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Cutting Room Floor 05/10/07

Cutting Room Floor 05/10/07



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Scott Haws Reporting:

MICKEY HAMAS

Middle East militants are borrowing the look of favorite children's character to spread their message and it's landed them on our Cutting Room Floor.

Hamas militants have enlisted a figure bearing a strong resemblance to Mickey Mouse to broadcast their message of Islamic domination and armed resistance.

The giant rodent named "Farfour," or "butterfly," preaches in a high pitched voice... against the U-S and Israel on a weekly children's show.

Israeli officials are denouncing the program.

No comment from Disney.

POLITICAL TALENT

We know they're good public speakers... but are our presidential candidates good at anything else?

The A-P asked the contenders about their hidden talents.

Hillary Rodham Clinton claims to dominate crossword puzzles.

John Edwards says he's got a good jump shot, while Barack Obama says he's a pretty good poker player.

Mitt Romney sings.

In fact, he impressed the crowd at the Gridiron dinner in March with a rendition of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places."

John McCain is a master with a barbecue...

And Rudy Giuliani says he's a good listener... despite being married three times.

CHEAP GAS

Who knew you could get in trouble for selling gas TOO cheaply.

Listen to this... Wisconsin officials are ordering a local gas station to raise its prices... claiming it's breaking the law.

The owner's been offering a two- to- three cent discount to senior citizens and people supporting youth sports.

Wisconsin's Unfair Sales Act... requires stations mark-up their gas by about nine percent over the wholesale price.

ODD COUPLE

It's another sign of the apocalypse...

Earlier this week, we showed you a sloth bear horsing around with... a monkey.

This time... it's a group of squirrel monkeys hamming it up with water pigs.

While the two would never mix in the wild, the water pigs lay around... allowing the squirrel monkey's climb on top of them.

Zoo officials say the friendship developed by accident when one of the squirrel monkey's escaped into the water pigs' enclosure.

ESCAPED DRAGON

And, check this thing out.

It's what's called an Asian Water Monitor Lizard... and this guy's full size.

He's 6... maybe seven feet long... and he's wandering around West Palm Beach, Florida with his sharp teeth and claws.

These photos were taken before it ran off into some high grass over the weekend.

Biologists say monitor lizards are the 3rd largest lizards in the world.

This one is estimated to be about 75 pounds.

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