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GUM REMOVAL BUSINESS E2158

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a lot of gum-flapping in Washington -- but it's not just politicians. Plenty of people are chewing gum and spitting it out. And that's good news for Duane M. Cummins, who has a gum removal business. He says there are gum wads from the poorest parts of town to Capitol Hill. He tells The Washington Post his most memorable job was at the American Museum of Natural History, where the ruby slippers from the "The Wizard of Oz" are on display. He says there was gum all around and he couldn't believe it.

DETROIT-ROBOCOP STATUE E2159

DETROIT (AP) -- The statue of RoboCop is a step closer to reality. The cyborg from the 1980s sci-fi movie is being recreated in bronze. A RoboCop model is being scanned. Then, artists will create foam pieces that will be used for the bronze casting. Jerry Paffendorf tells The Detroit News RoboCop will have "a physical, as well as conceptual, origin in Detroit." The movie was set in a futuristic and crime-ridden Motor City. A social networking campaign exploded last year, quickly raising $50,000 for the statue.

COIN FINE E2154

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado college student has plenty of spare change -- but a local court won't accept it. Ted Nischan has to pay a $160 speeding ticket. He tried using the coins from his change bucket, but that's not good enough for the Fort Collins municipal court. A local paper (Fort Collins Coloradoan) reports court officials don't have the time to count the coins. Nischan says banks want to take too big of a cut to cash in his coins. Now, Nischan is worried he might lose his license.

DOG BEACH SHUT DOWN E2150

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) -- Doggie doo has doomed a beach experiment. Dog lovers had been allowed to let their four-legged buddies off the leash on an L-A County beach. But the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council has voted to pull the plug just weeks after it started. It seems people are complaining about the piles of poo the pooches were leaving behind.

RENT-A-GATOR E2152

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Why buy a gator -- when you can rent one? That's what officials at a small Massachusetts zoo want to do. The city-owned Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro hopes to put a rare white alligator on display. The Sun Chronicle reports Mayor Kevin Dumas is asking the city council to OK $8,000 to rent the creature. The zoo would pay two grand a month for a four-month exhibit.

SNAKE ON A PLANE a1354

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- There really was a snake on the plane. An Australian pilot on a cargo run had to turn back, when he found a loose snake. It was a little like the Samuel L. Jackson movie "Snakes on a Plane." Air Frontier director Geoff Hunt says the snake's head popped up from behind the plane's instrument panel. Hunt adds the pilot is a "cool character," who radioed that he was returning to base. A snake hunter was unable to find the reptile after landing. The creature may have slithered away and escaped.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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