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ALASKA

Crane collapses into Fairbanks river

FAIRBANKS | A huge crane being used on a bridge replacement project in downtown Fairbanks has fallen down and crashed into the Chena River.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but the crane operator appeared shaken up.

Witnesses tell the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner they heard a loud crashing noise just before 11 a.m. as the crane fell on its side. The base of the crane was originally on the north side of the river.

The News-Miner reports after it fell, the crane extended across the river with its tip on the south shore.

CALIFORNIA

Bad-writing contest announces ‘winner’

SAN JOSE | An unseemly sentence that compares a kiss to the union of a thirsty gerbil and a giant water bottle has won the top prize in an annual bad-writing contest.

San Jose State University said Tuesday that Molly Ringle of Seattle was the grand prize winner of the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which the university has sponsored since 1982.

In her winning entry, Ms. Ringle wrote: “For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss - a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.”

The literary competition honors the memory of 19th-century English writer Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who famously opened his 1830 novel “Paul Clifford,” with the much-quoted, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

Entrants are asked to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels, with winners chosen in several categories.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Three acquitted in stabbing death

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