WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) -- Vacations are different now for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In keeping with family tradition, all 30 members of the Romney clan are kicking back at his New England lakeside compound. But now the Secret Service is along, too. Law enforcement boats are just off the compound's beach. And when Romney wants to go to town for ice cream he can't ride his bike anymore. He goes in a Secret Service SUV.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- "To heck with hot dogs and hamburgers, eat a lobster." That's what Pete McAleney suggests for the Fourth of July. He's a Portland, Maine, lobster dealer. There's a such a glut of soft-shell lobsters, they're selling for bologna prices. One visitor from Texas was astounded and says it's as good as it gets. But the lobstermen aren't so happy. The over-supply has forced wholesale prices down, too. The lobstermen say the crustaceans are showing up in their traps weeks earlier than normal.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City authorities hope to hear a few fewer bangs this Fourth of July. The Big Apple declared a fireworks amnesty day. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes says more than 1,700 illegal fireworks were turned over to the NYPD this weekend. Folks were invited hand over their cherry bombs, firecrackers and the like at the 62nd Precinct. No names were taken and no questions asked.
MELBOURNE, Ark. (AP) -- Authorities report they found more than salvation in one copy of the Good Book. Two men are now charged with trying to use a Bible to sneak drugs into the Izard County, Arkansas, jail. Sheriff Lawrence Tate says narcotic pain-killer pills were hidden inside the lining of the Bible's cover. He adds the Bible was to be delivered to Jeffrey Chase Moser, who was already locked up. According to authorities, Brandon Joe Gillaspie put the pills inside the Bible. TV station KAIT reports the two men now face conspiracy and several drug-related charges.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Some good dogs belong in prison -- but not for long. Jailed military veterans will be training service dogs in Maryland. The dogs are destined for wounded and disabled vets. Prison officials and leaders of America's Vet Dogs announced the program yesterday, at the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown. Selected inmates, including veterans, will care for the puppies. As they get older, the pooches will get more service dog training.
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Richard Costello is a step closer to being the new "Papa" Hemingway. The Massachusetts restaurateur wins a competition for an Ernest Hemingway look-alike. The Facebook-based contest is sponsored by the Florida Keys tourism council. Costello wins a trip to Key West to compete in a live Hemingway contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar later this month, during Hemingway Days. Costello says he decided to let his beard grow out in January. Ever since, he's been getting comments about how much he looks like the late author.
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