Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


NEW YORK (AP) -- As weather forecasters, groundhogs make pretty good -- rodents. Today is Groundhog Day. But government weather watchers say there's nothing to the myth that if a groundhog sees its shadow, we're in for six more weeks of winter. There's barely been a winter in much of the country. But we can expect some of those groundhogs to be behaving badly. Staten Island Chuck chomped down on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's finger three years ago.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn't winning any new friends in Buffalo, New York. Brady told the media yesterday that the hotels in the AFC East rival team's city are among the worst. Brady was talking about his dad's trips to see him play. Brady says the hotels in Buffalo aren't "the nicest places in the world." But as Brady left the podium he said he was kidding. He urged the media not to get him "in trouble." It's a little late for that. Sunday, the Pats play the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Steve Weatherford collects his teammates old tennis shoes and cleats. But he's not selling New York Giants memorabilia on eBay. The Giants punter is sending the old shoes back home to Terre Haute, Indiana. The gear goes to school kids, in a city that has a poverty rate double the state average. Weatherford says collecting the shoes is a "no-brainer." The latest care package arrived yesterday.


GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) -- How about some tuna nachos for your Super Bowl party? It's one of the recipes from women serving time in Texas. Six female convicts have compiled an unusual cookbook, "From The Big House to Your House." One of the recipes is for tuna nachos. Inmate Celeste Johnson says it sounds disgusting but it grows on you. Prison cooking isn't easy. The women don't have access to a stove, refrigerator or a knife. Anything that needs heating must be done in a hot pot, which warms water but not to the boiling point. After all, boiling water could be used as weapon against a guard, or another inmate.


BEAVER, Pa. (AP) -- Congratulations, you're going to be a dad -- and a prisoner. Police in western Pennsylvania busted Ayende (AY'-en-day) Crawford in a hospital delivery room. His girlfriend was about to give birth to their baby. Authorities say Crawford has been wanted for months on criminal charges ranging from drunken driving to assault. KDKA-TV first reported the arrest at Heritage Valley Health System Hospital in Beaver. Crawford was recently featured on a "Most Wanted Fugitive" segment that runs on the local cable TV system.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Who needs a security system, with 120 lions, tigers and other big cats? Nick Sculac does. He owns the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center near Colorado Springs. He tells a local paper (Colorado Springs Gazette) he has hired a guard and is shopping for a security system. There were two break-ins at the center last month. In one incident, three tigers were let of out their cage. They were found roaming the grounds the next morning by center workers.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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