Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

APOCALYPSE REDUX

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- If you're hearing this -- the end of world probably didn't happen. A California-based Christian ministry was predicting the world would come to an end today, October 21st. But the track record of preacher Harold Camping isn't very good. He first predicted the world would end May 21st. It didn't. Camping preaches via his Members of Family Radio International ministry. Members of the Oakland group didn't say how they were getting ready for today's supposed apocalypse.

TOURING TEQUILA

TEQUILA, Mexico (AP) -- It's not hard to find tequila in Tequila, Mexico. Just about every shop in the small town sells the signature booze. There's a Tequila Hotel and a Tequila Museum. Tourists who want to go on a tequila tour can take an open air bus called the Tequila Train. Sometimes visitors don't even have to buy tequila. The owner of a shop called El Vado offers free samples of the local favorites that can't be found in U.S. liquor stores.

WALL STREET PROTEST-HIPSTER COP

NEW YORK (AP) -- One hipster at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations is getting a lot of Internet attention. But he's not one of the protesters. He's a New York City cop. Detective Rick Lee is being called the Hipster Cop by bloggers. He dresses like a cool college prof, with cardigans, skinny ties and professorial-style glasses. Lee is doing community affairs work at the protest. He says most people don't realize he's a police officer. Lee adds his signature look helps break down "a lot of walls."

ROAMING GNOMES

PALMYRA, Pa. (AP) -- Police in central Pennsylvania are looking for some gnome-nappers. Twenty garden gnomes have been swiped from the yard of a home. And these gnomes aren't that easy to take. They're eight feet tall. Police say the crooks also got away with a dozen solar-powered gnome lights. Officers are hoping someone will spot the roaming gnomes and call police.

BAND UNIFORMS

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The marching band at North Bend High is going casual. The school on the Oregon coast can't afford new uniforms for band members, so they're dressing down. The band director says the old uniforms are in such sorry shape, the kids will be wearing T-shirts, knit caps and jeans. The band has also grown in size, so there aren't enough uniforms to go around. A local paper (World of Coos Bay) reports the band is trying to raise 35-grand for new uniforms for next year.

BALTIMORE PD RECRUITING WOMEN

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Police Department is looking for a few good -- women. The B-P-D is hosting a recruiting event today specifically for female applicants. Would-be ladies of the law will be given a chance to take a written test. Those who pass will be invited back for a physical agility test.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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