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Porn goes underground, Pot in DC and Bulldozer DWI

PORN GOING UNDERGROUND

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Porn production is way down in the L-A area, but it hasn't disappeared. Many X-rated filmmakers are going underground. A county requirement for condom use in sex films has prompted some producers to skip the permitting process. Mark Kernes, senior editor at Adult Video News, says X-rated videos are now being shot in rented homes. He says others are made in vacation cabins or just shot out in the woods. Last year 40 adult filmmakers took out permits, compared with 485 in 2012. Some producers are setting up shop out of the Los Angeles area or even out of state.

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POT IN DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington voters will decide whether the District of Columbia becomes the District of Cannabis. A measure on legalizing pot will be on the November ballot. Elections officials say supporters collected enough signatures to put the issue to a vote. If approved, the initiative would allow people 21 or older to possess up to two ounces of pot and to grow up to six marijuana plants at home. But the ballot measure doesn't address whether sales should be legal. It would be up to the mayor and the city council to decide if DC would regulate and tax pot sales.

STATE PARK-WIRELESS INTERNET

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Surfing goes to the beach -- and the Falls, too. Cybersurfers now have free Wi-Fi at four of New York's most popular state parks. Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says wireless Internet service is available at Niagara Falls, Jones Beach, Saratoga Spa and East River state parks. The program is being supported by the American Park Network and Toyota. Officials say they may consider expanding the free Wi-Fi service to other parks in the future.

BULLDOZER DWI

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - The accused drunk driver wasn't behind the wheel of a car or even a truck. It was something a lot bigger. A Rochester, Minnesota, man is charged with backing a bulldozer into the Mississippi River. KAGE-AM reports the man has been busted on a tentative charge of driving while intoxicated. Police say the man was moving sand on an island as part of a construction project. According to authorities, the bulldozer operator has seven previous convictions for drunken driving. A crane had to be brought in to pull the 'dozer from the river.

BICYCLE-ROBBERY ATTEMPT

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) - Police in northern Virginia are looking for a bike-riding would-be bank bandit. Police in Prince William County report a man pedaled up to a drive-thru lane at a Bank of America branch. He told the teller he had a bomb in his backpack. The teller refused to hand over any money and the man rode away before officers arrived.

CHORE FAMILY

PACE, Fla. (AP) - Dad must be nuts. That's what Greg Murset's six kids thought when he told them they would be doing chores all summer. And the chores aren't even around their house. The Phoenix family has been rolling across the country in an R-V helping families in need. Son Adam, who's 11, says he didn't like the idea at first, but it's turned out to be fun. Greg Murset has even developed a smartphone app that helps parents assign chores and track their kids progress.

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