Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (AP) -- It's a good place for the Capitol Christmas tree to make a stop -- the Indiana town of Santa Claus. The 65-foot white fir is being hauled from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the nation's capital. This week, the special tractor-trailer pulled up at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. The Evansville Courier & Press reports visitors got a chance to sign a banner with their Christmas wishes. The lighting ceremony at the U.S. Capitol is set for December 6th.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Natalie Randolph will be spending her Thanksgiving Day on the sidelines. She's the football coach of Coolidge High School in Washington. In just her second season, Randolph has led her team to the Turkey Bowl, Washington's championship game. Coolidge plays Dunbar for the title. Randolph is believed to be the only female head football coach of a varsity high school team in the country. She says the attention shouldn't be about her gender, but "about football."


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico rancher Timothy Willms sees his turkeys as a work of art. The birds have a lustrous sheen that looks almost metallic. Willms is an art dealer-turned-rancher. He tells the Albuquerque Journal he now wants to nuture the human body rather than the creative soul. He says his Talus Wind Ranch will sell about 175 birds for this Thanksgiving.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Hate airline food? There's an app for that. If you're flying over the Thanksgiving holiday, there's a good chance you'll be passing through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Now, there's an app to help find an alternative to stuff served on the plane -- if your flight even has a meal. "B4 You Board" lets smartphone users order from four participating restaurants at O'Hare. The food and soft drinks are delivered to the gate. The app premiered in New York at JFK International. The service is also available at Minneapolis-St. Paul International.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State has a secret admirer. MSU is getting $7 million to expand its geology department. The East Lansing school announced the gift yesterday. The university knows the donor. But the Michigan State grad prefers to remain anonymous. The money will pay for endowed professorships and endowed graduate fellowships.


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- It's the big one that got taken away. Massachusetts fishing boat owner Carlos Rafael says the feds seized a more than 880-pound bluefine tuna caught be one of his trawlers earlier this month. Rafael had tuna permits but was told catching tuna with a net is illegal. A fish that big is worth a small fortune, thanks to sushi lovers. A 754-pound tuna recently sold for nearly $396,000. Rafael tells the Standard-Times he's thinking of giving up his tuna permits. He says what's the point when he can't keep the tuna.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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