Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- So, what do Aussie kids want to talk about with President Barack Obama? Justin Bieber. And Bieber isn't even American, he's from Canada. Obama has visited with students at Campbell High School in Australia's capital city. One student asked whether the president might team up with Bieber or other celebs to appeal to more people. Obama says he wants to be successful because of his own ideas, not because he's hanging out with the teen pop star. But Obama told the students he'll say hi to Bieber for them. Obama's met Bieber, who will sing for the first family at the upcoming "Christmas In Washington" TV special.


DOVER, Del. (AP) -- A Delaware 9-year-old boy is getting an early start on his driving lessons. According to police in Dover, the boy drove himself to school -- with his mother in the passenger's seat. Police say the kid got out of the car and went into his elementary school. Mom, Tammy Oneal, told police the boy begged her to let him drive. Oneal was busted and now faces charges that include reckless endangering.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- What's in the box? How about 40 pounds of pot? Police in Oregon say that's what a customer told the owner of a copy and shipping store. Authorities now charge Max W. McEvoy with trying to send a large package of the illegal weed from Grants Pass to New York. Police say McEvoy tried to get back the box of pot and threatened the copy shop owner to do it. McEvoy's been released on $2,500 bail.


UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Hit with a ham. Police say that's what happened to a Tennessee mom. According to authorities in Union City, 37-year-old Emanual Cordell Kennedy argued with his mother, then threw a ham at her. Police say the ham hit her in the back, while she was walking down a hall. She left the house and went to the police station to report it. A local paper (Union City Daily Messenger) reports Kennedy was busted on a charge of domestic assault.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- It was ax versus snowplow. Plow driver James Ross tells Alaska State Troopers a man ran in front his truck with an ax. Ross says he had to slam on his brakes. According to the snowplow driver, the man swore at him and then hit the driver's side door with the ax. The Anchorage Daily News reports the man was later identified as 44-year-old Vernon Logan. Troopers say Logan told them his driveway had been plowed in but he denies confronting the snowplow driver. Logan's been charged with assault and criminal mischief.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It will be a jump into 2012. That's what Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee are planning for New Year's Eve. They'll try side-by-side attempts to break world records for the longest motorcycle and snowmobile jumps. The flying start to the New Year will take place over a 300-foot water gap at Embarcadero Marina Park on San Diego Bay. LaVallee was scheduled to attempt his snowmobile jump last New Year's Eve, but was seriously injured in a crash two weeks earlier. LaVallee wants to break his record of 361 feet. Maddison wants to jump 400 feet. "Red Bull: New Year. No Limits" will be shown live on ESPN.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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