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Tallest U.S. man needs (size 22? 26?) shoes

CANTON, Mass. (AP) -- The tallest man in the United States traveled from Minnesota to Massachusetts on Thursday for a custom shoe-fitting with Reebok that he hopes will help him live a normal life.

Igor Vovkovinskiy said he has had 16 surgeries in six years to fix problems created by shoes that didn't fit. He's 7 feet, 8 inches tall, and said his shoe size is somewhere between 22 and 26.

He was at Reebok headquarters in Canton on Thursday for a complex shoe-fitting that involved, among other things, custom pressure-mounting equipment and a handful of technicians.

Vovkovinskiy said his only shoes have no traction, making it "suicidal" to leave his home.

Reebok officials said it's making the shoes because they want to help. The company said the project will cost between $12,000 and $20,000.


Wife of ex-NFL player guilty in fatal hit-run

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser was convicted Thursday of two felonies in a hit-and-run incident that killed a man, as jurors brushed aside her defense that she never saw him and thought she had hit a construction barrel or pothole.

Amy Senser was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and failing to promptly report an accident, both criminal vehicular homicide charges, in the August death of Anousone Phanthavong, 38. She was acquitted of a third felony charge of gross negligence.

Senser, 45, of Edina, showed little emotion as the verdicts were read, staring straight ahead. It was jurors who looked tense at the conclusion of the highly publicized trial, with one crying and dabbing at tears with a handkerchief.

Senser was to remain free until sentencing. Each felony count was punishable by up to 10 years in prison, but sentencing guidelines suggested four years.

Senser's husband was a tight end for the Vikings in the early 1980s and has remained visible as a commentator for National Football League games and as owner of a string of restaurants in his name.


Smithsonian's top gift to fund dinosaur hall

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An energy businessman is donating a record $35 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History to build a new dinosaur hall on the National Mall, the museum complex announced Thursday.

The donation by David H. Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries of Wichita, Kan., is the single largest gift in the museum's 102-year history. The Smithsonian Board of Regents voted Monday to name the new dinosaur hall in Koch's honor.

Koch, an engineer trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a billionaire who lives in New York City. He was the Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate in 1980 and has been a major donor to conservative political causes, as well as to educational, medical and cultural groups.

The Smithsonian's dinosaur hall has remained unchanged for more than 30 years and has grown outdated with advances in paleontology.

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough thanked Koch. "Millions of Americans and visitors from all over the world will learn and be inspired for years to come," he said.