Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Better light up your computer, if you want to see the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The National Park Service is giving out the tickets in an online lottery that begins this morning (10 a.m., Eastern time) and runs through Monday morning. The Park Service will hand out 3,000 tickets for seats and 14,000 for standing-room. This year's lighting is scheduled for December 1 in front of the White House. The president traditionally lights the tree, along with the first family. Performers for the lighting ceremony will be announced later.

BLIZZARD BABY BOOM

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Now we know how lots of folks kept warm during a record blizzard. Hospitals in the Peoria, Illinois, area are reporting a baby boom nine months later. A blizzard blanketed central Illinois with 15 inches of snow February 1. The Journal Star reports one hospital reports a 140 percent jump in births last month. Another hospital saw a mini baby boom of 37 percent over the average October.

BARKING DOGS LAW

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- L-A will let sleeping dogs lie -- but not barking dogs. The City Council has approved fines with bite -- for dogs that bark. Dog owners would face a $250 penalty for a first offense for an excessively noisy pooch. The fines go to 500 and 1,000 bucks for second and third offenses. The ordinance is expected to get the mayor's signature and would go into effect before the end of the year.

MOUTH-TO-BEAK

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- It's not quite mouth-to-mouth resuscitation -- more like mouth-to-beak. An injured Oregon eagle is getting a new home, after being saved by a veterinarian. The bird was hit a by a car last summer and the vet revived the eagle by giving it mouth-to-beak resuscitation. The eagle has been named Patriot and was nursed back to health. But it will never fly again. So, the eagle has landed at the Blue Mountain Wildlife Center. It will have a permanent home there.

CUMMINS-GIANT ENGINE

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) -- It's one mighty motor. Cummins is building a new, 4,000-horsepower high-speed diesel engine. Company executives showed off the 16-cylinder giant at their plant in Seymour, Indiana. It's about 8 feet high and 14 feet long. But don't expect to order one as an option on your next pickup. Cummins says the diesel will be used for things like railroad locomotives and mining trucks. Sticker price for the monster motor -- about a-half million bucks.

MARIJUANA TAX

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Want a pot vote? Tax medical marijuana. That's what the mayor of San Jose, California, says. Marijuana clubs are opposing new city regulations to curb the growth of the dispensaries. Opponents of the regs have collected more than enough signatures for a referendum. But San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says a special election would cost taxpayers $1 million. So, Reed wants to increase the tax on medical marijuana, from seven to 10 percent. Opponents say the new city regs will force 90 percent of the medical marijuana clubs to close.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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