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Smoker would rather move than kick habit

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Smoker would rather move than kick habit

An 89-year-old Ohio woman is preparing to move out of her home of the past 10 years because it has gone smoke-free and she won't give up cigarettes. Beulah "Billie" Toombs of Milford faces eviction after her apartment building's management deemed her noncompliant with its new smoke-free policy, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. A smoker for about seven decades, she doesn't think she should have to quit to stay in her home. "This is my home, and I think you do can do whatever you want to in your home," she said. The management of the low-income senior apartments says rules are rules. Toombs thinks she has a new place lined up. Soon, she will pack up her belongings, including her ashtrays.

Not quite Romeo

He's in love with her dog and TV

No stolen hearts on this first date. Instead, a New Jersey woman says a man she met on a dating website stole her dog and her flat-screen TV when she became occupied in another room at her home and left him alone. He apparently had a change of heart. The woman called police Saturday to say that her dog had been tied by its leash to the TV, and both were left in the front yard of her Dover home, the Daily Record of Parsippany reported. The dog is valued at $4,000 and the TV at about $3,000. Police are investigating.

Sober minds prevail?

Never mind on that powdered alcohol

Don't expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves any time soon. A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said Monday that the approvals were issued in error. He did not provide further details, including whether someone at the agency had had too much to drink before issuing the approval. Palcohol's parent company, Lipsmark, said "there seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag." It said it will resubmit the labels for approval.

Compiled from Times wires

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