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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — There's a mountain of garbage on the world's tallest mountain. Officials in Nepal are instituting new rules to help clean up the mess on Mt. Everest. The regs require climbers to bring down their personal garbage. Climbers are now required to hand over nearly 18 pounds of trash to security officials stationed at the base camp. More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the 29,000-foot peak since 1953. They've left behind tons of trash, everything from food wrappers to tents.


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is combining affairs of state with affairs of family. Kerry used a late-night fuel stop in New York to visit his new granddaughter. While the plane was refueling, Kerry saw his daughter Alexandra and her new baby at a New York hospital. Kerry was on his way to Kiev, in the wake of Russia's military move into Ukraine. He's to meet with Ukrainian leaders this afternoon to express U.S. support. Kerry's fifth grandchild was born yesterday. The baby girl hasn't been named yet.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It's a homecoming Wendy Anderson won't soon forget. She was at the airport as her boyfriend's Wisconsin Air National Guard unit returned from a six-month deployment in Africa. Anderson didn't know it, but Sergeant Justin Padley had been planning a surprise for months. As soon as Padley saw Anderson, he dropped to one knee and popped the question. Padley says he worked with family to order a ring and arrange the proposal. He's serving with the 115th Fighter Wing Security Forces. WKOW-TV reports Anderson said yes.


THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Quit horsin' around! Your gym teacher probably said that on more than one occasion. But now it's a Michigan principal who's horsin' around -- and doing it on a real horse. Swan Valley Middle School Principal Brad Erlenbeck rode into the school's gym on horseback. He was wearing a Spartan costume, with a sword held high. The Saginaw News reports the kids laughed and cheered. The stunt was to rally the kids for the March into Reading Month challenge. Erlenbeck says you've got to be "a little zany" to get the kids excited.


MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Hats off to the "Morristown Fiber Fairy." Knitters in central New Jersey are helping those in need to stay warm. They're knitting scares and hats and leaving them in a Morristown park. Each item comes with a note from the Morristown Fiber Fairy. The knitting fairies tell a local paper (Daily Record of Parsippany) you can help others without spending a lot of money.


GILMAN, Minnesota (AP) — It's the "Granddaddy" of snowmen. That's what Minnesota farmer Greg Novak is calling his 50-foot tall snowman. Novak says he had to do something with the mounting piles of snow near his greenhouses. So, he made a giant snowman. Novak tells the St. Cloud Times that Granddaddy is "putting a smile on people's faces" during this tough winter.

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