicking in the door of a house before making themselves at home. The suspect apparently ate some Chinese takeout in front of the home's glowing fireplace. State police in Oil Creek Township haven't identified or arrested any suspects, but say the incident happened sometime between Oct.17 and 24. The scene of the comfortable crime is about 85 miles north of Pittsburgh.

BIONIC STAIR-CLIMBER

CHICAGO (AP) — Zac Vawter considers himself a test pilot. The 31-year-old software engineer is helping to test a bionic prosthetic leg that's controlled by his thoughts. He'll put it to the ultimate test Sunday when he tries to climb 103 flights of stairs to the top of Chicago's Willis Tower. It's one of the world's tallest skyscrapers. After losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident, Vawter signed up to become a research subject. If all goes well, he'll make history with the bionic leg's public debut. The robotic leg will respond to electrical impulses from muscles in Vawter's hamstring. He'll will think, "Climb stairs," and the motors, belts and chains in his leg will synchronize the movements of its ankle and knee. Vawter hopes to make it to the top in an hour. That's longer than it would've taken before his amputation, but less time than it would take with his normal prosthetic leg.

DISNEY-STAR WARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Experts don't expect Disney to fiddle with "Star Wars." One analyst says the company has been pretty good at letting creative minds do what they do best. Disney has purchased of Lucasfilm, and is planning a new "Star Wars" movie. Observers in the entertainment business don't expect Bambi and Mickey Mouse to start showing up in the "Star Wars" saga.

TO FAT TO FLY?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Southwest Airlines wins a round in court. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the carrier by a New Orleans woman who claims a gate agent told her she was "too fat to fly." The woman says she was told she couldn't get on a flight unless she bought two tickets. The judge dismissed the case because the woman missed the deadline for responding to Southwest's request for the case to be tossed. The judge says Southwest's request seems to have merit, but dismissed the suit without prejudice, which means the woman can ask for the case to be reopened.

BORDER-SMUGGLING RAMP

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep got stuck on top of the barrier. Authorities say agents spotted the Jeep Cherokee teetering atop the fence. It was perched about five miles west of the Colorado River and the Arizona state line. Officials say two smugglers on the Mexican side of the border who were trying to free the Jeep when agents approached. The smuggler ran further into Mexico and escaped.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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