Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Mistake one: shoplifting a bottle of wine. Mistake two: leaving the stolen wine behind during a home rip-off. Police in Bend, Oregon, report those clues led them to a pair of suspects. Officers say they were investigating a break-in, when the homeowner said a bottle of wine in the house wasn't his. A local TV station (KTVZ ) reports police checked surveillance video at a nearby convenience store. Authorities say the tape led them to a shoplifting suspect. That suspect and another man have been busted on theft and burglary charges.


GRETNA, La. (AP) -- The stick-up is a fake -- but the legal trouble isn't. Authorities report a supposed armed robbery at a suburban New Orleans convenience store turned out to be staged. Responding officers found it was for a music video arranged by the store clerk. Authorities in Jefferson Parish say the clerk told them he didn't know real weapons would be involved. Eight suspects, including the clerk, have been busted for criminal mischief. The clerk also is in trouble with his boss.


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) -- A call for a pound of pot results in a ton of trouble. Police in St. Cloud, Minnesota, charge a man looking to buy weed called an on-duty officer by mistake. A local radio station (WJON-AM) reports the uniformed officer was in his squad car when he got multiple calls. Authorities say the man who was dialing the wrong number was trying to set up a deal to buy a pound of marijuana. Officers arranged a meeting and busted two men in their 20s. Police also report seizing about $3,000 in counterfeit $20 bills.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- It's the big game and not just for the players. The cell phone companies are getting ready for the Super Bowl. The wireless providers are expanding bandwidth in the area around Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. February's big game is still months away. But 70,000 fans are expected, along with 4,500 members of the media. One telecom executive asks, "Where else do you have 70,000 to 100,000 data hogs in one place?" Football fans not only make calls, they also use their smartphones to access the Web during games.


NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- It's getting chilly -- and soon it maybe smelly, too. A University of Delaware researcher warns stink bugs will be heading inside homes. Entomologist Brian Kunkel tells The News Journal of Wilmington the stinky bugs want a warm spot for the winter. The bugs showed up in large numbers last year from Virginia to New York. You can keep the bugs out the same way you keep the chill out. Kunkel suggests people seal up cracks in their homes, like those around windows, doors and dryer vents.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Fizz Girl comes up short. She's featured in the Guinness World Record 2012 book as the shortest living cat. The 2-year-old munchkin cat measures just 6 inches from floor to shoulder. Fizz Girl belongs to a San Diego woman. A munchkin cat is a special breed, with little legs caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation.

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