DON'T FEED DUCKS
LYNN, Mass. (AP) -- No ducking this charge. Authorities accuse an 80-year-old Massachusetts woman with illegal duck feeding. Authorities in Lynn say Claire Butcher is violating a "no trespass" order in city parks. They say she's feeding ducks and geese in violation of a 2009 order against her to keep out of all city parks. Officials say Butcher has been cited a dozen times for feeding wildlife -- at 100 bucks a pop. But Butcher tells a local paper (Daily Item) the birds "don't belong to the city, they belong to God." She faces another fine and up to 30 days in jail.
DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A couple of wandering piggies have a new home. Stimpson and Ren now can pig-out on a farm in Davidsonville, Maryland. The pot-bellied pigs were captured in a business park near the Baltimore Washington Parkway in September. Animal Control officials figured they were abandoned by a previous owner. Farm owner Martin Hoy says the pigs have been feasting on fruit, vegetables and leftovers. But he tells the Capitol of Annapolis the pigs especially love spaghetti.
COLOR OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) -- Orange is the new black -- at least in fashion circles. Color consultants Pantone Incorporated say Tangerine Tango is the color of the year for 2012. They're predicting we'll see the reddish-orange hue on everything from fashion runways to living room drapes. Designer Tommy Hilfiger agrees. He says people had been leaning toward the conservative and will now want to freshen their look.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- No turkey for the teach -- in Alabama. The Alabama Ethics Commission has new guidelines on gifts for school teachers. The commission says a student could give a coffee mug or homemade cookies to the teacher. But the commission says more expensive gifts would violate Alabama's new ethics law. So, no hams, turkeys or $25 gift certificates for Alabama teachers.
EGG NOG THEFT
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Someone in Pittsburgh has a need for nog. Police are looking for a crook who smashed into a state liquor store and swiped two bottles of alcoholic egg nog. WTAE-TV reports the booze break-in was caught on surveillance video. Police are investigating.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A valuable metal is attracting crooks in the San Francisco Bay area. But it's not gold or even silver. The bandits are after copper. Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say they discovered this week that thieves had cut away 20-foot sections of thick electrical cable in West Oakland. The San Francisco Chronicle reports BART also revealed another theft of a giant spool of copper cable that cost the agency $500,000.
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