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TIGER ESCAPE

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — There's a good reason why circus-goers couldn't -- go. A tiger was on the loose. Staff members of the Isus Shrine Circus locked down public areas of a Kansas arena after a tiger escaped. That meant fans couldn't go to the public rest rooms. But officials at the Salina Bicentennial Center say the big cat wasn't free for long. The tiger was recaptured in the backstage area. Bicentennial manager Chris Bird tells a local paper (Salina Journal) it was over so fast, most people at the show had no idea what was happening.

NO JOGGING-WILDLIFE REFUGE

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — You can walk but you can't run at three national wildlife refuges in Oregon. A no jogging sign has been posted at the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. The rule also applies at two other areas. Officials say people running through the woods can stress-out the animals and might interfere with breeding. Hiking is encouraged, though. The regulation is surprise to runner Tracy Gannaway. Gannaway tells the Statesman Journal it's Oregon and they run everywhere.

BABY ANIMAL SHOWER

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — It's a baby shower -- but these little ones have feathers and fur. About 700 people visited the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida over the weekend. The baby shower collected supplies for the shelter like trash bags, paper towels and food. Staff members say the contributions should carry them over until August. The Pensacola News Journal reports this is the busiest time of year for the nonprofit. Staff members work around the clock caring for baby birds, ducklings and other injured animals brought into the sanctuary.

PROM IN HOSPITAL

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Patrick Dawn couldn't go to his high school prom. So, the prom came to him. Patrick is a senior at South Dakota's Aberdeen Central High. He needed emergency stomach surgery last week and was still in the hospital Saturday night. Dozens of his fellow students stopped by the hospital dressed in their tuxedos and gowns before the prom. Patrick tells the Aberdeen American News it was awesome. Patrick's father David says he can't believe how fast the impromptu prom came together. He says the whole thing was organized in less than 24 hours.

PACMAN GAME-POT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — No wonder PacMan has the munchies. Police in South Carolina charge Luis Tyler had a full-sized PacMan arcade game packed with pot. According to authorities, 55 pounds of weed was stashed inside the video game. Tyler has now been charged with trafficking marijuana, after an undercover investigation by local and federal authorities.

CAR FREE LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Can you imagine L-A without cars? That was the idea yesterday, as the city's sixth CicLAvia (sik-luh-VEE'-uh) festival opened. Some 15 miles of Los Angeles streets from Venice Beach to Union Station downtown were closed to traffic. Instead of cars and trucks, the lanes were open to thousands of bike riders and walkers. Officials are also kicking off a new campaign promoting L-A as a destination for tourists who don't want to drive.

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