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No charges in giant chicken theft

Athens, Ga. -- A U.S. chicken chain said it will not press charges against Georgia fraternity brothers accused of stealing its 12-foot inflatable chicken.

Zaxby's corporate officials said they decided not to press charges against two University of Georgia students after the chicken, missing since Oct. 5, was found behind their Beta Theta Pi fraternity house Saturday, the Athens (Ga.) Daily Herald reported Wednesday.

University of Georgia-Athens police said the Office of Student Conduct may still take action against the two men, who told authorities their frat brothers were unaware of the theft.

Police: Woman bit off hubby's tongue

Sheboygan, Wis. -- Police in Wisconsin said they arrested a woman who bit her 79-year-old husband's tongue off during a kiss.

Investigators said the Sheboygan man called 911 at about 11 p.m. Monday and an ambulance and police were dispatched to the home when operators had difficulty understanding the man, the Sheboygan (Wis.) Press reported Tuesday.

Officers said they arrived to find the man and his wife, 57, singing Christmas carols outside of their home. Sgt. Doug Teunissen said the man revealed half of his tongue had been bitten off by his wife while they were kissing inside shortly earlier.

GOP reps press to change Fed mandate

Washington -- Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he would press to have the U.S. Federal Reserve change its mission to focus only on inflation.

Set out in the 1978 Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act, the Fed's current mandate is to set policy to influence inflation and employment.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Corker and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., were backing legislation, which Pence would introduce, that would cut employment concerns out of the Fed's agenda.

Winnipeg hipsters asked to curb butts

Winnipeg, Saskatchewan -- Folks in a hip part of Winnipeg are launching a full-court press on cigarette butts in a campaign to reduce litter, Canadians say.

Residents of the Osborne Village district spent $2,000 on special receptacles for spent smokes that have been set up at seven locations around town and have also been issuing small pouches that people can use to stash their butts until they can dispose of them properly.

The new containers seemed to catch on quickly. Resident Marcel Goulet told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that he planned to toss the cigarette he was nearly finished with "and just keep going."

"It takes about 2 seconds," Goulet said.

CNN and Associated Press part ways

New York -- U.S. cable news giant CNN said Monday it was breaking off its association with the Associated Press effective immediately.

"Starting today, CNN news gathering will be the primary source of all content for all our platforms and services," CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton was quoted as saying by Vanity Fair.

"We will no longer use AP materials or services. The content we offer will be distinctive, compelling and, I am proud to say, our own," he said.

AP has already reported profits were down 65 percent in 2009 compared to 2008. But, AP spokesman Paul Colford said AP would carry on.

"We will continue to provide AP news to other TV networks and tens of thousands," of other news companies, Colford said.

Obamas leave Hawaii after 11-day vacation

Washington, January 4 -- The first family returned to Washington Monday, after their 11-day long vacation in hometown, Hawaii.