Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

GIANT MARILYN

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- It's a supersized Marilyn. A massive statue of Marilyn Monroe has arrived in the desert resort city of Palm Springs, California. It's depicts Monroe in the famous skirt-blowing scene from the "Seven Year Itch." The Los Angeles Times reports the huge Marilyn is 26 feet tall and weighs 17 tons. The artwork had been in Chicago. The official Palm Springs ribbon cutting will be a week from today.

MET MUSEUM-CLOUD CITY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some New Yorkers are on cloud nine -- or make that cloud 16. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring a rooftop exhibit, composed of 16 stainless steel-framed clouds. Visitors get to those bubbles via transparent staircases. "Cloud City" offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. It's the creation of an Argentinean artist (Tomas Saraceno). He says it's like a walk in the sky.

MYSTERY FLYING OBJECT

DENVER (AP) -- Federal aviation authorities are investigating a UFO report in the Denver area. The pilot of a small jet radioed that he had a close call with an unidentified object Monday. In an audio recording from LiveATC.net, the pilot tells air traffic controllers he saw something "like a large remote-controlled aircraft." KUSA-TV reports the twin-jet Cessna Citation was about 2,800 feet above the ground when the incident occurred. No damage or injuries have been reported.

FIREFIGHTERS-KEGGERS

WRAY, Colo. (AP) -- There won't be anymore cold ones -- after a hot one. At least not for some volunteer firefighters in eastern Colorado. Beer kegs are being taken out of the firehouse in Wray. Some people had complained the beer-on-tap at the fire station was unprofessional. Though the kegs are going, Chief Jeff Gallegos says he didn't have a problem with it. He tells a local TV station (KCNC) the firefighters were drinking beer after the fires, not before.

SCHOOL PRANK SUSPENSIONS

CLAYTON, Ind. (AP) -- A sticky-note prank has lead to a firing and suspensions at an Indiana high school. Six students were suspended and a custodian fired at Cascade High, after more than 10,000 sticky notes were posted in the school. Students protested the severity of the punishment and more than 50 were suspended for refusing to end a sit-in. One of the note-posters, Saxton Archer, says his fellow students are outraged. School officials say while the prank didn't do any damage, it did violate the school's code of conduct.

BURGLARY-PARKING PHOTO

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman was suspicious when she found someone parked in her spot. So, she took a picture of the car. Police in Hackensack say moments later, a man walked out of her home carrying two pillowcases. He drove off when she asked what he was doing. Police used the photo of the car to track down a suspect. The Record newspaper reports when officers found the car, it still had some of her stuff inside. The suspect (Eduardo Masdeu) now faces burglary and other charges.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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