Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) -- The last thing you'd expect a turkey to do on Thanksgiving is try to fly into a restaurant -- out, maybe, but not in.

But that's apparently what happened yesterday in Penn Hills, Pa., where police say a wild turkey crashed through a plate glass window at an empty restaurant. It did not survive.

Police told WTAE-TV that they suspect the turkey was roosting in a nearby tree and went out for its morning flight. Wild turkeys can fly short distances. Its collision with the window set off the restaurant's alarm.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- She probably has to knock before going in the locker room, but nothing else is holding back Natalie Randolph.

The football coach for Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., chalked up an 8-3 season, losing the city's championship game yesterday, 33-21, to Dunbar High. This was only Randolph's second season -- last year, the Coolidge Colts were 4-7.

Randolph is believed to be the only female head coach of a high school varsity football team in the country. No one doubts that one day she may snag a championship.


EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- They're cracking down hard on shoplifters these days, even the four-year-olds.

A TV station in Seattle, Wash., says a security guard at a Safeway in Everett -- north of Seattle -- told a little girl and her father that she would face charges and be banned from the chain. She allegedly grabbed a package of dried fruit, ate some, and put the package back on the shelf.

KOMO-TV says the little girl was also forced to sign a paper acknowledging that she wasn't allowed in Safeway stores any more.

Safeway says it's appalled by the guard's actions, and has dismissed him. Store officials also apologized to the girl's parents.


BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- It's getting harder worldwide to be a smoker.

Brazil is expected to become the next country to ban smoking in enclosed public places. Such bans already exist in major Brazilian cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but the country's congress has now passed a bill to make it national. President Dilma Rousseff is expected to sign it into law soon.

Not only would the bill forbid smoking in enclosed public places, it would also raise taxes on tobacco products and force a minimum price on them. That would increase smokers' costs up to 55 percent within four years.


SYDNEY (AP) -- You'd think crooks would know by now that if you don't want to attract attention, don't look nervous.

A suitcase left behind by a nervous-looking man at a restaurant in Sydney, Australia, prompted employees to call police. They feared it might be a bomb.

The contents were impressive, but not explosive -- almost $1 million in cash. No word yet where it came from.

As for the man, he was found later in a dazed state, and is charged with assaulting police. Some of the money he left behind might come in handy about now for bail.


MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It had all the makings of a classic prison escape movie -- too bad it fell short.

Six inmates used buoyant containers and wood planks to try to escape the last island penal colony in the Americas, about 70 miles off Mexico's west coast, and 100 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta.

The Mexican navy picked them up about 58 miles from Puerto Vallarta. No word why they headed there instead of due east to the closest shore, but currents might have had something to do with it.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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