Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Kate was great -- at least for some lucky beer fans. Nearly 500 people waited outside a New Hampshire brewery earlier this week, to get a taste of Kate the Great Russian imperial stout. The Portsmouth Brewery releases the stout just once a year. If it sounds good, you'll have to wait until next year. Brewmaster Tod Mott brewed 14 barrels. Half was bottled and half was available for draft. By the end of the day, all of Kate was gone.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- We didn't get the flying cars, at least not yet. But we do have flat-panel TVs. Those are a couple of the predictions found in a forgotten time capsule in Salt Lake City. Area leaders were asked to peer into the future in 1959. Their predictions were placed in the capsule, which was meant to be opened in 2000. The capsule was discovered recently during a bank renovation. One prediction had mail and cargo delivered by rocket. Another said summer clothes would have built-in cooling coils. Former University of Utah President Albert Ray Olpin turned out to be right about TVs. He said televisions would be "in the form of wall panels," with on-demand programming.


CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) -- It will be one heck of a ride. A new zip line is being built at the scenic Royal Gorge in southern Colorado. At 1,100 feet above the canyon floor, it will be one of the highest in the world. Tourists looking for a thrill will be able to take a four-minute ride on the 700-foot zip line. They'll be harnessed into a chair for safety. A local paper (Canon City Daily Record) reports the ride is slated to open next month.


ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- A jailed pot smoker says he's now high on yoga. A judge in Aspen, Colorado, is giving Vaughn Barnett a break. He's been sentenced to another 30 days in the county lock-up, after spending 130 days in jail. Prosecutors wanted even more jail time for Barnett, who had 11 pounds of pot mailed to him. According to the Aspen Times, Barnett told the judge he discovered the benefits of yoga from sessions at the Pitkin County Jail.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It was spoon and fork versus stool. Police in New Orleans say a woman defended herself with a small stool, when a crook attacked with silverware. Police say the woman found a man in her bedroom one night earlier this week. Police say she chased him through the house and into the kitchen. The bandit tried stabbing the woman with a spoon and fork. She grabbed a stool and chased him out of the house. According to authorities, the suspect got away with the woman's bike. Police report officers in the area arrested 23-year-old Charles Taylor shortly after the woman called. Taylor has been booked on aggravated burglary.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Las Vegas strip isn't going to the dogs. The Clark County Commission has approved a ban on pets on the Strip. The Las Vegas Sun reports the new ordinance would still allow animals from 5 a.m. to noon, and the ban doesn't apply to service animals. Tourists have complained that panhandlers are using pets to win sympathy. The doggie curfew will also keep animals off the sizzling sidewalks during the hot afternoon hours.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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