RINGING IN THE GAMES
LONDON (AP) -- Big Ben is going to be ringing in a big way Friday. Londoners will hear the bell toll some 40 times for three minutes. It's to celebrate the first day of the London Olympics. Organizers say it is believed to be the first time that Big Ben has been rung outside its regular schedule since 1952. Thousands of other bells are also set to sound across Britain. Everyday folks are being encouraged to chime in, too. They can ring their own bells or use an app created for the occasion.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The newest bars in New York are serving something a lot healthier than booze. The joints are dishing up yogurt. The country's top Greek yogurt maker, Chobani, is opening up its first "yogurt bar" today. Earlier this month, Dannon opened a shop called The Yogurt Culture Company. Some of the offerings at the Chobani bar include yogurt with chopped figs, walnuts and honey, or peanut butter and jelly.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Talk about a butter cake! The Ohio State Fair opens today. Dairy officials are helping to celebrate the capital city's 200th birthday with a massive butter cake. It's made with 2,400 sticks of butter and stands 6 feet high by 5 feet wide. Cincinnati-based sculptors created the massive butter display, commissioned by the American Dairy Association. It contains nearly a ton of butter and has carvings of Columbus landmarks like the Statehouse.
DOG SAVES OWNER
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former bomb dog is good against snakes, too. Seventy-year-old Darrell Layne says his life was saved by his black Lab, Onex. The dog had been trained to sniff out explosives for Army in the Mideast. The Tennessee man says he and Onex were walking when the dog spotted a venomous copperhead. Layne says Onex growled at the snake diverting its attention. Layne tells a local paper (Leaf-Chronicle) he was able to pick up a fence post and kill the copperhead. In the process the dog was bitten twice in the face. But Layne says he was able to get Onex to a vet, who treated the Lab with antivenin and saved the dog's life.
RARE CHEETAH BIRTH
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington has a couple of new cool cats. Two cheetah cubs are making their debut at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. The three-month-old cubs had been kept from view. But the cubs will be in their public enclosure for an hour each morning and afternoon. Zoo officials say they plan to name the cheetahs after the fastest American male and female athletes in the Olympics 100-meter dash. The cheetah births are significant because the species is threatened with extinction.
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- At age 84, one of Edna Doyle's wishes has come true. She's always wanted to try skydiving. Fifty friends and neighbors cheered as Doyle floated to earth with her parachuting instructor in Holland, Michigan. She says the jump was "exhilarating." Doyle is a retired doctor and lives at the Freedom Village retirement community in Holland. Her dream was made possible by Wish of a Lifetime. More than 250 seniors have had their wishes granted, too.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.