ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- It won't be the drivers who are talking -- but their cars. A giant experiment begins on the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a few weeks. About 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will be communicating. The data links will warn drivers of potential dangers like stopped traffic, or a car blowing through a red light. The devices can even get traffic lights to turn green if there are no cars coming the other way. The $25 million test is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan. Officials say connected cars could be on the road nationwide within a decade.
BBQ ROBBERY FOILED
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) -- It was pot versus perp in Louisiana -- and the pot won. Deputies say an armed robber tried to stick-up Pop's Barbecue in New Iberia. But a woman working in the restaurant grabbed a pot and started wailing away at the teenage crook. The teen got away, but deputies say the suspect probably has some noticeable bruises.
ALREADY IN JAIL
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Police didn't have to look far for a suspected car thief. He was already in jail -- but under another name. Authorities in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, report they got an anonymous tip that 18-year-old Christopher Thomas was in the Washington County Jail. Police tell a local paper (Observer-Reporter) Thomas had given the name Tayshawn Wilson when he was busted on charges of robbing a pizza delivery driver. He's now facing charges stemming from an auto theft and a resulting police chase.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is for lovers -- and for beer lovers, too. The state has used the Virginia is for Lovers slogan for years to promote tourism. Now, Virginia is touting its craft brewers to attract visitors. The state makes it into the Top Seven beer destinations in North America, according to the Travel Channel. A change in state law is also giving the small brewers a boost. They can now serve their brew in tap rooms instead of just bottling it for sale.
UNDATED (AP) -- Your doctor probably doesn't make house calls -- but your veterinarian just might. More animal docs are going mobile. It's not only convenient for the owners, it's a lot less stressful for their four-legged buddies. Dr. Lisa Beagan is the Mobile Pet Vet in a Maryland suburb of Washington. She says when a dog or cat is at home, they don't realize they're getting their shots. But convenience has a price. House calls for Rover or Fluffy are often more expensive than an office visit.
SPACE NEEDLE CONTEST
SEATTLE (AP) -- The roof of Seattle's iconic Space Needle has a new paint job. It now sports the message "top this." It's to promote a contest in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. The people who run Space Needle want help in designing the next color scheme. KOMO-TV reports officials are accepting design and color suggestions for the roof. The deadline for the contest is September 20. Judges will choose the top designs, with the public picking the winner.
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