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TEEN CHALLENGES TRUMP BACKER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- High school senior Austin Harig is learning about politics hands-on. He's running for the school board in Buffalo, New York. He's trying to unseat incumbent Carl Paladino, who happens to be the state co-chair of Donald Trump's campaign. The 18-year-old says he wants to take over Paladino's seat, in hopes of bringing the divided board together to focus on the students. Paladino has a no-holds-barred style. He says acrimony is a necessary part of change.

UCONN-THERAPY DOGS

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- UConn students will be getting some extra help for finals. But we're not talking tutors. These helpers are the four-legged, tail-wagging variety. The University of Connecticut is bringing in therapy dogs to help relieve some stress. Students will find furry friends to pet at the school's library this week. The pooches taking part in the "Paws to Relax" program are all registered therapy dogs.

PLANE LANDS IN BACKYARD

PLANO, Texas (AP) -- They dropped in unannounced -- but at least they walked away. Officials say a small plane made an emergency landing in the backyard of home in the Dallas suburb of Plano. No one was hurt, including the two people in the Mooney M20 single engine plane. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the pilot lost control after an aborted landing attempt at a nearby airport. The FAA is investigating.

BIKES ON TRAINS

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Ride your bike -- to the train. Vermont state officials say Amtrak Vermonter trains are launching a new service allowing bikes to go along for the ride. The trains run from Washington, D.C., to St. Albans, Vermont. Officials say the idea is to promote tourism in the state. There will be an extra fee of $10-$20 for the bikes. Amtrak officials say the two-year pilot project began yesterday.

 
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