Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


NEW YORK (AP) -- Flutist Alexandra Sopp can blow happily again. The New York Philharmonic musician has her flute and piccolo back, after they were stolen at a bar. The instruments are worth 42-grand. Police report a bag with the flute and piccolo were swiped from Sopp at a bar on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police say a witness helped officers I-D the suspect on security video. Gary Richards was busted on charges that include grand larceny.


SEATTLE (AP) -- Forget about cries of "Kill the Ump." Some fans might want to kiss the ump. Umpire Brian Runge has called two no-hitters this season involving the Seattle Mariners. Friday night's victory over the Dodgers was just the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history. And he was behind the plate April 21, when the White Sox's Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in baseball history. Runge is the first ump since 1990 to be behind the plate for two no-hitters in one season. He says it's amazing, like something out of a "storybook."


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- At just 19 months old, Tate Rosendahl has a new gig. He's now the Gerber baby. The Gerber judges looked at 156,000 baby pictures to choose the new face for their ad campaign. The Springfield, Ohio, pint-sized star gets a $50,000 college scholarship. A local paper (The Springfield News-Leader) reports the little guy has blue eyes and blond hair. The winning picture shows a smiling Tate with his tongue out.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Got a good name for an octopus? The Akron Zoo in Ohio is looking for some help in naming its giant Pacific octopus. The eight-legged creature is part of the popular Journey to the Reef exhibit, which opened last month. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the zoo will be taking name suggestions on its website at The three best names will be lowered into the octopus' tank, where it will grab the winner.


McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- Big bucks -- for an old gun. One of Annie Oakley's guns has sold for more than $143,000 at an auction in Dallas. About 100 items that once belonged to the legendary Western sharpshooter and entertainer went on the block yesterday. Her Parker Brothers 12-gauge shotgun fetched the highest the price. Officials at Heritage Auctions aren't naming the buyer. Tom Slater of Heritage says interest was so high, because Oakley was America's first female superstar in the late 1800s.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- A dip in a fountain took an unexpected twist at the University of Maryland. Campus police report some female students stripped to their underwear, to cool off in a campus fountain the other night. But authorities say a group of about 10 men and women stole their clothes. Other items were taken as well. Police say the clothes bandits dropped most of the stuff as they walked to a campus garage. One woman told police she was also grabbed during the incident. Campus police are investigating.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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