TAMPA BAY, Florida (AP) -- It helps to be from the top man's home state. Delegates from Massachusetts are getting prime seats at the Republican National Convention. They'll be right up front as Mitt Romney accepts the GOP presidential nomination in Tampa, Florida, this week. Romney is a former governor of his adopted state. The Mass delegates usually get seats in the back of the hall, because their state is a Democratic stronghold.
TAMPA BAY, Florida (AP) -- Isaac is no match for Dorothy. Arkansas GOP delegate Dorothy Crockett wasn't going to miss a minute of the convention. Yesterday's schedule was scrapped as Tropical Storm Isaac approached hurricane strength off the Florida coast. But the 77-year-old didn't blink. She was decked out in red, white and blue and says she's never experienced a hurricane before. But she predicts this election year will be "the Republican hurricane," with the GOP taking the House, Senate and White House.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Waitress Barbara Bradley has something to get off her chest. She went topless in a protest in Asheville, North Carolina, over the weekend. About dozen women took off their shirts in what they say is an effort to promote equality. Several hundred people turned out. That's far fewer than last year, when about two thousand people showed up for the GoTopless.org rally in Asheville. Police report no busts at the topless protest. North Carolina law allows women to be shirtless.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- A Nevada man now has a legal pain in the -- you-know-what. Fernando Santana Eagleheart faces a criminal charge, after police say he accidentally shot himself in the rear end. According to authorities, Eagleheart dropped his gun during a showing of "The Bourne Legacy" earlier this month. Police tell the Reno Gazette-Journal that Eagleheart apologized to the crowd in the movie theater and left. No one else was hurt. While he has a concealed carry permit, Eagleheart faces a misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm.
DOOMSDAY GUNS ARREST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The end is near -- at least it could be for a convicted felon worried about doomsday. Federal prosecutors charge Peter Laporte had his wife buy 10 guns for him. He was busted in Rhode Island on charges the include being a felon in possession of firearms. Authorities say LaPorte and his wife went to a gun shop and told the clerk they were stocking up for doomsday. They also said they were planning on building a bunker. The four-time convicted felon was busted when he returned to the gun shop for ammo.
WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) -- Bob Harms isn't cutting a very fast track -- as he drives a riding mower. He hopes to finish a nearly 500 mile journey tomorrow in Iowa. He started at the U.S.-Canadian border in Minnesota August 20th. The Toro mower can only hit a top speed of about seven miles-per-hour. Harms has had hearing problems since he was a baby. A local paper (West Central Tribune of Willmar) reports the ride is raising money for the Minnesota Lions Children's Hearing Center and for research.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.