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NO SWEARING-TOWN

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Potty mouths will have to pay up in Middleborough, Massachusetts. Last night, folks at the town meeting voted to impose a 20 buck fine for cussing in public. The 183-50 vote approved a proposal from the town's police chief. Supporters say they aren't trying to censor speech, but crack down on loud profanity downtown and in parks. The measure would permit police to write a ticket for cursing, similar to a traffic violation.

PAINT BALL-BURGLAR

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- She's a sure shot -- with a paint ball gun. Police say a Southeast Texas woman opened fire on a bandit with yellow paint balls. The Galveston County Daily News reports Carrie King called police to say she was hiding from someone who had broken into her home. An arriving officer heard the sound of the paint ball gun -- and the thud of the balls finding their target. Police say Elvis Alexander was hit several times. He now faces charges that include burglary.

BAMBOO BIKE BUILDER

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Paul Fish likes bamboo -- for his bike. He has built a bamboo bicycle, just to see if he could do it. The Spokane, Washington, man says there are limits to a bamboo bike. The fork for the front wheel is metal, as are the gears and some other parts. He figures it took about 200 bucks and 50 hours to put together. Fish adds his bamboo bike is so popular with his friends it already needs a repair. One of the pieces of bamboo is cracking. But Fish tells a local paper (Spokesman-Review) he has plenty of bamboo left over for spare parts.

ROBBERY-VANITY PLATES

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- If you're a crook -- you might want to ditch the vanity plates. Federal prosecutors say personalized license plates led them to James Adamson, who's charged with robbing a KFC in Wichita, Kansas. Authorities say Adamson and another man (Paul Sifuentez) held up the restaurant and then drove off in Adamson's car, which has the easy-to-remember tag "SAVOY." Wichita police say two officers were met with gunfire when they stopped the car, but neither officer was hurt. Both suspects are charged with robbery and using a firearm in a violent crime.

WILD ABOUT WIKIPEDIA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Justin Knapp is whacky for Wiki. He's the top contributor to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. He has edited a staggering 1.1 million articles. And if you figured he's made a fortune -- you're wrong. Wikipedia depends on volunteers, just like Knapp. The lifelong Hoosier tells The Indianapolis Star he sometimes spends 16 hours a day on Wiki. As for making a living, Knapp works odd jobs. But he might have a little less time for Wikipedia in the future. Knapp says he has returned to school to get a degree in nursing.

HEINZ-CLEANING VINEGAR

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Vinegar isn't just for salads anymore. Lots of people use vinegar around the house for cleaning. Now Heinz plans to sell a more potent variety. "Heinz All Natural Cleaning Vinegar" is about 20 percent stronger than traditional white distilled vinegar. The ketchup and condiment giant has sold vinegar for more than 140 years. Heinz says the more powerful vinegar is ideal for cleaning windows, glasses and laundry stains. But you can still use it for cooking, too.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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