ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Two wounded combat veterans are reuniting in retirement. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says military officials are agreeing to let former Marine Corporal Megan Leavey adopt Sergeant Rex. Rex is a black and brown German Shepherd. Leavey was his handler. They were wounded in Iraq together in 2006 while trying to disarm an explosive device. Rex is 10 years old and can't continue his military service. But Schumer says bureaucracy stood in the way of the adoption. Rex will now join Leavey in Rockland County, just north of New York City.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- You don't need to be a war hero or a former president to get your name on a road in Virginia. All you'll need is a fat bank account. Legislators recently approved a measure to sell naming rights. But you'll have to keep it clean. Vulgar, obscene or offensive names are banned. The Washington Examiner reports state transportation officials are working to ID suitable roads and bridges. So how much will it cost? Proposals include charging $200,000 for naming rights for major urban interstates.
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) -- Autumn Miller can't believe she's gotten her purse back -- and nearly four-grand in cash. The Kentucky mother of two says she was going to use the money to buy a car and move the family into a house. Miller, her children and her mother have been living out of a motel. Miller says she left the purse in a shopping cart at a Best Buy. Miller had filled out a police report about the missing purse. The Kentucky Enquirer reports five days later police called to say a Good Samaritan had turned it in.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- A remorseful drunk wants to make amends. Someone has left a stolen bike near the sheriff's office and police department in Aspen, Colorado. A handwritten note of apology says the thief took the bike to ride home and asks that it be returned. The note is signed, "Drunk." Police tell the Aspen Times they're trying to locate the bike owner.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- This puppy-napping has a happy ending. Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, report a 4-year-old girl has her poodle back. Pip the poodle pup was snatched from Olivia Lippert's arms while she was in front of her house. The Albuquerque Journal reports someone saw news reports, bought the puppy and returned it to the family. Police are investigating whether two women who sold the dog are the same ones who stole him. Authorities say the pair may be linked to other crimes as well.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Senate candidate Mark Neumann has a real pig for a running mate. The former congressman is hitting the campaign trail with Mr. Favors. That's what the Wisconsin Republican hopeful is calling his little pink pig. Neumann says the mini-porker represents government pork -- wasteful spending by Uncle Sam. Neumann is one of four GOP candidates seeking the open senate seat. A Democrat is in the race, too.
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