Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

YANKEES-MARINE DOG

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sergeant Rex is being honored by the New York Yankees. And so is his human best buddy, Marine Corporal Megan Leavey. The pair worked more than 100 missions searching for roadside bombs in Iraq. And they were wounded together in the line of duty. Yesterday, Leavey and Rex were honored at Yankee Stadium before the game with the Seattle Mariners. Even though they're far from the war zone, Rex is still protective of Leavey. Alex Rodriguez jumped back when Rex leapt in front of Leavey. A-Rod was trying to give her a heart-shaped charm from Tiffany & Co with "Rex" written on it.

COSTUMED MARATHONER

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Running a marathon isn't tough enough for Ian Sharman. He likes an extra challenge -- running a marathon in costume. Sharman recently set the Guinness record for the fastest marathon dressed as Elvis. He completed the 26-plus mile course in just under 2 hours, 41 minutes. He's also run marathons dressed as Spider-Man, Santa and a Roman gladiator. But Sharman takes some running a little more seriously. An Oregon paper (The Bulletin of Bend) reports Sharman is also an ultramarathoner, running 100 miles.

50S-FEMALE CYCLISTS

DENVER (AP) -- At age 50, Dina Hannah is the kid of her team. She and three other Colorado women make up Team Blood Sweat and Gears. They'll be biking coast-to-coast next month as part of the annual Race Across America. It's a relay, so each rider covers a-quarter of the distance. But that's still about 800 miles. Hannah says she was never athletic as a kid. She tells the Denver Post she didn't get serious until she was in her 40s. Hannah says she wants to send a message to older women that they can become athletes, too.

70-YEAR-OLD GRAD

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) -- Seventy-year-old Carol Strohmetz is now a college graduate. She received her diploma with the class of 2012 at the University of Southern Mississippi. She tells WLOX-TV she was so emotional, she thought she was going cry. Getting used to going to class in the 21st century was an adjustment for Strohmetz. She says today's students are so plugged in, with their iPads, Kindles and computers. She credits her classmates with encouraging her.

INTREPID-SPACE SHUTTLE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes the wait to get off the plane can feel like the longest part of the trip. Two weeks after arriving in New York City, the space shuttle Enterprise has been taken off the jumbo jet that was used to bring it from Washington. The shuttle was removed from the plane early yesterday at JFK Airport. But the trip isn't over yet. In a few weeks, the Enterprise will be moved by barge to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. An exhibit there is expected to open in July.

GRAFFITI OR MURAL?

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Is it art or graffiti? That's the issue in Medford, Oregon. Owners of the pipe shop 42 degrees have been warned to remove graffiti from the roll-up security doors that cover their windows after closing. Co-owner Adam Spiegel tells the Mail-Tribune it's a mural not graffiti, because he authorized it. It looks a little like a giant bong. City officials warn the business faces a $150 fine if colorful painting isn't removed.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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