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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) - A California surfer has won a recycled surfboard contest with an entry covered with 10,000 cigarette butts.
"This is the most polluted item picked up on the beach," creator Taylor Lane told the Orange County Register. "And no one thinks twice that you can do anything with it."
Lane, 24, from Santa Cruz had the top entry amid an assortment of boards made from potato sacks, used packaging and stuff picked up from Dumpster dives. An Australian entry was made from an old bathroom door.
The entries were for the third annual "Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest," hosted by the Vissla surfing gear brand and the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.
A dozen entries were displayed last Friday at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.
"Who would have thought cigarette butts would have been beautiful?" said visitor Karyn Buky of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. "It gives you an awkward feeling, that something so pretty is so icky at the same time. It's amazing."
Lane and his friend, Ben Judkins, spent the summer plucking butts from the sand, beach parking lots and local paths in Santa Cruz. The board also uses Styrofoam from fish markets.
"It's visually disgusting - but awesome in how gross it is," Judkins said. "It just ties together surfing and something we care about - the environment, the ocean and the health of the ocean."
Contestants had three months to make their surfboards.
Last year's winner, Francois Jaubert of France, came in second with a board made with wood from a box that once held carrots. His entry last year was made from scrounged cardboard.
"I did this with garbage. We can have a little bit of thinking, a little bit of creativity," Jaubert said. "And it's way more fun to give a new life to a dead material. This used to hold carrots. Now, it's surfing."
"We should be smart enough to use what society gives us for free," he said.
Vissla founder Paul Naude said the contest was designed to encourage creative thinking about sustainability. "This new culture is asking questions today. What are we doing to the environment?" Naude said.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Twitter user has earned kudos online for discovering a subtle message on KFC's account.
The KFC account follows just 11 users; five of them are former members of the Spice Girls and the other six are men named Herb, including Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters and music legend Herb Alpert. It adds up to 11 herbs and spices, part of the famous secret recipe KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders touted for his fried chicken.
The connection was noticed on Twitter by a user who goes by "Edge." His tweet about it has been shared hundreds of thousands of times on the platform.
KFC tells The Associated Press it has been following the 11 Herbs and Spices for about a month.
 
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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - A Georgia woman has been arraigned on charges she stole more than $773,000 from the University of Connecticut by hacking into its vendor-payment system.
Police say 38-year-old Muthini Nzuki (moo-THEE'-nee ZU'-kee), of Kennesaw, diverted 32 payments meant for computer vendor Dell into her personal accounts last spring.
Nzuki was arrested in August. She was extradited to Connecticut, and she appeared in court Friday on larceny and computer crime charges.
Her attorney, John O'Brien, says Nzuki was duped into participating in the scheme.
She is being on $500,000 bond and is due back in court on Dec. 1.
A UConn spokeswoman says the school's billing vendor and Dell will work to recover the lost funds.
Police say the billing system has no way to verify changes made to a vendor's profile.

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PARMA, Ohio (AP) - A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state.
Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker. He built it with his carpenter friend Anthony Paroda, and it's been such a success that spectators are donating money for them to build another display next year.
At 19 feet, the replica is nearly as tall as Meyer's home in Parma, a Cleveland suburb. The cockpit of the AT-AT walker is outfitted with lights that glow red at night, and a mannequin fashioned to resemble a "Star Wars" Stormtrooper soldier stands guard in front.
Meyer said he built it with plywood, hard foam and plastic barrels and based the design off a toy he bought online.
"We're both pretty crafty, but it's not rocket science," Meyer said. "You just gotta be willing to do it."
Local media attention catapulted the display into fame, drawing droves of visitors from dawn to dusk. At least three dozen spectators drove by to gawk and take selfies one Wednesday afternoon. Among them was Nicole Drake, 26, who was on her way home from work when the replica caught her eye.
"I just had to stop by," Drake said. "I was amazed. It's actually the size of their house."
Meyer said he has built attention-grabbing Halloween displays for six years running, from an Addams Family mausoleum to the stern of a pirate ship jutting out from his front porch. He tears them down in November and drinks beers with a friend when dreaming up the next year's display.
Meyer and his wife, Becky, say Halloween is their favorite holiday.
"The creepiness, the decorating, being able to dress up and pretend to be a kid still - it keeps me young," Nick Meyer said.
"We like to do it up big if we can," his wife said. "I just so happened to find a husband that loves it too."
The Meyers bonded over a mutual love of horror movies, and their Halloween bash is their biggest family gathering of the year. Even during Christmas, they have an all-black tree decorated with bats and jack-o'-lanterns instead of a traditional tinsel-topped tree.
The Meyers say they're bigger fans of Halloween than "Star Wars." Still, they'll be dressing the part this year: Nick Meyer will dress as Princess Leia, while Becky Meyer will don a Darth Vader costume. It's inspired their next-door neighbor Brianna Johnson, 8, to start swinging her toy lightsaber near the AT-AT walker replica after school.
"I wish I could build this," Brianna said. "'Star Wars' is pretty cool."

