Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

CHANGE STOLEN

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) -- It's change -- for the worse. Authorities in Warren County, Mississippi, report a crook got away with an ice chest full of loose change. Sheriff Martin Pace says a homeowner surprised the bandit in the middle of the night, after calling the law. But the man got away with the cooler holding about $200 in coins. Sheriff Pace says investigators are following several leads.

BIKE BELTS

DENVER (AP) -- Your bike needs a belt. At least that's how folks at the Denver-based Gates Corporation feel. They're trying to revolutionize bike technology, by replacing the chain with a carbon-fiber belt. The company's Frank Scurlock says bike belts are lighter, last longer and are virtually silent compared to bike chains. Now, more than 50 bike brands offer the Carbon Drive system, up from just two brands in 2008. But there's a cost to convenience. The Denver Post reports a belted bike is about 200 bucks more than one with a traditional chain setup.

POLICE DOG REJECTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two new recruits don't make the cut with the L-A-P-D. Officials say a pair of South Korea-bred Jindo puppies don't have the right stuff to join the K9 unit. They're not bad dogs. But trainers say the pups lack the focus and consistency needed for police work. The trainers add the Jindos are smart and loyal. The Los Angeles Times reports the two rejected dogs have been placed in private homes.

READING PRACTICE-DOGS

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) -- It's a reading class that's going to the dogs. School kids in Portsmouth, Ohio, are reading to a pooch. Little Bear is an English mastiff who listens patiently as the kids read aloud. The Portsmouth Daily Times reports it's a chance for shy students to get over their fear of public reading. Chris Rapp is the program coordinator at Portsmouth West Elementary. He says so many kids want to read to the dog, they have to wait their turn.

DOGGIE TREATS

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) -- Cinnamon muffins and pumpkin pie cookies sound good. But these treats aren't for people, they're for pooches. Maire Foxx and Krista Ward say their Foxx Haven Farm natural doggie treats started at a farmers market in Decatur, Illinois. They even have a panel of experts to test their new recipes -- their dogs Milo and Ella, and four cats. The women plan to add cat goodies to their line. Foxx tells a local paper (Decatur Herald & Review) they hope to be the Paula Deen of pet treats.

STOLEN YORKIES

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Linda Bush wants her Yorkies back. The Southern California woman is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of her four Yorkshire terriers, including two puppies. The woman's Orange County home was trashed and the crooks stole the dogs, along with jewelry and other items. Bush says she's devastated by the loss of her dogs. She adds the reward money is from her own savings, but several friends have also chipped in.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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