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Jan 10, 2013 11:32 AM by AP

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Lew's Loopy Signature

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jack Lew's nomination for treasury secretary means a new signature could soon be coming to the dollar bill.

Not that you'll be able to read it.

Lew's signature starts off promising enough, with a soft "J." But what follows are seven loopy scribbles, rendering his signature illegible.

The treasury secretary's signature is emblazoned in the lower right corner of U.S. dollar bills of all denominations.

No word from the White House on whether President Barack Obama asked Lew to clean up his signature before nominating him for the Treasury post - or if the Senate will make that a condition of his confirmation.


Cattle Prod Robbery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Lance Tomberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on January 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk. Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled a handgun.

Authorities say Tomberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck. Deputies stopped Tomberlin's truck but he fled on foot.

The sheriff's office says Tomberlin was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Jail records didn't say if Tomberlin had an attorney. He was being held without bail.


Comics Buyer's Guide

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Krause Publications says it is folding the long-published Comics Buyer's Guide with the March issue, blaming a decline in advertising and free content online for the demise of the magazine titles that began reporting on the comic book industry in 1971.

In a statement Wednesday, Krause blamed "poor market conditions" for the move. Issue No. 1,699 will be the last one published.

The magazine was started by Alan Light as The Buyer's Guide for Comic Fandom, publishing monthly at first, then twice a month, then weekly. Krause acquired the magazine in 1983 and changed the name to Comics Buyer's Guide shortly thereafter, with Don and Maggie Thompson as editors.

Krause, based in Wisconsin, is part of Cincinnati-based F+W Media Inc. The magazine's website will remain active as an archive resource.


Superstorm-Roller Coaster

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - A man who climbed a New Jersey roller coaster swept into the Atlantic Ocean during Superstorm Sandy and unfurled an American flag on it faces a disorderly conduct charge.

Christopher Angelo used a canoe to reach the site Tuesday morning. He put the flag in place and then left the coaster and hopped into a police boat. He was handcuffed, walked through the surf and escorted to a police car on the beach in Seaside Heights.

The Lavallette resident says he acted to raise awareness for shore recovery. The remnants of the Jet Star Roller Coaster have become one of the iconic images of the deadly late October storm.

Seaside Height police Chief Thomas Boyd tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/VTojLx) no further charges are likely against Angelo.


Monopoly-New Tokens

NEW YORK (AP) - The gig is almost up for one of the eight Monopoly tokens. But which will it be? Iron? Thimble? Top Hat?

Or another of their board game buddies?

Hasbro is holding a Facebook contest to eliminate one of the eight tokens that identify the players and introduce a new one. Possible new tokens include a cat, diamond ring, guitar, toy robot and helicopter

So if you are tired of the iron token and would rather be represented by a robot, here's your chance to make those wishes known.

Beginning Tuesday, Facebook fans of monopoly can vote on which piece to eliminate and which one to add.

The voting ends Feb. 5.


Legal Marijuana-Opposition

SEATTLE (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is leading a new group trying to halt the spread of legal marijuana.

The son of late Sen. Ted Kennedy has joined former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum and former White House drug policy adviser Kevin Sabet in launching Project SAM - for "smart approaches to marijuana." The organization argues the U.S. can cure the ills of pot prohibition, such as racial disparities in who gets busted and the lifelong stigma that can come with a conviction, without legalizing the drug as Washington and Colorado have done.

Kennedy says he has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for much of his life, and he made mental health issues a priority in Congress. He says pot legalization is becoming a glamorous cause, and that's troubling.

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