Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

MODERN PIN-UPS

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Meet Kelly Ackley -- pin-up model. While she might look like something out of the 1950's, Ackley is a 30-something mom of three. She posed for pin-up style pictures to give to her husband. Tampa, Florida, photographer Richard Strawn was behind the camera. He's an owner of a studio and magazine called "Pin-Up America." This weekend they're hosting the American Pinup Burlesque Fest in Tampa. He says the slightly risque poses give women the "opportunity to see themselves as beautiful."

CLAW GAME YANKED

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A lobster claw game is getting the hook at a Massachusetts restaurant. Customers at Angry Ham's Garage use the claw to snag a lobster from a tank. But the Board of Health in Framingham says the vending machine doesn't meet the food code. Distributor John Whelden tells the MetroWest Daily News the machines are all over the U.S. He says the 60-gallon tanks have a filtration system and UV lights to kill bacteria. He adds the Maine Lobster Games meet federal safety standards.

PRANK-FELONY CHARGES

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- It's a penguin prank -- but police aren't laughing. Seven teens in the El Paso, Texas, area face felony charges over a senior prank. A sheriff's spokeswoman says the teenagers busted into their high school dressed as penguins. According to officials for the Clint school district, security video shows the pranksters drawing graffiti on walls and putting glue in doors and light switches. All the students are now free on bond.

JUDGE CHOKEHOLD

HONOLULU (AP) -- Order in the court! Judge Lono Lee took matters into his own hands when a man jumped onto his bench and broke a flagpole. The Honolulu judge knocked the guy down and got him into a chokehold. Authorities say Steven Michael Hauge had been going from courtroom to courtroom screaming. He's now faces disorderly conduct and other charges.

HOME-WIND TURBINES

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) -- Mario Villa Santa will be catching the breeze in Ocean City. Authorities in the Maryland beach community are giving the Villa Santa family permission to install wind turbines on their Boardwalk home. Villa Santa says the energy-producing turbines are silent and bird-friendly. Officials tell a local paper (Daily Times of Salisbury) the family will be guinea pigs for wind energy. They hope other homeowners will follow.

WARM WEATHER-SKIING

NEWRY, Maine (AP) -- Bikini tops and shorts are ski-wear in New England. Temps soared into the 80s as skiers got in a few late season runs yesterday. Fifteen-year-old Allie Ward says it's "like `swinter' -- summer and winter combined" at Maine's Sunday River ski resort. But the heat is exposing rocks and dirt patches on the ski slopes. Resort operators are hoping cooler forecasted temperatures will allow them to stay open a few more weeks.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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