Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 2:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Santa can't be far behind, now that the U.S. Capitol's Christmas tree has arrived. The 65-foot tree was delivered yesterday. It comes from the White River National Forest in Colorado. About 5,000 ornaments will decorate the tree. House Speaker John Boehner will push the button to light it up during a ceremony next Tuesday.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oh, deer! It wasn't a reindeer wearing Christmas light in Eugene, Oregon. A deer got its antlers caught in a string of holiday lights. KVAL-TV reports state wildlife biologists managed to tranquilize the animal and untangle the lights. The experts say it's a holiday time hazard. The deer are rutting this time of year and male deer rub their antlers on trees and anything that might be dangling from those trees.
CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) -- The election isn't over -- at least not in one Oregon town. There's a five-way tie for a seat on the Cave Junction City Council. Each of the candidates got three write-in votes apiece. The top finisher got seven votes but was disqualified for not being a registered voter. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the winner will be settled by chance -- such as drawing a name from a hat.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball's all-time strikeout king is pitching something new -- recipes. Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is working on a cookbook with his favorite beef dishes. Ryan is a longtime Texas rancher. Publisher Little, Brown and Co. announced yesterday the book is scheduled for release in May of 2014. But there will be something in the book for those who don't a know brisket from a pot roast. Ryan plans to work in a few baseball stories, too. He's currently CEO and president of the Texas Rangers.
LUXURY CAR KICKER
BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) -- There's a guy who's got it in for high-end rides. A Utah car dealership reports a man kicked a Maserati, a Mercedes Benz and other luxury cars. Manager J.B. Lawrence of Specialties Automotive Group says the kicking vandal caused thousands of dollars in damage. Lawrence tells KTVX-TV the vandalism was caught on two surveillance cameras. Lawrence says insurance will help cover the damage. Police are investigating.
INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) -- There's money to be made in plastic -- stolen plastic. Southern California businesses are losing millions to plastic thieves. With plastic selling for around 15 cents per pound, crooks are swiping milk crates, pallets and bread trays. Los Angeles county sheriff's officials say stealing plastic doesn't get noticed. Officials tell the L.A. Times the average cop wouldn't think twice about someone picking up milk crates behind a store. But now the law is fighting back. The Sheriff's Department has formed what's believed to be the nation's only team to combat industrial plastic thefts.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.