Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Warren Houghton can hardly believe it. He's gotten a wallet back that he lost 67 years ago. An old baseball glove was returned, too. Houghton had accidentally dropped the items between wall layers at his one-room school house in Cornish, New Hampshire. The long-lost wallet and glove were recently discovered during renovations. They arrived in a package yesterday in Michigan, where the 81-year-old Houghton now lives. Inside the wallet, Houghton found pictures of his family, a Boy Scout I-D and a letter from his sister.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Bill Galloway has a hobby that really blows. He collects fans. Galloway figures he's got about a-thousand of them. Now, he's helping less fortunate neighbors keep cool. Galloway is donating about 600 working fans to his church's food pantry in Columbus, Ohio. The 70-year-old Galloway tells WCMH-TV he's keeping some of the fans, including one that dates back to 1912.


WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man wants to know what happened to his '71 Dodge Charger. Aaron Dahrooge had restored the classic muscle car and kept it in his mother's charge. But she died last year and the Bank of America is foreclosing on the Worcester house. Dahrooge says a neighbor told him a company hired by the bank towed away the car. He tells a local paper (Telegram & Gazette) the bank is stonewalling his effort to get information. A bank spokeswoman says the company is cooperating with law enforcement. Police and prosecutors say they're investigating.


CODY, Wyo. (AP) -- Philip McClinton feels rattlesnakes are getting a bad rap. He's the rattlesnake specialist at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Draper Museum of Natural History) in Cody, Wyoming. He says people think rattlesnakes are killing machines, but they're not. McClinton says a rattler is less of a threat than getting struck by lightning or getting in a car accident. He adds rattlesnakes have a beauty of all their own. But he tells the Cody Enterprise it's a beauty that must be enjoyed from a safe distance.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Bald can be beautiful -- as proved by Miss Alaska. She won the crown last weekend. Just three months ago, Debbe Ebben had no hair. She shaved her head to raise more than $4,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The charity benefits childhood cancer research. By the time she won the Miss Alaska title, Ebben's hair had grown back to pixie length. She says she'll probably keep her hair short when she represents Alaska at the Miss America pageant in January.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Three Alaska strippers are due some big bucks. A federal judge has ruled Shanna Thornton, Jennifer Prater and Heather Kidd are owed a total of nearly $150,000. The dancers claimed two Anchorage clubs didn't pay them for the hours they worked, charged illegal fees and forced them to give up their tips. The judge ruled the dancers were employees and not independent contractors. The Anchorage Daily News reports there's been nearly six years of legal wrangling over the case. The club owners can still file for reconsideration.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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