Contraceptive lessons could bring charges

MADISON, Wis. —A Wisconsin prosecutor is warning sex education teachers they could face charges if they follow a new state law that allows them to instruct students about proper contraceptive use.

A letter sent to five school districts by Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth said the instruction could amount to contributing to the delinquency of a minor if teachers know students are sexually active. He said the districts should drop sex education until the law is repealed.

Southworth also argued that teaching contraceptive use encourages sexual behavior among children, which equates to sexual assault because minors can't legally have sex in Wisconsin.

Man can't use food stamps to feed dog

HARRISBURG, Pa. —Food stamps won't be helping a disabled man fill his service dog's food bowl.

A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Tuesday against James Douris of Newtown. It upheld a decision by the state welfare agency denying him additional support.

The 55-year-old Douris is a disabled, unemployed veteran who lives alone and relies on the dog to pull his wheelchair and fetch items.

Douris says the dog requires supplemental nutrition because of its work on his behalf and should be considered a dependent member of his household where food stamps are concerned.

The court says the law is clear that animals don't qualify.

Spring finally arrives as cinder block falls in

WEST DANVILLE, Vt. —The ice is "out" earlier than ever at a Vermont pond where folks bet on the arrival of spring.

The Joe's Pond Ice Out sells $1 chances for people to pick the exact date and time that a 65-pound cinder block will fall in the water each spring.

The game at the pond in West Danville ended at 2:46 p.m. Monday. That's the earliest since the guessing game began in 1988.

More than 11,500 tickets were bought. But the postmark deadline for mailed entries was April 1 and some might not have arrived yet, so a winner hasn't been declared.