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Curses, foiled again

Authorities charged Lavarr A. Milton, 21, and Guy O. Walker, 18, with robbing a gas station outside Louisville, Ky., after they stopped in mid-getaway to ask a police officer for directions. "The officer noticed some evidence in the vehicle that led him to believe that a robbery had occurred," police official Alicia Smiley told the Courier-Journal.

Two men who robbed a bank in Florissant, Mo., headed for Interstate 70, but ran into a traffic jam caused by an earlier accident. While the robbers were trapped in the backup, St. Louis County police officers easily spotted their car and were able to approach it on foot and arrest the suspects, both in their 40s.

Brian Hoover, 20, attracted the attention of police in Altoona, Pa., by walking downtown after midnight wearing a gorilla suit. After he explained he wore the costume to win a bet with his girlfriend, officers ran a check and learned he was wanted for receiving stolen property.

Never saw it

Norwegian lawmaker Sarah Khaen announced she would not seek re-election to her seat in parliament after admitting she spent "a large part" of her office phone expenses in recent years on "conversations with psychics and fortune-tellers." In one quarter alone, her phone bill came to 48,000 kroner ($6,959), according to the newspaper Verdens Gang, which reported her calls became so frequent that many fortune-tellers told her to stop calling them.

Litigation nation

A Connecticut judge dismissed Charlotte Feeney's lawsuit accusing L'Oreal of spoiling her social life after she accidentally dyed her blonde hair brunette. Insisting that she made the mistake because L'Oreal put brown hair dye in a box labeled as blonde and that the mix-up prevents her ever returning to her natural blonde color, Feeney said she has needed anti-depressants, suffered headaches and anxiety, missed the attention that blondes receive, and had to stay home and wear hats most of the time.

Remote possibilities

When Cindy Curry, 66, clicked the remote control to turn on the TV set in her home in Christian County, Mo., the device triggered an explosion that blew the woman completely outside. Noting it was amazing the woman suffered only minor injuries, Fire Chief Henry Bos told KOLR-TV that investigators concluded the remote ignited propane gas that had leaked into the house earlier.

There she was

Lindsey Evans, 18, wound down her year's reign as Miss Teen Louisiana by getting arrested for skipping out on the check at a Bossier City restaurant with three companions. City official Mark Natale said the restaurant identified Evans because she left her purse, containing her driver's license and "a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana." Police nabbed all four when they returned to the restaurant while officers were on the scene so Evans could look for her purse. They found more drugs in the vehicle. The new Miss Teen Louisiana was crowned Nov. 1.

Remeasuring

Arizona voters, voting on a ballot measure on this year's ballot to limit ballot measures, voted no. Proposition 105 would have required a majority of registered voters to approve all initiatives to raise taxes or increase spending. The current law requires a majority only of the voters who actually vote.

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