WEST HOLLYWOOD FUR BAN
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- The fur won't be flying in the city of West Hollywood. At least not off of store shelves. The West Hollywood City Council has approved a local ordinance that bans the sale of fur products. It's believed to be the first law of its type in the country. The L-A area enclave is known for its animal-friendly laws. They are no "pets" in West Hollywood. The animals are formally recognized as "companions." There are no pet owners, either. The people who buy the kibble and clean up the kitty litter are officially called "guardians."
SCHOOL BAND-MACY'S PARADE
HILO, Hawaii (AP) -- Hundreds of Hawaiian students will be having their Thanksgiving turkey a long way from home. They're marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports nearly 400 high school students will be part of the Hawaii All State Marching Band. The kids didn't even have to audition. Parade organizers simply asked if Hawaii schools could put together a group. It's the second time in six years students from Hawaii will be part of the big turkey day parade.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mummy has a new home. Mummies have returned to the National Mall in Washington. A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History features its largest ever exhibit of ancient Egyptian mummies. "Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt" even offers visitors a look inside the mummy cases, thanks to high-tech techniques like CAT scans. The mummy display is now part of the Smithsonian's permanent exhibitions.
PEPPER SPRAYING COP-MEME
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- The Pepper Spraying Cop has gone viral. A University of California, Davis police officer was captured on video casually sweeping a line of protesters with pepper spray last week. Now, tech-savvy cut-ups are digital altering the Pepper Spraying Cop photos and posting them online. He is shown spraying everyone from the Muppets to Jesus at the Last Supper. Last night, university Chancellor Linda Katehi (kah-TAY'-hee) apologized to a crowd of almost 2,000 people. She says she feels horrible about what happened.
LICENSE PLATE LAWSUIT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- It's 4-20 -- at least for one lawyer. State officials in Nebraska say attorney Frank Shoemaker can get his personalized plates "NE420," after all. Shoemaker supports a referendum in the state on legalizing pot. At first, the Department of Motor Vehicles denied request. The DMV said 420 was a forbidden drug reference. It's stoner slang for let's get high. But Shoemaker sued in federal court, saying his free speech rights were being violated.
GOODWILL STORE ROBBERIES
TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Goodwill is certainly lacking -- as robbers are hitting Goodwill stores in the Baltimore area. Baltimore County police say two thrift shops operated by the charity each have been robbed twice this month. Police believe at least two of the four robberies are connected. Investigators are hoping some goodwill from the public will help ID the Goodwill bandits.
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