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Augusta man's toilet protest expands

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A toilet protest by an Augusta man angered by the city's decision to flush a proposed Dunkin' Donuts shop in his neighborhood is growing.

David Labbe, a plumber, put five commodes in his yard in October when the city's planning board, backed by his neighbors, rejected a zoning change that would have allowed the Dunkin' Donuts plan to go forward.

The developers were prepared to offer Labbe three-times what he paid for his home so they could tear it down and build the coffee shop.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Labbe's protest has now grown to 28 snow-covered toilets. He says he thinks he can fit 100 toilets in his yard.

His neighbors call his protest childish.

Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/ 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Dancers to prance in Mobile, but not in parade

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Prancing Elites have been dropped from the lineup for Mobile's New Year's Eve parade, but that doesn't mean they don't have plans to perform.

WALA-TV reports that the all-male dance group will be putting on a free show at 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve outside of Hayley's at 278 Dauphin St. After performing at Hayley's, the group plans to move and groove all over downtown.

Al.com reported that the dance group has been told they are no longer welcome to perform in the MoonPie Over Mobile parade on New Year's Eve.

The group's performance at the Semmes Christmas Parade prompted some spectators to complain. Since then, members say they have received invitations from all over the country to dance.

Information from: WALA-TV, http://www.fox10tv.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Arizona family says crucifix formed on cheesecake

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A suburban Phoenix family says their Christmas cheesecake sent them the message of a holiday miracle.

The Arizona Republic reports that when the family in Scottsdale, Ariz., pulled their dessert out of the oven, it cracked as it cooled and formed a crucifix.

The family members, who have not given their names publicly, say the crucifix is a message.

They say they won't be eating the cheesecake. Instead, they plan on selling it and donating the money to a local charity or church.

Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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San Diego sued over stinky sea lion waste

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego's La Jolla Cove stinks, and the culprit is sea lion poop.

That's according to a lawsuit filed last week by a hotel and restaurant. U-T San Diego reports the suit says the stench is driving away customers and poses a public health risk. It claims the city hasn't acted promptly to deal with the problem.

Alex Roth, a spokesman for interim Mayor Todd Gloria, says the city is working toward a solution.

He says the smell is probably more pungent recently because the sea lions have been snacking on anchovies.

Last year, businesses complained that guano from pelicans, gulls and other birds was raising a stink. The city eventually hired a company to spray a bacterial solution to dissolve the waste.

Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ring found at treatment plant returned to owner 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — An Aggie ring that spent a couple of years being cycled through a wastewater treatment plant has been returned to its owner thanks to a sharp-eyed plant employee.

Megan Marie Hubbard's ring fell into a toilet two weeks before her 2011 graduation from Texas A&M. Her efforts to retrieve it were washed away by the toilet's automatic flush.

The Eagle newspaper reports the ring reappeared earlier this month when Ron Waters, a plant technician for College Station, saw it shine against a debris slab he was washing down.

He used Texas A&M records to contact Hubbard, asking if she'd lost something prior to graduating. After a pause, she exclaimed, "You found my ring!"

The ring was cleaned, sanitized and mailed to Hubbard.

Information from: The Eagle, http://www.theeagle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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