Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's more than just an in-state rivalry on the line as Southern Utah takes on Utah State this evening. Brothers Cody and Tyler Larsen will be going head-to-head on the line. Big brother Cody is a three-year defensive line starter for Southern Utah. Tyler is the center for Utah State. They're three years apart but look so much alike, even their mom gets confused some times. It doesn't help that both Larsen brothers wear number 58.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- The Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry continues. But it's moved from the hardwood to bronze. Indiana State is planning a 15-foot-tall bronze statue celebrating their basketball great. At 15-feet, the Larry Bird statue would be bigger than any honoring Magic Johnson. The Tribune-Star reports officials expect to dedicate the statue in about a year. Much of the tab is being picked up a donor who wants to remain anonymous. For those who need reminding, Johnson and Michigan State beat Bird's Indiana State team in the 1979 NCAA championship game.


UNDATED (AP) -- Is Rover or Fluffy a southpaw? Just like people dogs and cats can be a righty or a lefty. Dr. Stefanie Schwartz is an expert at the Veterinary Neurology Center in Tustin, California. She says you can do some simple tests to determine if your four-legged pal has a paw preference. She says if you teach Fido to shake, which paw does he raise? Or place a treat under a sofa. Which paw does your dog or cat use to try to get it? Schwartz says there's a serious side to paw preference. She says research may show which puppies will make the best military, service or therapy dogs.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The panda watch is on again at the National Zoo in Washington. Zoo keepers think giant panda Mei Xiang might be pregnant. She's been building a nest of bamboo but an ultrasound test was inconclusive. She gave birth to a cub in 2005. The little panda quickly became one of the most popular attractions in the nation's capital. But the veterinarians note Mei Xiang has had a number of false or so-called pseudopregnancies in the years since. Zoo officials say the should know by the middle of next month if they'll be expecting the padder of little panda paws.


ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Plans for a pot restaurant in Oregon have gotten a little out of joint. The Earth Dragon Edibles Restaurant and Lounge in Ashland has closed. At first, the restaurant planned to serve dishes like Mongolian barbecue cooked with marijuana-infused grapeseed oil. Customers were to show they were medical marijuana patients with state ID cards. But local officials objected. The business plan was tweaked to only cook with pot supplied by the patrons. But the idea idea of B-Y-O P-O-T never caught on. A local paper (Ashland Daily Tidings) reports the pot cafe closed about a month ago. Co-owner Kevin Wallace says he's now working to pay off about 10-grand in debts.


LIBERTY, Ind. (AP) -- It's one big bird. A 28-foot-tall rooster will be allowed to stay outside the Liberty Bell restaurant in Indiana. Some people had complained to authorities in Union County the rooster sign was in violation of local zoning laws. But other folks showed up at a zoning board meeting in support of the sign. Restaurant owner Andy Pitcher tells WLWT-TV the fuss has helped him sell thousands of extra pieces of chicken. Now, the zoning board has voted to allow the rooster to remain.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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