Posted Tuesday, November 1, 2011 --- 8:00 a.m.
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- It's being called the "solar auction of the year." But for the administration, it's more like a bad burn. Solyndra Inc., the solar firm that President Barack Obama touted as a way to create "green jobs" -- and which the government gave a $528 billion loan guarantee -- is auctioning surplus assets this week as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Among the items on the auction block: artwork that once hung on the walls.
BEIJING (AP) -- Don't look behind you, NASA, China may be catching up. Chinese state media says the country has launched an unmanned spacecraft that will try to dock with an experimental module. It's the latest step in what's said to be a decade-long effort by Beijing to put a manned permanent space station in orbit. The new craft is called the Shenzhou 8. China has already shown it can knock out a satellite in orbit.
FENTON, Mo. (AP) -- As if working in a haunted house isn't scary enough, it almost proved fatal for a 17-year-old girl near Fenton, Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the girl was supposed to scare guests at Creepyworld. She accidentally got a noose caught around her neck Thursday. A co-worker found her while making safety checks. The girl was released from intensive care yesterday.
HONOLULU (AP) -- Pregnant women are known for getting the munchies, but Nicole Leszczynski of Honolulu will likely curb herself from now on -- at least in the supermarket. She munched on a chicken salad sandwich while shopping at a Safeway last week, as did her husband, and they forgot to pay for them. Perhaps shopping with a two-year-old might have had something to do with it. They did pay for $50 of other groceries. The supermarket accused them of stealing, they were arrested, and their two-year-old was taken away from them for 18 hours. The couple was released on bail. Leszczynski calls the incident "horrifying." Safeway agrees it could have handled it better.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- He's one of those people whose work you may have enjoyed, but you never knew his name. Tom Keith, who was the longtime sound effects man on radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," died suddenly on Sunday. The host of the show, Garrison Keillor, called Keith "one of radio's great clowns." Keillor says Keith was serious about silliness, and worked hard to get a moo exactly right -- and other sounds, too. On a recent broadcast, he did a sound effect of a grade-school teacher being shrunk from six feet to three inches.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It's not hard being a cop when suspects fall into your hands. Of course, it rarely works that way. But in Portland, Oregon, police called to a home because of an intoxicated man barricaded in an attic heard a crash in the living room. Their suspect had fallen through the ceiling. He was promptly taken into custody. Until the man made his plunge, police were planning to leave for the moment because they decided he wasn't an immediate threat.
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