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India city to ban lingerie mannequins to stop rape

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Mannequins displaying lingerie and other skimpy clothing may soon be banned in India's cosmopolitan city of Mumbai as an anti-rape measure.

The municipal council overwhelmingly passed a resolution last month barring stores from putting scantily-clad mannequins outside their shops. The municipal commissioner has yet to give the required approval of the resolution.

City council member Ritu Tawde said she proposed the mannequin ban because such displays degrade women and could provoke men to attack them.

Indians have increasingly demanded stronger protections for women since the gang rape and killing of a student on a bus in the capital of New Delhi in December.

"Such people get provoked by mannequins. After all, a mannequin is a replica of a woman's body. That's why I oppose it, because mannequins do not suit Indian culture," Tawde said. However, shop owners will still be able to display mannequins how they want inside their stores, she said.

Business officials ridiculed the resolution, saying it would have no impact on violence against women.

"We are living in the 21st century where these kinds of things, all porn, the movies, the pictures, all these things are available on websites, available on mobiles. (A) mannequin hardly makes any difference to the people," said Viren Shah, president of the Federation of Retail Traders' Welfare Association.

Tawde said risque Internet images were very different than the mannequins.

"If someone wants to watch pornography on the net, that is a conscious choice that he is making. In this case, the mannequins are everywhere and people don't have a choice. They run into them when they step out of their homes and walk on the streets," she said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Utah deer dies after mounting moving motorcycle 

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Utah deer was mortally wounded after she mounted a moving sport bike during rush hour.

Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Scott Peck says the doe dashed into traffic about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and leaped onto the motorcycle.

Peck says the 19-year-old rider was knocked off and slid about 100 yards, while the bike kept going for about 300 yards.

The deer was disemboweled by the impact, fell from the motorcycle almost instantly and later succumbed to her injuries.

Police say the rider was wearing protective gear and appeared to suffer little more than road rash.

Officers say they see about 50 deer-related accidents a year in Cottonwood Heights as the animals migrate through nearby mountains. But Peck said a deer mounting a bike was "kind of a first."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Gator taken from Ohio home, video showed taunts

By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man's basement is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and was being taunted by teenagers on a regular basis, authorities said Tuesday.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton confiscated the 15-year-old gator from its owner on Sunday in the southwestern Ohio home where it was being kept after a video was posted on Facebook showing the reptile being taunted.

The video shows a young man laughing as he throws beer on top of the alligator, which jerks back in surprise and bites the small, hard plastic tub where he was kept in the basement.

Sheila Marquis, cruelty investigator of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, said the alligator's owner and young men in the video may face charges of animal cruelty in the next couple days as she wraps up her investigation.

Rumors had been coming in for at least two years about the alligator in the basement. But, authorities could not enter the home and investigate without probable cause to believe it was being subjected to cruelty, which came in the form of the Facebook post of the video, said Tim Harrison, director of Dayton-based Outreach For Animals, which specializes in rescuing wild and exotic animals throughout Ohio.

Harrison, who helped get the malnourished gator out of the home and to a veterinarian, said the reptile's owner had been keeping his back door open and allowing high schoolers to come in and see the alligator, even if he wasn't there.

The man wasn't there when the Facebook video was taken, Harrison said.

The video may not appear to show the alligator being directly harmed physically, but Harrison said the concrete wall next to its tub is covered in teeth marks, showing that it repeatedly had jerked its head from previous taunts, knocking out its own teeth or weakening them.

The alligator is missing many teeth, while other teeth in its mouth were broken or infected.

Harrison said the alligator is just under 7 feet long, but should be more like 10 feet long. He said it showed other signs of malnourishment and lack of vitamin D from being kept in a basement for 15 years without sunlight.

"When we brought him out in to the sun, he actually just closed his eyes for a long time. It was really sad," he said.

The alligator, now being allowed out in the sun in Columbus, will be moved to a refuge in Florida this week, where he'll get special care, and be kept in a swampy, outdoor area, Harrison said, adding that an alligator's average life span is about 75 years old in captivity.

"He's going to be an alligator the best he can be," he said.

Follow Amanda Lee Myers on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AmandaLeeAP .

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Texas banker puts up $1M for tricky math solution 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Texas banker is upping the ante to $1 million for whoever solves a tricky problem that's been dogging mathematicians since the 1980s.

The Providence, R.I.-based American Mathematical Society on Tuesday said $1 million will be awarded for the publication of a solution to the Beal Conjecture number theory problem.

Dallas banker D. Andrew Beal first offered the Beal Prize in 1997 for $5,000. Over the years, the amount has grown.

American Mathematical Society spokesman Michael Breen says a solution is more difficult than the one for a related problem, Fermat's Last Theorem, which didn't have a published solution for hundreds of years.

Beal is a self-taught mathematician and says he wants to inspire young people to pursue math and science.

Online: Beal Prize.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Studio to comb New Mexico landfill for bad Atari games

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city commission agreed to allow a Canadian studio to search a landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumored to be buried.

Alamogordo commissioners decided last week that they will allow Fuel Industries to search the landfill for games, according to The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/1aPRzKe). The company has offices in Ontario and Culver City, Calif.

One sought-after cartridge, the E.T. video game, is thought by some to be among the worst video games of all time. Atari paid Steven Spielberg tens of millions of dollars to license the wildly popular 1982 movie's name, and the dud of a game caused the troubled company's worth to sink even further at the time.

The game has since developed a cult following.

The rumored Atari graveyard has long been a fascination of some who consider the commercial flop a part of video game history. It is believed that nine semi-trucks dumped the E.T. game and other Atari toys in the southern New Mexico landfill in 1983.

Alamogordo Commissioner Jason Baldwin says he played the Extra-Terrestrial game and it was horrible. There are listings for the game on eBay that run from under a dollar to more than $30.

Fuel Industries, a multimedia company, has been given six months to search the landfill. The company hopes to document the search.

Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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