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JUST CALL HER "CORA"

Octopus should feel at home with new name

A giant Pacific octopus that's the star attraction at an Ohio zoo's new reef exhibit has chosen her name by pulling shrimp from a labeled ball. A list of 2,200 suggestions submitted to the Akron Zoo in a public naming contest was narrowed to three options Monday for the 20-pound, 4-foot-long octopus, and she chose Cora. It's a shortened version of coral, which is a popular octopus habitat and the theme of the exhibit. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the octopus selected a ball labeled Cora, pulled out shrimp, and then held the winning name with a tentacle. The other choices were Octavia and Scarlet.

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FOR BETTER OR WORSE?

Falling dock dunks Mich. bridal party

A Michigan wedding party joined the bride and groom in taking the plunge over the weekend when the boat dock they were lined up on for pictures gave way. No one was hurt Saturday when newlyweds Eric and Maegan Walber fell into the water along with their bridal party at Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake in Shelbyville, about 25 miles south of Grand Rapids. Eric Walber tells WOOD-TV they were on the dock for about 30 seconds when it started to tilt. Maegan Walber says the fall was scary because her gown made it difficult to get her footing. But, she says she "came up laughing."

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FASHION BY MACGYVER

Duct tape dress could be a winner

Brooke Wallace, 17, of Solomon, Kan., spent more than 200 hours fashioning a Western-style prom dress for herself and a suit for her date from 42 rolls of duct tape. Wallace told the Salina Journal the effort wasn't just for kicks: She and her date, Mark Aylward, could each win $5,000 scholarships and their school could get $5,000, too. The couple is one of 10 finalists in a contest sponsored by duct tape maker Duck Tape.

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DON'T WASTE ANY TIME

Post office open only 30 minutes

Express service might be all you have time for after the hours at the post office in Sugar Hill, N.H., were recently cut to 30 minutes a day, down from a few hours. The post office is open from 10:15 to 10:45 each morning. New Hampshire's two U.S. senators urged the U.S. Postal Service to hold a community meeting in the northern New Hampshire town.

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EXTRA EFFORT

N.Y. shoe thieves work twice as hard

Salissou Mohamam, 40, manager of sneaker store Michael K, said workers at his store and a New York City Foot Locker have noticed thieves targeting the same sneakers for the opposite feet, the New York Post reported Monday. "They go to Foot Locker, which has all right-sided shoes. Then they come here because we display left-sided shoes," Mohamam said. He said about 50 pairs of shoes are stolen each year using the technique.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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