Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Craig Ferguson can joke about a threat make against him. Ferguson told his "Late Late Show" audience last night someone sent an envelop packed white powder to the show. Police are investigating and say it was harmless. But Ferguson says the incident knocked another topic out of his monologue -- yesterday's East Coast earthquake. Ferguson says the quake scared millions of people, but the white powder did something much worse. It scared him.


ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- Diamonds may be a girl's best friend -- but a pooch's too? Honey Bun was the prime suspect when $10,000 worth of diamonds went missing from a Georgia jewelry store. The folks at John Ross Jewelers in Albany say Honey Bun is an adored dog who greets customers. But when co-owner Chuck Roberts found an empty jewelry pouch on the floor, he had a hunch about what happened. WALB-TV reports an X-ray showed two suspicious spots inside of Honey Bun. The next day the missing jewelry was found after nature took its course.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's a whole lot of bull -- but not a bomb. Canisters of frozen bull semen created quite a stir in Nashville. Four large metal containers fell from a Greyhound bus near the downtown area. The bull semen was packed in dry ice, which released a vapor. WKRN-TV reports the canisters of sperm were en route from Ohio to a Texas breeding facility. Authorities shut down a ramp to I-65 while they investigated the bull scare.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Rhode Island gator has been caught. The three-foot-long creature had been spotted in a river more than a month ago. The gator was captured by a Providence firefighter. The Providence Journal reports the creature has been turned over to the Rhode Island House of Reptiles. Experts say the young alligator was probably a pet that had been deliberately dumped. State veterinarian Scott Marshall says the gator would not have survived a New England winter.


PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Challenging an officer to a pushup contest -- probably not a great move for a drunken driving suspect. Police in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, charge Brian Lee ran two red lights and crashed into another car. The Berkshire Eagle reports a witness says Lee was also doing doughnuts in his damaged car. A responding officer says Lee challenged him to a pushup contest, which the officer refused. Lee has pleaded innocent to charges that include fourth-offense drunken driving.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Adidas wants you to run bare. Not naked -- but barefooted. The athletic shoe giant is introducing its new "barefoot" trainer. The lightweight running shoe looks like a cross between a glove for the feet and a traditional sneaker. But it doesn't have quite the gorilla-foot look as some other barefoot running shoes. The Adipure Trainer will sell for 90 bucks. Advocates of barefoot-style running say it enables the body to move more naturally.

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