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OBAMA-LENO

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama got some laughs on the "Tonight Show" last night. He told Jay Leno that first lady Michelle Obama might be taking healthy eating a little too far. He says if they give out fruit and raisins for Halloween, "the White House is going to get egged." President Obama notes he now has graying hair and his wife thinks he looks old, since he turned 50. But Obama tells Leno she still thinks he's "cute."

OCCUPY HALLOWEEN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Occupy Halloween. Don't be surprised to see some protesters and greedy Wall Streeters this Halloween. Mitch Robinson and wife Mary Boone decided occupy a friend's Halloween party in Tacoma, Washington. But unlike the real-life Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, they had a list of demands. The couple wanted equal time on the karaoke machine, more meat on the grill and extra alcohol in the drinks. Even the Occupy Wall Streeters have set up a website with some costume ideas. Among the suggestions: Wall Street zombies, corporate vampires and "laissez fairies."

PUMPKINS FROM PRISON

DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- There's a big release from the Utah State Prison. But we're not talking prisoners -- just pumpkins. Thousands of inmate-grown pumpkins are being delivered to nearby school districts for Halloween. KSL-TV reports the prisoners grow about 3,000 pumpkins each year to donate to schools and nonprofits. Next up, inmate-grown poinsettias which will go to state offices during the holiday season.

SAVING FERRETS-NAME CONTEST

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) -- Help a species -- name a ferret. The National Zoo's conservation center needs a name for a 6-month-old endangered black-footed ferret. The animal was born at a zoo facility in Virginia. Zoo officials are turning to the public for help, via an online vote. Web surfers can choose from Meeteetse, Rosebud, Shirley and Cheyenne. Those are all names associated with Wyoming. The ferret species is the only one native to North American. They were believed to be extinct, until a small colony was discovered in 1981 in Wyoming. The center has been breeding the little guys. More than 200 have been returned to the wild.

Online:

Cast Your Vote: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Help-Name-the-National-Zoos-Bab y-Black-Footed-Ferret.html

GIRAFFE'S JOB

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The new giraffe at the Knoxville Zoo has a tall order. He better not be a dud as a stud. Jumbe the giraffe is on breeding loan from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the new guy in town stands more than 17 feet tall. That's about average for a male giraffe. Zoo officials report Jumbe's late predecessor increased the herd by siring 16 calves.

LEAF-CHRONICLE

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities have an inmate to thank -- for detailed directions to pot fields. A deputy at the Montgomery County, Tennessee, jail noticed a prisoner trying to give a book to a visitor. Inside, Deputy Amanda Pierce found an inmate's guide to growing operations. A local paper (Leaf-Chronicle) reports drug officers say it's like finding a treasure map.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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