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(Fox) Did the police officer 'Shrek' when he saw it?
An 18-year-old woman was pulled over by authorities when she had Shrek makeup on, the Shropshire Star reports.
Haylee Mazmanian had earlier been at a Corona, Calif., makeup class, the site said.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Florida also chimed in, UPI noted.
"Can confirm it was not us (but we sort of wish it had been)," the sheriff's office tweeted.

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Russia's homegrown version of Paris Hilton has announced she is to stand against Vladimir Putin in next year's presidential election.
Reality TV star Ksenia Sobchak said she hopes to appeal to the growing number of liberal voters unhappy with Putin's many years in office.
Opinion polls show Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for nearly two decades, will win reelection comfortably if he decides to seek what would be his fourth term in March.
However, a significant minority of voters accuse him of overseeing a corrupt system that has isolated Russia from the rest of the world.
Many of them have taken part in mass protests organized by Putin critic Alexei Navalny.
Russian officials say Navalny is ineligible to run for president due to a criminal conviction which has left an opening for a genuine opponent.
Sobchak is seen by many as an alternative option to those that have had enough of Putin.
The reality TV star, who has been described by Vogue magazine as the Russian version of socialite Paris and is the daughter of Putin's former mentor, said she had decided to run because she was tired of the same politicians, including Putin, running year after year.
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The 35-year-old said she had the right to run for Russia's top political job under the country's constitution, which stipulates that all candidates must be 35 or older.
"I decided to exercise that right because I am against all of those (candidates) who usually exercise that right," she said.
"When I was 18 and was studying in university, Vladimir Putin became president of Russia. Children who were born that year will go and vote themselves this year. Just think about that."
But some Russian liberals fear Sobchak's participation will play into the Kremlin's hands by splitting the opposition vote.
Sobchak is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, the reformist former mayor of St. Petersburg who hired Putin as an official in City Hall in the 1990s.
Sobchak, who died in 2000, became a mentor to Putin. Sobchak's mother, Lyudmila Narusova, sits in the upper house of the Russian parliament.
Sobchak's Instagram account, often featuring photographs of her dressed in designer outfits and appearing at glitzy society events, has 5.2 million followers.
After graduating from the prestigious MGIMO University in Moscow, she became a nationwide celebrity when she hosted a Russian reality TV show called Dom 2.
She became active in opposition politics around the time that Putin, in 2012, was reelected to the presidency after stepping down for four years to comply with constitutional term limits.
She appeared at opposition rallies, spoke out against the Kremlin on social media, and recast herself as a news anchor for the Rain broadcaster.

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(Fox) If you're a feral hog, don't mess with Texans.
That's the lesson learned by a 416-pound wild hog that was killed by an East Texas man after wreaking havoc on his property for the past five years.
A man, Joe Clowers in Union Grove, Texas, killed the hog with an AR-15.
"My property lays between some populated areas and I try to maintain an environment like a sanctuary or nursery for the deer to raise fawns," Clowers told the Houston Chronicle. 
Texas is home to the largest feral hog population in the United States, with an estimated 4 million hogs statewide, according to local media, and the animals are increasingly finding their way to developed suburbs.
Joe Clowers of Union Grove, Texas is seen with the massive wild hog that he killed in his backyard.  (Gregg County Game Warden)
Along with things like mosquitoes, fire ants, snakes and rats, wild hogs are probably one of the more disliked animals in the Lone Star state.
The hog had been preying on the fawns in the area and Clowers said he always stayed armed when visiting his deer feeders in case the beast charged him.
The departed hog will live on as a trophy mounted on the wall in his home, he added.
"He was the big daddy," Clowers said. "I called him the bush beast."

