Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


UNDATED (AP) -- So, you can't wait to get that new iPhone. But, what will you do with your old one? Apple is expected to announce the latest model in its ground-breaking smartphone line today. Here are some suggestions about what do with the old iPhone. Give it to your kids so they stop taking yours -- or maybe to your folks. You can donate the phone to charity. You could use it as a spare camera or GPS navigation unit. The old iPhone could also be worth some cold, hard cash. Sell it. Or Apple will give you up to $280 in credit for trading in an iPhone 4s that's still in good condition.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Visitors will soon be able to get up-close and personal with Lady Liberty again. Beginning next month the Statue of Liberty will be open to the public. The interior of the national monument in New York Harbor has been closed for renovation for about a year. Officials say the Statue of Liberty will be reopened October 28th. That's Lady Liberty's 126th birthday.


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Should pot be legal and taxed? Voters in one Vermont city will weigh-in on that issue. The Burlington City Council has approved several measures for the November ballot. One will ask voters if they want the illegal weed to be made legal. WCAX-TV reports other questions approved for the ballot include a property tax increase and a bond issue for a bike path improvement.


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- Major League Baseball is stepping up to the plate -- for a Southern California high school team. Crooks stole baseball equipment from Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley over the Labor Day weekend. Baseball Hall of Fame player Frank Robinson read news reports about the loss. He brought the issue to the attention of his boss, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. This week, Robinson's wife Barbara and their daughter Nichelle presented a $4,000 check to the school. The Orange County Register reports the donation will cover the value of the stolen sports equipment.


WACO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas oak tree that could be 500 years old has survived centuries of prairie fires and droughts. But it may not survive middle school. School officials in Waco say the old tree is slatted to be cut down, to make way for a track and practice field at a new school. District officials tell the Tribune-Herald there's no other place to put the track. Baylor University forest ecology expert Joseph White says the tree should be saved. He says it measures 133 inches around, but isn't the biggest in the state.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Benjamin Greene and Tyler Nethers want do one better than just a farmers market. Instead of bringing the produce to the city, they want to bring the farm to town. The North Carolina men have developed what they're calling the Farmery. It uses metal shipping containers that combine a greenhouse and a store. A local paper (News & Observer of Raleigh) reports they're raising money for the project on the Kickstater website. The Farmery entrepreneurs say a self-contained growing-selling unit would reduce costs and result in the freshest possible produce.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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