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EDWARDSBURG, Mich. It's a most unusual adoption. A Michigan dog has taken two kittens as her own. Jean and Bill Schirf of Edwardsburg say their Shih Tzu is nursing two stray kittens. The Schirfs say Geisha Girl has always wanted puppies, even mothering a toy dog. But Geisha Girl never had a litter. After taking in the kittens, the dog started lactating within a week. Veterinarians say such false pregnancies do occasionally occur. The Schirfs plan to find a home for the kitties after they're weaned.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Thanksgiving is going to be more than turkey day in Buffalo. It will also be picture day. Amateur photographers are being enlisted to snap pictures in the western New York city. Preservationist Tim Tielman is hoping to capture Buffalo's unique or endangered buildings. The shooters are to take aim at vintage store fronts, closed factories and oddball houses. But it's too late for one strange architectural gem. Tielman says a car wash shaped like a whale is already gone. Tielman hopes to make snapping Buffalo an annual Thanksgiving event.


SOAP LAKE, Wash. (AP) _ Folks in Soap Lake, Washington, can't wait for a giant lava lamp. The 50-foot-tall lamp has been a fixture in New York's Times Square. It's an ad for Target stores. Now, officials of the discount retailer and the Soap Lake City Council have reached agreement on moving the giant lamp West. Townspeople will raise the money to give the lava lamp a new home. Town officials hope tourists will see the light. The town's mayor says Soap Lake's dream has now been realized.


UNDATED (AP) _ Drowning in e-mail? You're not alone. Instead of being a great business communications tool, e-mail for many is turning into a giant time-waster. Bob Williams of the Novations Group business consulting firm says three-quarters of business e-mail isn't necessary. He says too many of the electronic messages are just a way to, quote, "cover one's behind." He says on-the-job communication is often better handled with a phone call or a walk down the hall.


CULPEPER, Va. (AP) _ Call it a sting with a ring. Police in Culpeper, Virginia, were in the middle of a drug-sting operation when a suspected dealer's cell-phone rang. The call was answered by a police investigator. Detective Troy Steele says the caller wanted to buy some crack and gave his location and a description of his car. They agreed to meet in a shopping center. But police say instead of crack, cousins Kenneth Wayne Settle Junior and Steven Settle ended up with cuffs. Both men are charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine.


NEW YORK (AP) _ You'll need more than a few friends to put a dent in one bottle of wine. A New Jersey wine and chocolate shop is the new owner of what is said to be the world's largest bottle of wine. The four-and-a-half-foot-tall bottle holds the equivalent of 12-hundred glasses of Beringer Vineyards 2001 Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The bottle of wine is called the Maximus and Wine Ventures of Bergen County paid nearly 56-thousand dollars for it. The bottle will go on display in the shop.

by Jamie Friar

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