Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The "Princeton of Pot" is going bust. Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California, had trained students how to grow medical marijuana and work for dispensaries. But a federal crackdown on marijuana clinics has proved a buzz-kill for the school. About 15,000 people had paid hundreds of dollars to learn about the pot biz. The Sacramento Bee reports the school is now down to about 50 students. But Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee is still high on marijuana's future. He's confident that pot will be legalized.


FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) -- It's not something a crook can slip under his coat. Troopers on New York's Long Island report busting a man they say was trying to steal a light pole. State police say William Richardson was arrested on the Meadowbrook State Parkway. According to officers, Richardson had parked his van near the light pole. Troopers say Richardson told them he planned to cut the pole down and sell it. He faces criminal mischief and grand larceny charges.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Izzy the beagle is on the front line of the nation's defenses. But she's not sniffing out bombs or even drugs. Izzy has a nose for fruit. She's a food sniffing dog, who works with customs Officer Meghan Caffery at New York's Kennedy Airport. Officials note many types of foreign food are banned because they could harbor pests that threaten U.S. crops. To the uninitiated it might look like Izzy is lying down on the job. But Officer Caffery says the beagle is trained to sit next to a suspect piece of luggage.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card is as good as it gets. That's what dealer Bill Goodwin says. An online auction for the card starts today. Goodwin is selling what he calls the "Holy Grail" of baseball cards on behalf of a Houston businessman. Goodwin expects to card to fetch at least a million bucks, and perhaps as much as one and a-half mil. The St. Louis area dealer is also auctioning a 1909 Eddie Plank card. He says that could bring $500,000.


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- Celeste Tamburello says there was screaming, the dogs were barking and her sister-in-law was crying. But those were happy tears. Tamburello says that's because she and her husband realized they had a $70 million winning Powerball ticket. She and husband Joseph collected their new fortune yesterday at New Jersey Lottery headquarters. They're opted for a $41.5 million lump sum payout. Celeste plans to give her two-week notice today at the food service company where she works. Joseph says he'll fire himself. He's a self-employed computer consultant. At the top of their shopping list is a new Cadillac for Celeste, to replace her 15-year-old Saturn.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Eight-year-old Landon Crabtree is ready for the "CSI" team. The Tennessee boy used the tracking app on his stolen iPad to lead deputies to the crook. The Tennessean reports earlier this month, someone broke into the Crabtree's home. Two of the Apple tablet computers were taken, along with other items. Prior to the rip-off, Landon had downloaded the tracking app. He was able to follow the iPad on another computer and directed deputies to a motel. A half-hour later, John Docherty was under arrest. Investigators add the pint-sized detective helped crack burglaries in two counties.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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