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CIVIL WAR-TRADING CARDS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Forget football cards or even baseball cards. The National Park Service is issuing Civil War cards. The series of trading cards is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. About 190 of the collectible trading cards will be available. Topics range from major battles and famous generals, to historic sites and presidents. Visitors to places like Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland or Ford's Theatre in Washington can earn cards by answering questions. The cards are free. Collectors can travel to 23 participating sites to get them all.

KID DRIVER

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Troopers are impressed by a kid's driving skills. The Tennessee Highway Patrol chased a Mississippi 15 year old through four counties. According to authorities, the teen had a 14-year-old runaway girl with him. The pursuit ended with the young driver wrecking the car. But authorities say no one was hurt. T-H-P Lieutenant Jessie Brooks says the teen managed to avoid spike strips that tripped up a trooper. Brooks tells The Knoxville News Sentinel the young driver "could make a future with those driving skills," if he stays out of trouble.

GOLFERS-RACY PHOTO

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) -- Dropping their drawers could cost a Kansas college golf team nearly half their season. The 14 guys on the Bethany College golf squad posed nude. The photo went viral on the Internet. While team members weren't wearing anything, strategically placed golf clubs saved them from showing everything. The president of the small, private college says the team will be barred from playing in its first three meets. That's nearly half the fall golf season. Team members are appealing the punishment.

CHICAGO-MARIJUANA BUST

CHICAGO (AP) -- Lumpy the K-9 cop is no slouch. Chicago authorities say Lumpy and another police dog, Achilles, managed to sniff-out more than six tons of pot. Police say the mountain of illegal weed was discovered on Chicago's West Side. According to authorities, the marijuana was packed in 25-pound bricks that were wrapped in layers of cellophane, aluminum and ball bearing grease. Police put the street value of the pot at about 33 million bucks. Police say seven men have been charged in connection with the bust.

SHOES-GUNPOINT EXCHANGE

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- It's one way to return a pair of shoes. Police in Wichita, Kansas, say a woman walked into a clothing store and asked to return shoes. The clerk told her she needed a receipt. Authorities say the woman left the shoes and walked out. But KAKE-TV reports the woman came back with a gun. Police say the employee gave her some cash and shoes. Police say they busted the 36-year-old woman a short time later.

BURGER KING-OATMEAL

UNDATED (AP) -- Breakfast is becoming the most important meal of the day -- at least for many fast-food places. Now Burger King is adding oatmeal to its breakfast menu. Breakfast accounts for nearly 60 percent of restaurant traffic growth in recent years. Burger King says it is trying to offer customers a healthier breakfast option, beyond sausage croissant sandwiches or French toast dipping sticks. Starbucks, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A and Denny's all offer oatmeal. But at about two bucks, Burger King's will be the cheapest.

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