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OKTOBERFEST-NO BEER

HAYS, Kan. (AP) -- What's an Oktoberfest without beer? That's what some folks are asking in northwest Kansas. The 10th annual Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest will be brewless Sunday. That's because the big party is at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. And the Sunday sale of beer is against the law in unincorporated parts of the county. At least they can drink beer on Saturday.

NYPD-DIRTY DANCING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dirty dancing on duty could get some of New York's Finest in trouble. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says he wishes officers hadn't done some gyrating at last week's West Indian Day Parade. A video posted online shows two officers dancing with women, to the cheers and laughs of the crowd. Kelly tells WOR radio he doesn't want to make too much of it. He notes it's not unusual for officers to get caught up in the rowdy spirit of the event. An NYPD spokesman declines to comment on a report that a disciplinary unit is reviewing the tape.

HORSE HAIR STOLEN

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) -- Someone's swiping horse hair. Police on Cape Cod are looking for hair-nappers who've been plucking hairs from the tails of two horses. Authorities in Wellfleet, Mass., say hair has been taken from the tails several times in a matter of days. Neither horse was hurt, but the owners are concerned. The Cape Cod Times reports police are asking for help from people who make or sell horse-hair jewelry. The owners are also offering a reward in the case of the horse-hair thief.

SAN GENNARO FEAST

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's cannoli contest time in New York's Little Italy. The 85th annual Feast of San Gennaro begins tomorrow. The cannoli eating contest is always one of the highlights. Professional eaters will start scarfing down the traditional Italian pastries tomorrow afternoon. The record is 26 cannolis in just six minutes. For the uninitiated, cannolis are deep fried-pastry tubes filled with sweet cheese. The 11-day celebration is named for the patron saint of Naples, Italy.

PANHANDLING AT NIGHT

PHOENIX (AP) -- Buddy, can you spare a quarter? It's legal again to beg at night in Phoenix. The Arizona Court of Appeals has overturned a ban on panhandling after dark. A three-judge panel ruled the daytime only begging provision violates freedom of speech rights. The court also overturned the convictions of three men.

SMOKING BAN-SONOMA

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- Your home may be your castle. But it won't be a smoke-filled castle -- at least not in one Northern California county. Sonoma County supervisors have unanimously approved a smoking ban in apartment and condo complexes. The smoking lamp will go out next year. But supervisor David Rabbitt raised concerns over regulating what people do in their own homes. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports a final vote on the ordinance is scheduled for next month.

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