Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

SUPREME COURT-UP ALL NIGHT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some folks were in line all night long to get a seat. Not to a concert or the premiere of the new Spider-Man movie. They hoped to see history being made at the U.S. Supreme Court today. The high court is expected to issue its ruling on President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform. The line formed before dusk, with some people relaxing in beach chairs. Others had coolers filled with snacks and drinks.

SPEED CAMERA ATTACK

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- Hate speed cameras? Better not lose your marbles. Police in Howard County, Maryland, charge a man fired marbles from a slingshot at a speed camera van. Fifty-year-old Bruce Lawrence May was busted. He's now charged with destruction of property and reckless endangerment. He was freed on $3,000 bond. Police say May recently received two speed cam violations.

MICE-HEIST

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Some truck thieves probably didn't expect to find a load of -- mice. Police in St. Charles, Missouri, report a big rig hauling mice was stolen from the parking lot of a Red Roof Inn. Hotel workers tell police they saw two men smash a window in the truck and drive it away. The driver told officers he left the motor running to keep the cargo of little critters cool. The truck was tracked thanks to GPS and two suspects busted. The mice are used in medical research and came through unharmed. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the mice load is about worth 10-grand. The suspects in the mice heist tell officers they stole the truck to help support their drug habit.

MARIJUANA INSURANCE

DAYTON, Wash. (AP) -- The insurance pot is empty -- for a woman whose stash of medical marijuana was stolen. Deborah McDonald is a registered medical marijuana user in Washington state due to brain cancer. She and her husband filed an insurance claim after 10 pot plants were taken from their home. They thought they had coverage under the section of the policy that applies to trees, shrubs and the lawn. But the policy doesn't cover grass. The Lewiston Tribune reports a judge has dismissed the claim, because there's no legal value for pot.

PUFFIN CAM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- There's a new reality show online, with plenty of waddling, preening and nesting. But these hook-ups aren't on the Jersey shore -- they're on a remote Maine island. The National Audubon Society and explore.org are streaming HD video from the Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge. Bird lovers can watch clown-like Atlantic puffins and other seabirds. Audubon's Steve Kress says the HD feed is the first of its kind.

NESTING PARROTS

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (AP) -- A couple of parrots are getting evicted in upstate New York. The parrot pair had set up housekeeping on a utility pole near Albany. The Quaker parrots, also called monk parakeets, built a basketball-size nest on a National Grid transformer pole. Birdwatchers have been fascinated by the parrots. But a lineman captured one of the birds yesterday and turned it over to state wildlife officials. The Department of Environmental Conservation says the other bird will captured if it returns to the nest, which didn't have any eggs or baby birds. Officials say nests on utility poles can cause power problems.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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