WINONA, Texas (AP) — Warning: "These globes should not be referred to for navigation." Kelly Watson found that cautionary sticker on a 7-inch model of the world. She sent it to the nonprofit Center for America. The Texas woman wins their 15th Annual Wacky Warning Labels contest and a-thousand bucks. The center says Dave Woehrer of Milwaukee gets second-place and $500. He found the wacky label that warned his electric shaver should never be used "while sleeping." The center says such warning labels are the result of a lawsuit-happy culture.
MICHIGAN CHRISTMAS TREE
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Christmas is a-half year away -- but officials in Michigan are already thinking tree. The state has begun the search for this year's Xmas tree. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget wants a 65-foot spruce or fir. Emailed tree nominations are due by July 31st (ChristmasTree(at)michigan.gov). The tree will decorate the Michigan Capitol lawn this coming holiday season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It's a gas -- thanks to Macy's. The Genesee Country Village and Museum in western New York wants to launch a Civil War-style balloon to celebrate July 4th. But museum officials couldn't find enough helium gas to fill it. Now, the famed New York City department store is coming to the rescue. Macy's has a stockpile of helium for the giant balloons that are the highlight of its Thanksgiving Day parade. The museum will offer rides in the tethered balloon, which will rise about 300 feet. The balloon is modeled after those used for artillery spotters during the Civil War. It's part of the museum's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war.
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Eagle Scout Curry McWilliams has 'em all. He's one of the rare Boy Scouts who has earned all 132 merit badges. Scouting officials say only about a dozen scouts a year accomplish the feat. The Kansas scout says he didn't set out to earn every single merit badge. But the 18-year-old says he realized a couple of years ago the goal was in reach. Curry tells The Kansas City Star he earned his Eagle Scout patch in 2008 and just kept going.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials are looking for some folks willing to go a little batty. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources wants volunteers to participate in nighttime bat studies. The people will use an electronic device called an Anabat, which can I-D bat species. Wildlife officials are trying to track a bat-related disease as it moves South.
LICENSE PLATE LOTTERY
BOSTON (AP) — There's a lottery in Massachusetts, but the prizes aren't cash. They're license plates. The state Registry of Motor Vehicles is accepting applications for 124 low-number plates, including 73, 295 and 1Z. Agency officials expect thousands of requests. Low-number plates are considered a status symbol by some. The state began the lottery several years ago, after complaints the desirable plates went to the well connected.
by Jamie Friar
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.