Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Twins Grant and Ross James share much -- including a boat on the U.S. Olympic team. They're part of the eight-man rowing crew that is going to the summer games in London. They were both Eagle Scouts, national champion shooters and engineering students at the University of Wisconsin. They also share enormous appetites. They consume about 8,000 calories a day, each -- sometimes even more. Their mom, Cindy James-Warren, says her twins learned to do their own cooking to feed themselves and their teammates. She adds the twins can out-cook her, hands down.


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- One Iowa dad may be just a little too proud. Clayton Mace is being ordered to take down a huge sign congratulating his kids for graduating high school. The 24-foot-wide sign has the names of each of his seven kids and the year they graduated. It's on a hill behind his house and can be seen from I-29. Sioux City officials tell a local paper (Sioux City Journal) the sign violates the zoning code. Mace says he didn't mean to break the law. He promises to take it down.


MASON, Ohio (AP) -- Gary Coleman has seen way more than his share of ups and downs -- on an Ohio rollercoaster. The 70-year-old minister celebrated the Fourth of July yesterday with his 7,000th ride on the Diamondback coaster at the Kings Island amusement park. He's spent more than 350 hours on the ride since it debuted in 2009. And he's logged more than 1,100 rides on the coaster this season alone.


GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) -- It was a fight among thieves. That's what police in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, are saying. According to authorities, four men tried to rob a convenience store in Glen Burnie. But they were locked outside store by clerks. Officers tell The Capital of Annapolis the four man had arrived in one car. Police say the would-be crooks started fighting among themselves before making their getaway. They now face robbery and other charges.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- You can buy all most anything on eBay. But how about a soul? A woman in Albuquerque, N.M., is offering her soul for sale on the online auction site. KOB-TV reports the woman, calling herself Lori N., is setting a starting bid of $2,000. As of yesterday, no one had taken her up on the offer. Lori says she decided to sell her soul after a run of bad luck, including a serious car accident caused by a drunken driver in 2007.


NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) -- It's a CAN'T-do attitude. That's what Texas hill country business owners say is hurting them. Many people believe that drinking beer is banned on the Guadalupe River. Sipping a brewski while floating in an inner tube is a heat-beating tradition. Voters have approved a ban on beer bottles and cans in the water. But the so-called can ban doesn't prohibit alcohol from reusable containers. Local businesses hope a new marketing campaign will make clear that drinking and tubing is still legal -- even if the can isn't.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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