Originally created 05/13/05

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Real estate agent Wendy Heath is undressed for success.

Heath, 34, said a blazer and slacks just don't cut it in the highly competitive Belmont Shore housing market.

She chose to wear a bikini on a billboard that went up May 2.

"It's kind of flipped people out," said Heath, who reported receiving almost as many calls from Realtors upset with the ad as those voicing support. "A couple of agents are having a fit about it, but that's because they just didn't think of it first."

The billboard features Heath, a former personal trainer, wearing a bikini alongside the family English bulldog and the words, "Got real estate?"

"I'm here to create relationships with down-to-earth people who want to do business with me and appreciate who I am. More than anything, it's got people thinking," Heath said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon is on the fast track - literally.

The dean of Tennessee's congressional delegation retained his claim as the fastest member of Congress in a three-mile road race on Wednesday.

Gordon, 56, finished the race in 18 minutes and 17 seconds, nearly a minute and a half faster than his nearest rival, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.

Gordon, a Democrat, holds the record for U.S. Representatives, running a blistering 16:59 in 1995, according to race records.

"Each year it seems the competition in the Capital Challenge gets younger and faster. But that's a challenge I look forward to facing," he said.

Gordon has won 16 times since he first entered the race in 1988.

The race included teams assembled from various offices and the media. Gordon finished 35th overall out of more than 620 runners.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Police have a pretty good idea who the burglar was who broke into a home, ate a meal, soaked in a hot tub and stole $4,000 worth of tools.

A driver's license was found near the hot tub in Nathan Sassamon's home.

"It's not a pleasant feeling to know someone has been in your home, especially when you see these people made themselves comfortable," Sassamon said.

Police still are searching for the 27-year-old man whose identification they found.

Sassamon said he was out of town over the weekend and returned home Sunday to find that an air compressor, eight tool boxes, a television and a stereo system were missing. Several other items had been taken, and dirty dishes were left in the kitchen.

Sassamon said his home was locked but the burglar apparently got in through a dog door in the garage and pried a door to get into the house.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Identical twin brothers are in trouble with the FBI after one went to the other's job in a secure area of the Salt Lake International Airport.

The agency said Olimpiu Nedelcu looks exactly like his brother Silviu, who works as an aircraft refueler at the airport.

FBI agent Bob Wright said Silviu couldn't make it to work so his brother went in his place.

Airport police fingerprinted the man who showed up for work and found out that he was not Silviu.