Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

PUNKIN CHUNKIN TEAM

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) -- The pumpkins will be flying in Delaware this weekend. It's the 26th annual World Punkin Chunkin Championship. And competitors will be gunning for Jake Burton. He's a grizzled veteran at just age 24. His team Young Glory III is the current record-holder, with an air cannon that fired a pumpkin more than 4,480 feet. Burton tells The Daily Times of Salisbury they've been test-firing the big gun since Labor Day. This will be Burton's 10th Punkin Chunkin. He started in the kids' category and was the youth record-holder, too.

LUCKY WEDDING DATE-VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- If 11 is a lucky number -- how about 11-11-11? Officials in the marriage license bureau in Las Vegas are getting ready for an expected November 11th wedding rush. It also falls on the Veterans Day holiday weekend. Clark County Clerk Diana Alba says she's adding staff to handle the expected crowd. The biggest day ever for Vegas marriage licenses came on another supposedly lucky day --- 7-7-07. More than 4,300 marriages licenses were issued then.

SLOW-SPEED FREEWAY CHASE

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Speed was the issue in a Sin City police chase. But it wasn't high speed. The Nevada Highway Patrol reports they tried to stop an older driver for going too slowly. Trooper Jeremie Elliott says for some reason the man, believed to be in his 60s, wouldn't pull over. The Highway Patrol chased the man for 30 miles, never topping 45 miles per hour. Troopers finally flattened the tires with a spike strip on I-15 near the Las Vegas Strip. Troopers say the driver could face a number of charges including impeding traffic.

HOMEMADE SIGN

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- It's not quite taking the law into their own hands. But a Washington state couple has posted their own speed limit sign. Jack and Kathy Stanfill say they're tired of all the lead-footed drivers on their road between Seabeck and Bremerton. So, they've posted a 4-by-4 piece of plywood, lit up with Christmas tree lights. The sign reminds drivers the speed limit is 35 mph. The Stanfills tell a local paper (Kitsap Sun) the county has been too slow in making safety improvements.

MISSING MOON ROCK

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Lost, then found. Soon everyone will be able see it. A once missing moon rock will go on display at an Arkansas museum after the first of the year. Governor Mike Beebe made the announcement yesterday. The moon rock was given to the state following the 1972 Apollo 17 mission. But it was somehow misplaced. It was recently discovered in a box of papers donated by former President Bill Clinton. That moon rock, and another from the first lunar landing, will be shown together at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

BLACK MONEY SCHEME

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Caught red-handed -- in a black money scam. That's according to the Secret Service in Providence, Rhode Island. Agents warn New Englanders are being taken in a confidence scheme involving so-called black money. Last week, agents arrested two men. Authorities say so far, three victims have been taken for a total of 170-grand. Here's how the scam works: Con artists convince the mark there's money that's been dyed black. Supposedly it's to fool customs officials. Victims are duped into buying chemicals to wash away the black ink. A couple of real greenbacks are used as bait. But authorities say the stacks of bills are really just money-sized pieces of construction paper.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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