LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Voters in Los Angeles are deciding on more than who'll be the next president. They're also voting on whether porn stars will have to use condoms. Measure B on the L-A County ballot would require condoms during the making of X-rated movies. But some porn stars don't like it. Amber Lynn tells the Los Angeles Daily News -- quote -- "the idea of allowing a government employee to come and examine our genitalia while we're on set is atrocious." Opponents rallied outside the Dejavu strip club in North Hollywood. The condom measure is backed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- These voters in Washington are all dressed alike -- orange jumpsuits and white shoes. And when they finished voting, they go back to their cell block. Nearly 90 inmates in the D.C. Jail cast absentee ballots this year. The city's board of elections and the D.C. Jail coordinated the voting effort. Most states don't actively help inmates vote, but there are exceptions. Jails in San Francisco register inmates to vote and help with absentee ballots. In Maine and Vermont, prisoners never lose the ability to vote.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Disasters can bring out the best in people -- or the worst. New York's state attorney general is now investigating more than 400 reports of price gouging related to Superstorm Sandy. Most reports are about the high price of gas. But some consumers say they were charged ten bucks for a box of matches or $7 for a loaf of bread. Officials sued some gas stations following Tropical Storm Irene last summer.
JESSUP, Md. (AP) -- Maryland, alligator country? It was for officers in Jessup. County police seized a 3-foot-long American gator during a drug raid. Police say they also found more than five and a-half ounces of pot, with an estimated street value of nearly $3,200. An animal control officer removed the alligator and took it to a facility for exotic animals. Michael Golden is now charged with possession with intent to distribute.
DALLAS (AP) -- Skinny is still a fat cat -- but not as tubby a tabby as he was before. The overweight stray weighed about 41 pounds when he was found in a Dallas suburb. Shelter workers started calling the chubby cat Skinny. He's slimmed down to 37 pounds. But veterinarian Dr. Brittney Barton says Skinny needs to get down to about 30 before he can be put up for adoption. Skinny is on a special diet and is getting exercise. The orange tabby was found about two month ago and is now at the East Lake Pet Orphanage.
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- It's a criminal charge with some bite. Authorities in Florida accuse a woman of hiding crack cocaine under her choppers. Charlotte County deputies say Kimberly Maroney was riding in a pickup that was pulled over in a traffic stop. The deputies say it looked like she had something in her mouth and asked her to remove her dentures. According to authorities, Maroney had three large rocks of crack under her false teeth. She's been released on $3,500 bond.
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