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Entertainment centers had pot

NACO, Ariz. &

Some furniture inspected by customs agents at the Arizona-Mexico border gives new meaning to the term "entertainment centers" &

they were allegedly used to hide $2.7 million worth of marijuana.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Brian Levin says officers at the Naco (NAH'-ko) port of entry in southeastern Arizona got suspicious Tuesday after interviewing the truck driver hauling the wooden entertainment centers and examining the driver's paperwork.

Cars need more noise pollution


Electric and hybrid vehicles may be better for the environment, but the California Legislature says they're bad for the blind.

It has passed a bill to ensure that the vehicles make enough noise to be heard by visually impaired people about to cross a street.

The measure would establish a committee to study the issue and recommend ways the vehicles could make more noise.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles says more than 300,000 of the vehicles are on state roads. Officials say they don't keep statistics on pedestrian accidents involving those vehicles.

The bill has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not taken a position.

Free dinner, 15 years later

CANTON, Ohio &

A Canadian couple finally took a restaurant up on an offer that arrived 15 years ago &

by balloon.

For its 1993 grand opening, Nicky's Restaurant in Canton released balloons with attached cards good for a free dinner for two.

One of the balloons made it across Lake Erie and into the backyard of Margaret and Ken Savory in Waterford, Ontario. They were treated to pork chop dinners Tuesday night when they presented the card at Nicky's.

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Owner Nick Augoustinos says he was shocked that they'd held on to the coupon for so long.

Health problems had kept the couple from coming sooner, Margaret Savory said, adding: "I think that in back of my mind I was hoping that one day I would feel well enough to see if the place was here."

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