VP JOE BIDEN-LOST?
Danville, Va. (AP) — Where's Vice President Joe Biden? He wasn't quite sure yesterday. The veep was at a campaign stop in Danville, Virginia. But he told the crowd that the Obama-Biden ticket can "win North Carolina again." The day before Biden had been in N-C and the Virginia stop is also near the North Carolina line. But many in the enthusiastic crowd are willing to overlook the veep's goof. Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders says he's just "honored and proud" the vice president decided to make a return visit.
FOOTBALL PLAYER'S DIET
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Football player Jordan Black has a weight problem. But he's not trying to lose weight. He's consuming about 7,000 calories a day to put on pounds. The offensive lineman is making a comeback after spending a year away from the game. He was picked up by the Washington Redskins to patch up their battered line. He was down to about 270 when Washington came calling. He'd like to get up to 290. Black says he's drinking a lot of chocolate milk and eight protein shakes a day.
LICENSE PLATE CLUE
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police in North Pole, Alaska, didn't need Rudolph's help. Authorities report busting a hit-and-run driver thanks to a key clue. Officers say Thomas Kohl Farris left his license plate behind after hitting a stop sign. According to police, the 18-year-old driver told them he had three beers before the accident. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports an alcohol breath test registered about twice the legal limit. Farris is now charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
SPEEDING TO COURT
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Being late for court is no excuse for speeding. Indiana troopers report clocking 24-year-old Joshua Smith doing 119 in a 55 mph zone. State police say they lost sight of Smith, but he was spotted by another trooper and stopped. According to police, Smith told them he was late for a court hearing on drug charges and failure to stop after an accident. Smith was ordered held without bond on new charges of resisting arrest and reckless driving.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Got your goat? We'll if you don't, you might call police in the New York City suburb of White Plains. Authorities report finding a pair of mystery goats. The first was spotted in a residential neighborhood near a busy street. It was captured by an animal control officer. The second goat was found about 10 hours later. A police officer managed to coax it into his cruiser. The goats have been checked out at the White Plains Animal Hospital. They weren't hurt and neither were the officers-turned-goat-wranglers. Police add there haven't been any reports from someone who's missing goats.
LAKE MICHIGAN SWIM
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A summer swim is more than a dip in a pool for a Michigan couple. Sara and Jeff Tow are trying to swim 50 miles across Lake Michigan. They started yesterday morning. If all goes according to plan, the Tows will finish this afternoon or tonight. The Grand Rapids-area couple is using their marathon swim to raise awareness about postpartum depression. They both were on Ohio University swim teams. The Tows have been training for their Lake Michigan crossing with swims of up to 20 miles.
by Jamie Friar
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.