ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Governor Cumo? No, it's Governor Gumby! New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a rep as a hard-nosed negotiator. But he says he's flexible, just like Gumby. For those too young to remember, Gumby was the innocent and malleable claymation TV character from the 1960s. No word from the gov though, on who in his administration would be Pokey, Gumby's sidekick.
DINING WITH DOGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You can take your beagle to brunch. At least in the Los Angeles area. LA County public health officials say restaurant patrons now can bring their pooches along. But, of course, there are strings -- or rather leashes -- attached. Rover will be welcomed in outdoor dining areas. But the restaurants must have a separate entrance for the four-legged patrons and their human pals. And no canines on the tables or the seats.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Please feed the moose. That's the message from the Alaska Moose Federation. Volunteers are setting up feeding stations for the big creatures this snowy winter. The idea is to keep the animals away from roads and highways, which pose a danger to both the moose and the people driving. Wildlife biologists say the moose are looking for food and are attracted to areas that aren't as snow-covered. KTUU-TV reports state officials have approved the moose feeding plan. The volunteers have already set out some bales for the moose to munch on.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Passengers are getting fatter -- but one air traveler is a real whale. Keet the 7,000-pound male orca got first class treatment on a flight from Texas to San Diego. SeaWorld officials say Keet was on a chartered C-130 cargo plane. No seat for Keet, though. He was in a water-filled container. SeaWorld says veterinarians went along, to make sure Keet's dorsal fin stayed wet during the flight. U-T San Diego reports Keet will join the seven other orcas at the park.
BODIES FOR SCIENCE
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- That's grandpa's pancreas! Perhaps Keith Cantrell's grandkids will be saying that someday. He wants to donate his body to the Body Worlds exhibit. The display has preserved human bodies and body parts. The exhibition is now open at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Officials tell KATU-TV that 39 people have offered to donate their bodies after seeing the exhibit. Cantrell says he hopes the study of his remains might contribute to human learning. But he wants his body parts labeled, so his descendants will know who they came from.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- iPads are going to school in a big way. A Texas school district is giving thousands of kids the popular tablet computer from Apple. The McAllen Independent School District is handing out nearly 7,000 of the high tech gizmos this week. Some will be the smaller iPod Touch for the younger kids. By this time next year, the district says every one of its more than 25,000 students will have an iPad or iPod Touch. It may be the largest such program in the nation. All those gadgets will cost the district more than $20 million.
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