Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


LONDON (AP) -- Let the fun begin. Some athletes can't wait to get to the London Olympics and it's not just for the games. U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo says there's some serious partying at the athletes' village. Organizers will have thousands of free condoms for those athletes trying to score away from the field. Gold medalist Hope Solo says not all the hook-ups take place in the privacy of their rooms. She tells ESPN The Magazine that at the last games, Olympians were even getting "down and dirty" on the grass.


FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) -- It sounds a little like Powerball odds. But two amateur golfers in Maine have defied 17 million-to-1 odds by scoring holes-in-one. It came on the same hole while playing in the same foursome. The Portland Country Club in Falmouth says Matt Parker hit a hole-in-one on the 140-yard fourth hole. Travis Ferrante followed with a hole-in-one of his own a few minutes later. It's Parker's first ace and the second for Ferrante. According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole are 17 million to 1.


QUINCY, Wash. (AP) -- Talk about mashed potatoes! Police say a military bomb found in the spuds was no dud. The foot-long explosive device was discovered in the potato bin at a ConAgra Foods processing plant in Quincy, Washington. Police identified it as an old military marking bomb, used to ID the target for larger bombs. Authorities say it could have caused serious injury if it had gone off in someone's hand. A local paper (Wenatchee World) reports a police department bomb squad safely detonated the device.


HOUMA, La. (AP) -- It's a charge of drunken driving. But the vehicle isn't a car or even a truck -- it's a Wal-Mart shopping scooter. Police in Houma, Louisiana, report busting 24-year-old Thomas J. Phillip. Officers say Phillip told them had been shopping at Wal-Mart and decided to take the motorized scooter for a spin. According to authorities, Phillip was towing a friend who was riding in a wheelchair. Police say Phillip's breath test was twice the legal limit.


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Now you can chat with the fuzz -- at least in one San Francisco Bay area city. The Redwood City Police Department has a new program that allows people to chat online with an officer. It could be the first of its kind in the nation. Think of it as a little like tech support with the law. The live chat capability isn't meant to replace 911. Department officials say online chats could provide quick answers to questions or help deal with minor disputes. Chief JR Gamez says the online communication may also reduce the need for officers to respond in person.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Guess he won't be getting a tip. Police in Louisville, Kentucky, report they've busted a man for stealing a car -- after telling a couple he was a parking valet. According to authorities, Randall Gibbs helped the couple carry their luggage into the historic Seelbach Hotel. Police say he then told the hotel guests he would park their $25,000 ride. The Courier-Journal reports hotel employees told the couple the man didn't work there. Police say the missing car was found outside Gibbs' apartment.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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