Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

WHITE CHRISTMAS

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- Want a white Christmas? Pack your bags and head to Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. Climate experts at Cornell University say the New Hampshire town has the greatest probability of at least an inch of snow on the ground December 25th. The forecasters put the odds at 95 percent, the highest in the Northeast. New York City rates just a 12 percent chance of snow welcoming Ol' Saint Nick. Washington and Philly are at 10 percent.

CHRISTMAS TREE GIVEAWAY

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado Springs couple is feeling the holiday spirit. David and Michelle Fein want to give away 300 Christmas trees to help those in need. KRDO-TV reports the Feins started the project last year. So far, they've handed out about 90 fully decorated trees. Now, they're looking for homes for about 200 more. This year, the Feins got a donation of 150 live trees. Their home is filled with ornaments and decorations.

NEW YEAR'S-VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sin City will be booming New Year's Eve. Eight casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are planning a coordinated fireworks show. More than 56,000 effects will light up the sky, while LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem' and other songs play. Mayor Carolyn Goodman says it doesn't get any better. Tourism officials expect 315,000 people to party Vegas style.

METEOR-CAR CRASH

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) -- A man was seeing stars -- even before his car plunged down a Southern California hillside. The California Highway Patrol says the unnamed driver was looking for a place to watch a meteor shower. His Mustang ended up 100 feet from the road in the Angeles National Forest. He called for help and was spotted by a Los Angeles County Fire Department rescue helicopter. Authorities say the guy walked way with just minor injuries.

BALLOON RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The balloon has burst for a video game marketing company. TrashTalkFCM has been fined seven-grand for a balloon stunt gone wrong. The firm released thousands of red balloons that ended up in San Francisco Bay. The Regional Water Quality Control Board has ruled the balloons were a hazard to wildlife. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the company has agreed to pay the fine for an "unauthorized discharge." It's the same law used in cases of oil and sewage spills.

BURGLAR'S FOOTPRINTS

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- It didn't a take a bloodhound to track-down one would-be crook. Officers in Montana report they just followed footprints in the snow. Authorities say Justin Walker Smartt couldn't open a safe in Don's Home Center, despite having access to a hardware store full of tools. According to investigators, the 21-year-old Smartt went at the safe with a power drill, a sledgehammer and a crowbar. A local paper (Ravalli Republic) reports detectives found Smartt in a nearby house.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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