COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- It's a brew with quite a head. A Colorado apartment complex was evacuated yesterday because of a noxious odor. Turns out the smell was from a home beer-brewing kit. Authorities tell KRDO-TV that two workers at the Colorado Springs complex went into an apartment and were sickened by the smell. Firefighters cleared part of the complex. Residents were allowed back less than an hour later.
FREE MARIJUANA-VOTER REGISTRATION
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Bongs and ballots. Authorities in Michigan are charging the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary with violating state election law. Shekina Pena is accused of offering free pot to customers who register to vote. Prosecutors say he faces a count of trying to influence voters with a "valuable consideration." Conviction is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- It's a love of books and love among the books. Alicia Proulx and Jared Fiori have tied the knot in Maine's Auburn Public Library. It's the first marriage in the stacks in the library's 107-year history. The newlyweds tell a local paper (Sun Journal of Lewiston) they've been avid readers since they were teens and have been dating for three years. The bride is an aspiring novelist. The groom hopes to be a comic book artist.
MOM'S CAR RAMMED
CORNING, Calif. (AP) -- It's no way to talk to your mother! Authorities in Northern California have arrested a man on suspicion of ramming his mother's car with his own. Deputies say 35-year-old Troy Dewayne Gannon had an argument with his family before the ramming incident. According to authorities, mom got into her car to drive away. That's when deputies say Gannon made like he was in a demolition derby. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports Gannon ran off when deputies approached. He was later found hiding in a trailer and arrested.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- It's a big treat for whale watchers -- with the emphasis on big. Whale watchers off the coast of Maine spotted a blue whale over the weekend. The creatures are the world's largest mammal. It's the first blue whale sighting off New England in several years. Experts say the 80-foot-long creature was apparently taking a snooze. It floated to the surface every five or so minutes to exhale through its blow hole and take a breath. The whale was spotted from two whale-watching boats. Naturalist Mechele Vanderlaan was aboard one of them. She says it's only the second time in 21 years she's seen a blue whale. Vanderlaan adds she can't "get the smile" off her face.
MACON, Ga. (AP) -- There's a dirt shortage -- at least in Macon. The Georgia city is running out of dirt to cover the trash at its landfill. A local paper (Telegraph) reports city crews are stockpiling dirt and there's probably enough left for about six more months. The mayor's office says Macon may have to buy dirt from a nearby lot for $42,000 a year.
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