Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

RECORD SPACE PLUNGE

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) -- Daredevil Felix Baumgartner wants to be the next U-F-O -- an unbelievable falling object. The Austrian adventurer hopes to parachute from the edge of space over Roswell, New Mexico. Roswell, of course, is the site of the supposed flying saucer crash in the late 1940s. Baumgartner plans the world's longest free-fall. He might also set the record for the fastest free-fall, at 760 miles per hour. He would be the first person to break the sound unprotected by an aircraft. A capsule lifted by a balloon will carry Baumgartner 23-miles up before he makes his jump. The record attempt is being sponsored by Red Bull. The company says planning is in the final stages, but no date has been announced yet.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING RUN-UP

NEW YORK (AP) -- A German man is still the fastest guy on steps. Thomas Dold wins the annual race up 86 flights of stairs at the Empire State Building for the seventh straight time. He dashed up all those stairs in just 10 minutes and 28 seconds. This year's Empire State Building Run-Up was held at night. Organizers say that allows more people to take part. By the way, the New York landmark has 1,576 steps between the lobby and the observation deck.

HISTORIC FARMHOUSE MOVE

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- It's a very old -- and soon to be mobile -- home. A Massachusetts farmhouse built in 1750 is headed to the South. Craig and Terry Rosenthal have bought the house with the intention of moving it to their property in Virginia. It will be dismantled and put on a truck. The Sun Chronicle reports the move alone could cost as much $60,000. The house had been on land sold to a car dealer who wants the space to expand.

STOLEN PLANE

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) -- A tip from a kid has led to a stolen airplane and a suspect. Authorities in East Texas report an 8-year-old boy noticed that a single engine Cessna had landed on a private airstrip. The kid went online and confirmed the tail number was the same as a plane that had been reported stolen last month. The youngster told his dad, who called the law. Deputies say Terry Lynn Boozer tried run as they busted him at the airstrip. He now faces theft and evading arrest charges.

NO A FOR EFFORT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- No "A" for effort for this Pennsylvania college student. But his attempt at hacking his grades got him probation. Edwin Kim has admitted he used keystroke logging software to capture his professors' passwords. Authorities say a prof discovered Kim's grade had been bumped up from an "F" to an A-minus. Two other Temple professors also discovered Kim's failing grades had been switched. The Bucks County Courier Times reports Kim has apologized and was also ordered to pay a $300 fine.

PYTHONS PILFERED

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The pythons have been pinched. Authorities in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, are looking for a snake-napper. Two pythons were stolen from the science room in the K.A.R.A.T school. School founder Susan McDonald discovered the reptiles were missing when she went to feed the snakes in their 5-foot-high glass enclosure. Shadow, the female, is about three feet long. Deuce is the little guy, a python about a foot long. Police hope a tip will lead them to the swiped snakes.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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