Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Giants' Kung Fu Panda is enjoying his team's victories in the first two games of the World Series. Fans have dubbed Pablo Sandoval their Kung Fu Panda. In game one, his three homers put Sandoval in the rare company of Babe Ruth, who did it twice, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols. Sandoval says he woke up Thursday morning with more than 300 text messages on his phone. And players around the major leagues tweeted their congratulations. Sandoval says he still can't believe it. Tomorrow, the series moves to Motown as the Detroit Tigers hope to gain some traction.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Watching the Series? If you're not -- you have plenty of company. Fox says Wednesday night's game had a record low TV rating for a World Series opener. According to the Nielsen ratings, a little over 12 million people watched the Giants' 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. No surprise that the best ratings were in Detroit and San Francisco.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It's a war relic -- found in downtown Philly. A contractor grinding a tree stump has uncovered what appears to be a Civil War cannonball. Independence National Historical Park officials note a recruitment camp was at the site in 1862. Park spokeswoman Jane Cowley tells KYW-AM the cannonball weighs about three pounds. It's kind of beat up, not too surprising since the cannonball has been buried for about 150 years. The Philadelphia Police Department Bomb Squad checked it out. The experts say there's no danger of it exploding.


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- It's a fuss over floss. Some New York prisoners are suing Westchester County for $500 million, in a fight to get dental floss. But jail officials say there's more at stake than oral hygiene. There are security issues, too. Officials say dental floss has been used in escape attempts and even as a weapon. By some accounts, toothpaste-coated-floss has been used to cut through cell bars. Ropes made of braided floss have been made by would-be escapees from Maryland to Wisconsin. Westchester County has offered the prisoners short floss loops instead.


DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) -- The voters of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, plan another late night. For more than 50 years, voters in the township have cast some of the nation's first ballots for president. They plan to do again. But there's a bit of a change this year. The midnight voting had taken place at the historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. This year, the Dixville Notch voters will be going to a local ski lodge. The hotel is now closed, but the new owners hope to reopen it next year.


ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- The sex was consensual -- but the homemade porno wasn't. A judge has told 55-year-old Daniel W. Smith that saying yes to doing it doesn't mean a yes to making a video of it. The western Pennsylvania man will spend 20 months on probation and must perform 50 hours of community service. Smith didn't show his homemade X-rated videos to anyone. But making them is a crime under the state's invasion of privacy law. Police discovered the homemade porn while searching Smith's home in an unrelated investigation.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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