Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


DETROIT (AP) -- He's only 9 years old, but Joshua Smith wants to do what he can to help his home town out of its financial troubles.

So, he'll be selling lemonade this week outside his family's Detroit home -- every evening, through Friday.

He'd heard a radio report about the city's money problems while he was on his way to his piano lesson, and decided to take action.

The city is facing a budget deficit of more than $200 million.

And if you think it will take a lot more than lemonade to help make up a deficit like that, you're right. Joshua is also selling fruit punch, water and popcorn.


HILL CITY, S.D. (AP) -- As a child growing up in foster care in Minnesota, Jackie Miley never had a teddy bear.

Now she's 63, and living in Hill City, South Dakota -- and she's made up for what she missed out on as a child. Thousands of times over.

With 7,790 different teddy bears, Miley holds the Guinness World Record for largest teddy bear collection. She has about ten times as many teddy bears as the town of Hill City has people. Once word started to spread about her collection, people sent her teddy bears from around the world.

There are Beanie Babies, a talking Teddy Ruxpin and porceleain bears. Only about 4,000 of them can be displayed at any one time in the small home along Main Street that she calls Teddy Bear Town.

She says she appreciates all of the stuffed animals that people send her -- even the one from Norway, from someone who wrote that he hoped she didn't already have a bear like this one. And she didn't. When she opened the package, it turned out to be a moose.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Renita Chadwick says it's always the dream of the children of divorced parents that mom and dad will someday get back together.

She had to wait nearly a half-century, but it's happening.

Her parents, Lena Henderson and Roland Davis, are getting married to each other for a second time this weekend in western New York.

They are both 85. They got married the first time while they were in their teens, had four children, and got divorced after 20 years.

But they stayed in touch through the children, even though they went more than 30 years without seeing each other. And, during a recent phone conversation, he proposed, and she said yes.

A church wedding is planned, followed by a reception at a restaurant with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


LONDON (AP) -- The game is badminton -- and this time, the emphasis was on the 'bad'.

Two Chinese women who are the world badminton doubles champs were booed off the court at the Olympics yesterday because it looked like they were trying to lose.

And their South Korean rivals sometimes didn't seem to be trying any harder. Both teams dumped serves into the net and made simple errors.

The reason? It could be because both teams had already finished first in their groups and qualified for the last 16. But by losing, the Chinese duo were able to avoid playing two other Chinese women, who are ranked second, until the final.

Fans who bought tickets to the event weren't happy. Badminton officials say they'll investigate.

The players said they were just trying to save their energy for when it counted.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Real estate in Manhattan is pricey -- but $100 million to buy an apartment?

It's not just any apartment. It's an octagon-shaped penthouse in midtown -- 8,000 square feet, with six bedrooms, nine baths, and a wraparound terrace with a 350-degree view of the city. It's on the 73rd floor. And the 74th. And the 75th. And that gives it one of the highest terraces in the city.

It has an internal elevator, and a wine room for 1,000 bottles.

The owner, a real estate developer, bought it for $4.5 million in 1993, and spent at least as much renovating it. But if he can get his asking price, that wasn't a bad investment.

The price is reportedly the highest for any New York City apartment currently on the market.

A six-bedroom penthouse at a tower going up nearby is already under contract. That one went for just $90 million.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If a dog is wagging his tail, there's a good chance he's ready to be friendly.

If a cat is wagging his tail -- watch out.

According to cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, many cats are tail talkers. If the tail starts to twitch and wag, watch out for fangs and claws.

He says if you try to pet a cat when its tail is wagging, and you get bitten, then "you had it coming."

Galaxy helps to solve behavior problems -- in people, as well as in cats -- on his Animal Planet TV show, "My Cat From Hell."

He figures cats and their owners share the blame for a relationship gone wrong. But he says it's a lot easier to get a cat to change its behavior than to get a human to do so.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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