EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- It's been a rough start to winter in many parts of the country. But officials are reassuring football fans snow won't sack the Super Bowl. Super Bowl organizers say they'll be ready to deploy an army of snow plows and tons salt for the big game February 2. The Super Bowl will be played at MetLife stadium in northern New Jersey. It's the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl. The stadium has one machine that can melt up to 600 tons of snow an hour. But officials say they might postpone the game in extreme circumstances.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington's newest VIP will make her debut in a few weeks. We're talking VIP -- as in Very Important Panda. The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao (bow-BOW') will go on display January 18. Zoo officials say Bao Bao and her panda mama will determine how much time they'll spend in public. The pandas will be able to retreat to their private den. Panda fans have been watching Bao Bao for months on the zoo's popular panda cam Web page. The zoo says members of Friends of the National Zoo will have an early preview of the panda cub from January 11 to 17.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- A finals week tradition went up in flames at the University of Maryland. Students leave offerings around the statue of the school's mascot for good luck. But early Wednesday those offerings caught fire. Campus police say the bronze terrapin wasn't damaged. Police add a lamp shade had been placed over a burning candle. Students are again leaving offerings for Testudo, the mascot. But now they include burn ointment and bandages.
UNDATED (AP) -- Hold the guacamole: Chipotle is moving into the pizza business. The chain known for its burritos opened its first pizzeria in Denver in May. Chipotle is now looking to open two more locations there. Pizzeria Locale has a similar set-up to Chipotle. Customers walk up to a food bar and can watch as their pizza is made. Customers can choose their own toppings, ranging from anchovies to zucchini, or order one of 10 pizzas already on the menu. The pizza is then placed into a custom-designed oven and cooks in about 2 minutes.
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