Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Wildcats will be a little less wild tomorrow night. The University of Kentucky is banning alcohol from tailgating before the game against South Carolina. U-K officials say the booze ban is prompted by unruly behavior on the part of a small number of fans. Students violating the drinking ban will face disciplinary action. School officials aren't saying if the dry tailgating rule will extend beyond tomorrow's game.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Dreamliner should be a dream -- for passengers. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner will soon go into service in the U.S. United is the first U.S. airline to get the plane. It's scheduled to start flying in a little over a month between United hubs, including Houston and Chicago. Boeing says the Dreamliner has bigger windows, more space and better cabin air pressure. United's 787 seats 219 passengers. Seventy of them will be "Economy Plus." That's a sort of high-end coach seat that has three more inches of legroom and other perks.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Memo to airline passengers: You might want to leave your fake hand grenade at home. A terminal at New York's J-F-K Airport was briefly evacuated yesterday evening because of a paperweight. A Port Authority spokesman says a passenger came through customs with a paperweight shaped like a hand grenade. After authorities determined it wasn't a live explosive, people were allowed to return to the terminal.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Big Apple is getting a big wheel. The world's largest Ferris Wheel is planned for Staten Island, overlooking the Statue of Liberty. The giant wheel will be 625-feet-tall and carry more than 1,400 people at a time. The New York Wheel will be higher than the London Eye and the "High Roller" planned in Las Vegas. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York Wheel will be "unlike any other on the planet." The $230 million attraction is being privately financed. Officials hope to have the wheel turning by the end of 2015.


ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) -- Big Rico is back. It's a giant, inflatable rhinoceros that attracts attention along I-70 in eastern Missouri. Someone swiped Big Rico from Michael's Flooring Outlet in the town of St. Peters. But the deflated rhino was found in a park near the store. It was folded up and left on a picnic table. KSDK-TV reports the 25-foot-long, 12-foot-tall rhino is back at its post outside the store. A hole in Big Rico's leg was patched and it was re-inflated.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- You're fired! That's what officials have told a San Diego bus driver who brought pot brownies to work. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Transit System says the 57-year-old driver (Ku'uipoaloha Lawler) was canned after a hearing. He claimed he didn't know the brownies were laced with weed. U-T San Diego reports other drivers who unknowingly ate the pot brownies are being allowed to return to work. Officials say the drivers did the right thing -- by pulling over and calling for help as soon as they started feeling high.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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