Bizarre News-Driving backwards on highway

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - Despite approval from lawmakers this past session, growing hemp industrially in Oregon may not be a reality. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that Oregon's climate may not be suitable for growing hemp, a crop that was outlawed in the 1930s along with its relative, marijuana. Oregon is one of a handful of states to give farmers the option of growing it. The law passed by legislators will take effect on Jan. 1, 2010.

SYDNEY (AP) - The Australian government is considering a proposal to allow marksmen in helicopters to hunt down and kill thousands of camels in Australia's remote outback. The goal would be to cut down the population of the havoc-wreaking creatures. Camels were first introduced into Australia in the 1840s to help explorers travel through the Australian desert. There are now about 1 million camels roaming the country and the population is doubling every nine years. Camels compete with sheep and cattle for food, trample vegetation and invade remote settlements in search of water, scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes.

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has launched a new Web site, Blagojevich publicist Glenn Selig says the site offers a way for Blagojevich fans and supporters to connect.

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police charged a New Jersey man with drunken driving after receiving a call about a car being driven backward on Interstate 89. Police say they received a report late Friday night of a motorist driving erratically - and at one point driving in reverse - in the southbound lanes in Berlin, south of Montpelier. When police caught up, they arrested a 46-year-old man. Police said a preliminary breath test indicated the man's blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Inmates at Hillsborough County Jail in Florida are making and selling "Jailhouse Fire Hot Sauce." The sauce is offered in "Original," "Smoke" and "No Escape" varieties, all made from their jail-grown peppers. The inmates have been selling the sauce since 2005 for $7 a bottle. Horticulture instructor Allen Boatman estimates they've made $10,000 on the sauce since then.

HOUSTON (AP) - An obese inmate in Texas has been charged with possession of a firearm after officials learned he had a gun hidden under flabs of his own flesh. Twenty-five-year-old George Vera was charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility. The Houston Chronicle reports that Vera was originally arrested on charges of selling illegal copies of compact discs.

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