Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

SERIES-HOT TO COLD

St. Louis (AP) -- The Rangers may catch a chill when the World Series starts in St. Louis tonight. The Texas team has played 27 home games this season when the temp was 100 degrees or hotter at first pitch. But Rangers manager Ron Washington says it will be refreshing. The forecast for St. Louis is for temperatures in the 40s. Washington says he's told the equipment manager to pack plenty of warm clothes -- for the players and the manager.

NEIMAN MARCUS-CHRISTMAS

DALLAS (AP) -- If you have to ask -- you can't afford it. Neiman Marcus is out with its Christmas Book. There's a dancing water fountain for a cool million. A trip to European flower shows on a private jet will set you back 420-grand. And a handcrafted mahogany boat is a bargain at just $250,000. But the Dallas-based retailer points out not everything in the catalog is a so-called "fantasy" item. Neiman's officials say almost half of the 600 gifts on this year's list are under 250 bucks.

PETS-HALLOWEEN

What's Rover wearing for Halloween? A growing number of pet owners like to dress up their furry buddies. But often the dogs aren't as enthusiastic as the owners. University of Florida veterinarian Terry Marie Curtis has a few suggestions. For one, forget the booties. She says most dogs hate having anything on their feet. You and your dog can even dress up alike. Target offers hot dog and banana costumes for both adults and pets. The ASPCA reminds that chocolate is toxic for dogs.

FOOD-BEER GROWLERS

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Ed McAleer likes his brew straight from the tap. But he doesn't have to go to his favorite tavern. McAleer just needs to go as far as his fridge. He's a fan of growlers. It's a refillable 64-ounce glass jug. McAleer has his filled at Federal Jack's, a brewpub and restaurant in his hometown of Kennebunkport, Maine. Growlers are growing in popularity across the country. The term dates back more than a century, when people carried fresh beer around in buckets. Julia Herz of the Brewers Association notes growlers are good for beer and for the environment. There are no empties to throw away or recycle.

YOUNG 911 CALLER

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Good thing three-year-old Bailey Rafferty knows how to call 911. An emergency operator in Clarksville, Tennessee, knew she was dealing with an unusual situation when she answered the call. The young boy told operator Rebecca Blackstop that "mommy fell down the stairs." Blackstop keep little Bailey on the line until help arrived. Medics found Heide Rafferty unconscious, while Bailey was still holding the phone. Mom was taken to a hospital and later released.

BATMAN ON ROOF

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) -- Holy probation Batman! Mark Williams won't be wearing his Batman costume for a while. He was arrested after being spotted on the roof of a Michigan building in his superhero get-up. Williams said he wanted to prevent crime. He's pleaded guilty to attempted resisting-obstructing an officer. A judge sentenced Williams to six months of probation. A local paper (Petoskey News-Review) reports Williams has also been ordered not to wear anymore costumes.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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