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SUPER BOWL-EATING RIGHT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Some home cookin' might be just the thing to give the Baltimore Ravens the edge in the Super Bowl. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday in New Orleans. Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones' mom Emily, treated the team to some home cookin' Big Easy style. She made the Ravens 150 plates of food. Jones says his mom served his teammates "gumbo, jambalaya, potato salad, bread pudding, macaroni, the whole nine yards." The players told her she "put her foot in it." That's a real compliment.
SUPER BOWL-ZOO BET
BALTIMORE (AP) — It's zoo versus zoo -- Super Bowl style. The Maryland Zoo and The San Francisco Zoological Gardens have a friendly wager on Sunday's big game. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is home to the Raven's official mascots, ravens Rise and Conquer. If San Francisco wins, the ravens' enclosure will be renamed the "San Francisco 49ers exhibit." If the Ravens win, the San Francisco zoo will rename its enclosure for a rhino in honor of the Baltimore team. The new names would last a month.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Put your top on! That's the message some North Carolina lawmakers want to send to bare-chested women. A proposed bill would make it illegal for women to bare their breasts in public. The legislation follows topless rallies in Asheville the past two years. Many of the state's cities have ordinances banning topless women but Asheville doesn't. The proposed law would exempt women who are breastfeeding their children.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — It might work for bears -- but not burglars. A woman in New Castle, Pennsylvania, hoped to stop a thief from taking tools from her basement with a bear trap. But a local paper (New Castle News) reports the woman forgot to set the trap at the foot of her steps, so the tools were ripped-off. Police say they've suggested she find a different way of protecting her home.
NOT A TIME BOMB
PITTSBURGH (AP) — It wasn't a time bomb. The Pittsburgh bomb squad was dispatched when someone found an abandoned backpack with the word "timebomb" on it. Turns out a nearby store is called Timebomb Clothing and has bumper stickers like the one on the backpack. Shop owner Brian Brick tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he's also been asked by postal officials not to put the store's name on packages they send.
GRAND CENTRAL BIRTHDAY
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the Big Apple's landmarks turns 100 today. New York City's Grand Central Terminal will celebrate its 100th birthday with a brass band, a "Sex and the City" star and an appearance by Caroline Kennedy. It was Kennedy's mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lead efforts to save Grand Central from the wrecking ball in the 1970s. After a major restoration in the 1990s, it's now one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Other speakers today will include actress Cynthia Nixon and former Mets star Keith Hernandez.
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