Odd News -- January 13, 2009

UNDATED (AP) - A week from today the Obamas move into the White House. And there's still one big decision for the new first family to make -- what kind of presidenital pooch will the Obamas get. President-elect Barack Obama says his two daughters seem to have narrowed the choice to a Portuguese Water Dog or a Labradoodle. A Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle. Both are considered good for someone with allergies, such as the type 10-year-old Malia Obama has. President-elect Obama tells ABC News' "This Week" that choosing a dog "has been tougher than finding a Commerce secretary."

CHICAGO (AP) - Ossama's is now Obama's. Stylist Mike Elsheikh has changed the name of his Chicago salon from Ossama's Hair Design to Obama's Hair Design. He says business is already improving in the two weeks since the name change. Elsheikh says Ossama was the first name of a previous owner of the salon. He says old customers have been stopping by to give their approval. The hairdresser adds he hasn't heard from that other famous Obama from Chicago. But Elsheikh says he doesn't think President-elect Barack Obama will object.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army is going green. Yesterday, the Army received the first of 4,000 small electric cars and trucks it will lease for use on U.S. military bases. But the little flatbed trucks won't be seeing any combat. They will be used for duties that include security and maintenance work. The Army says the electric vehicles will save about 11.5 million gallons of gas over the next six years. An Abrams tank by comparison burns a gallon of fuel for every two miles.

AUSTIN (AP) - Austin's going wild. And it has nothing to do with the nightlife in Texas' capital city. Patricia Roberts-Miller's yard is teaming with creatures and plants. But it once was a boring patch of grass. Her yard is one of about 900 spots that have been certified as wildlife habitats under a new city program. Alice Nance runs the wildlife program for Austin. She tells the Austin American-Statesman newspaper that turning yards wild helps to save water and encourage biodiversity. Plus, there's a lot less mowing to do.

MULLET POINT, Ala. (AP) - Some people grow tomatoes, others try pumpkins in their gardens. But Larry Meese has a most unusual garden. He grows oysters. Meese began gardening oysters in 2001. He grows them in a wire cage in the waters near the mouth of Alabama's Mobile Bay. Meese says he's eaten so many, he thought he should give some back. Meese contributes his oyster crop to scientists who use them to seed depleted oyster reefs. State officials say more than 30 volunteers grew over 59,000 oysters last year.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Times are tough -- even for porn stars. The state of economy is getting a lot of attention at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Porn star Stormy Daniels expects her fans will have less money to spend on X-rated DVDs. She says while people won't stop watching porn, they will resort to downloading pirated copies of sex videos. So, what's a porn star to do? Daniels says many of the adult actresses are making more personal appearances at strip clubs to bring in extra cash.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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