Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

SUPER BOWL-GOVERNORS

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- It's chowda versus cheesecake in the Super Bowl. The governors of New York and Massachusetts are getting into the action, with a friendly wager on the big game. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is putting up chips, pies and bowls of New England clam chowder. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making his bet with bagels, yogurt and cheesecake. If the Giants lose Sunday's game, Cuomo will send 46 cases of New York-made yogurt, 46 dozen bagels from Manhattan's Ess-a-Bagel and 46 cheesecakes from Junior's in Brooklyn to a Massachusetts food bank. If the Patriots lose, Patrick will fork over 46 pies from The Pie Ladies in Centerville, 46 cases of chips made in Needham Heights and clam chowder from Boston-based Legal Seafoods.

SUPER BOWL-OHIO DOUGHNUTS

CANFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- If the Giants win the Super Bowl -- maybe they'll give some credit to the doughnuts. The Giants are getting six dozen blueberry doughnuts, courtesy of the mother-in-law of Giants center Jim Cordle. The doughnuts are a favorite in northeast Ohio. Cordle played his college ball at Ohio State. The doughnuts come from the White House Fruit Farm, owned by Debbie Pifer. Pifer tells WKBN-TV if the Giants win, maybe they'll autograph a doughnut box for her.

SUPER BOWL-GOOD LUCK STACHE

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Forget about a good luck charm -- Patriots receiver Wes Welker has a good luck stache. He says someone messaged him on Twitter that New England hasn't lost a game as long as Welker has been sporting a mustache. So, he's letting his lip get hairy. Welker says he's going to "keep on rocking it." Sunday, the Patriots face the New York Giants in Indianapolis.

POWERBALL TICKET

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Joseph Bennett got a pleasant surprise with his Powerball ticket. The Covington, Kentucky, man matched the first five numbers in a recent Powerball drawing, but he didn't have the Powerball. Bennett wins the second-place prize, which he figured was 100-grand. But he wasn't aware that the jackpot for the second place had jumped to $1 million. The retiree says they'll pay bills and take their twin grandsons to Hawaii. The Kentucky Enquirer reports Bennett got a check for nearly $700,000 after taxes.

MARIJUANA BUILDING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Something's growing in the Bronx. New York police report finding an entire five-story building used as an urban marijuana factory. Detectives with the Bronx Narcotics squad say they got an anonymous tip about the indoor pot farm. Investigators checked utility records and found an unusually high rate of electric use. Detectives went in with a search warrant this week and busted three people. Police say the indoor farm produced more than 1,500 pounds of packaged pot.

PUERTO RICO-TELESCOPE TOURISM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- You just might catch E-T phoning home. Puerto Rico plans to build a hotel and a planetarium at the Arecibo Observatory. That's the giant radio telescope featured in movies like "Contact" and "GoldenEye." The $50 million project is aimed at attracting more visitors to the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. It's 1,000 feet across. Tourist dollars will help fund the research. The dish has even been used to transmit a message into space, in hopes of contacting alien civilizations.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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