Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

MAMMOTH TOOTH

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- What a tooth! Construction workers in San Francisco have discovered a wooly mammoth tooth. The experts figure it's 10-15 million years old. The tooth is 10 inches long and still has intact enamel. It's split in two, with a chunk missing. But given its age, the tooth is in remarkably good shape. A crane operator made the find while digging a hole at the site of a new transit center. Brandon Valasik says it looked too perfect to be rock when he uncovered it. Scientists tell the San Francisco Chronicle the ancient tooth is a significant find.

NAVY THEFT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- If you're going to pretend to be an admiral -- at least try to dress right. Michael R. Jacobs has been been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing a Navy uniform. It wasn't just any swabbie's get-up, but that of an admiral. Sailors blew the whistle on him, when they noticed he wasn't wearing the uniform correctly. Those sailors at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia notified Navy investigators. Jacobs pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced yesterday. Charges also include transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines.

MARIJUANA FARM

LAKE LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) -- Same deputy. Same suspect. But different pot farm. Authorities in Los Angeles County report Abdul Jamar has been busted again for growing pot. He was arrested three months ago for marijuana cultivation. Officials say the same Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who made the arrest in June discovered the latest grow. Deputies say the pot plants were up to eight-feet-tall, on a five-acre plot in the Mojave Desert. The latest crop is worth an estimated $4 million.

MEATBALL THE BEAR

ALPINE, Calif. (AP) -- A Colorado wildlife refuge is going to court on behalf of Meatball the bear. He's the black bear who developed a taste for meatballs in the L-A suburbs. Meatball was captured twice earlier this year. The 400-pound bear is now living in a San Diego County rescue facility. The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado is offering Meatball a home. But a Colorado law bars the refuge from keeping any animal taken from the wild. The sanctuary has filed a lawsuit to overturn the regulation.

ORDINARY STUFF MUSEUM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- So, what's ordinary stuff like a hammer or a soccer shoe doing in a museum? That's the point according to the organizer of a new exhibit at Western Kentucky University. The display features 140 ordinary items from some extraordinary people. There's the hammer used by former President Jimmy Carter to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. The shoe was worn by soccer great Mia Hamm. There's also one of Jack Nicklaus' golf clubs and a fiddle from Charlie Daniels. Collection organizer Dan Murph says he hopes the exhibit inspires visitors to pursue their dreams.

VEHICLES-SCRAP METAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a legal loophole big enough to drive a van through -- or many vans. New York City prosecutors charge two men with selling 32 stolen vehicles for scrap. Most were vans. Authorities say they took advantage of a loophole in the law. No proof of title is required when junking a vehicle that's at least eight years old. Authorities say the stolen junkers sold for $600-700 dollars each.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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