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A Florida candidate for Congress said Monday she stands by her claims she was abducted to an alien spaceship at age 7 but that the incident shouldn't detract from what she's done here on Earth since then.
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has claimed in past Spanish TV network appearances, most recently in 2011, that she was taken aboard a ship with three blonde creatures that resembled Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue.
"I don't exactly know what happened," she told The Associated Press on Monday. "I believe it is real. But I was 7 years old. It was an experience I had a thousand years ago."
Since those television appearances, Rodriguez Aguilera has served as a council member in the city of Doral, where she was appointed vice mayor. She also teaches leadership at Miami Dade College and runs a consulting firm, Bettinara Enterprises. She is one of five Republicans running to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., when she retires at the end of next year.
Ros-Lehtinen's retirement opens up a competitive seat that Democrats have high hopes of capturing as Hillary Clinton won the district last year.
Rodriguez Aguilera declined to go into details on what was said in her 2009 appearance on America TeVe, where she claimed the extraterrestrials told her "the center of the world's energy is in Africa." She then talks about 30,000 non-human skulls discovered in a cave on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Another video uploaded in 2011 also showed Rodriguez Aguilera in a TV show talking about that.
The videos were cited in a Miami Herald story Monday and are available on YouTube. In them, Rodriguez Aguilera mentions seeing paranormal activity later while growing up in Miami when she was 12 and into her teens. She cites a UFO sighting when she was 17 and referred to an article in the same newspaper that she says corroborated what she saw.
Rodriguez Aguilera said news reports were portraying "in a negative way an experience I had when I was 7 and ignores everything I did after that."

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A man arrested in Florida after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth has received a $37,500 settlement.
Daniel Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel that he received a check last week from the city of Orlando.
Rushing, 64, was arrested in December 2015 when Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins spotted flakes of glaze on his car's floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. Rushing told officers it was likely sugar from Krispy Kreme doughnuts he'd eaten, but roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance.
A state crime lab test cleared Rushing several weeks later, and he filed a lawsuit.
Orlando police ended up training more than 730 officers how to properly use the field-test kits.
Riggs-Hopkins was given a written reprimand for making an improper arrest.

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(Fox) Poker, foosball and pole dancing. What do these things have in common?
Well, besides being reasonable activities for a night out in Atlantic City, officials who help prepare specific sports for Olympic recognition apparently think they could soon take their place alongside running, gymnastics and ski jumping in the world's most prestigious athletic competition.
Seriously.
The Switzerland-based Global Association of International Sports Federations earlier this month granted observer status to the International Federation of (Match) Poker, the International Pole Sports Federation and International Table Soccer Federation along with the organizing bodies for four other nontraditional sports - the first step toward joining the Olympic program.
"We warmly welcome our first Observers," Patrick Baumann, the president of GAISF, said in a statement. "This is an exciting time for them and for us and we will do everything within our remit to help them realize their full potential as International Federations within the global sport's family and, one day, maybe become part of the Olympic program."
Baumann added: "The new sports debuting at Tokyo 2020 and at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics are evidence that the pathway is there."
Joining the program in Tokyo in two years will be softball, karate, surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and baseball - the games' second shot at Olympic status. These sports were chosen, especially skateboarding and sport climbing, in part to reflect the changing interest in younger athletes and the worldwide popularity of these sports.
"Through these additional events, the Tokyo 2020 Games aims to inspire new generations and become a turning point and a model for future Olympic Games," Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said in a statement.
But pole dancing, foosball, aka "table soccer," and poker?
These barroom pursuits, along with dodgeball, foot golf, kettlebell lifting and the previously mentioned sports, now all have the same status as sports like baseball and surfing once had.
Under the GAISF, observer status allows new sport to grow its base while being guided by the federation toward the requirements of membership, such as receiving the required recognitions by National Olympic Committees, increasing their membership and becoming compliant with the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency. 
And for aspiring poker Olympians, don't worry, cigarettes and watered-down cocktails are so far not on the list of banned "performance-enhancing drugs."
So now that they've taken the first steps toward Olympic gold, when - or, more importantly, will - these sports make their debuts in the Olympics?
Before anything else happens, the sport needs to be practiced by men in 75 countries on four continents and by women in 40 countries on three continents be considered for the Olympics.
So the men's division of pole dancing - surely equality demands that there be a men's division - may run into some issues there.
Besides these stipulations, poker may face the same challenge imposed on chess by the International Olympic Committee with its ban on purely "mind sports."
And even if dodgeball, foot golf, kettleball lifting, table soccer and arm wrestling can pass these tests, the IOC has worked in recent years to manage the scope of the games by only permitting new sports to join when others are discontinued. Meaning that these athletes might have to wait for sports like curling and table tennis to go the way of tug-of-war and water skiing. 

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