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December 07, 2017 - 5:05 am

DRUNKEN DRONE FLYING

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote today on legislation to make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk. The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, going beyond the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations. The New Jersey bill would make operating a drone under the influence of alcohol a disorderly persons offense, which carries a sentence of up to six months in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both. It also would make using a drone to hunt wildlife and endanger people or property a similar offense.

MAYOR ARRESTED-DEAD PEOPLE'S PARKING PERMITS

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) - The mayor of a small Florida city has been arrested on allegations that she used dead people's disabled parking permits to park at City Hall. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Davenport Mayor Darlene Bradley faces felony charges of using a deceased person's identification. She also was charged with possessing an altered or counterfeit decal. The sheriff's office says Bradley was videotaped parking in the disabled spot recently, and that a search of her home led to the discovery of permits issued to two people who have died.

SIGN IN SUNROOF-DWI

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday on Route 46 in South Hackensack when police noticed something odd. Police say the woman had a New Jersey Transit sign protruding through the roof of her car. Police say the woman didn't even know the sign was there. South Hackensack police say the sign got stuck in the vehicle when the driver was in Secaucus before she was pulled over. The woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving.

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014-v-26-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)--Police report a motorist arrested for driving drunk had a transit sign sticking out of her car. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (7 Dec 2017)

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HIGH FLYING

DUBAI (AP) —Dubai is offering thrill-seekers a new way to see its dazzling skyscrapers: On one of the world's longest zip lines. The 558 foot XLine opens this week in Dubai's Marina neighborhood. Those brave enough can whizz past some of Marina's tallest skyscrapers at a speed of 50 miles per hour. A similar zip line opened two years ago near the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai. The new zip line, however, is double the length and offers couples the chance to experience the thrill together with two zip lines running adjacent to one another. The zip line starts at the top of one of the Marina's towers and lands near the Marina Mall.

ATHEISTS-CHRISTMAS BILLBOARDS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Santa is helping deliver a national atheist group's message promoting its upcoming convention in Oklahoma City. The American Atheists organization says advertising with Christmas imagery on billboards in "the buckle of the Bible Belt" will reach atheists whose voices may be muted in the conservative state. One billboard features an image of Santa flying his sleigh over the Oklahoma City skyline and reads, "Just like Santa Claus, the atheists are comin' to town!" Another in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas features a Nativity scene that says, "Just Skip Church. It's All Fake News!" An Albuquerque pastor called the Nativity billboard near his church offensive to Christians, but American Atheists leaders told The Oklahoman the billboards are meant to encourage dialogue.

RETURN OF THE ELF

DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) A New Hampshire town said its beloved elf on a shelf has been returned, more than a day after he vanished. The Deerfield Rescue Squad posted on Facebook that Zippy the elf is a little bit wet, but safe. It featured photos of him being carried by a police officer and parked in a car. The rescue said: "Our Holiday Magic is back." It is not clear where Zippy was or if someone might be accused of taking him. The mannequin in a red onesie, cap, mitten and slippers was last seen in a beach chair near a Deerfield park on Monday afternoon. He makes appearances around town.

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