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WASHINGTON â¿¿ TV ads show smiling seniors enjoying an "active" lifestyle on a motorized scooter, taking in the sites at the Grand Canyon, fishing on a pier and high-fiving their grandchildren at a baseball game. The ads, which promise freedom and independence to people with limited mobility, have driven the nearly $1 billion U.S. market for scooters. But the spots also have drawn scrutiny from doctors and lawmakers, who say they create the false impression that scooters are a convenient means of transportation rather than a medical necessity. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone.Eds: Sent Thursday for use anytime. AP photos. MEGA VERTICAL FARM BEDFORD PARK, Ill. â¿¿ Farming in abandoned warehouses has become a hot trend in the Midwest, with varying degrees of success, as more entrepreneurs worldwide are experimenting with indoor growing systems in an attempt to grow more food locally. Now one facility, FarmedHere in suburban Chicago, is attempting to take indoor warehouse farming to the "mega farm" level, in a region of the country known more for its massive hog, corn and soybean farms than for crops of boutique greens. Here's a run-down on the trend, this farm â¿¿ and the challenges it and other indoor farms face. By Martha Irvine. Eds: Sent Thursday for use anytime. AP photos, video