Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


UNDATED (AP) -- Now that the teeth gnashing over the debt ceiling deal is done -- the laughing can start. The comedians are finding plenty of material in the agreement that saves the U.S. from default. But Jay Leno tells his "Tonight Show" audience on NBC that some Democrats don't like the concessions the president is making. He says the president is changing his campaign slogan from "Yes we can, to yes we caved." On CBS, David Letterman tells his "Late Show" audience that many in the tea party are having second thoughts. Letterman says, "Apparently, everything they want is not enough."


NEW YORK (AP) -- Artists are getting something off their chests -- on Wall Street. Three performance artists were in the buff outside the New York Stock Exchange yesterday morning. The two men and a woman say they were trying to educate the public. Zefrey Throwell organized the five-minute routine. He was armed with a broom and dustpan and says, "Somebody needs to clean up Wall Street." Throwell notes by the time the law arrived, they had put their clothes back on. The three have been charged with disorderly conduct.


ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- It's the online equivalent of impersonating a police officer. Someone has been posting Twitter messages in the name of the Virginia State Police. The tweets were from an account called at VaStatePolice. But the agency doesn't have a Twitter account. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller tells The Roanoke Times the account has been suspended at the agency's request. Most of the postings were linked to real state police news releases. Officials don't know who created the fake account. The agency does have an official state police Facebook page.


DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit area strip club owner could be going to prison -- over dog toys. Nicholas Faranso has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. Federal prosecutors say Faranso claimed stuff for the family dog as deductions for fetish toys on his corporate taxes. That's not all. Authorities charge Faranso used money from his two strip clubs to pay for vet bills and an invisible fence for "Pebbles," the pooch. Prosecutors want Faranso put behind bars for up to 46 months. He's to be sentenced Thursday in a Ann Arbor, Michigan, federal court.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities charge Dunkin' Donuts gift cards have been used for a lot more than coffee and doughnuts. Prosecutors in Queens, New York accuse a Romanian couple of reprogramming the gift cards so they could be used in cash machines. Authorities say the couple stole nearly 18-grand from a New York City bank using the bogus debit cards. They now face grand larceny and other charges.


SEATTLE (AP) -- It's a far-out contest sponsored by Seattle's Space Needle. The landmark will celebrate its 50th anniversary next April. To celebrate, the Space Needle will send an astronaut wannabe on a suborbital flight. The contest was launched yesterday, with the help of Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He was the second man on the moon. The contest is being called the Space Race 2012. People can sign up at the Space Needle's website through the end of December. A thousand people will be chosen at random to submit a one-minute video. The public will then vote for the best. Company officials say the space trip grand prize is worth about $110,000.

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