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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Menounos was cleaning up at the Oscars yesterday. Menounos was covering the arrivals for Extra TV, when she noticed a puddle on the red carpet from earlier rain. So, Menounos grabbed a wet vac from a nearby crew member and sucked up the water. Menounos was careful not to catch her sparkling silver gown in the vac. Her efforts got a round of applause from fans in the bleachers. Menounos took a bow.


PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Gordy's Pizza and Pasta isn't in the running for the next "American Idol." But the phones have been ringing off the hook at the Washington state pizzeria. They're callers trying to vote for their favorite Idol and are reaching the pizzera instead. It's not clear why the calls have been routed to the Port Angeles restaurant. The numbers aren't close. A spokeswoman for "American Idol" says they're working to fix the problem. Owner Randy Sexton says they're answering each call as if it's a pizza owner. He tells a local paper (Peninsula Daily News) he hopes the glitch is straightened out before Idol airs again Wednesday night.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Governor Jerry Brown isn't ready for the Golden State to become the Stoner State. Brown says legalizing pot in California might not be a good idea because people could take it to extremes. He says potheads might cause California lose its edge in a very competitive world. Brown tells NBC's "Meet the Press" he's watching to see how Colorado and Washington state handle recently legalized pot sales.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Eight-year-old Campbell Russo and his classmates are snow angels. The 25 kids in his third grade class at Brookview Elementary have a goal of shoveling 100 driveways this winter. And there's been plenty of work to do Rockford, Illinois. Teacher Heather Frankfort came up with the idea for the project. She tells a local paper (Rockford Register Star) it's something the kids can do that directly helps people. The kids don't accept any money for their shoveling efforts. Campbell says it's fun and it "makes you feel good."


ALLEN, Texas (AP) — Navy veteran John Lara is still cooking for VIPs. He gone from cooking for the president and the White House to now making meals for Very Important Pupils. He's the culinary specialist for the Allen Independent School District in suburban Dallas. He spends most of his time in the kitchen, training staff or working with cooks one-on-one. On busy days he'll help chop fruits and vegetables. Allen tells the Dallas Morning News there's nothing more rewarding than cooking for kids.


LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (AP) — High school senior Rachel Canning is suing her parents. The Morris Catholic High student claims her folks kicked her out of their northern New Jersey house. The 18-year-old wants financial support and the court to order her parents to pay for college. Canning's father, retired police chief Sean Canning, says Rachel left home voluntarily. He tells a local paper (Daily Record of Parsippany) Rachel wouldn't follow reasonable household rules, like being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores. Rachel is now living with the family of her best friend.

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