The mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is celebrating his 15th year on the job. Stubbs is as popular as the day he was elected. Townspeople voted for the cat as a write-in candidate out of disappointment with human candidates. They've kept Stubs around ever since as an honorary mayor.
Police in Salem, Oregon, say a man turned off his TV using a different kind of remote. He was playing with a gun and aimed the laser scope at the TV. After he pulled the trigger, he discovered the gun was loaded. Nobody was hurt, but neighbors called police about the bullet that came through their wall.
"Moderate to extreme" drought conditions already exist in about 55 percent of the continental U.S. No relief is in sight. There are warnings this could be one of the 10-most expensive weather disasters in U.S. history.
The University of Virginia's board of governors last month fired then rehired its president. One reason some board members called for her ouster was that she had not moved quickly enough to expand the university's online courses. On Tuesday, school officials plan to announce a partnership with Silicon Valley company Coursera that will do just that.
Democrats in the Senate have failed to break a Republican filibuster on a bill that would force non-profit social welfare groups advertising in federal campaigns to disclose their donors. Such groups are keeping GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney competitive in the TV ad campaign against President Obama..
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