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DETROIT (AP) - You won't see this scene in one of those Viva Viagra commercials. Federal prosecutors say they've busted up a Viagra for food stamps scam. Authorities charge confidential informants in Detroit swapped food stamps for Viagra, painkillers, booze and porno. Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges this week against three people who worked at Jefferson's Liquor Palace in the Motor City. Authorities charge food stamp recipients also got cash as part of the scheme. The liquor store is now closed.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Oh, behave! Or get busted. That's what police in Sin City want. Las Vegas police officials are urging Clark County commissioners for tougher lap dance regs. Now, only club owners can be cited if strippers misbehave. Police want to give undercover officers the authority to cite the dancers themselves if they start rubbing a customer illegally. Lt. Karen Hughes says dancers sometimes try to arouse patrons before offering sex for money. Hughes says dancers should be held responsible for their actions.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - It was good enough for Al Capone and it soon can be all yours. The Chippewa Valley Bank has bought Capone's Wisconsin hideout at a sheriff's sale. The bank paid $2.6 million for the 400-plus acres and stone house. Bank officials say they hope to quickly resell the property and have a number of interested parties. Scarface, as Capone was known, must have felt secure in his rural getaway. The stone walls are 18 inches thick to shed bullets from tommy guns and two guard towers protect the place. According to local legend, the Chicago mobster used a nearby lake to receive shipments of bootleg booze that would arrive by seaplane.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - It's one monster of a stogie. Cigar maker Wally Reyes yesterday started rolling what he hopes is a smoke nearly a block long. He wants to set a new Guinness World Record with a 180-foot cigar. If all goes according to plan, Reyes will finish rolling the cigar during the Cigar Heritage Festival Nov. 21 in Tampa, Fla. An official from Guinness will be there to certify the record, if it's broken. Reyes is a prior cigar record holder. But the current giant cigar mark was set in Havana, Cuba, last year with a smoke of 148 feet.

KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State University is going nuts -- over its unusual black squirrels. This week, the university unveiled a 30-inch tall statue to honor its favorite rodent. The Ohio campus holds an annual "Black Squirrel Festival" as part of freshman orientation. The black squirrels were first brought to campus in the early 1960's. They were imported from Canada by the grounds superintendent and a retired tree company executive.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Maverick, the missing pooch, is back in his Cleveland home. Kelly Durkota says she paid a $1,000 cash reward for the return of the 5-year-old Maltese/Shih Tzu mix. And Durkota is convinced the reward was critical in getting her pet back. She tells The Plain Dealer newspaper that she doesn't think she's "ever been this happy." No word, though, if her boyfriend is going to help cover some of that reward. He was dog-sitting when Maverick wandered away.

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