Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Are strippers employees or independent contractors? That the issue before the Kansas Supreme Court. The state contends Club Orleans needs to pay taxes for the strippers unemployment benefits. But attorneys for the club argue the women aren't workers. They pay rent to use the stage and up to 50 bucks for a half-hour in the private lap dance room. Lawyers say the club makes most its money from food and booze, not the fees charged to the dancers.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Some relief is on the way for people on the go -- when they have to go. A campaign to improve metro New York City airports will start with the bathrooms. That's according to Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Foye says he wants to get the facilities off the list of the world's 10 worst airport terminals. He adds an airport improvement plan will include cleaner restrooms and more customer service reps.


ATLANTA (AP) -- The world's largest aquarium is expecting the pitter patter of giant fins. The Georgia Aquarium has a pregnant beluga whale. Mom-to-be Maris got pregnant naturally, which is rare for belugas in captivity. Her calf is due by mid-June, after a 14-month pregnancy. And this will be no little baby. Aquarium officials say junior could weigh up to 50 pounds.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Conan is a daddy again. And that means he'll be getting a third vasectomy. Conan is a chimp at a northwest Louisiana chimpanzee sanctuary. Veterinarian Raven Jackson says DNA shows Conan is the father of a baby chimp born in February. She says all the male chimps at the sanctuary had the sterilization procedure and Conan has undergone it twice. The last time was after he fathered a baby in 2007. Jackson says she'll be using a new, more effective, vasectomy procedure. In the meantime, the female chimps at the sanctuary are on birth control.


HONOLULU (AP) -- Book 'em Danno. It sounds like something out of "Hawaii Five-0." A veteran Honolulu police officer is charged in connection with an indoor pot growing operation. Federal authorities say Officer Michael Steven Chu showed up at an apartment while DEA agents were searching it. Agents say they found more than 20 pot plants and a large amount of cash at the apartment. They add Chu was carrying a bag with grow supplies. Officials say they were tipped by a FedEx security manager who discovered a suspicious package.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Hit the bricks. That's the message grad student Matt Tomasulo wants to send. He and some friends encouraged walking with a bit of guerrilla signage. They placed nearly 30 official looking signs around Raleigh, North Carolina, advising how long it takes to walk to key destinations. The signs even included QR codes that allow people to download directions on their smartphones. But after about month, the city took down the unauthorized signs. Tomasulo says at least he got people thinking about walking. City officials add they're looking at putting up legit walking signs.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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