Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) -- Police in Pennsylvania are looking for some bridge-nappers. State troopers report the crooks managed to sneak away with a 50-foot steel bridge. The span was in a wooded area along a railroad line, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. The bridge is made out of corrugated steel. State police say it's worth about 100-grand. Authorities figure the bridge bandits will try to sell it for scrap.


ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Folks in Colorado may soon go hiking in Let It Be Park. Or maybe it will be Wild Thing Park. Those are among the five possible names chosen for a new park in the Aspen area. The final choice will be up to school kids and members of the public in an on-line vote next month. Also up for vote is a name for a ridgeline trail in the park. Among the choices, Hallelujah and Touch the Sky.


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- It's man versus fish. And the man wins -- on the second try. David Shoot says a big catfish got away after a bite. He threw his line back into Lake Bloomington in Illinois and hooked the big fish again. It took a while to reel in, though. Shoot tells a local paper (The Pantagraph) he spent more than 45 exhausting minutes landing the fish. The flathead catfish weighs in at almost 52 pounds. It's far short of the state record, but is still one heck of a fish.


DENVER (AP) -- Frederick Smith has the promise of a free year's pizza -- thanks to a marijuana misunderstanding. The Aurora, Colorado, man ordered a pizza from Papa John's. The pizza delivery guy smelled pot and called the cops. Smith tells KUSA-TV he's a medical marijuana user. Police investigated, then left. Papa John's says it stands by its delivery man, who was concerned about a child in the house. Now, Sexy Pizza in Denver is offering Smith a free pie a month. A proposed 2012 ballot initiative would legalize pot in the state. If voters pass it, Sexy Pizza says it'll give Smith free pizza for life.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Some New York cabbies will talk your ear off. But one driver says a passenger bit him behind the ear. Haroon Rashid says he called 911 because his fare attacked him through the security partition in the cab. But Rashid charges the responding officers didn't help. The driver says the cops threatened him with arrest, too, if he filed a complaint. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is calling for an investigation. No comment yet from the NYPD.


GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) -- Cody Johnson hopes karaoke leads to stardom. He's an aspiring singer, but without a band. So, he hits the karaoke bars in the Gillette, Wyoming, area. He tells a local paper (Gillette News Record) he needs the practice to audition for "America's Got Talent" early next year. But he's not giving up his day job in a mine just yet. Johnson says he still has to pay his bills.

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