Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Gumby, say it ain't so! Police in Southern California say Gumby tried robbing a 7-Eleven. But the store clerk thought it was a joke. According to authorities in San Diego, the Gumby-costumed crook claimed to have a gun. But when the would-be robber apparently tried reaching for his gun, the bulky green Gumby-gloves got in the way. Video shows Gumby and another man leaving the store and running to a mini van. KGTV News reports a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers in the Gumby caper.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- There's no orgy. A Connecticut man has been sentenced to probation, for posting a bogus online orgy ad. According to court records in Hartford, Philip Conran had been feuding with a neighbor. Prosecutors say he posted the Craigslist orgy ad, giving the neighbor's address. After a guilty plea, Conran's been sentenced to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service. He also has been ordered to pay for an alarm system for the neighbor's home.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- It's coffee -- with a little something extra. Police in San Jose, California, are charging three young women for being topless while serving customers at a Vietnamese coffee shop. The three are in their early 20s. Officer Jose Garcia says the young women were cited for public display of nudity and will have to appear in criminal court. The San Jose Mercury News reports there have been complaints about topless servers in several coffee shops in the Vietnamese business district.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- There will be a Manning under center this weekend. So, the streak for the most consecutive starts among active quarterbacks is going to stay in the family. But it won't be the Colts' Peyton Manning. His streak of 227 consecutive starts is coming to an end because of a neck injury. Kid brother Eli will hold the next streak record at 111 games, when his New York Giants play their season opener in Washington Sunday. But it's news to Eli. He's says he doesn't keep track of those sorts of stats.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a hot spot for the middle of nowhere. Soon you'll be able to check your email from the Arctic or the ocean. Satellite phone network Iridium is launching a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot service. The device with link to an iPhone, Blackberry or tablet computer. The data is then relayed to a satellite for connection to the Internet. Iridium says the data speeds will be slower than dial-up, but they should be good enough email. Keeping connected will cost you plenty. The $200 hotspot needs to be hooked to a $1,000 sat phone. Data charges will cost about a buck a minute.


DETROIT (AP) -- Police divers in Detroit will have to try again. A mission to recover an old cannon was cut short by strong currents and murky water yesterday. The cannon could be centuries old, possibly from a British ship in the late 1700s. It's the fifth cannon found in the Detroit River in three decades. Detroit Historical Society's Joel Stone says the latest find will be studied to determine its age and where it came from.

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