Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


LONDON (AP) -- It's an Olympic venue Barbie would love. The gymnasts at the O2 Arena in London will be seeing plenty of pink. The floor where the competition will take place is covered in acres of eye-popping pink fabric. U.S. men's team captain Jonathan Horton jokes he had to squint while practicing. British men's team member Sam Oldham says the pink is "definitely a little bit in your face."


UNDATED (AP) -- He's a UFO -- an Unbelievable Falling Object. Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner took a plunge from more than 18 miles high. That's three times higher than cruising jetliners. But that's not high enough for Baumgartner. Yesterday's stratospheric leap is just a warm-up for a record-breaking jump. Baumgartner hopes to skydive from an altitude of 23 miles or 125,000 feet in about month. He also wants to go supersonic, breaking the speed of sound with just his body. As with yesterday's jump, Baumgartner plans his record attempt for the skies above Roswell, New Mexico. The town helped ignite the UFO craze after a supposed flying saucer crashed in the late 1940s.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) -- It's not quite working overtime. A former Connecticut police captain is in trouble for having sex while on duty -- including twice while on overtime. Authorities charge Anthony Paventi had 15 trysts while on the clock in just a year and half. The New Britain police official retired last December after a an investigation was launched. But the New Britain Herald reports Paventi is still receiving a pension of about $51,000 a year.


WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) -- It's a fate better than butter -- for Lucky Larry the lobster. Don MacKenzie bought the 17-pound lobster at a Waterford, Connecticut, restaurant. But Lucky Larry wasn't headed for a pot of boiling water. MacKenzie released the big crustacean back into Long Island Sound. MacKenzie won't say how much he paid The Dock restaurant to take Lucky Larry off the menu. But MacKenzie tells a local paper (The Day of New London) it's the "most expensive lobster" he never ate.


BLENHEIM, S.C. (AP) -- Ruby Hodge is packing heat -- as a couple of crooks found out. The 89-year-old South Carolina widow chased off two bandits with a .38 caliber pistol she pulled from under her mattress. Hodge tells a local paper (Florence Morning News) the gun had belonged to late husband, who died more than 20 years ago. Authorities say two suspects were later busted, after a passerby noted their license plate number.


MAGNA, Utah (AP) -- The cars at a Utah track are fast -- but they're not very big. Former professional snowboarder Jeff Davis now owns an indoor racetrack for remote controlled cars. The Intermountain R/C Raceway is in what used to be a supermarket in Magna. Davis says the first time he saw the little R/C racers he was blown away. That was in the early 1990s. Davis tells the Salt Lake Tribune the R/C cars do about 30 miles per hour. But he points out that's the equivalent of 300 mph given their size.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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