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HORSE MASSAGE

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — There are plenty of options for people looking for a massage in Nebraska, but if you’re a horse, you’re out of luck. Nebraska doesn’t have a single licensed equine massage therapist, and lawmakers who recently chipped away at regulations governing various other professions blame an expensive and rigorous process that even includes the prospect of jail time for violators. Horse massage sounds quirky, but it’s a common practice in much of the country for high-performance horses, helping to increase their range of motion and relieve tension. Under the measure being debated this week in the Legislature, Nebraska would join 13 other states that don’t require licenses for massaging a horse. Obtaining an equine massage therapist license in Nebraska requires a veterinarian degree in addition to and more class hours than it takes to become a human massage therapist.

MCDONALD’S-FRESH BEEF

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is offering fresh beef rather than frozen patties in some burgers at thousands of restaurants, a switch it first announced about a year ago as it works to appeal to customers who want fresher foods. The fast-food giant, which has relied on frozen beef patties since the 1970s, said it’s launching Quarter Pounders made with fresh beef in about 3,500 restaurants in eight cities, including Atlanta, Miami and Salt Lake City, then roll out to most of the rest of the country by May. The company says workers will cook up the fresh beef on a grill when the Quarter Pounder and “Signature Crafted” burgers are ordered. The change is the latest in an effort to improve its image as more people shun processed foods.

“RUNS OVER HIMSELF

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself. Fairfax County Police released dashboard video from yesterday’s incident showing 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu getting out of his car on a residential street in the Alexandria section, a Washington suburb. But Bonsu apparently forgot to put the car in park and the video shows him running in front of the car and being struck. Bonsu gets up and continues running. Police say they caught him, unharmed, after a brief foot chase. Police say they initially pulled Bonsu over Sunday for an apparent equipment violation. Charges against Bonsu include a third-time DWI, felony hit-and-run and illegal window tint.

TRUMP HIGHWAY

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to name a Utah highway after President Donald Trump is getting pushback from state Democrats, including one who said Tuesday that he would suggest naming a ramp for porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. State Sen. Jim Dabakis said he’s trying to show lawmakers that many people would be offended by the idea of honoring Trump for his contentious decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah. The president’s move received support from state Republican leaders who want the land open for potential oil, gas and coal use but angered environmentalists, outdoor enthusiasts and Native Americans.

TRUMP CALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. reported for possible jury duty in Manhattan – but did not get picked for a case involving an alleged attempted robbery. Secret Service agents and court officers escorted Trump as he bantered with other prospective jurors and had lunch at a neighborhood restaurant. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus – asking him for biographical information – quipped: “Dare I ask what kind of work you’re doing these days?” The Republican president’s eldest son laughed and replied: “You can probably read about it – mostly real estate.”

WARMING ARCTIC

UNDATED (AP) — Scientists say the Arctic’s winter this year was the warmest on record. Calculations released yesterday say the sea ice there hit all-time low marks for February — and that’s when the area of frozen ocean water is supposed to grow. Scientists say they’ve never seen a winter quite like this one where much of the Arctic averaged at least 10 degrees warmer than normal from December through February. They blame man-made global warming. They also say reduced sea ice, especially in the winter, is suspected of weakening the jet stream because it reduces the difference in atmospheric pressure between the Arctic and mid-latitudes.

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