Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- A presidential porta-potty is in the running for the nation's best restroom. The Presidential Luxury Restroom Trailer at Don's Johns is one of ten finalists. It was originally built for President Barack Obama's inauguration. The restroom trailer has granite counters, climate control and even an audio system. The restroom contest is sponsored by the Cintas Corporation, which sells commercial bathroom supplies and other products. The potty-using public is invited to vote in the contest at


NEW YORK (AP) -- There's a feathered fugitive on the loose in the Big Apple. A peacock escaped from the Central Park Zoo and has been spotted on a window ledge of a ritzy Fifth Avenue condo. Zoo officials hope the colorful bird will return home or at least fly the short distance back to the park. Zookeepers say the bird isn't a danger to anyone. They're urging people to leave the peacock alone. Someone's even set up a Twitter account, for supposed tweets from the escaped bird.


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Armed and hissing. Police in Trenton, New Jersey, charge a man threatened officers with a snake. According to authorities, James Pearson was suspected of violating a restraining order. Police say Pearson was holding the snake when officers tried to arrest him. Pearson said the snake was poisonous. But a detective who knows snakes knew better. The creature was a python, which is not venomous. Pearson now faces a number of criminal counts, including weapons charges for the snake.


SALEM, Mass. (AP) -- Drug suspect Jose Jimilian hit the wrong car with his bicycle. Authorities say he ran into an unmarked police car filled with undercover cops. According to officers in Salem, Massachusetts, Jimilian knocked off one of the mirrors on the car. Police say he told them he was in a hurry. The Salem News reports officers found cash, three bags of pot and four bags of cocaine on Jimilian. He's pleaded innocent to a number of charges, including drug possession with intent to distribute.


UNDATED (AP) -- Three miles-per-hour doesn't sound very fast. But Jennifer Pharr Davis is claiming a new speed record. She's hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in just under 46 and a-half days. That beats the old record by just over 24 hours. Davis averaged about 47 miles a day, over the more than 21-hundred miles of the Maine to Georgia trail. Along the way, she saw 36 bears, moose and porcupines. Davis carried a minimum of gear, often meeting her husband with the camping equipment at road crossings. The 28-year-old Davis says she hopes to encourage more girls and women to get outside and enjoy nature.


BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Stolen iPhone? There's an app for that. In fact, police in Boulder, Colorado, report a man used two different apps on his iPhone to help catch a crook. KMGH-TV reports Hugh Huffaker left his cell phone in a locker at a rec center and when he returned, it was gone. Huffaker used a GPS tracking app to trace his iPhone to the Boulder Public Library. When he got to the library, he used a second app to make the phone alarm go off. Officers say they arrested a homeless man on suspicion of theft and burglary.

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