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The skinny: Bacon knows no bounds at N.J. festival

Chew on this

Bacon sizzles in many forms at N.J. festival

Get ready for bacon like you've never eaten, drunk or worn it before. Bacon milkshakes. Bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon. They're all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week. The festival at the Tropicana Casino and Resort gives new meaning to the term "pigging out." Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. "Bacon is like heaven," said Nadina Fornia of Egg Harbor Township. "If you're going to die, die with bacon on your lips and a BLT in each hand."

Costly mistake

Gas station sells fuel for a penny

An error at a northern Illinois gas station caused pumps to sell fuel for a penny a gallon. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports a Shell station in Woodstock wound up mistakenly selling the nearly-free fuel for about two hours Sunday night. As word spread, cars lined up and jostled to fill-up. Woodstock police Sgt. Dennis Leard says authorities had to use an emergency shut-off to stop the sales.

Blooper real

Newscaster mixes up popular actors

A Los Angeles newscaster has apologized to Samuel L. Jackson for confusing him with Laurence Fishburne. KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin was interviewing Jackson on Monday about the forthcoming film Robocop when he asked the actor if he'd gotten a lot of reaction to his Super Bowl commercial. In a lengthy but lighthearted dressing down, Jackson let the reporter know it was Fishburne who made that popular commercial for Kia automobiles. "We may be all black and famous but we don't all look alike," he said in the video that quickly went viral. Rubin, who is white, was back on the air 30 minutes later apologizing at length.

Feisty feline

Cat survives being shot with arrow

A feral cat has survived being shot through the face and body with an arrow in southern Utah. Officials with the nonprofit organization One More Chance C.A.T.S. say the impaled feline was found Wednesday after going missing from a park for a few days. A veterinarian removed the arrow and says the cat, named Quiver, is expected to survive.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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