Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

ARMORED TRUCK WRECK

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- It was raining money on a West Virginia highway. An armored truck flipped on a rain-slicked I-77 yesterday morning. State troopers report money bags spilled onto the road. Cash and coins were flying across a 500-yard area. Witnesses say before the law arrived, people were scooping up money. It took police, highway department crews and Loomis workers more than two hours to clean up all that cash. Police report the armored truck driver and another man in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

MEXICO-TOPLESS CANDIDATE

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican congressional candidate wants to get something off her chest -- her shirt. Natalia Juarez poses topless for a campaign poster, along with six other women. But they don't expose too much, thanks to their strategically placed left hands. Some of the women are also raising their right fists. Juarez is running on the ticket of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party. She says the topless poster is to encourage rebellion.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING-LED LIGHTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Empire State Building will soon be red, white and blue -- and a whole lot more. The tower lights on the iconic New York City skyscraper are being replaced with a computer-driven LED system. The high-tech array allows for nearly endless color combinations. The old-school system had just 10 colors, while the new one will be able to produce more than 16 million. The top of the Empire State Building is bathed in colors of changing light to mark holidays and other special occasions. The new Philips Color Kinetics system will be installed by September.

STUDENTS FLUNK

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- It's an "F" for an email contractor at Eastern Michigan University. School officials say about 7,700 students got email notices they were being kicked out of school. But it was a massive goof. Only 100 students actually flunked out. School president Susan Martin is apologizing. She says it's an "inexcusable mistake."

DRESSING-BEYOND SALAD

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dressing -- it's not just for salad anymore. Kraft wants you to put salad dressing on nearly everything. A new ad campaign suggests dressing as a marinade for fish or sauce in your stir fry. How about honey mustard dressing on roast chicken or maybe a hot dog? The theme of the commercial is a head of lettuce going through a tough breakup with dressing.

BLOWTORCH PAINTING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Forget the paint and brushes. An iconic painting created with a blowtorch has sold for more than 36 million bucks. French artist Yves Klein used water, a blowtorch and two models for his "FC 1." The women pressed their wet bodies against a fire-resistant board, which Klein then torched. The effect left blurry silhouettes of the models. Christie's auction house says the sale is a record for the late artist. The buyer doesn't want to be named.

by Jamie Friar

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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