Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

MICHELLE OBAMA-MILITARY FOOD

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- G-I chow should be getting better -- and first lady Michelle Obama is giving her approval. Mrs. Obama and the Pentagon brass visited an air base in Arkansas yesterday to put the upgraded food to the taste test. There were salads, veggies and fresh fruit. Officials say it's part of the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition across the armed services. Mrs. Obama told one airmen he'd be "a vegetable guy soon."

BEACH PLAY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No, tossing a Frisbee on an L-A beach isn't illegal. The late night comedians have been poking fun at a revised Los Angeles County ordinance, imposing a $1,000 fine for tossing a football or a Frisbee in the sand. But county supervisors stress the new law just bars unsafe play on crowded beaches. They note it's been technically illegal for the last 40 years. But the officials add no one has ever been ticketed for beach ball playing.

PURPLE SQUIRREL

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) -- There are gray squirrels, black squirrels and even reddish ones. But a purple squirrel? Percy and Connie Emert say they captured a purple squirrel in one of the traps they use to keep the critters out of their bird feeders. They released the animal earlier this week, away from their central Pennsylvania home. But the Emerts kept some fur samples and took pictures, because they knew people would have doubts about the purple squirrel story. An expert at the Pittsburgh Zoo suggests the squirrel might have come into contact with something that dyed its fur, like berries or even got into a Porta John. Accuweather.com first reported the squirrel tale.

CAT DISPUTE

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It's a cat fight -- over kitty custody. An appeals court in Wisconsin is upholding a lower court ruling that Dexter belongs to Roger Kueffer and not his ex. Kueffer and former girlfriend Julee Lawler have been battling over the cat since breaking up in August of 2008. A judge held Dexter had been a gift to him from her. No word, though, if Lawler will be taking the cat case to a higher court.

WELDING FLOWERS

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- It will be a heavy metal Valentine's Day. Students at Eisenhower High in Yakima, Washington, have been welding metal roses. Junior Chris Crosslin says each flower turns out a little different and shows welding is an art form. A local paper (Yakima Herald-Republic) reports the students are selling the roses to benefit the school's welding club.

COUNTY JUDGE BUSTED

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- A Texas county judge is in trouble with the law -- over pot. Authorities in College Station say a hotel bellman reported smelling pot on the fifth floor of a Hilton. Security traced the odor to Judge Mike Wiggins' room. Police say they found a grinder, rolling papers and a baggie of suspected weed in the room. Wiggins has been charged with possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana. A local paper (Seguin Gazette-Enterprise) reports he's been freed on $3,000 bond.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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