Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


NEW YORK (AP) -- Love books? Move to Alexandria, Virginia, and you'll have plenty of company. The historic suburb outside of Washington, D.C., tops's list of best-read cities. The Amazon ranking is based on population, and sales of books, newspapers and magazines. Romance novels are especially popular in Alexandria. The online retailer puts several college towns next on the list: Cambridge, Massachusetts; Berkeley, California; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Boulder, Colorado.


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- There's no free lunch -- and no free cupcakes at Ball State University. Ball State grad Melissa Bucur wanted to hand out free cupcakes to promote her shop in Muncie, Indiana. But the university denied the request. Bucur says she didn't want to sell anything, just raise awareness about her Cardinal Cupcakes and Coneys shop. She says the goodies and coffee would give students a lift. But school officials tell The Star Press there are only a few days a year commercial promotion is permitted on campus.


PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) -- Where's "Ioma"? That's graduates of Northeast Iowa Community College are asking. There's a typo on hundreds of diploma covers. Instead of I-O-W-A, the covers read I-O-M-A. College officials say a printing company made the goof. The school promises correctly spelled covers when the signed diplomas are sent to the new grads. The printing company will pick up the tab for the corrected covers.


AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts fire chief says three college students are "idiots." Amherst Chief W. Tim Nelson is angry, because his firefighters had to rescue the students from the roof of a Hampshire College building. One student says they wanted "see what it looked like up there." The chief notes that it was dark and raining at the time. Nelson tells a local paper (The Republican) he intends to bill the students for their rescue.


HONOLULU (AP) -- Eight-year-old Tiki Willis is a hero. The Honolulu, Hawaii, girl is being credited with helping to find a missing elderly woman, who suffers from Alzheimer's. KHON-TV reports Honolulu police are calling Tiki their CrimeStoppers' youngest hero. Sergeant Kim Buffett says Tiki recognized the 83-year-old woman at a mall. Tiki's mom wasn't sure, but Tiki insisted on calling police. Authorities say the wandering senior is now back at a health care center.


REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) -- As crimes go -- this one isn't "scents"-less. Delaware State Police report 50-grand worth of perfume has been swiped from a Rehoboth Beach outlet. Troopers say employees arrived to open the shop one morning this month, to find the front door of the Perfumania Outlet had been pried open. The sweet-smelling crooks also damaged the alarm system, preventing it from alerting authorities.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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