Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


NEW YORK (AP) -- First lady lady Michelle Obama was going for the laughs last night. She did David Letterman's Top 10 list on the "Late Show." Her bit was the "Top 10 Reasons to Watch the Democratic National Convention." Number six: "As a healthy alternative, we're using low-fat confetti." And the number one reason to Watch the Democratic National Convention? Mrs. Obama says she'll finally reveal who she will be voting for in November. Mrs. Obama did Letterman's show last week. The bit was taped then.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- What's that smell? Could be roach spray. Speakers at both political conventions are boosting about their middle class roots. Yesterday, at the Democratic convention, New York Senator Chuck Shumer recalled that his father ran an exterminating company for more than 30 years. He told delegates that could explain why his family "always associated the smell of roach spray with love." As for the possibility that Mitt Romney might win in November, the Brooklyn-born Schumer says, "Fuhggetaboutit."


GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado third-grader has been sent home -- for wearing a Peyton Manning jersey to school. Manning is the Denver Broncos new quarterback and wears number-18. But officials in the Greeley school district have banned clothing with 18 on it, because it's associated with the 18th Street Gang. John Gates is the school district's security director. He tells the Greeley Tribune he's a fan of Manning and the Broncos, too. But he says there are no plans to allow Peyton Manning jerseys in their schools.


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- There's a sexting controversy in a Kansas City suburb -- over a statue. The American Family Association is collecting petition signatures in opposition to the sculpture titled "Accept or Reject." The bronze work depicts a woman with an open blouse taking a picture of herself with a cellphone. The statue is on display at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Opponents contend it violates anti-obscenity laws and should be investigated by a grand jury. The Kansas City Star reports petitions with about 4,700 signatures have been turned over to Johnson County, Kansas, election officials.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The tension is rising at the U.S. Open -- and not just among the tennis players. The Open is providing a showcase for an invention by an amateur tennis player. David Glass is a Tennessee engineer who has developed a way of measuring net cord tension. Glass says tension varies from court-to-court and tournament-to-tournament. He says Wimbledon is "notorious" for very loose nets. Glass has a patent on his TNT Gauge system. It was tested at the U.S. Open last year on two courts. It's being used on all the courts this year.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a court ruling with "sole." A federal appeals court in Manhattan is siding with an upscale shoe line. The court has ruled the distinctive red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are entitled to trademark protection. The glossy-soled shoes have been seen on stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry. The ruling bars competitors from using red soles, too. Those designer shoes sell for up to a grand a pair.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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