Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Katie Thacker made it to the hospital -- but not to the delivery room. She had a baby boy while stuck in an elevator at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Little Blake entered the world just short of the 14th floor. The News Tribune reports nurses were moving the mom-to-be to the birthing center, when the elevator got stuck. Thacker doesn't remember much about the circumstances of her unusual delivery. But she kept asking did she "just really have a baby in an elevator?"


NEW YORK (AP) -- That's no rat! Some New York subway riders found themselves with an unexpected fellow passenger on the D train. An opossum curled up underneath a seat near the train's heating duct. The New York Times reports the animal apparently got on at Coney Island in Brooklyn. The station there is above ground. The subway car was evacuated. When the critter started snarling at police officers, animal control experts were called in. A transit spokesman says it's the first time anyone can remember a wild animal in the subway system.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Some New York Giants fans are going to the NFC Championship game in style. Manhattan executive William Powers and seven friends are charting a private jet to take them to San Francisco. Powers tells the New York Post the two-day trip is going to cost them about seven-grand apiece. The plane alone rents for $42,000. Then there are rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, and, of course, tickets to Sunday's game against the 49ers. Powers says if the Giants make it to the Super Bowl, he and his buddies will be going to Indianapolis, too.


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- These Girl Scout cookies are hot -- as in stolen. Police in Bloomington, Illinois, report someone busted into a locked van and took 60 boxes of cookies. Those stolen Girl Scout cookies are worth about 240 bucks. Police hope a tip will lead them to the cookie crook.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Starky gets to stay. Members of the Lawrence, Kansas, City Commission have decided to let potbellied pigs live in town. Starky's owner Ehren Penix and about a dozen supporters urged the commission to change city policy. The Lawrence Journal-World reports commissioners aren't going to allow any pig pens, though. Only one pig per family will be permitted. And if the pig stinks, the city will be able to cite the owner under the nuisance ordinance.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- Strippers want sweet-smelling breath. That's what the owners of a Las Vegas sandwich shop are saying. The Capriotti's Sandwich Shop company is trying to strip a Sin City outlet of its franchise. Capriotti's contends the shop owners violated their agreement by selling sandwiches to a strip club. The club advertised a promotion offering a six-inch Capriotti's sub and a beer for $5. But the shop owners say they never gave permission to the strip club to resell the sandwiches or to use Capriotti's name. The shop owners add they thought they were selling subs to strip club employees. The owners note they were even asked to hold the onions, for the sake of the dancers' breath. The case is being heard in a Delaware court, the state where Capriotti's was founded.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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