Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last night's NHL playoff game between Washington and Boston was a little longer than usual -- 5.3 seconds to be exact. The NHL says the crowd was so loud on the Capitals home ice, it contributed to a miscommunication. But the extra seconds didn't help Boston. Washington won 2-1, to even the Eastern Conference series at two games apiece. The NHL says the league was "immediately" aware of the clock problem and goals during the added seconds would have been disallowed.


OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California porn-star-turned-teacher is out of a job. The Oxnard School District trustees have voted to fire Stacie Halas. She taught seventh- and eighth-grade science at the Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School. She was suspended after her X-rated past came to light. Halas had been in sex videos available on adult websites. The pornos were apparently produced before she became a teacher. District Superintendent Jeff Chancer tells a local paper (Ventura County Star) it would be disruptive to allow Halas to return to the classroom. She has 30 days to appeal.


UNDATED (AP) -- Forget the elaborate wedding proposals -- now prom invitations are becoming major productions. Seventeen-year-old Alex Chichkov hired a plane towing a banner to ask his girl to the big dance. The Tampa, Florida, teen paid 600 bucks for the aerial message. He says his girlfriend of two and a-half years deserved something special. Other so-called prom-posals have involved flash mobs, scavenger hunts and homemade music videos. Nancy Darling, an Oberlin College psych prof, says the elaborate prom invitations show the romantic side of teens.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Luck has run out for Lady Luck in California. The state Lottery Commission is pulling a TV ad featuring a "Lady Luck" character. She gives good fortune to a young man by smacking him across the face. But the commercial is being blasted by some female lawmakers. They say having a black-leather-clad Lady Luck slapping a guy "glamorizes violence." Lottery officials say a new spot will show Lady Luck blowing the guy a kiss.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sixteen minutes of freedom didn't end well, according to authorities in Tampa, Florida. Police say Marcus Wayne Hunt was in trouble again just 16 minutes after being released from jail. Officers charge Hunt hit a man in the face and took off with his $190 bicycle. According to police, Hunt had been busted earlier that day. He had been jailed on charges of attempting to elude a police officer and not having a valid driver's license. Detectives tracked Hunt down and arrested him again on robbery charges.


REHOBOTH, Mass. (AP) -- It's not something easy to hide. Authorities report finding a 14-ton bulldozer stolen from a home construction site in Massachusetts. It was spotted more than 500 miles away in western Pennsylvania. Police in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, say detectives received a number of tips about the stolen dozer after media reports on the case. The Sun Chronicle reports Christian Wilson has been busted in connection with the rip-off. Witnesses tell police the $85,000 Caterpillar bulldozer was hauled away from the construction site on a trailer. The investigation continues.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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