Pluto's not alone in needing a demotion

Last week, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of its official status as a planet. Here are five other things to demote.

- "Godfather III" - This "film" is just not worthy of "Godfather" status.

- Gluttony - If it remains a deadly sin, a lot of us are in trouble.

- Tour de France/100-yard dash - Not a sport if winners keep getting busted for 'roids.

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- Segways - Try walking, pal.

- Tom Cruise - Downgrade to a B-list actor ... oh wait, already done. Thanks, Paramount.

Australia has an army, and it looks so real

CANBERRA, Australia - Australian soldiers are indulging in expensive cosmetic surgery - including breast enlargements, nose jobs and face lifts - at taxpayers' expense, according to media reports last week.

Official Australian Defense Force policy states that personnel can undergo plastic surgery at public expense for medical or psychological reasons that threaten their ability to work. Media reports said the policy was used to pay for breast enhancements and nose jobs.

Defense Minister Brendan Nelson has ordered an investigation, News Ltd. newspapers reported. Various media outlets, including The New Yorker, reported in 2004 that U.S. military personnel were allowed unlimited free cosmetic procedures.

Cosmetic surgery consultant Pamela Noon said her business has performed surgeries on six military personnel in the past year.

"While a feature might affect somebody's self-confidence, I can't see how it would help their ability to protect the country," Noon was quoted as saying.

You hear me meow?

EANNETTE, Pa. - Meow.

A district judge has been asked to decide whether that word is a harmless taunt or grounds for misdemeanor harassment.

Police charged a 14-year-old boy for "meowing" whenever he sees his neighbor, 78-year-old Alexandria Carasia. The boy's family and Carasia do not get along. The family got rid of its cat after the woman told police it used her flower garden as a litter box.

Defense attorney David Martin Jr. argues the charge should be dismissed.

"This is not something that police should be wasting their time with or wasting the court's time," he said.

The judge will rule in 90 days.

Pirate's Dice

Play the classic bluffing game featured in"Pirates of the Caribbean"

Appropriate for ages 8 and up

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

1201 42nd St. S.

7 p.m.

(701) 281-1002

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