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CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Halloween is still weeks away, but some in Washington are already thinking Christmas. This year's U.S. Capitol Christmas tree has been selected. It's a 65-foot white fir from a national forest in the central Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Just where the tree is now standing is a secret. U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator Maria Benech says, "It's a matter of national security." The tree will be cut early next month and trucked across the country. After the holiday season is over, the stately tree will be ground into mulch and spread across the Capitol gardens.

HALLOWEEN DECORATION-911

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- It's a Halloween decoration that's a little too real. Someone called 9-1-1 to report a man trapped under a riding mower in Salisbury, N.C. But it's just a little scary fun from Chris Deaton. He's created what looks like a body with bloodstained jeans under the mower's blades. But the supposed victim can't be in that bad of shape, because he's holding a beer can. A local paper (Salisbury Post) reports Deaton had the same display last year. But this time around, he's moved his mower accident closer to the road.

ZAGAT GUIDE

NEW YORK (AP) -- New Yorkers are chowing-down on okra, smothered pork chops and fried green tomatoes. The 2012 Zagat restaurant guide finds Southern food tops this year's trends. Other "in" foods in the Big Apple include veggies from rooftop gardens that are fresh picked for restaurant patrons. Zagat reports the average restaurant meal is up a little over four percent to $43.46. But fancy vittles at the most expensive restaurants will set you back an average of $163.34.

RILED CABBIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a New York City street fight. Cabbies are protesting legislation that would allow competition in New York City's outer boroughs. Only the so-called yellow cabs, those with city-issued medallions, are allowed to pick up passengers who hail them on the street. But a bill passed by the state legislature would allow car services or livery cabs to pick up fares outside of Manhattan. Cabbies rallied yesterday outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office. They want changes in the legislation before Cuomo signs it into law.

PIZZA POT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- Pizza and pot led to a call to the cops in Colorado. A pizza delivery man says he called police because he was worried about a young girl. The pizza guy says a man had been smoking weed at an Aurora home where a pie was delivered. There was a nine-year-old girl in the house. But Frederick Smith tells KUSA-TV he has a medical marijuana permit because of pain from a bike accident. Police investigated and left without filing any charges. Papa John's says the delivery man acted as a concerned citizen and the company stands behind him.

PLASTIC BAG BAN-LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Paper or plastic? Some people in L.A. County are going to court to be able to make that choice. Over the summer, a county ordinance went into effect that bans plastic grocery bags and requires stores to charge a dime apiece for paper bags. Four people and a plastic bag-maker are suing. They contend the bag fee amounts to a new tax and would need a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

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