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SUPERSONIC SKYDIVER

UNDATED (AP) -- Felix Baumgartner is getting ready to go supersonic. He hopes to be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. Project managers announced yesterday he'll make the record attempt October 8th, from an altitude of 23 miles above New Mexico. He's already made to two practice jumps, from 13 miles and 18 miles high. A parachute jump from 23 miles up would also set an altitude record. If all goes according to plan, Baumgartner will hit 690 miles per hour, protected only by a jumpsuit. The Austrian daredevil says he feels "like a tiger in a cage waiting to get out."

RADIO STATION EVACUATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All-news KNX was the news. The Los Angeles radio station was evacuated yesterday morning after a suspicious box was found in the building's lobby. Something was beeping inside. The anchors and staff were ordered out. But they were back on the air about an hour and 45 minutes later. Turns out time wasn't on the side of Newsradio. The bomb squad found the box was full of beeping promotional clocks.

GATED COMMUNITY-TOLL

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Ten bucks, please. That's what some people will be hearing when they drive into their exclusive Hilton Head Island gated community. Hilton Head Plantation General Manager Peter Kristian says they're going to start charging tolls, to homeowners behind on their fees in the South Carolina community. The new charges begin October 1st. Kristian tells The Island Packet newspaper about 25 residents owe a total of more than $120,000. It's for things like security and landscaping fees. While residents will have to pay $10, the toll is a lot steeper for their guests. They'll have to fork over 50 bucks for a visit.

NAME CHANGE-CHALLENGE

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mr. and Mrs. -- what? Mississippi authorities are ordering state employees to allow men to use their wives last names on their drivers' licenses. The move comes in response to a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU of Mississippi says a man was prevented from taking his wife's name after presenting his marriage certificate. State officials say yes, men can change their names after getting hitched, just like women do. The ACLU was acting on behalf of Robert Everhart. He wants to be Mr. Robert McCarthy after tying the knot last October.

FROZEN DEAD GUY

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- The frozen dead guy could be moving to Michigan. The frozen body of Bredo Morstoel inspired the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in the Boulder, Colorado, area. He died in 1989 and his body was frozen with hopes of someday being revived. The frozen dead guy has been kept in a shed, cooled by dry ice. But the man's grandson Trygve Bauge (TRIG'-vuh BOH'-guh) says the dry ice delivery man has threatened to quit. Bauge tells the Daily Camera newspaper he's asked the Cryonics Institute in Michigan to store the body. Bauge hopes he can afford the move by 2015.

NO SIDEWALK SITTING

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Here's something you might take sitting down. The Anchorage Assembly wants to make it legal to sit on sidewalks, in the downtown area of the Alaska city. But Mayor Dan Sullivan tells the Daily News he plans to veto the no-sitting repeal. Sullivan said earlier this month police have issued no citations under the law. There are exceptions to the current no-sitting reg, for medical emergencies, watching a parade or waiting for a bus.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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