Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

WAX MUSEUM-LADY GAGA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lady Gaga is hanging out with the presidents. There's not much of a chance of "Bad Romance," though. But Lady Gaga will keep her "Poker Face." A wax figure of the recording star is going on display in the Presidents Gallery of Washington's Madame Tussauds museum. The wax Lady Gaga is from the Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas and will be in Washington through the end of June.

POT-SMELLING POLICE

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) -- The nose knows. But some defense lawyers think something stinks. Chesapeake, Virginia, police officers say they pull over drivers for pot, based on the smell of the illegal weed. But Assistant Public Defender Matthew Taylor says it's preposterous that police could catch a whiff of weed from inside their patrol cars. Taylor tried to get multiple drug charges against Deon Crudup tossed out of court passed on an illegal search. The Virginian-Pilot reports a judge denied the request. But the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union expects more legal challenges to an officer's schnoz as probable cause.

COCA-COLA'S ART QUEST

ATLANTA (AP) -- You could have a pot of gold sitting in your attic or basement. Coca-Cola is launching a nationwide search for three iconic paintings by Norman Rockwell. They were created for ad campaigns in the 1930's. Those paintings could be worth a-half million bucks each. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Coke is teaming up with the Antiques Roadshow TV show, to put the Rockwells on their "most wanted" list. Coke officials say they've been looking for the illustrations for about 15 years, with no luck. Producers at Antiques Roadshow say if someone has one of the missing paintings, it would be like a winning lottery ticket.

STARBUCKS-DISNEY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mickey Mouse will soon be getting a Grande Latte. Starbucks is going Disney. The Seattle-based coffee chain says its opening locations inside each of the Disney properties in California and Florida. That includes Disneyland in Southern California and Epcot in Florida. But you might not notice the Starbucks right away. At Disneyland California, the store will be called the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe, after the Three Little Pigs. And there won't be a Starbucks logo on the outside. But Starbucks says they may offer a "Mickey Mouse cookie or two."

RETRO TROOPER CARS

SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- Calling all cars -- make that calling all retro cars. Some Kansas Highway Patrol troopers are getting throw-back patrol cars. The patrol is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Fourteen Ford Crown Vic cruisers are painted old-school blue and gray, with a single red light on top. While the design is retro, the Salina Journal reports the cars have all the current technology.

COUPLE'S CHALLENGE

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) -- There's a lot less for Art and Betty Halcomb to love. But that's just fine with the Kentucky couple. They lost a combined 347 pounds over two years. What started as a three-month weight-loss challenge has turned into a lifestyle makeover. The Halcombs tell a local paper (Harlan Daily Enterprise) their secret is to set small goals. Once those are reached, they set new goals.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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