LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. trend of dressing up dogs and other pets for Halloween is on the rise, with about 3.5 million puzzled animals competing for edible goodies.
The estimate of dressed-up pets is listed on the Raisingkids.co.uk Web site, and Elaine Binner, owner of Elaine's Pet Depot in Santa Monica, Calif., told the Christian Science Monitor it sounds quite plausible.
She said she only began stocking costumes four years ago, and by Tuesday, she was almost sold out. Her own two Boston terriers will make a Halloween promenade dressed as an alien and a pumpkin, while her 140-pound Rottweiler will be in a pink tutu, the report said.
Many of the commercially made costumes resemble other animals, such as a zebra, skunk or penguin, while others have elaborate antlers.
Animal behaviorist Richard Polsky told the newspaper he sees no harm in dressing up the family dog.
"It's enjoyable for the kids and the family, and doesn't change a dog's behavior. So take them out trick-or-treating," he said.
No one fooled by Bill Clinton $100 bill
BATESVILLE, Ark., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- An Arkansas man who bought a pack of cigarettes using a phony $100 bill featuring Bill Clinton's name faces questioning by U.S. Treasury agents.
A convenience store clerk in Batesville, Ark., called Independence County, Ark., sheriff's deputies at 2:30 a.m. Friday after a man paid for his cigarettes with the bill, the Batesville Daily Guard reported Tuesday.
Deputy Nathan Stephens responded and said the bill was obviously phony.
"The bill was unmistakably fake due to the fact that the ink was running on the bill, the president's face was missing and for the president's name, it had the name Clinton on it," Stephens said.
The man returned to the store while Stephens was there and said he had given the clerk the bill, the Daily Guard said.
"I asked him if he knew the bill was fake and he stated no, he thought it was real," Stephens told the newspaper.
Charges of counterfeiting were being prepared Monday and the U.S. Treasury Department is expected to become involved, the newspaper said.
Report: French students turn to sex trade
PARIS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A French university students' union says an increasing number of women in France are funding their education through the sex trade.
SUD-Etudiant union said 40,000 students, nearly 2 percent of all French university students, are involved in so-called hostess work, freelance work for escort agencies or street prostitution, Britain's The Independent reported Tuesday. The union said a sample survey carried out at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse found that 545 of 30,000 students had at one point been involved in the sex trade.
"As a rule, student prostitution is an individual and occasional activity," said a spokeswoman for the Office Central de la Repression de la Traite des Etres Humains, an anti-slavery group. "It is discreet, difficult to track and not a crime in itself."
SUD-Etudiant attributed the trend to falling subsidies and rising consumerism in the country. A 2000 study of French citizens under 25 found that 100,000 students were living below the poverty line in the country.
NFL player wants out of mom's campaign
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- NFL quarterback Drew Brees has told his mother, Mina, to stop using his picture in advertisements for her Texas 3rd Court of Appeals election campaign.
Brees, starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, told his mother, an attorney based in Austin, to discontinue the ads using his image, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.
The football player said his relationship with his mother had soured six years ago and was now "nonexistent."
"I think the major point here is that my mother is using me in a campaign, and I've made it known many times I don't want to be involved," Brees said.
He said he decided to make his demands public after his mother's campaign refused to heed earlier requests.
Mina Brees, a Democrat running against Republican Justice David Puryear, said replacement ads have been submitted to the TV stations running her spots.