Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) -- Washington ate here. And now we can see what it was like. Visitors to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate will get an idea of how the first president chowed down. An exhibit opening tomorrow at the northern Virginia estate is titled Hoecakes and Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington. There are more than 100 items on display, including a heart-shaped waffle iron, a three-foot olive jar and presidential dinner invitations. The exhibit will also detail the role slaves played in the president's kitchen. Visitors will be able to take home recipe cards, so they can try some of the presidential vittles for themselves.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Snickers bars are going on a diet. Mars says it will stop making chocolate products that have more than 250 calories. That means the candy bars will be getting a bit smaller. No more king-sized versions of treats like Snickers, Milky Way and 3Musketeers. Regular sized Twix and a bag of peanut M-and-M's already clock in at 250 calories. The larger candy bars will disappear by the end of next year.


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Who's driving? The computer! Nevada is now the first state to approve regs for driverless cars. The day of telling the car to take you home may still be a long way off. But the regulations spell out the requirements for testing on state roads. Cars on autopilot must have two people in them at all times, with one able to take control. And don't think of the computer as the designated driver. The human behind the wheel can't be drunk, even with a virtual chauffeur.


NEW YORK (AP) -- No dorm room for one coed. The family of a Russian billionaire has bought the most expensive condo in New York City. The penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park has sold for $88 million. The Wall Street Journal reports the pad will be used by the 22-year-old college student daughter of billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. The borkers' commission alone was about 3.5 mil. It was sold by Sanford I. Weill, the former head of Citigroup. He's said he'll donate the proceeds to charity.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Butt out! That could be the law on Rhode Island's beaches. State Rep. Richard Morrison wants the Ocean State to be the first to ban smoking on all public beaches. Supporters note that volunteers picked up more than 43,000 cigarette butts in one clean-up day. But opponents say banning open-air smoking goes too far.


NORCO, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California city is going to be powered by horsepower -- or make that horse poo power. Norco is known as Horsetown USA because of its equestrian lifestyle. The City Council has voted in favor of a proposed $36 million manure-to-power conversion plant. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports it will take about 18 months to build. An estimated 65 tons of horse you-know-what a day will be turned into electricity.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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