HIGH-STAKES FIELD GOAL
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- University of Georgia grad student Jonathan Pahlas will be kicking for glory at the Allstate BCS Championship. But he's not a football player. He's the winner of a contest to kick a field goal during halftime. He'll have 60 seconds to take five 40-yard field goal attempts. If he puts one through the uprights, Pahlas will win prizes worth about $100,000. Pahlas is studying marine biology and never played football or soccer. But now he wishes he had. The national championship game will be Monday night in New Orleans, between Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama.
CAR ON ROOF
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- You probably would be snapping pictures, too. People in Fresno, California, were amazed to see a car on the roof of an apartment house. Many folks were taking pictures with their cellphones. Police say the car was launched into the air when the driver lost control and hit some landscaping rocks. According to authorities, the car was stolen and the suspect suffered a broken leg when he jumped from the roof. Bystander Francisco Perez tells KFSN-TV it was a miracle the car landed so perfectly. Ralph White, who lives in the apartment with his family, says they're all still in shock. He adds, "it's crazy."
FIREFIGHTERS LIFT CAR
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It was brute force -- not high-tech that lifted a car off an injured bike rider. Firefighters in Portland, Oregon, used their bare hands to pick up the car. The bike rider was pinned underneath. The accident happened at a busy intersection. Fire Lieutenant Damon Simmons tells the Oregonian newspaper they didn't have time to wait for rescue equipment to arrive.
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- The pilot says he didn't have a buzz on -- when he buzzed a pasture. The California Highway Patrol has cited 62-year-old retiree Michael Ferrero for drunken flying. Authorities say his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit for pilots. But Ferrero says he had a whiskey after he landed. He tells a local paper (Press Democrat of Santa Rosa) he wasn't drunk. Ferrero says he has hundreds of hours of experience flying low over open country. The CHP says the plane was just 50 feet off the ground and officers thought it might crash.
WEDDING DRESSES DESTROYED
EDINA, Minn. (AP) -- The wedding dresses were trashed -- but not because the engagement is off. The Priscilla of Boston bridal shop chain in closing. At a Minneapolis-area store, wedding dresses worth thousands of dollars were spray-painted red and thrown into a Dumpster. One Vera Wang dress had a $5,000 price tag. Many in the community feel the wedding dresses should have been donated to charity. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the parent company is apologizing. Company officials say the remaining gowns will be given to charity whenever possible.
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- What do you do when it's cold and dark? Spoon! Creating brightly painted wooden spoons is a Russian folk art tradition, going back more than 1,000 years. Now, the spoon carving continues in Kodiak, Alaska. Local artist and woodcarver Jim Dillard will be teaching a six-week class at a Kodiak museum. And no power tools for these spoon-makers. Dillard tells the Kodiak Daily Mirror his students will make spoons the old fashioned way, with a carving knife.
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