Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:59 AM by AP
Inaugural Ball Tickets
WASHINGTON (AP) - The low-cost tickets to President Barack Obama's inaugural ball were mistakenly put on sale a day early and are now sold out.
Inaugural officials say the limited number of $60 tickets to the Jan. 21 ball that were supposed to go on sale Monday morning quickly sold out in advance after Ticketmaster mistakenly put them on sale Sunday evening. Ticketmaster said during an email system test, it inadvertently sent a message early to those who wanted to be notified.
Inaugural officials won't say how many of the $60 tickets were sold or how much they are going to charge for future tickets that might be offered.
Obama plans a second ball on inauguration night in honor of U.S. troops, with tickets distributed free to military members.
Middle Finger Lawsuit
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The holidays may be over, but a Denham Springs woman wants to keep an unusual light display on her roof, showing an extended middle finger to her neighbors.
A federal judge heard testimony Monday about whether Sarah Childs should be granted an injunction, barring the city of Denham Springs and police from requiring her to remove the display. The hearing will continue next week.
Childs says she put up the roof message because she believed a neighbor stole her dog. She says police threatened her with fines and arrest because of the lights. She and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city and police.
Lawyers for Denham Springs and police say officials didn't threaten Childs. They also argue that the display isn't protected speech under the Constitution.
Globetrotters on Ice
PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - The Harlem Globetrotters say they hope that deprived NHL fans have taken some comfort in watching basketball on ice.
The sporty entertainers strapped on custom cleats and hockey helmets for their basketball game on ice Monday in West Michigan. Dozens of fans braved the blustery winds as they watched the Globetrotters beat Global select 24-10 at Millennium Park in Portage.
The Globetrotters play on a conventional court Tuesday at Wings Stadium in nearby Kalamazoo.
Detroit Red Wings alumnus Kevin Miller joined the Globetrotters, dribbling the ball with his hockey stick as he skated down the ice. He also blocked a shot with the stick above the rim.
The NHL Players Association and the league have reached a tentative settlement to end the lockout.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Oxygen cable television executives aren't talking, as negative attention grows about its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers.
The Parents Television Council on Monday asked Oxygen to shelve "All My Babies' Mamas" before it ever gets on the air, calling it "grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive."
The group follows a New York author, Sabrina Lamb, who has launched a petition drive against the show that she said has more than 20,000 signatures.
Oxygen executives wouldn't comment Monday, referring to a statement issued three days earlier that it is sticking by its plans.
DETROIT (AP) - The government wants all electric and hybrid vehicles to make some noise when traveling under 18 miles per hour so pedestrians can hear them coming.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cars don't make enough noise at low speeds to warn walkers, bicyclists and the visually impaired.
The agency says the cars make enough noise to be heard at higher speeds.
Automakers would be able to pick the sounds that the cars make from a range of choices. Similar vehicles would have to give off the same sounds. And the government says pedestrians must be able to hear the sounds over background noises.
The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rule. The agency will use public input to craft a final rule.