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UTAH VODKA BANNED IN IDAHO

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) --No Five Wives in Idaho. State liquor regulators say Utah made "Five Wives Vodka" is in bad taste and they won't stock bottles or take special orders at state-owned stores. State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson says the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population.

ASTEROID FLYBYS

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- A newly discovered small asteroid has harmlessly zipped close to Earth -- just as scientists expected.

The 16-foot-long space rock, discovered on Memorial Day, passed by early Tuesday at a distance of 8,950 miles from the Earth's surface.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says it was the second asteroid encounter this week. On Monday, another asteroid, measuring 69 feet across, flew by at a distance of 32,000 miles.

SPELLING BEE GOING INTERNATIONAL

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- The National Spelling Bee is planning a world bee. Bee officials plan to announce a competition that will crown a team of world champion spellers of the English language. The Scripps National Spelling Bee already has an international flavor. A girl from Jamaica won in 1998. This year's champion will be crowned Thursday.

YOUTUBE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A video of a Portland man's elaborate, choreographed marriage proposal to his girlfriend has notched millions of hits on YouTube, and raised the bar for unmarried men everywhere.

The video, shot last week near the home of Isaac Lamb's parents, begins with his brother tucking Lamb's girlfriend, Amy Frankel, into the back of an SUV with a pair of headphones.

The song "Marry You" by Bruno Mars plays as the SUV drives slowly down the street, and friends and neighbors begin appearing before Frankel, lip-synching and dancing to the music. Eventually about 60 people are serenading Frankel in the street.

Lamb told NBC's "Today" that he was sorry that the proposal could make other proposals seem rather ordinary.

MEDAL OF FREEDOM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has honored a diverse group of political and cultural icons, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn and rock legend Bob Dylan, with the Medal of Freedom at the White House.

Other honorees include University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens and author Toni Morrison.

The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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