BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Dan Crossley has the "Best Cruiser on the Beach." And that's from a guy who knows. Crossley's 1957 Ford Ranchero wins a vintage car contest in Biloxi, Mississippi. One of the judges was Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys. Johnston jokes he might have been a bit biased. He tells The Sun Herald he used to have a Ford Ranchero when he was first learning how to surf. The car contest was part of the "Cruisin' the Coast" festival.
DALLAS (AP) -- Remember the Alamo -- because it's going to change. The Texas landmark is getting a makeover that will cost at least $48 million. The 18th-century former Spanish mission was the centerpiece in the battle for Texas independence from Mexico. The state is buying nearby commercial buildings and hiring a firm to develop a master plan for the area. Tourist draws like Ripley's Haunted Adventure may have to relocate. Critics say Alamo-related attractions need to focus more on San Antonio as a cultural and commercial gateway.
STOLEN DOG FOOD
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Two Las Vegas women could find themselves in the doghouse -- for swiping dog food. Michael Perez says thieves took dog food that had been meant for needy pups. Perez says he volunteers at animal shelters so people often leave donations on his porch. KTNV-TV reports Perez posted video on Facebook that shows two women taking the dog food and pet toys. He hasn't filed a police report. But the video has been viewed more than 27,000 times and shared nearly 600 times on Facebook.
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- Three alligators and 8 turtles. That's the take as authorities on New York's Long Island held an amnesty event for people who own illegal exotic animals. The creatures were turned over to the Suffolk County SPCA. The people who turned them in won't be prosecuted. Chief Roy Gross of the local SPCA says the three alligators were all about three feet long and healthy.
Economists still expect rate hike before end of 2015
NEW YORK (AP) -- A survey of business economists says a majority still expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates before the end of the year, with the broader economy expected to grow at a slightly faster pace in 2015 than previously forecast.
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