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Animals attend at wedding

Eileen Oren's maid of honor was peaceful as a pussycat, but Bob Taylor's best man was one wild cat.

The Indiana newlyweds chose tigers as their top cats when they tied the knot Saturday at ME's Zoo, home to 213 animals. The bride owns the zoo about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

During the ceremony before 100 friends and relatives, Bobbi the tiger became agitated and nearly overturned his cage while serving as best man.

But the maid of honor, a female tiger named Massai, remained tranquil. Omar, a camel tapped to be the ring-bearer, also performed his duties peacefully.

"Eileen has a real passion for animals, so this style of wedding is exactly her," said Maria Cooper, a seasonal employee at the zoo.

Harrison hair sold at auction

"Can't buy me love" sang the Beatles, but $1,550 was enough to land a Barcelona hairdresser a lock of hair snipped from George Harrison in 1964.

"It went to a hairdresser from Barcelona called Rafael Pages, who also has a hairdressing museum," said Jordi Tarda, an organizer of Sunday's auction of pop memorabilia at an annual record fair in the north-eastern Spanish town of Girona.

Tarda said photos capturing the moment the hair was lopped from Harrison in Liverpool and an accompanying note signed by the Beatle - who died in 2001 - verifying it was his own, meant there were no doubts about its roots.

Harrison's hair raised the highest price at the auction which also included a pair of limited edition Michael Jackson shoes and a ticket for the premiere of the musical "Tommy."

Short parade short on sponsors

The nation's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade was over before it even began.

The 25th annual one-block St. Patrick's Day parade in Wenatchee, Wash., has been canceled, and organizers blamed the high cost of insurance.

Dave Herald, a member of the Loyal Order of Hibernians, the parade's organizers, said Tuesday the corporate owners of the radio station that had sponsored the parade in recent years decided against sponsoring and insuring such events after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The satirical little parade usually attracts more than 1,000 people.

Each year, organizers invited national celebrities to attend; none ever showed up. Last year, they picked former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay.

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