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EDMONTON — Alberta’s Wildrose party says it is planning to change the design on its campaign bus after an image of leader Danielle Smith became the subject of some laughs.

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The Wildrose party's new campaign bus.

“We’re getting it adjusted right now since it will be a distraction throughout the campaign,” said Shannon Stubbs, party spokeswoman and candidate in the Alberta riding of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville. “Nobody really noticed, since we have been focused on providing a solid campaign platform. There were a couple of comments when we were doing the initial draft a long time ago, but the majority of the team didn’t notice or didn’t anticipate it would be an issue.”

The image in question has Smith’s head above the rear wheels, making it look as if the tires are taking the place of her breasts.

“We do think that if this is the absolute worst thing to go wrong in the campaign, then that’s not too bad,” Stubbs said. “We’ve been having a bit of laugh because of the attention it’s been getting. Somebody suggested we submit a picture into Leno or Letterman to get international attention, as well as the national coverage we’ve been getting.”

However, she also suggested that not everyone is amused.

“I did see someone comment that it might be one of the reasons why women are dissuaded from entering politics, and I think there might be a valid point there.”

She said she didn’t know how long it will take to get the bus fixed. She also didn’t know the cost, though it is expected to be several thousand dollars.




Toby Keith has announced four months of shows for his upcoming Live in Overdrive tour, launching June 14 in Salt Lake City.

Toby is scheduled to perform in 39 cities across the U.S. and Canada, concluding his tour Sept. 22 in Boston.

Brantley Gilbert will open the shows.

Here are the tour dates:

June 14: Salt Lake City
June 15: Denver
June 16: Albuquerque, N.M.
June 22: North Platte, Neb.
June 23: Manhattan, Kan.
June 29: Detroit
June 30: Indianapolis

July 4: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Greenbrier)
July 12: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
July 13: Cleveland
July 14: Washington, D.C.
July 15: Raleigh, N.C.
July 21: Monticello, Iowa
July 22: Twin Lakes, Wis.
July 26: Virginia Beach, Va.
July 27: Pittsburgh
July 28: Cincinnati
July 29: Darien Lakes, N.Y.

Aug. 2: Sparta, Wis.
Aug. 3: Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Aug. 4: Camrose, Alberta, Canada
Aug. 8: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Aug. 9: San Diego
Aug. 10: San Bernardino, Calif.
Aug. 11: Las Vegas
Aug. 12: Mountain View, Calif.
Aug. 17: Holmdel, N.J.
Aug. 18: Philadelphia
Aug. 19: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Aug. 24: Atlanta
Aug. 25: Charlotte, N.C.

Sept. 1: St. Louis
Sept. 2: Chicago
Sept. 7: Dallas
Sept. 8: Houston
Sept. 14: Tampa, Fla.
Sept. 15: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sept. 21: Hartford, Conn.
Sept. 22: Boston



New York state has the highest taxes on gasoline and Alaska has the lowest, according to data compiled by the Tax Foundation, which it has displayed, state by state, on a map.

According to the Foundation, as of Jan. 1, 2012, New York had the highest state tax of 49 cents per gallon of gasoline, with Connecticut and California not too far behind at 48.6 cents in taxes per gallon in each state.

The taxes per gallon, as calculated by the American Petroleum Institute for the Tax Foundation, are based upon an average of premium, mid-range, and regular gasoline and may include excise taxes, environmental fees, storage tank taxes and general sales tax.

States With Highest State Gasoline Tax Rates (Cents Per Gallon):

1) New York: 49 cents/gal.

2) California: 48.6 cents/gal.

2) Connecticut: 48.6 cents/gal.

4) Hawaii: 47.1 cents/gal.

5) Michigan: 39.4 cents/gal.

6) North Carolina: 39.2 cents/gal.

7) Illinois: 38.9 cents/gal.

7) Indiana: 38.9 cents/gal.

9) Washington: 37.5 cents/gal.

10) Florida: 35 cents/gal.

11). West Virgnia: 37.5 cents/gal.


States With Lowest State Gasoline Tax Rates (Cents Per Gallon):

40) Virginia: 19.8 cents/gal.

41) New Hampshire: 19.6 cents/gal.

42) Arizona: 19 cents/gal.

43) New Mexico: 18.9 cents/gal.

44) Mississippi: 18.8 cents/gal.

45) Missouri: 17.3 cents/gal.

46) Oklahoma: 17 cents/gal.

47) South Carolina: 16.8 cents/gal.

48) New Jersey: 14.5 cents/gal.

49) Wyoming: 14 cents/gal.

50) Alaska: 8 cents/gal.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama fired back at criticism over rising gas prices, claiming there is “quick fix” to lowering fuel costs.

“There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices,” he said. “There’s no silver bullet. Anybody who tells you otherwise isn’t really looking for a solution -- they’re trying to ride the political wave of the moment.”

However, the American Petroleum Institute said the president deserves some of the blame for why consumers are paying so much at the pump.

“Gasoline prices are higher today at least in part because government has neglected to pay sufficient attention to the importance of producing more of our own oil and natural gas. Adding supplies to markets is critical to keeping downward pressure on prices. And government policy has prevented and continues to prevent that,” said Eric Milito, API Group Director for Upstream and Industry Operations.

NPR reported yesterday that the price of gasoline at a Chevron station in California was $4.45 per gallon.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report says the average price of regular gasoline is $3.83, which is an increase from $3.75 last month. The average price for one gallon of gas has increased almost every month since January 2009 when President Obama took office.



Faith Hill went completely makeup-less as she hopped a flight from LAX to Sydney, Australia with her husband Tim McGraw and their three kids, Monday morning.


According to a new study, the average mother will pass on 41 pearls of wisdom to her children.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 adults about what they learned from their mom throughout their lives.

They found 41 common tips, including “Always try your best”, and “If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.”

Mom's 41 Tips

1. Always try your best

2. If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all

3. Get an education - no-one can take that away from you

4. Eat with your mouth closed

5. If you don't ask you don't get

6. Never spend money you don't have

7. Never take sweets from strangers

8. Smile

9. Never swim on a full stomach

10. Treat people with respect

11. Always wear clean underwear

12. You never get something for nothing

13. I want never gets

14. Save money aside for a rainy day

15. Treat others how you wish to be treated yourself

16. There's no such word as 'can't'

17. Practice makes perfect

18. Mind your p's and q's

19. Never stare at people it's rude

20. Watching too much TV will make your eyes go square

21. Mom knows best

22. Look after your pennies and the pennies will look after you

23. Be true to yourself

24. Always eat breakfast

25. You only get out of life what you put into it

26. Never drink on an empty stomach

27. Courtesy and compassion cost nothing

28. Never leave the house with wet hair

29. Look up things you don't know the answer to

30. Never go to bed during an argument

31. Receive compliments gracefully

32. Life's too short to be unhappy

33. Don't eat cheese before bed

34. Always hold the door open

35. Never give up

36. Manners make the man

37. The grass is never greener

38. Give compliments easily

39. Never offer lifts to strangers

40. Always have two months' rent / mortgage saved

41. Men are very different creatures to women