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POSTED December 30, 2011 9:18 p.m.


2 FACE INDECENCY CHARGES AFTER NUDE MCDONALD'S RUN: GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Two people who pulled up at a McDonald's drive-thru in western Illinois completely naked face public indecency charges.
Police in Galesburg say a 19-year-old El Paso man and a 21-year-old Galesburg woman have been released from Knox County Jail after being ordered to appear in court to face the charges.
WGIL Radio reports that the duo was still in the McDonald's parking lot when officers arrived just before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the man was crouched over in the driver's seat trying to pull on a pair of pants while his passenger was covering up in a blanket.
WGIL reports that the pair told officers the late night fast-food run might not have been a great idea but that they both still thought it was funny.
PETA SEEKS MEMORIALS TO COWS KILLED ON ILL. ROADS: CHICAGO (AP) — An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle killed when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked for permission to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one northwest of Peoria. The group says the signs would pay tribute to the more than 20 cattle killed as a result of negligent driving this year.
Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Josh Kauffman says the request will likely be denied because the state's Roadside Memorial Act specifies that only relatives who lost loved ones in highway crashes may request memorials.
In 2006, Virginia rejected PETA's request for highway markers to memorialize hogs killed in crashes on their way to slaughter at Smithfield Foods.

7-YEAR-OLD MASS. GIRL INJURED BY FALLING HEADSTONE: LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was flown to a hospital after a gravestone toppled on her as she and her mother visited a relative's burial site at a Massachusetts cemetery.
Fire officials say the girl from Dracut suffered a broken leg and a shoulder injury when the roughly 3-foot-by-4-foot headstone fell on her Thursday in Edson Cemetery in Lowell.
The injuries were not considered life-threatening. The girl was talking to rescuers as she was loaded into an ambulance..
Police say the girl was trapped by the headstone for less than 15 minutes before several officers could lift it and pull her out.
SCIENTISTS DOWNGRADE THREAT FROM ALASKA VOLCANO: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Volcano Observatory has downgraded the commercial airliner alert level for a volcano in the Aleutian Islands, a day after a small explosion sent ash 15,000 feet into the air.
Satellite images showed the ash cloud after remote Cleveland Mountain erupted early Thursday.
The observatory said Friday that no new explosive activity has been observed. The threat has been downgraded from orange, representing a minor eruption, to yellow, meaning elevated unrest.
Cleveland Mountain is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. Scientists have been monitoring volcano activity since July when they detected lava accumulating in a crater at the summit.
Ash clouds exceeding 20,000 feet from Alaska volcanoes are a threat to trans-Pacific air carriers.
OBAMA DELAYS REQUEST FOR $1.2T DEBT LIMIT INCREASE: HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is delaying his request for another $1.2 trillion increase in the nation's debt limit at the request of congressional leaders.
It's basically because of a technicality.
The White House had been ready to ask for the increase Friday because the government is within $100 billion of exhausting its current borrowing authority. Congress would then have 15 days to reject the request, though Obama would veto any objections in order to ensure that the government does not default on its obligations.
But with Congress not due to return to Washington until mid-January, a bipartisan group of lawmakers asked Obama to delay his request so they would be in session during the 15-day period allowed for objections.
PARENTS HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING: NEW YORK (AP) — Parents of teens: If you think a drinking disaster at your kid's party can't happen at your house, not with your kid, because he's a good kid, it's time to wake up and smell the whiskey bottle tossed on your lawn.
Because of the high risk of underage drinking and driving this time of year, many parents open their homes to partying teens as a way to keep them off the roads. What some may not know is that liability laws can leave Mom and Dad vulnerable to lawsuits, fines and even jail time if underage drinking is found to be going on under their roof.
Parents can get in trouble even if they didn't know about the drinking.
That's what a Menlo Park, Calif., father says he is up against.
Bill Burnett, a Stanford University professor, was arrested the night after Thanksgiving over a basement party thrown by his 17-year-old son to celebrate a big high school football win.
Burnett said he and his wife had forbidden alcohol at the party and were upstairs at the time police received a call about possible drinking by minors. In fact, he said, he had twice made his way to the basement to check on the merry-making.
He spent a night in jail and was booked on 44 counts of suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Each misdemeanor count carries up to a $2,500 fine and nearly a year in jail.

 

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