Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


FOREST FALLS, Calif. (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Kara Jackson isn't Goldilocks -- but she did have an encounter with a bear. The animal was in her kitchen, just feet away from her. The bear had wandered into her Southern California home, which is in the San Bernardino National Forest. Kara tells KCAL-TV she clapped as loud as she could to scare the bear off. She then ran upstairs and called her dad. Kara was home alone at the time. Kara says she understands the bears are in their natural habitat.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leave you car at home today. That's the message behind World Car-Free Day. Organizers in the Washington area say more than 9,000 people are pledging to hoof-it, bike or take mass transit. There are Car-Free events planned throughout the national capital area. There will be prize drawings at Metrorail stations in Montgomery County, Maryland. Another Maryland county, Frederick, is offering free shuttle bus rides. And in Virginia, state officials are celebrating their fourth annual Try Transit Week.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- It's a clever cash machine theft. Authorities in central Pennsylvania are investigating a bogus maintenance call to a health center. Authorities say the caller asked if the ATM had been picked up yet. It hadn't. But when men arrived to get the machine, the caller created the impression that it was being moved legally. Police say they're warning other local businesses about the scam. Authorities haven't revealed how much money was in that stolen ATM.


NEVIS, Minn. (AP) -- No reason for parents to panic. School officials in a small northern Minnesota district say a phone system glitch resulted in a lot of worried folks. The automated message called 520 families saying their kids didn't show up for school Tuesday. School officials in Nevis say the system was only supposed to call two families. KSAX-TV reports worried parents jammed the school's phone lines for hours. The glitch was fixed and a second call was made telling parents to ignore the first call. School officials add the automated message system worked fine yesterday.


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Some folks don't like "Schweddy Balls." That's the new ice cream flavor from Ben and Jerry's. A group called One Million Moms says the name is "vulgar" and turns innocent ice cream into "something repulsive." The name "Schweddy Balls" comes from a long-running "Saturday Night Live" sketch. One Million Moms threatens to launch a Ben and Jerry's boycott if the name isn't changed.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A missing moon rock is no longer missing. The lunar souvenir has been found in a box of papers from former President Bill Clinton. The state of Arkansas received the moon rock more than 30 years ago, after the Apollo 17 mission. It was located in one of some 2,000 boxes of papers from then-Governor Clinton. Officials aren't sure how that moon rock landed in the Clinton paperwork. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported the rock was missing last year.

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