Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) -- A ski trip turned out to be a bust for 30 Boston-area college students. The students were searched after their chartered buses crossed back into the U.S. from Canada. Vermont state troopers say 26 students were cited for underage alcohol. Others face pot and drug charges. U.S. customs officials note the legal drinking age in Quebec is 18, but in the states it's 21. While 18-year-olds can legally buy booze north of the border, they can't bring it back into the U.S. Some of the students may also face university disciplinary action.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's enough to make you scream. One of four versions of Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" is going up for auction. Selling price? Try about 80 million bucks -- or maybe even more. That's the estimate from Sotheby's auction house in New York. You've probably seen reproductions of The Scream. The 1895 drawing is of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky. It's the only version still in private hands. The work goes on pre-sale display at Sotheby's in London and New York in April.


LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) -- It's a race to flip over. Eighteen-year-old Devon Byrnes of Olney, England, is the winner of the Shrove Tuesday trans-Atlantic pancake race. It's an annual tradition, with women in Britain and Liberal, Kansas, competing. The racers have to run a course with a frying pan, flipping a pancake at the beginning and the end. The Pancake race marks the last day before the start of Lent. Byrnes beat the best Kansas pancake race time by 10 seconds.


ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- Mateen Johnson's good luck didn't turn out to be so good, after all. He won $2,500 playing blackjack at a casino near Philadelphia. But police say he was wanted on drug charges. Johnson was busted after he had to produce I-D to collect his winnings, at the Philadelphia Park Racetrack and Casino in Bucks County. The Altoona Mirror reports Johnson told police he expected to be arrested soon. He says he was trying to win enough at blackjack to make bail.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Is making coffee a two-handed job? Eli Pierre doesn't think so. He's suing Starbucks for discrimination. Pierre was born with half a left arm. He applied for a Starbucks job in San Diego. He contends the store manager told him a one-armed man wouldn't be able to do the job. Pierre is a former bartender and says he was never given the chance to explain his capabilities. The company disputes his version. Starbucks counters that Pierre's application was given careful consideration.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Play nice! At least a couple of guys in Washington are heeding the advice of just about every mom. Allegheny College is honoring columnists David Brooks and Mark Shields with the school's first Prize for Civility in Public Life. They often have opposite political views. But the school says Brooks and Shields maintain "steadfast civility" in their public commentary. Brooks and Shields debate each week on the "PBS NewsHour." Brooks is a columnist for the New York Times, while Shields is a syndicated columnist.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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